Namaste India

The next morning we took a taxi to take us to North Goa, this part is supposed to be a lively area full of restaurants and bars. Our hotel was right in the main area and this time really walking distance to the beach. We went to see Calangute beach, one of the biggest and…

Chill In South Goa

We wait in the airport in Goa for our bags, you can tell immediately that people traveling here are wealthy, they look, dress and act the same as wealthy Mexicans. Our airport pickup was waiting for us to take us to our first hotel in South Goa that is south of the airport, around 20…

Deja Vu

Eitan messed up the itinerary a little bit and allotted one unnecessary extra day in Aurangabad, the city that served as our base to visit the Ajanta and Ellora caves. We decided to take a more relaxed day and not to too much sightseeing. The first stop of the day was the Bibi Ka Maqbar,…

Ajanta And Ellora

Today we had our second to last day of temple seeing in India (but who’s counting?..).  We hired the same driver who picked us up from the airport because he seemed like a decent guy. He drove us two hours to Ajanta, yet another UNESCO site. The Ajanta caves are about 30 rock cut Buddhist,…

America Day

We started our day by changing it a little by visiting another temple. This time it was a synagogue, who would have thought there are Jews in India! Here is some background of Indian jews: Prior to the arrival of Baghdadi Jews in India, the Jews residing in Mumbai had come as representatives of King Solomon and…

Slumcat Billionaire

Everybody have heard of Mumbai famous slums, more after watching the great movie “Slumdog Millionaire”. Before visiting them we had some idea of how they looked, but the reality was very different. Slum tours are very common in Mumbai, but also described as unethical. We were curious to see them, also we don’t care about…

The Gateway to India

The next day was a full sightseeing day. We are staying in a great area called Fort, just north of Colaba which is the southernmost part of Mumbai and it is the touristy district where all the attractions are located. Everything is walking distance around this area and it is full of restaurants, art shops,…

Octopussy

Today we decided it is time to ship more souvenirs but for a moment forgot and were quickly reminded that trying to ship something in India is NOT simple at all!!! First we asked the hotel for a box and of course multiple workers were involved in this process on finding us a box. We…

Gimme More Rupees!

Today we returned to our lake view restaurant for breakfast; Eitan ordered pancakes and we have realized that in India their concept of a pancake is a crepe. Sarah got oatmeal, our first time seeing oatmeal on a menu in 3 months!  Sarah unfortunately was feeling under the weather but she picked the perfect day…

29 And Counting

Editors note: Many people are asking us who is writing the blog, so I will explain the behind the scenes of who is responsible for this beautiful literature… Basically, we both tried to write it when we have time at trains, hotel nights, airports, etc.. We then give it to the other person to add a few…

8-Bit Bundi

Bundi is a small town east of Jodhpur. Most people stay here for weeks or months to relax. It does not have all the craziness of all the other cities in India and you can see that immediately. People are extremely friendly and they want to shake your hand while saying “welcome to Bundi”. There…

Bollywood Stars

Fact of the day: Even though Bollywood does not exist in a physical place. The name itself suggests that it’s based in Mumbai (formerly called Bombay) which is the first city were Indian cinema was introduced in. Bollywood is twice as big (in number of movie made per year) than Hollywood! We arranged to meet the…

The Blue City

We started our second day in Jodphur by visiting Jaswant Thada, this cenotaph was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and serves as the burial ground for the rulers of Marwar. This one is called the Taj Mahal of the Marwar, but I disagree…

I Think We Need To Buy More Water

Editors note: My laptop broke about a week ago (it was actually nice to be disconnected for a few days), that is why we haven’t been posting anything, but after adventuring into the deep world of Mumbai’s electronic district I was able to find the necessary parts to fix it! So we are back to…

Life In The Desert

Today we had a relaxing morning. Our hotel let us use the room until 3:00 pm when we had to go to the Safari (the perks of traveling in low season). We met up our fellow safari travelers at an office outside the fort with just a daypack with the camera gear, a flashlight and…

The Golden City

Jaisalmer, a beautiful town that stands on a ridge of yellowish sandstone, crowned by a fort, which contains the palace and several ornate Jain temples. It lies in the heart of the Thar Desert (the Great Indian Desert) and its hot as hell. This morning we hit snooze several times.  Being a smaller city with less to do…

900 Year Old Room

Today we decided life is too hard and we needed some traditional Ayurveda Indian massages (Ayurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent).  We found the best rated one which included a driver picking us up at our hotel and taking us to the spa.  These massages are all about the…

Gateway To Rajasthan

Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically fought for the region. The first fort we visited was the Amber fort, this is the most important in the region and the most beautiful so far. Amer, originally, was the capital of the state before…

Beyond The White Wonder

Most tourists come to Agra for the Taj Mahal, they stay 1 night or some come in the morning and leave in the afternoon. We stayed 2 nights not listening to everybody’s advice, and now we laugh at those people, the sights besides the Taj Mahal that Agra has to offer are absolutely amazing and…

The Pink City

We left for the train station a little early and waited for our train that will take us to Jaipur, the Pink City, as it is called because of the color of most of its buildings there. The train was only 3 hours late so waiting in the station was a nightmare. There were several…

The Taj

The Taj mahal is so majestic that it deserves its own post, so here we go! We arrived in Agra on a Thursday morning, our original plan was to visit a few sights that day and visit the Taj during sunrise on Friday. We were told that Fridays is only prayer days at the Taj…

I Sneeze Dead People

We started our morning with the market tour, we visited 4 different markets around the old city of Varanasi. The first one was the Paan leaf market, remember on the last post that weird dessert made of multiple herbal ingredients that you need to put in your mouth all at once? Well, here they buy…

Varanasi – The City Of Light

Varanasi is the oldest functioning city in the world. Next to the sacred Ganges river, the city was made by the god of destruction Shiva, so most temples are dedicated to this god. We woke up for a sunrise boat tour at the Ganges river, our guide Babu appeared to be stoned out of his…

Just Another Transit day

Disclaimer: This day was a transit day, so not many pictures were taken but some stories can be told. We luckily survived Delhi and are on to Varanasi.  We hired a taxi from the hotel to take us the airport and we got to the airport in ample time in case we had any challenging…

That’s Sikh!

Delhi day #3: We are still alive; this is our last day sightseeing hell. It’s funny because everybody that we have been talking to tell you that they hate this city (locals and tourists alike). Most travelers even skip it; most locals get scammed as well. We have found the touristy sites here impressive, so…

Tombs and Bombs

Second day in Delhi and still alive! that is good news. We are getting a little more confident here but still decided to get another driver for the day. Our first stop was Akshardham Complex,  a Hindu mandir (temple), and a spiritual-cultural campus in Delhi. Surrounding the temple they built some theme park looking attractions…

No Problem!

First some geography class for those who didn’t pay attention in school: Do you know the difference between Delhi and New Delhi? Delhi is a Union Territory which has 11 districts, of which New Delhi is one. New Delhi is the capital of Delhi, as well as India. New Delhi is the area of Delhi…

Getting Scammed in Delhi

This post is jumping the queue, but I think its important to share what happened. We will still post our last days in amazing Sri Lanka after this one. Enjoy! When people talk about they travels in India they say it is not a vacation, it is a challenge. It took us 3 hours in…