Postcards from Abroad

Whether your dream is to stay in a colonial-era bungalow in the middle of a tea plantation, an Indian princely palace, or to cruise in luxury the Irrawaddy to Mandalay, we never tire of searching for your next great travel destination. This is the place to share with us your most recent adventures.

Genial Gwalior and diverse Delhi

Gwalior 4The last one we promise......................until Burma!

 

Sadly our Indian adventure is almost over.....Off the beaten tourist track Gwalior's majestic hill fort dominates, whilst beneath a very busy town of 2 million inhabitants go about their business. The fort's mighty battlements encompass 6 palaces, 3 temples, a few water tanks and cisterns, a prestigious public school and a Sikh place of worship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gwalior 1

 

Gwalior 2

Man Singh Palace contains some lovely surviving fragments of tile work portraying elephants, ducks, tigers and peacocks. Although the inside is plain it must have been amazing as it contains a bathing pool, communication tubes in the walls (installed when the palace was built in late 15th C) and lovely jali screens.

Gwalior 3

Gwalior 4

 

The mother and daughter in law temples dedicated to Vishnu on the eastern edge were erected in the 11th century and the 30 metre tall Teli-ka-Mandir is the fort's oldest surviving monument.

Unusually in the sandstone cliffs are some enormous Jain sculptures carved between the 7th and 15th centuries. The images are of the tirthankaras, teaching saviours who stand naked and stiffly to attention.

Gwalior 5

We also visited the Jai Vilas Palace built by the Scindia family, maharajas of the area. The Durbar hall ( Royal audience or council of state ) contains the world's biggest chandeliers, over 3 and a half tonnes apiece. 8 elephants had to stand on the roof for a week to make sure it could take the weight. Images of Del Boy and Rodney giving them a clean conjured up an amusing scene!o

Rather nice to come to a place which is not overridden with tourists. The hotel, built by one of the Maharajas for guests, was fab, and sightseeing was slow and very relaxing. We enjoyed ourselves. Delhi will be very different in comparison.

Gwalior 6

Gwalior 7

We decided to travel by train for this last leg, which we began to regret when it was 1.5 hours late. We amused ourselves trying to count the myriad rats running about on the tracks. We had booked 1st class AC seats not realising these were in a sleeper compartment. Fortunately we had this to ourselves, unlike the Goa trip, but it is difficult to decide which was the cleaner! No services so we had to make do......, but enjoyable nonetheless. Next time steerage.......

Indian Railways

We did however approve of the way Northern Railways describe those less fortunate than ourselves.

Indian Railways 2

Final Delhi day dawned drab and misty. So a lttle shopping in and around Khan Market, which has a very European feel, and then a little trip to India Gate and the nearby Canopy. The whole area was heaving as it's a Saturday today.

India Gate

In summary: many highpoints, with inevitably a few minor disappointments but the former far outweighed the latter. Another thoroughly enjoyable Indian experience.

Home Jeeves via Helsinki! HAPPY 2018.

 

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