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.

Kempt but kinky Khajuraho and Orsome Orchha

James and Cate Khajuraho..... We do realise it's awesome but.......

Khajuraho is home to India's most famous 9th to 12th century temples known for their erotic sculptures. These are pretty explicit and reflect society in an age free from inhibitions.

 

 

 

 

 

Erotic temples of Khajuraho 1

 

The temples built of sandstone stand tall on granite platforms with pyramidal towers and porches. Walking around them one can admire different scenes involving hunting, battles, soldiers, elephants, horses, musicians, dancers, ceremonies, gods, goddesses and erotica from their daily lives. All are dedicated to different gods, goddesses or deities. Set in magnificent grounds and beautifully maintained they are well worth a visit. NO LITTER!

James and Cate Khajuraho

Outside one gets hassled by people keen to sell their wares or persuade you their restaurant is best but the temples and gardens are an area of peace and calm. The surrounding town is very clean and well maintained and the old town worth a visit. Sudama showed us his house which provided a fascinating insight into how simple their lives are and how they live without any modern accoutrements we think we need- although like all Indians he had a mobile phone.

James in Khajuraho

Our guide Sudamas home in Khajuraho

Khajuraho was the only place I had a sense of humour failure as a guy would not leave us alone as we walked into town early one evening. Aggressive and annoyingly persistent is how I would describe many of the people, James surprisingly remained chilled.

Khajuraho was, however, well worth our 2 day trip, comfortable hotel and wonderful sites. Then onwards:

Largely filled with derelict palaces, Orchha is an architectural gem and with only 8,000 inhabitants it suited us well. The deserted palaces seem to float above the village from every angle, some providing a backdrop to our hotel. As well as a fun market.

Orchha 1

Orchha 2

Orchha 3

All palaces, temples, tombs and gardens are within walking distance which is an added bonus. Various palaces had points of interest e.g. amazing entrance doors guarded by carved elephants, lovely old paintings on ceilings and remains of turquoise tiles and mosaics. They were filled with balconies, terraces and onion domes. The Chhatris, a row of dome/ spired pavilions often erected over tombs line the riverside and we visited them at midday and sunset.

Orchha 4

An Indian film crew were taking photographs for a guidebook to promote tourism in Orchha and we were invited to take part. A great deal of fun. We don't think we will appear but hopefully our guide might send the photos.

Christmas Day - We watched the sun set from across the river looking at the enormous sandstone chhatris from the bridge. Crossing the bridge appeared to be one way and it was madness and mayhem. Cows were holding up the traffic by crossing, lots of beeping, pedestrians nearly being pushed over and off into the water when buses went by. People swimming, washing - indeed one old boy washed his nether regions in full view of everyone having already performed his ablutions au naturel! Tuk tuks crammed to the gills with people plus loads of goods on top! Police each end but there seemed no coherent plan of action so every man for himself. Friendly Indians wanting their photo taken and some wanting pics with us, all very jovial, lots of smiling, waving and laughing. A very memorable and enjoyable day rounded off with sunset over the chhatris and another excellent curry, beer and Indian wine (Sula red is really not bad!).

 Orchha 5

 

 Orchha 6

Orchha 7

 

Finally , a nice view of some of the Chattris.

 a nice view of some of the Chattris

Have now arrived in Gwalior .........

 

Venerable, virtuous and vivid Varanasi
Genial Gwalior and diverse Delhi
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