Welcome to my travel diary for India, which I visited from November 1997 to January…
Temples, crowds, heat and humidity.
The utter confusion of arriving in India for the first time.
Buying train tickets, the Red Fort, Jamil Masjid mosque, Connaught Circus.
An early train into the mountains to the hill station of Shimla.
Strolling around Shimla.
Swarming monkeys at a temple of Hanuman, the Vice Regal Lodge colonial pile.
A bus to Mandi; getting to know a fellow graphic designer.
A day of sickness.
A long bus trip to Dharamshalah and a taxi up to McLeod Ganj.
The Tsuglagkhang and the home of the Dalai Lama; prayer flags and prayer wheels.
Walking around the local villages; the Dip Tse-Chok Ling Gompa monastery.
Drive to Kangra; the temple of Bajreshwari Devi; the ancient fort of Nagarkot; Starship Troopers.
Killing time around McLeod Ganj; the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives.
An unnerving train adventure trying to get to Jaipur.
Exploring Jaipur: the Palace of the Winds, the Jantar Mantar observatory; a Hindi film at the Raj Mandir.
The spectacular Amber fort near Jaipur.
Travel to Pushkar; sunset over the lake and a bad hotel.
Wandering through Pushkar.
Climbing up to a hilltop temple for a beautiful view of Pushkar.
A long bus trip to Jodhpur and the excellent Durag Niwas Guest House.
Jodhpur fort, iced curd, dealing with scammers.
Journey to Jaisalmer; the stunning golden sandstone walls of the fort city.
Wandering the streets of Jaisalmer; getting stuck between the walls.