Along our Indian adventures Fran and I came up with an awards list. Now we are probably bias to many of the places (especially Jodhpur) but really, this list could go on and on….
and the awards go to….
Most breathtaking moment: Standing at the top of the Himalayas – it cannot get any cooler than that!
Best chai: Given to me inside the art shop in Jodhpur
Craziest but awesome city: Kolkata
Best beach hut: Tina’s beach huts, Agonda
Favourite guesthouse: Yogi’s Guesthouse, Jodhpur
Best omelette: Definitely the Omelette Man by the Sadar Market in Jodhpur
Comfiest bed: Smyle Inn, New Delhi
Best place to buy a sari: Off the streets in Kolkata
Tastiest Indian snack: The samosa’s of course
Favourite shop: Shri Manglam in Jodhpur, lovely staff and great prices
Best place to meet other travellers: Panarama Guesthouse, Udaipur
Market: Anjuna flea market, Goa
Silliest place we swam in: Pushkar’s lake
City I’d like to live in: Mumbai
Saddest place to leave because I missed it so much: All of Rajasthan
Favourite city: Jodhpur: the blue city
Most culturally different: Varanasi
Best banana’s: The thumb sized bananas in Kerala – amazing!
Happiest train journey: Seated class from Agra to Delhi
Most friendly people: The locals in Jodhpur and Hampi
Best monument: Taj Mahal!
Cultural moment: At the Jodhpur RIFF festival listening to Rajasthani folk music
Tasiest street food: The spicy rice dish in Jodhpur
One of our favourite afternoons: Swimming in a 30ft ancient pool and driving a WWII jeep in Jaipur
Easiest transport: The coach on the way from New Delhi to Dharamsala. We watched Bollywood films, fell asleep, danced with Indians at the rest point and woke up in the Himalayas
Most imposing fort: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
Best restaurant: Ambrai next to the lake in Udaipur, delicious food with a romantic view / Sri restaurant, Goa for prawns!
Most beautiful beach: Agonda, Goa