Ranthambore National Park, Part 2: Castle on the Hill

I’m not one for a lazy holiday. I’ll spend about 3 hours on the beach before getting bored, my feet itching to try some thrilling new watersport or pack up my bag and go somewhere else. So when Mohammed proposed a whole morning languishing in the luxury resort, with some light sightseeing in the afternoon, … More Ranthambore National Park, Part 2: Castle on the Hill

Ranthambore National Park, Part 1: Looking For My Leopard

Under the cover of darkness, the Vauxhall veered off paved roads and into dusty desert tracks. Feeling a bit ill at ease, I thought back to the more wonderful moments of my life: holidays, graduations, all the cats I’ve met – and now this trip. Well, if this poorly-lit rural track was to be my … More Ranthambore National Park, Part 1: Looking For My Leopard

Jaipur Japes: Part 2

Breakfasts in Indian hotels are something else. The moment I’d grabbed a measly bowl of cornflakes and sat down with a few fellow early risers, a masala chai appeared in front of me. But unlike back home, my cereal and cuppa was only the starter – it would soon be followed by buttery parathas and … More Jaipur Japes: Part 2

Road Trip to Rajasthan

Shoulders still complaining about last night’s impromptu bhangra party, we departed Agra bright and early on New Year’s Day. The roads were quieter than I’d expected – perhaps everybody else had had a little too much daaru (booze) the night before. We reached our first stop of the day, Fatehpur Sikri, after just an hour … More Road Trip to Rajasthan