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Incredible India

The blog's been a little quiet recently as I spent almost all of November and a bit of December travelling around South India with my mother (who needed a travel companion and generously asked me). I'd always harboured a desire to visit India, and my imagination had vague romantic visions from childhood of tigers lurking in jungles, and crumbling temples covered in vines and monkeys.

A regal beginning: the balcony at the Falaknuma Palace hotel in Hyderabad
 I didn't see any tigers (not from want of trying!), but India really was an incredible experience, far surpassing what I'd hoped in terms of an adventure for all the senses. Having recently bought a new camera (the very capable Sony NEX-5N), I went a little crazy and took about 3000 photographs, along with a lot of video. As we'd planned our route around various cultural and historical sites, I've subsequently got a lot of photos of heritage locales that I'd like to share. On top of this, the experience of travelling through a country so different to my own in many ways was endlessly fascinating, and I also have a lot of shots of villages, street scenes and particularly the many Indians we randomly encountered who were just as intrigued by us as we were by them.

So I'm going to produce a series of blog posts that are roughly thematic, and I hope you enjoy these little vignettes of what was a truly amazing few weeks. The image in this post is of part of the first (and definitely most luxurious) heritage hotel we stayed at in Hyderabad; what the photo can't communicate is the dry, spiced, wood-smoke smell of the city below us, and the cracking of Diwali fireworks going off in the distance.

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