We arrived in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) at 3:30am. We stayed with a family that consisted of a couple with a four year old boy.
After leaving our hosts in Mumbai, we took a 21 hour train trip to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.
We made our way to Delhi via a public bus, which took about four hours. We stayed at a quiet hotel in between Old and New Delhi.
We flew from Delhi to SIkkim, which is located in the northeastern part of India. It was an independent kingdom until 1974, when it became part of India.
After flying back to Delhi from Sikkim, we made our way around Rajasthan for 10 days. The first five days were spent visiting two national parks.
We spent the last few days in Rajasthan taking the train to visit the cities of Jaipur and Jodhpur. Jaipur is known as the Pink City and we saw the City Palace, Observatory and the Palace of the Winds.
This overview provides some snapshots of the five weeks that we spent in India. In addition to visiting the major cities of Mumbai and Delhi and, of course, the Taj Mahal, we also were able to experience the beauty of two national parks, a spectacular hike in Sikkim through the Himalayas and the charm of Rajasthan.
After leaving Australia, we stopped in Brunei for 36 hours before continuing to Bangkok. This country, on the island of Borneo, is one of the wealthiest in the world.
We initially spent three days in Bangkok over the New Year’s holiday. On New Year’s Day, we visited several temples, along with many Thais seeking a blessing for the new year.
After taking an all-night train to Chiang Mai, we spent a couple of days exploring the many temples in town and enjoying the night markets and food. We then took a public bus and taxi to Tha Ton, near the border with Myanmar.