The Taj Mahal at sunrise is the stuff of dreams

Sometimes monuments or buildings come with such high expectations that you can't help feel disappointed when you visit. The Taj Mahal is not one of these places. It was everything I expected and so much more. It was magnificent and I still can't believe I've actually seen it in the flesh.

Safaris in India’s Tiger Reserve: Ranthambhore National Park

Arriving into Sawai Madhoper was a breath of fresh air after the hustle and bustle of Jaipur. It felt a million miles away. Our time in this rural town was full of incredible safaris, dramatic storms and heaps of time to relax. It was just what we needed and we managed to see a range of wildlife across our 3 safaris.

What to expect in Jaipur: it’s loud, it’s crazy and it’s utterly beautiful

Jaipur for me was a whirlwind and had many ups, a few downs and moments of pure confusion. We spent 3 days wandering around The Pink City, visiting palaces and forts, and taking in as much of this insane city as possible. There is so much to do, both in and out of the city, and it truly is a remarkable place. Where do I even begin with our stay here?

Finding perfection in India’s beautiful Blue City: Jodhpur

Our first impression of India's Blue City was a good one. Nestled amongst the tight streets and alleys in shades of blue, was our unique hostel and its rooftop, looking up at the imposing fort above. I was expecting pure chaos but Jodhpur has a tranquil side to it, only minutes from the main streets full of tuk tuks, mopeds and cows.

Exploring Udaipur, celebrating the Mewar Festival and visiting Ranakpur

Our third and last full day in The White City was full of endless wandering around the busy streets, taking in the striking city from the middle of the lake, enjoying an incredible meal from a rooftop at sunset and immersing ourselves in the loud, colourful festival. Udaipur just kept on giving.

The calm and chaos of India’s White City: Udaipur

Udaipur was everything I expected and more. It was grand, full of exquisite architecture and littered with colourful fabrics, food and flora. What I didn't expect was to find some of the kindest people I've ever met, to feel relaxed and at ease quite so quickly, or to see cows sit at the top of the pecking order when it comes to road rules. No one is safer than a cow on an Indian road.

Our Rajasthani Roadtrip

Letter 158 In just 1 week I will be taking my first of 4 flights over to India. It will not only be my first visit to India, but also to the continent of Asia, and I can't wait. Expect sunrises, temples, patterns and people. Also expect a very tired, sweaty Lou returning to the … Continue reading Our Rajasthani Roadtrip

My travel plans have COMPLETELY changed.

Letter 157 In the space of a year, or 40 letters, my plans have completely changed. Plans for work, for living and, most importantly, for travel. It's strangely apt that I wrote letter 117 about my travel plans after university, and letter 137 about how they've changed and how much travel I would be doing … Continue reading My travel plans have COMPLETELY changed.

Prague is pretty in any season

Letter 156 A collage of rich terracotta, creamy yellow and vibrant emerald is the stunning view when overlooking Prague, one of the prettiest cities in the world. Wandering around the quaint streets and striking squares, I could so easily see why Prague is a firm favourite among many. You can't not fall a little bit … Continue reading Prague is pretty in any season

My winter wonderland – from Wroclaw to Prague

Letter 155 My previous letter culminated in my final evening in Wroclaw, spent in a bar with 10 relative strangers. However, my last day in Wroclaw was so full and lovely, that I felt it deserved it's own letter. I woke up to a city dusted in snow beneath blue skies. These truly are my … Continue reading My winter wonderland – from Wroclaw to Prague