Kerala – a journey through God’s own country

Kerala - a journey through God's own country

In November, I spent a week travelling through Kerala with some friends — it was a great trip, though extremely rushed. I totally recommend it, but wouldn’t suggest you try and make it as hectic as we did: we spent a week going through Trivandrum, Alleppey, Periyar, Munnar and Kochi, and didn’t really see any […]

Jakarta – A Brief Visit

Jakarta - A Brief Visit

I briefly got a chance to visit Jakarta in November, and stayed with an old friend — I didn’t explore a huge amount of it, and mostly spent it at my friend’s place hanging out. It’s a massive city, and so much time is spent on the road (there is effectively no public transport system, […]

‘Looking for nothing’ in Iraq’s desert

'Looking for nothing' in Iraq's desert

QALAAT MUZEIBLEH, Iraq (AFP) – At the end of a research trip to an oil field in east Iraq, Ruba Husari took a detour to visit a site she had wanted to see for some time. When she arrived it was barren — but still she was delighted. Less than 10 kilometres (six miles) from […]

Udaipur and Jodhpur – Islands and Forts

Udaipur and Jodhpur - Islands and Forts

Udaipur and Jodhpur were both fantastic in their own rights, and no one should miss them on a trip through Rajasthan — the beautiful Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir islands in Udaipur, and the incredibly imposing Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, both making for a tremendous trip for dramatically different reasons. You can probably guess, I […]

Jaipur and Jaisalmer – Fort-astic

Jaipur and Jaisalmer - Fort-astic

Rajasthan is of course picturesque for many reasons, and two of the main ones are its incredible forts and palaces — Amber Fort in Jaipur is enormous and Jaipur’s City Palace is fantastic, while Jaisalmer Fort is incredible, if only for the fact that people still live in it. The two cities are otherwise very […]

Agra, Delhi and Hyderabad – my ‘Golden Triangle’

Agra, Delhi and Hyderabad - my 'Golden Triangle'

Last year, I went on a whirlwind trip through a small part of north India — starting out in Agra (after arriving in Delhi the previous night), I went to Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, before returning to Delhi and then moving on to Hyderabad. Somehow, while complaining of how hectic my parents’ annual trips […]