From Delhi to Agra, Ranthambore to Jaipur and the ‘lake city’ of Udaipur, Rajasthan filled us with excitement. At times the cities instilled a wee bit of fear and shock in us, it should be said, but we were experiencing it for the first time, with no make-up on nor any frills. ‘This is India’ is a commonly said phrase which we used ourselves on more than one occasion to make light of a fair few frustrating situations. For its many flaws, no one can deny that Rajasthan is heavily laden with jaw-dropping, shiny and exceptionally well looked after palaces, forts and magical places. It has wonderful qualities; not least the vibrancy of its street life (especially during wedding season), its smiley children and its unfaltering passion for religion – something which is certainly not exclusive to Rajasthan. After a while though we found ourselves longing to get away from the dust…

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When we stepped off the modern airport express metro line which brought us from Indira Gandhi International Airport into New Delhi, we were confident we could find our way to our hotel with ease – things looked simple enough. It seems though that the metro had lured us into a false sense of security, giving us a soft and gentle introduction to the city of Delhi that was quite the polar-opposite of what we were about to be confronted with. Bleary-eyed but alert, nothing could prepare us for the rollercoaster of emotions that engulfed us within seconds of exiting the station. Any chance of finding our feet or getting our bearings vanished in an instant. Utter chaos surrounded us in every direction. The well-known saying that India is an ‘assault on the senses’ is most definitely true and Delhi was no exception. We looked left, then right, before repeating the…

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