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Special Places to Stay in Rajasthan - Neemrana Fort Palace

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Special Places to Stay in Rajasthan - Neemrana Fort Palace

Wandering round the myriad staircases, corridors and battlements of Neemrana, finding the old water tank, sitting on the carved stone pavilions under the shade of chhatris, looking out over the countryside in the early morning - for a while you can have the rare experience of feeling like you're actually on holiday. 

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Gods, Musicians and the Bizarre - Bronze Sculptures of India

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Gods, Musicians and the Bizarre - Bronze Sculptures of India

Indian artisans have been casting brass and bronze sculptures for thousands of years. A quick tour of some of the unusual, and sometimes very strange, brass and bronze sculptures from different aspects of India on sale at the Silk Road Gallery.

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These are a few of my favourite things: Pot Bellied Ganesh

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These are a few of my favourite things: Pot Bellied Ganesh

These are a few of my favourite things One of my favourite objects in the gallery is the Pot Bellied Ganesh. I can’t remember when my love of elephants began but they are something of a life long passion, so when I first visited India 40 years ago not only was I thrilled to see so many elephants in the flesh, I was immediately and inevitably drawn to the elephant headed Hindu god Ganesh. Carved statues of Ganesh are often seen in the lintel over a door frame at the entrance to a house or by the side of the...

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Return to the Silk Road

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Return to the Silk Road

August 2017, we're heading off to the old Silk Road town of Leh, Ladakh, northern India. The Silk Road had numerous off shoots and Leh was a major Himalayan town on the Central Asian caravan routes of northern India. Caravans would come down across the Karakoram through Kashmir and from the Chang Tang and Tibet carrying wool and salt to be traded for cotton, silk, dyes, spices and dried fruit. In 1949 China annexed Tibet and closed the borders to trade and travel. Salt and wool no longer comes over from Tibet and there are no formal passages. Some clandestine trading...

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Karsha Monastery | Zanskar | Ladakh

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Karsha Monastery | Zanskar | Ladakh

Zanskar is adjacent to Ladakh in northern India sandwiched between Kashmir and Western Tibet. We’ve been to Karsha on three occasions, in 2008 we finished our 11 day trek from Lamayuru at the nearby village of Pishu. The drive along the rough track from Pishu to Karsha takes an hour. The large, 11th century monastery makes a dramatic site as it comes into view clinging to the steep rocky hillside. Below, the valley opens wide into a flat plain that reaches the town of Padum, oval fields are ripening into different colours, snow capped Zanskar mountains behind. We’d planned to arrive on...

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