Jodhpur, known as the 'Blue City' is a highlight of Rajasthan. Slightly less hectic than nearby Jaipur, it's worth spending some time wandering through the Old Town, chatting to the people you encounter along the way and browsing through the markets. You'll get a vivid insight into the daily life of Jodhpur's residents and will probably get drawn into some interesting conversations and come away with some unusual souvenirs. Then, climb up steep, rocky outcrop to Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort which towers over the city and offers dramatic views of the sprawling blue and whitewashed houses below.
Louisa, India & Sri Lanka Specialist
I have always loved travel and first discovered India when I spent time working in Delhi in 2012. Since then I have spent lots of time exploring India and particularly love Rajasthan, Kerala and Karnataka. In recent years I have also extensively travelled the island of Sri Lanka, I enjoy tracking wildlife in the many National Parks, seeing the ancient sights of the Cultural Triangle and exploring the lush plantations of Sri Lanka's tea country.
I love researching boutique style character accommodation and new exciting excursions, and with this experience I really enjoy putting together extraordinary trips to India and Sri Lanka for clients so that they can discover the part of the world I know and love so much.
Along with trips to the Indian Subcontinent previous adventures have included volunteering stints in Africa, a trek through Tibet to Everest Base Camp and a few years living on Australia's eastern coast. I love good food, current affairs and planning future trips over a glass of wine with friends.
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The Kandy House is a former ancestral manor house which was built in 1804 and has undergone a loving restoration. It's one of Sri Lanka's most atmospheric properties and seems to ooze sophistication. After a day in bustling Kandy you can laze by the pool, retire to your antique-filled room, enjoy the fusion food or sit with other travellers in the garden chatting over a perfectly-mixed cocktail. Fairy lights twinkle on the soaring trees as the sun goes down and it quickly becomes hard to believe you're just a short drive from such a busy city.
I'll never forget when…
During a visit to the rural village of Chanoud in Rajasthan I stayed in a converted palace which had housed 13 generations of the same family over the course of hundreds of years. One evening I opted to join a member of the family for a drive out to the nearby salt lake in an old, open-top jeep. We were having tea at the lakeside and chatting about the landscape when a flock of flamingos swooped down just in time for the sunset behind the mountains. It was the perfect addition to an already idyllic scene.