Friday, March 29, 2013

Photos all morning and a magical concert in the garden of one of the loveliest understated hotels in the world



Good evening from India, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.

It's been a pretty fantastic trip so far. I am so glad I decided to come to this rather undiscovered part of India for a bit of exploration and a bit of a holiday at the same time.

I wish I could write more about it, but this is about it for now.

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I'm really enjoying myself on this trip, that'll take me to three cities in India.

One of them I've been many times before, but the other two cities are completely new destinations for me.

THE PERFECT COMBINATION



It's the perfect combination of luxury, history, the good life, heritage, interesting people, excellent food, and good shopping. And all in a place not too many people have heard of yet.

You'll read about it soon enough, I hope, in Travelife Magazine. As always, we're there first -- and never in the usual tourist way.

The experience of the best of local culture is an essential ingredient of a Travelife.



A MORNING OF PHOTOGRAPHS

Today, after breakfast, we set out to discover more of the city.

My friend and I both like taking photographs. So we spent most of the morning wandering around an amazing ancient site taking photos of everything.


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Cathay Pacific flies direct from Hong Kong 
to most major cities in India

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It was really fun and relaxing to have nothing on my mind save for the idea of capturing an intensely personal experience and some indescribably beautiful moments via photographs.

We were the only foreigners in the entire place -- yes, that's how off the beaten track this place is.



So everywhere we went in this site, people came up to talk to us or else they wanted their photos taken with us. Of course, we obliged; and I'm posting some photos taken with some of the kids and the ladies. The children were really so charming.

They all have serious expressions on their faces, as you can see here. But after the photos was taken, there was shouting, jumping and smiling all around. It was really very funny.

The kids taking photos of me with their mother's phone....


A MAGICAL EVENING OF MUSIC

Then in the early evening, we sat in the garden of our hotel for a very unique concert of some truly magical music. I was completely mesmerized by the music and the soulful voices of the singers, who formed part of a local troupe.

The evening was cool and beautiful, the moon was almost full and orange, and there we were in the garden of one of the most incredible, luxurious and yet understated hotels in the world, listening to music that made me shiver.



video
Click here to watch a portion of the private concert tonight

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Read more about this amazing hotel
and our trip to India
in an upcoming issue of Travelife Magazine

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Yes, it was one of those surreal moments when I felt incredibly lucky to be doing things I love and to be experiencing so many fantastic things in this world.

ANOTHER DINNER FOR THE BOOKS

Then we had dinner in the city's fanciest restaurant.

We ordered everything we wanted and shared the dishes. The food was so good.

It ended up being another long and rather philosophical meal, as well as another pretty wonderful day, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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