On November 13, we will be starting another great journey – 16 days in India!
Day 2-4 : Delhi
- The house of Mahatma Gandhi
- Sikh Temple locally called Gurduwara Bangla Sahib
- UNESCO World heritage site Humayun’s tomb
- Old Delhi – Jama Mosque
- Bicycle rickshaw through Chandni Chowk, spice market and jewelers lane
- UNESCO World Heritage Site the Red Fort
- Raj Ghat, the site of Mahatma Gandhi’s final journey
- UNESCO world heritage site Qutab Minar, the highest tower in India
Day 5: Delhi – Varanasi
- A short flight to the holy city of Varanasi, the religious capital of Hinduism and one of the oldest living cities in the world
- Sarnath, the site where Buddha preached his first sermon
- The banks of the Ganges to witness the devotional ceremony of Aarti performed by devout Hindus
Day 6: Varanasi – Agra
- Sunrise boat ride along the Ganges to see the bathing Ghats (river bank) & cremation site
- Flight to Agra
- The Love Story of The Taj Mahal, Live Play/Musical Performance
Day 7: Agra
- Sunrise at the Taj Mahal
- Red Fort
- Marble factory
Day 8-9: Agra – Jaipur
- Tour Jaipur – the ‘Pink City’
- Elephant ride to Amber Fort
- City Palace Museum
- Jantar Mantar Observatory
- Evening Elephant Safari & Dinner
Day 10: Jaipur – Jodhpur
- Drive to Jodhpur
- Auto Rikshaw ride and visit the market
Day 11: Jodhpur
- Mehrangarh Fort
- Umaid Bhawan Palace
- Camel safari in the Osian village
Day 12: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur
- 12th Century temple Ranakpur Jain
- Lake Palace
Day 13: Udaipur
- City Palace
- Crystal Gallery
- Garden of the Maids of Honour
- Cooking class with a local family
- Evening boat cruise on Lake Pichola
Day 14: Udaipur – Mumbai
- Flight to Mumbai
- Boat ride to Elephanta Island
Day 15: Mumbai
- Dharavi – the Slum Dog Millionaire Tour
- Crawford Market shopping area
Day 16: Depart for Canada
The first two of our three scheduled stops in Iceland were Akuryri on the north end of the island, and Isafjodur on the northwest. Both are small towns existing mainly for fishing and a bit of farming. Now that they are on the tourist map some of the locals have purchased vans and ave started to provide tours. Yesterday we were driven around by a gentleman who lived a bit out of town (just about everything is out of town) who, in addition to driving the school bus and local taxi, had a farm, raised sheep, and harvested eiderdown from the thousands of eider ducks that nest on his property each spring. Apparently, the majority of the world’s eiderdown comes from Iceland. Who knew?
Both days were filled with eyepopping scenery and amazing geologic features – waterfalls from melting glaciers, bubbling hot mud puddles, steam vents, fiords and lava rock formations. It’s like walking through a National Geographic magazine! It’s rugged and mostly untouched, but that will undoubtedly change as more tourists arrive. For now though, no MacDonalds, Starbucks or even traffic lights!
Our last stop in Iceland was two days in Reykjavik, the capital city. Unlike the rest of the country, Reykjavik is a modern bustling city with high rises, highways and lots of cars. But it only takes a short ride to once again be immersed in the rugged beauty of the island. Our tour outside of the city included the famous geysers, more spectacular waterfalls and the national park.
Next – on to Greenland!
A couple of blustery days at sea in the North Atlantic and crossing the Arctic Circle.
We are spending a couple of days in Copenhagen before boarding the ship. It has been around 12 years since our last visit here and expectedly, things have changed somewhat. It is still a wonderful city – the iconic landmarks are still here – the boats and restaurants of Nyhavn, Tivoli, Stroget (the walking street), the pastry shops, the Little Mermaid, etc. but there are lots of new buildings going up, fewer bicycles, and more cars than I remember.
This is where a quarter of my DNA originates so I have an affinity for the city. It is a unique blend of Scandinavian modern, cosmopolitan vibe, and Danish quaint.
Dinner tonight at a restaurant known for its traditional Danish food. Tomorrow- on the ship and heading to Norway!