The Virtual Traveller
GABRIEL MORRIS: A little over a week ago I travelled from Rishikesh south back to Delhi. It's hard to believe I've been here almost two months already! It's quite a bit colder now, but the falcons are still flying over the rooftops!
I stayed a couple of nights and checked out the Grand Mosque, which is the largest mosque in India. I got some great shots of hundreds of pigeons flying around with the mosque in the background.
From there I caught an overnight train south to the peaceful little of village of Orchha, where I visited once before when I was here three years ago. It's a very mellow place with a nice river, surrounded by beautiful countryside and packed with a several impressive 500-year-old temples, forts and palaces.
The room I have now is about $4 a night, but it's actually pretty nice, with a double bed, extra chair, small desk. I would certainly love to stay in fancier rooms if I could afford it, but I much prefer to spend 10% of the price of a nice room and travel for 10 times longer! The only problem is some noise from the street etc., but I can't blame the room for that.
I don't think it's more risky travelling this way. You just have to be aware and keep your eyes open. The main problem I find is people trying to charge you too much for things, but as you stay in a country for a while you get a good idea of what things should cost, and then if you speak a few words of the local language, that disarms people and they're more likely to give you the real price.
Hanging out in peaceful Orchha for a few more days then I'm continuing south to Mandu, an entire city of ancient Muslim ruins that sounds pretty fascinating to explore.
A view of the forts and palaces in Orchha, India
Great views of the Indian countryside and a flying vulture
The sunset this evening in Orchha, and amazing views of some of the temples, about a 10 minute walk from my hotel
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Gabriel Morris was born in Vancouver, Canada, raised in rural northern California and has also lived in Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Alberta. He is an admitted travel addict as well as outdoors enthusiast, cultural explorer and spiritual seeker with a B.A. in World Religions. He has travelled sporadically since the age of eighteen, and will undoubtedly continue to do so.
His next adventure, takes him to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Nepal and possibly elsewhere. He will be exploring tropical paradise in the Philippines, visiting with orangutans in Malaysia, participating in spiritual ceremonies in Bali, practicing yoga in India, and much more.
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