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20th January, 1936

Went with Mac to Breach Kandy – a fine swimming place – one bath under cover and one in the open air with fine gardens surrounding it. Spent a restful two hours watching the swimming and in the afternoon drove to the Towers of Silence, where the Parsees take their dead to be devoured by vultures. We saw the Towers from a distance, owing to the danger of infection, but a model was explained by a guide. They consist of a circular tower, inside which are fixed three grid-like circles,... Read More

bombay skyline image 19/01/2013
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19th January, 1936

Arrived Bombay 7:05am – a distance of 425 miles. The last of our night journeys in the train and we are now at the Taj Mahal Hotel in heat and civilisation once more. Spent the day resting, bathing and changing into lighter clothing.

Gem Lake, IndiaIMAGE 18/01/2013
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18th January, 1936

A rickshaw drive round the Gem lake, Mount Abu and through the bazaars which are the cleanest and neatest we have seen in India. Mount Abu is very hilly and rocky and we got some splendid views going round the Lake. Afterwards we drove to the famous Dilwara Temples by rickshaw – 3 men to each. One can hardly describe these temples after seeing so much carving in marble and stone during our tour. There are two Jain Temples of white marble and there are two more temples but they... Read More

mount-abu image 17/01/2013
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17th January, 1936

Arrived at  Abu Road station and transferred to a motor car for a drive 18 miles up the mountain side rising to an elevation of 4,500 feet. The road was wider and better than in Ceylon and up to Darjeeling and, although there was a tremendous drop on one side we did not get the thrills previously encountered. The scenery was beautiful. The Rajputana Hotel, although good, did not just meet our requirements. The sanitary and bathing arrangements were primitive and a big log fire in our bedrooms made our... Read More

Jagdish-Temple Image 15/01/2013
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15th January, 1936

A drive through the city to the Jagdish Temple, old and new palaces, the Royal Stables and Coach House, and the Gangore Ghat. Here were women cleaning their brass containers and then filling them water. They filtered the water by simply pouring it through a dirty rag into the vessel. They used a dirty rag as a pad for their heads and then carried two large brass containers on top – one above the other and each filled with water. To see the women lift a large brass vase filled... Read More

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14th January, 1936

A drive to the Slave Girls’ garden – fine fountain effects round the Pool and gardens used on festivals. Udaipur is India as it was hundreds of years ago. The main street is narrow and the buildings are ramshackle. Very dusty and natives, cows and dogs crowd the streets make it difficult for us to force a passage. So far totally different from Jaipur.