Best of India

We chose India as kick off-destination for our world trip and were overwhelmed about how breathtaking this country was, too astonishingly to describe in detail. Summing up our trip, we visited the following spots: Mumbai-Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh-Ranakpur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer-Jaipur-Agra-Khajuraho-Varanasi-Calcutta. Enjoy a picture-potpourri of our impressions dedicated to Incredible India!

Desert life is hard life, Thar Desert, India

“I would not recommend going more than one day! The saddles are so hard it hurts like hell”, the Swiss backpacker Aaron advised us when we told him about our plans. But there are no test reports about riding camels with Lederhosen. That’s why we realized our plan: A four days/three nights camel safari in the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer, near the Pakistanian border. We chose a strictly non-touristic version [&hellip

Taj Mahal, and Leather Shoes?

One of India’s most famous monuments is: the Taj Mahal in Agra! Unfortunately, this year’s January was not the perfect month for visiting Agra, as the weather was foggy most of the time and clear sight with blue sky was only a matter of luck. But we managed to see the impressive white marble mausoleum built from Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his dead wife Mumtaz Mahal. The creation which [&hellip

Social project: Education in the slums of Jaipur

Following the kind invitation of Shyam, a guy we met by chance in the old town of Jaipur, we visited an effortful social project intended to give poor slum dwellers the opportunity to educate their children. Actually, we were overwhelmed by the extremely warm welcome and hospitality of his family: his wife and five children, three girls and two boys aged between two and twelve years. Without any governmental help, [&hellip

“Jungle-Trekking” in Kumbhalgarh

In the nature resort near the fort Kumbhalgarh we learned about the possibility to do a so called “Jungle safari”. We packed our trekking shoes, our backpacks and put on our  Knickerbocker Lederhosen. Directed by a middle-aged local forest guide who was wearing old used-looking sandals –sic!-, through an extremely heterogeneous mountain area, we hiked more than 16 km in four hours! Unluckily we didn’t find anything which was looking [&hellip

Special New Years Eve in Jaipur

On our way to a New Years Eve-party location in the city center of Jaipur, we by chance encountered three highly celebration-motivated young Ukrainian guys: Katja, Alex, and Igor. Together, we bashed into a festivity located in the park inn-hotel dedicated to the theme of Bollywood film music. The event was mostly crowed by young, fancy upper class Indians, but also a bunch of American students, amusingly dressed in Saris [&hellip

David and Helmut Wrestling
Mud Wrestling in Udaipur

“Are the traditional Lederhosen mud-resistant and fitting for wrestling?”, Salim, our Tuk Tuk driver asked us while showing us the most secret places in Udaipur, a half-million inhabitants city in the Indian province of Rajasthan.  Mud wrestling is a long-established competitive men´s sport there. Traditionally, brown, dry soil is administered to an about 4x4m paved fighting arena in which two barefoot males try to compete the offender

Bollywood: No Admission without Permission
Bollywood: No Admission Without Permission

Our first stop after leaving Vienna was India’s largest city Mumbai, the “capital” of the Bollywood-film industry. What would be cooler than playing a little role in one of those colorful fancy films – in original Lederhosen, as you could imagine!

Landed in Mumbai

With about 20 million people, Mumbai is India’s largest city. Most people live in the northern districts and outside the city center… We decided to stay in a part called ‘Santa Cruz’ with really few tourists. You can walk around for hours, go to the busy Andheri train station without seeing any western people. Looking for train-timetables is obsolete – you won’t find any&#