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This site documents a tour of India taken in 2016 with Barinderjit Singh Bal as the driver.

Map of India Odyssey

Map of India Odyssey

English language news is available from The Times of India which provides a perspective on life in India and events around the world.

November 15th - November 17th
New Delhi





Devna Bed and Breakfast

November 17th - November 19th
Nawalgarh (Shekawati Region)





Roop Niwas Kothi

November 19th - November 20th




Ranvas Nagaur

November 20th - November 23rd



Bal Samand Lake Palace

Sardar Samand Lake Palace

November 23rd - November 25th



Madri Haveli

November 25th - November 26th
Fort Barli




Fort Barli

November 26th - November 28th




Dera Rawatsar

November 28th - November 29th





Laxmi Vilas Palace

November 30th - December 1st






December 1st - December 3rd





Amar Mahal

December 3rd - December 4th





Hotel Isabel Palace

December 4th - December 6th




Ganpati Guest House

December 6th - December 7th
New Delhi

Inn Tawang

Maidens Hotel

Reading List

Hall, Tarquin. The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2010.

This who-dunnit provides an entertaining glimpse of life in contemporary Delhi.

Kipling, Rudyard. Kim.

Although it reflects many of the racist stereotypes and imperialistic ideas of its time, Kipling's adventure novel often provides an affectionate depiction of India's multicultural mosaic and traditional wisdom.

Mukherjee, Bharati. Miss New India. New York: Mariner Books, 2012.

This story of a charming, beautiful and naive young woman who flees her tradition bound hometown in the backwaters of Bihar to find a new life in the bustling high tech world of Bangalore. In the process she discovers the gloom behind the glitter and an appreciation for the virtues of the world that is being left behind. Most importantly, she is reinforced in her determination to define her place in the new India on her own terms.

D'Oyly, Sir Charles. Tom Raw, the Griffin

This burlesque poem in twelve cantos is illustrated with twenty-five engravings portraying the adventures of a cadet in the East India company's service, from his departure from England until he obtains a staff position in India.

Parks, Francis. Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the Picturesque.

In her twenty-four years in India, as the wife of a British official, Fanny Parks travelled far and wide and befriended many important people including the Queen of Gwalior, Baiza Bai.

Sherwood, Mary Martha. The History of Little Henry and His Bearer

This is a relic of the missionary influence which became increasingly evident in India in the nineteenth century.

© Derrick Grose, 2016-2017