My trip to India came about by seeing the details at an exhibition at Hilliers Gardens where professional photographer, Paul Sansome, was showing his pictures.  It was called The Colours of Rajasthan and visited Delhi, Pathan, Jaipur, Khimsar, Jaisalmer and Jodphur, taking in a cattle market at Nagaur and a Desert Festival.  The trip took 15 days but I extended it by another 4 nights to see the Taj Mahal in Agra and to spend 3 more nights in Delhi.  

The hotels we stayed in were excellent quality Heritage Hotels.   They were converted maharaja's palaces, a fort, or havelis (rich merchant's homes), hundreds of years old and full of history but with all mod cons.  Delhi and Agra were modern hotels.  In the photograph I am standing one of the balconies of the Patan Mahal, a 200 year old fort and palace where we slept in 4 poster beds!  

There were 10 other photographers on the trip including Keven Sandall who was co-leader.  The trip included visits to towns where there were very few, and in some cases, no other European visitors. Consequently we were of as much interest to the local people as they were to us!  We were met with friendly smiles wherever we went and people were pleased to have their pictures taken, eager to see the picture on the back of the camera.  We also had our photographs taken many times on mobile phones!