...and the Sun Temple is famous for it's huge holy wheels
Life sized elephant statues feature in many temples, here also in Konark's Sun Temple
In a strange variation to
Australia's famous Foster's Beer in India you can buy Foster's mineral
water. The logo describes 'from the famous Australian brand'.
Bhubaneshwar and my view from the hotel veranda
With 22 hours my longest ever train journey took my to one of India's
other Mega-Cities: Chennai, formerly known as Madras, the capital of
Just South of Chennai I
found the old French enclave of Pondicherry, made famous by the best
seller novel 'Life of Pi'. It was Christmas eve when I arrived and the
entire town was lit up in celebration. This photo shows the Immaculate
Lots and lots of houses had colourful Christmas murals painted on the pavement just outside their entrance (in Pondicherry)
And just outside Pondicherry's cathedral I found a Christmas Market.
Although there is no
beach, Pondicherry is still beautifully located on the Indian Ocean.
The seabreeze provides a welcome relief from the hot daytime
temperatures while sipping on a 'Cold Coffee' (=Icecoffee) in one of
the many French heritage cafes.
The times of queuing for
train tickets and arguing with tuk-tuk drivers are finally over. In
Pondicherry I bought this beautiful year old Bajaj Pulsar, an
Indian made 150ccm motorbike. It would be my companion for almost the
entire remainder of the journey and would let me enjoy an unprecedented
freedom in India.
Cave temples like this one in Mamalapura are a prominent feature on the
tourism map of many parts of Southern India. Later on I would visit
some truly spectacular ones.