Rising 3,726 metres above the clear tropical waters surrounding Lombok, Mt Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest volcano. We based ourselves in Senaru on Rinjani’s fertile slopes and took a look around.
Geographically close but philosophically far from the party beaches a little north, Jimbaran has a relaxed fishing village vibe, a long stretch of sand, and restaurants with tables right on the beach!
Udaipur, city of lakes and palaces, is a great place to relax for a few days. The beautiful old havellis and palace complex are best viewed from pretty Lake Pichola. We took a look around.
With a burgeoning tourist market, the accommodation options on Lombok are growing, with plenty of options away from the main tourist area where you can experience Lombok’s friendly people. Here’s where we stayed.
The Auckland City Walk is one of many beautiful walks in the Waitakere Ranges. It’s a perfect walk for families with small children as it has a flat, gravel track and so is suitable for buggies.
Delhi is the political and cultural capital of India and home to more than 15 million people. With a history of at least 2600 years, encompassing Hindu, Mughal and English colonialism, it’s a fascinating melting pot with enough quiet corners for little travel bugs to adjust in.
The best place to view Udaipur’s lakeside royal palace and grand havelis is from the water – we took a boat trip on Lake Pichola.
Motuihe Island is in Auckland’s inner Hauraki Gulf and is a recreational reserve managed by the NZ Department of Conservation. It has beautiful sandy beaches, clear water and sheltered anchorages that are popular with Auckland boaties. With a campground, walks to enjoy and beaches to explore, Motuihe is a fun family day or overnight destination and is only 45 minutes from downtown Auckland.
With a palm-lined black volcanic sand beach, this fishing port and market town has an authentic air and is a hidden jewel on Lombok’s northeastern coast.
An Indian train is a thoroughly romantic way to travel and your trip to India is not complete until you have experienced the visual feast and cultural diversity of a bustling Indian railway station.
Eager to experience rural Rajasthani life, we headed to the small village of Ghanerao, where we stayed in the town’s old fort before heading to the Khumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary.
Our trip in Rajasthan included a visit to a textile workshop in the market town of Pipar, 60km from Jodhpur. In a workshop lined with the hand-carved wooden blocks used to block print fabric, we learnt a little about the process – and Meg got to block print her own fabric.
The Gili Islands are three tiny reef-fringed atolls sitting in clear blue waters off the North-Western coast of Lombok and are an idyllic place to spend a few days snorkeling, swimming and relaxing.
Our adventure in India began with a few days in Delhi and we chose to base ourselves in the South Delhi neighbourhood of Hauz Khas.
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