Jiufen is a scenic historic gold mining town perched on steep hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Nowadays it’s packed with vendors who’ve come up with useless yet ingenious products and tasty snacks to lighten your wallet. It’s well worth a visit if you avoid this place on weekends, when the crush of tourists has you trapped and unable to move through the shopping street.
I’ll be heading back to India next month. Looking forward to another round of adventure on the subcontinent. This year my time will be split between the Dusshera (religious festival) in the capital city New Delhi, and Jodhpur, a city in arid Rajasthan.
A camel does his sun salutations after a long day on the mela grounds. His 20,000 associates are bedding down for the night just down the hill.
The fair doesn’t really begin until the circus comes to town.
A cow enjoys a quiet back street while outside the gates the camel fair goes full tilt.
Dress attire can be a little unconventional at some hotels in India. Take for instance this handy anti-monkey air rifle.
The main bazar area of the Paharganj in New Delhi is the first port of call for many backpackers arriving in India. Tourists and locals flock to the Indo-Korean-Chinese-Mughlai restaurants, primarily for the A/C and free WiFi.
The Paharganj is a love/hate affair for most travelers. Either way after spending just a little time on the main bazar, this will be an extremely welcoming sight.
Dear New Delhi smog, see you soon.