While Sri Lanka may be best known for its pristine beaches and producing some of the best tea in the world in the hill country, it also contains some of the finest archaeological wonders in Asia. North of the hill country lies the “Cultural Triangle” including ancient Buddhist caves in Dambulla, the giant rock citadel in Sigriya, the endless ruins of Anuradhpura and plenty more in between. With extremely high entrance fees and time for only one site we polled each group of travelers coming from the opposite direction and decided to head to Anuradhapura.
Maybe it was my constant reading about Jim Corbett (famous tiger hunter/conservationist) and his hunting maneaters, or maybe it was my obsessive looking at photos of tigers online that caused Lianna to suggest we should try one last time for a chance to see a tiger. Our only logical choice was to head to Jaipur for a night before catching the next train to Ranthambore, Rajasthan’s best known tiger park. After discussing our budget and time frame before flying to Goa for Christmas we figured we could only afford to spend one day on safari in the park, not very much time.
After the chaos and hassle of Agra and Jaipur, Pushkar comes as a breath of well needed fresh air. Most know it for the carnival style camel fair each fall, but Pushkar is also an important pilgrimage place for locals who come to bathe in the holy lake. When we arrived we were surprised to see that there was no such holy lake and only a holy puddle left! This years monsoon was poor and thus the lake had dried up.