What could possibly be more dazzling and exotic than a cruise down the Nile?! The daringly modern travellers are travelling light: trunks of silver, china cups, leather bound books, petticoats, umbrellas and hard hats. Through the gentle, hazy glow of dawn, the past draws into sight: Pyramids a-hoy! A crisp morning breeze carries the scent of luminous grapefruit, steeped in solar jasmine inside this watery Oud. Sweet orange blossom entwines with rose.
The dancing white sails of the Felucca find a contrast in the structuring mast that calmly transports Victorian explorers, Egyptologists and archaeologists fascinated by the Ancient tombs, the pharaohs and the fecund banks of the longest river. Guaiac wood and deep amber-Oud bring a reassuring depth.
Our mountain train’s arrival into Bombay was greeted by an explosion of sound that dazzled our reverie and shook us awake. Vivid colourful saris, Paithani, swirl all around, and to complete the sensory overload, before long there is the welcoming smell of spicy hot tea! Added to it, as tradition dictates, an agreeable explosion of spice (cardamom, nutmeg and pepper - the fragrant holy trinity). The soothing aspect of a silky, milky rose, serves as a rousing caress. Soon there is the famed cedar from Himachal Pradesh that blends with the smell of leather trunks. Because travel has always been the greatest feat of independence. And to best capture the feeling of our faithful companion, the sun - bountiful, low and full - rich amber infuses and illuminates the end of the day.