Showing posts from March 25, 2007


Debbie and I got up early Saturday morning to fly to Dharwar, a small town north of Hubli. Our friend Eric had been telling us that if we wanted to see what India was like 20 years ago we needed to get out of the cities and visit some smaller towns, specifically Dharwar since he would be there and could be our tour guide.

We took Air Deccan, a "no frills" discount airline with no reserved seats, snacks for purchase and really low fares. We flew from Bangalore to Belgaum then to Hubli the nearest airport to Dharwar. We were met there by Eric in a hired car. We were driven the 20km to Dharwad, checked in at our hotel, the Hotel Hoytala. Immediately after checking in Eric took us off to get Ayurvedic massages. A massage that cost Rs$5000 at the Leela Palace (a five star hotel) in Bangalore, cost just Rs$500 in Dharwar. I had an interesting discussion with the proprietor about how the best ayurvedic massage practitioners are Keralan (he is from Kerala - but I've heard this f…