This handy map was provided by Hitesh and might be worth having prior to arrival. This map is also provided in the Hotel thread, and also in the Helpful Attachments section of this forum: http://www.drpatelsurrogacy.comuf.com/index.php
Tuk tuk in front of Hotel Laksh
View from tuk tuk
View from tuk tuk back seat
One's garbage is another's meal...
Unfortunately, many of the cows were emaciated
This guy got around town.
Indian money (Rupees), front
Indian money (Rupees), back
US Pizza, and yes, they deliver, and take credit card.
View from inside US Pizza.
View from inside US Pizza (Big Bazaar across the street)
Cute little guy
Cows resting on road median
Cow on median
Hotel Laksh lobby
Hotel Laksh (Deluxe room) bed
Hotel Laksh (Deluxe room) sofa / love seat area
We came prepared to cook, and that we did! The white pot was used to boil water for tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and the Mountain House meals (yummy!) and the like. The brownish hot plate & pot was for actually cooking of soups, where ingredients went inside. Don't forget your power converter and extension chord!
The Hotel Laksh (Deluxe room) shower was actually pretty decent, minus having to wait quite a while for hot water at certain times of the day.
Hotel Laksh bathroom (Deluxe room)
Toilet paper, as supplied by Hotel Laksh (Deluxe room). Yes, the rolls are that small! The Big Bazaar does sell TP, and we got some full-size rolls there.
Looks like my wife took a photo of some bathroom stuff while cleaning-up after a meal.
While we brought plenty of clothes, we washed our stuff more often than not...
The view from behind Hotel Laksh
Surabhi Regency Hotel... Of note, under the hotel, there is a place to purchase alcohol (Anand is in the dry state of Gujarat)
Yes, that's a camel
Don't think I've ever seen a camel outside a zoo before, and I was surprised how big they are...
The Hungry Jungle restaurant as seen from the street.
The Hungry Jungle restaurant.
Hungry Jungle food
Hungry Jungle's Tandori Chicken is quite good! Actually, a couple we dined with there said that their pizza is better than US Pizza's. And from what I saw, I'd have to agree... Go figure.
Across the street from the Hungry Jungle...
Cow pondering what to do next
We were very fortunate to have been invited to an Indian wedding. This is the invitation.
Wedding invitation 2
Wedding invitation 3
Indian bride & groom riding into their ceremony.
Beautiful outdoor wedding. Plenty of fireworks throughout the night. Oh, wedding season is in full-swing from like Nov through Feb. So now you now why so many Indians have birthdays from Aug to Oct!
The bride & groom
Flower pedals at her feet
Bride and groom ritual
The wedding food was very good. That said, one of those sauces (a cold one) got my wife quite ill the next couple of days. If you eat sauces, take care to only consume those that are hot.
Cooking area at a surrogate house
Pots & pans at a surrogate house
Lunch prepared for the surrogates...
Some of the beds at a surrogate house
Surrogate house sleeping quarters
Fruit vendor "Iles" very near Dr. Patel's clinic
Dr. Patel's clinic sign is attached to a building adjacent to the clinic and is where many intended parents go to start their day, at least when we were there in Dec 2008.
Atop Dr. Patel's clinic
Atop Dr. Patel's clinic looking toward the compound entrance
Atop Dr. Patel's clinic with the clinic entrance visable
Guys, lock this door! This is the semen collection room, need I say more? The lock is up at the top of the door; and I didn't know this :-(
Inside the semen collection room
The very small bathroom inside the semen collection room
Meds adminsitered to my wife
Me signing the surrogacy agreement.
If interested in Dr. Patel's clinic, and want to learn more, check-out: http://drpatelsurrogacy.blogspot.com/