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Kerala Backwaters

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | Views [1382]

WE WERE HOODWINKED - OR MAYBE IT WAS HORSWOGGLED - by the guidebooks.  Both  Lonley Planet  and  Frommer raved about a houseboat tour of the Kerala Backwaters.   LP went so far as to rate it the #2 top experience in India, ... Read more >


Mamallapura and Puducherry

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Views [1662]

AS THE TEMPERATURE CLIMBS TO 100 AND THE HUMIDITY is close behind, our thoughts turn fondly to shivery mornings in Bhutan.  But this is India.  Again!  We are on the Bay of Bengal, a few hour's drive east of Chennai.  I believe we ... Read more >


Photos: Southern India

Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Darjeeling

Wednesday, 26 Mar 2014 | Views [550]

NOT MANY WESTERN TOURISTS VISIT DARJEELING high in the Bengal Hills, possibly deterred by the 3-hour ride from the nearest airport.  Best known for tea, and the famous(ly disappointing) "Toy Railroad," Darjeeling is just a few kilometers from the ... Read more >


Musa Jungle Retreat

Saturday, 22 Mar 2014 | Views [2005]

MUSA JUNGLE RETREAT IS ONLY A 5-MINUTE WALK from Bansbari Lodge but it is really a world away.  We noticed this new lodge after yesterday’s elephant travail and were interested.  When I returned to check it out, John and Sarah from the ... Read more >


Photos: North Eastern States

Saturday, 22 Mar 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Manas National Park

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | Views [1428]

OUR ESCAPE FROM BODHGAYA’S HOLI FESTIVAL went smoothly and we spent a peaceful night near the Kolkata airport at Viceroy Boutique Hotel.  It is only six months old and the perfect location for a quick “in-and-out” from Kolkata.... Read more >


Under the Bodhi Tree, Bodhgaya

Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | Views [1426]

CHANTING FILLED THE AIR AS PURPLE ROBED PILGRIMS surrounded the massive Mahabodhi Temple which was festooned with garlands, fruit-laden altars, prayer flags and flowers.  Bodh Gaya is Buddha-land.  Twenty-six centuries ago under a bodhi tree ... Read more >


Varanasi and the Holy Ganges

Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | Views [1871]

VARANASI AND THE HOLY GANGES are on every visitor’s short list.  At its best, Varanasi is a photographer’s dream; there is something (or someone) colorful and interesting around every corner.  At its worst, the city is loud, dirty ... Read more >


Khajuraho: Rated X

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | Views [613]

IT TAKES JUST ONE LOOK AT THE CARVINGS on Lakshamana Temple to understand how India managed to grow its population to 1.2 billion.  Even a thousand years ago they were a horny bunch!  Screwing - in an astounding viariety of positions - and ... Read more >


Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks

Sunday, 9 Mar 2014 | Views [1639]

TIGERS, EXCEPT FOR MOTHERS WITH CUBS, are solitary animals.  They are an endangered and protected species with most living in national parks like Kanha and Bandhavgarh in eastern Madhya Pradesh.  Seeing one of the big cats is anything but guaranteed.... Read more >


Sanchi and Bhimetka World Heritage Sites

Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | Views [2310]

WHEN IT COMES TO THE RELIGIONS OF INDIA we are five for five: Hindu temples at Hampi; Christian cathedrals in Old Goa; Champaner’s mosques; Delwara Jain temples at Mt. Abu; and now the Buddhist Great Stupa at Sanchi.     Gateway ... Read more >


Bhopal

Sunday, 2 Mar 2014 | Views [379]

IF YOU ARE OLD ENOUGH YOU MIGHT REMEMBER hearing about Bhopal.  On December 3, 1984, just before midnight, the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal farted out 4000 tons of toxic cyanide gas, immediately killing nearly 4000 unsuspecting Indians.  The ... Read more >


Keoladeo Ghana National Park

Saturday, 1 Mar 2014 | Views [768]

Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a maze of trails, lakes, and ponds and a guide seemed like the best way to discover its treasure of birds.  All of the other guides pointed to Govind when we said we wanted a bird guide; he is undisputedly the tops.... Read more >


Fatehpur Sikri

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Views [529]

For fifteen years during the reign of Emeror Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal empire.  Today it is a ghost city, populated by wannabe guides and the tourists they prey upon.  Since most of the prey arrive in tour groups, ... Read more >


Taj Mahal

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | Views [519]

It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love.  An Indian poet called it “a teardrop on the face of eternity.”  Rudyard Kipling wrote that it is “the embodiment of all things pure.” ... Read more >


Agra Fort

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | Views [422]

Our “escape from India” ended and we returned to the “ambiance” of Delhi and Prem Sagar Guest House where I promptly slipped on the stairs coming out of the bathroom.  It could have been a trip-ender, maybe a life-ender, ... Read more >


Jim Corbett National Park

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | Views [1008]

Once we saw the condition of the bus from Delhi (It wouldn’t have made the grade for a ‘chicken bus’ in Guatemala.) we knew that a taxi – expense be damned – was the only sensible travel option for the seven-hour trip north ... Read more >


Photos: Delhi and the North

Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 | Photo Gallery


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Delhi, Better Than Expected

Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 | Views [525]

Delhi, from everything I have heard, sounded like the most unappealing city in India.  Twenty million people, after all, is just too many, right?  Well, much like with Kuala Lumpur, which I also dreaded, I was wrong.  Not about 20 million ... Read more >


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