Category: India

Crossing the Street

Pedestrians have no special rights in India.  Crossing the street is both a challenge and an adventure.  For the first week of our tour, we needed Manu to help us cross any street.  We felt like school children following our teacher as he guided us into the traffic.  The only people I have seen slow Read More …

By the River Ganges

Delhi, that big large chaotic and noisy city where we began our tour a week ago, now seems mild compared to Varanasi.  Although it is not as large as Delhi, it is certainly louder and feels more crowded.  Here, people, bicycles, rickshaws of every type, motorcycles, cars, trucks, school buses, goats, dogs, bulls and many, Read More …

Orchha

We traveled from Agra (home of the Taj Mahal) to the village of Orchha by train.  Indian Railways, I learned, is one of the world’s largest employers, with 1.5 million employees.  The trains are reliable, comfortable, and the smooth rails are a welcome relief from the bumpy roads. Manu, our tour guide, mentioned that we Read More …

Feeling the Heat

Sauna.  That’s the best way I can think of to describe the weather so far on this trip.  The temperature may only be in the 90s, but it might as well be 120 degrees.  I expected this, I knew it was coming, but it’s another thing to experience it day after day.  I have gotten Read More …

The Pink City and The Amber Fort

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state,  was our second city on the tour.  Here’s a quick introduction to the Pink City. With each stop on our journey, I’m feeling like I’m getting deeper and deeper into India.  While the heat, traffic, honking, potholes, requests for photos and friendly service haven’t changed from Delhi to Jaipur, Read More …

The Business of Shopping

I’ve experienced shopping on four different continents, but nothing is quite like the experience of shopping in India.  Bargaining is much like I’ve found elsewhere, but vendors use many strategies to get you to buy their goods.  Most of all, they are persistent.  It’s hard to shake them off, as evidenced by the shrinking space Read More …

The Taj Mahal

I’m jumping ahead a few days to share some photos of the Taj Mahal.  We visited just two days ago on Saturday, but it seems like a week ago.  Our schedule is packed and each day brings new adventures that are unique, unexpected and unlike anything we’ve done previously. After a four-hour train ride (delayed Read More …