India Part III – Rajasthan

From Goa we caught a flight that took us further north into the Indian state of Rajasthan, the India that I had imagined in my mind when I first started dreaming about the trip. Old forts, lake palaces, elephants, spicy curries, and amazingly colorful people in beautiful costumes make Rajasthan one of the most unique places that we visited all year.

Our first stop was the lakeside city of Udaipur. The city is situated around a shallow lake ...

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India Part II – From the Temples of Tamil to the Beautiful Beaches of Goa

After a few weeks in Kerala Lila and I decided to head east to the French inspired city of Pondicherry (Pondy to the locals), located along the Bay of Bengal on the far side of the state of Tamil Nadu. We boarded our first of many buses that would eventually get us there, stopping off first in the temple town of Madurai.

First of all, taking the bus in India is always a death defying experience. Apparently the buses only ...

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India Part I – Hindus and Houseboats in the Southern State of Kerala

Departing Istanbul well rested and ready to get back to the adventure, we caught a red-eye to India. Our six week tour started off in the city of Thiruvananthapuram, also known as Trivandrum, located in Kerala, India’s most Southern state. Kerala is also, perhaps, the most successful Communist state in the world, boosting a high literacy rate, good medical care, and a general sense of good, although monetarily poor, living. Arriving during the ten day Onam Festival, ...

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Morning Traffic

Lila was in the shop looking at shoes (sound familiar?) and I was waiting on the curb people watching and then this guy just came riding down the street on an elephant. Sounds random, but was not really a shocking site here in India. On any given day you see elephants, camels, goats, monkeys, dogs, and dozens of cows sharing the roadways with cars, rickshaws, ...

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Sun Salutation

Manoj – Sun Salutation

Lila and I are currently in India. Still having an incredible journey. We spent the last week in Kochi (Fort Cochin), in the state of Kerala, in the far south of the country where the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal all come together.

We spent the week at yoga class (my back needed it!), and ...

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