Category Archives: India

The Agra to Delhi Freeway

I don’t think the Agra To Delhi freeway would have taken all that long to drive if there hadn’t been so much going on. Truly the Freeway between Agra and Delhi redefines the term. We were told the new road would make short work of the distance, but what I normally envision for the term “freeway” […]

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Agra Fort

Red sand stone marks the Agra Fort as one of many built to reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Remnants of the others still stand along the highway, forlorn sentinels to a bygone military power. When the British came, they repurposed the fort in Agra, which saved its basic structure. […]

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal visitor

The approach to the Taj Mahal is meticulously orchestrated. We felt the architect’s sense of drama from the moment we saw the complex of buildings. The grounds outside the outer gates are immaculately kept and hint of the beauty to come. Approaching the beautiful outer gate Anna made sure that we were the first visitors […]

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Ancient Stepwell of Abhaneri

India's cows

The casual tourist wouldn’t realize the significance of the ancient stepwell of Abhaneri, perhaps, but our tour guide Aparna was a Ph.D. student dedicated to helping foreign guests understand her country. This dusty little place in northern Rajasthan happens to be home of one of the largest stepwells in all the world with thirteen levels, […]

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Rajasthan Countryside

As I drove through the Rajasthan countryside, I wished I knew more about the context of what I was seeing. It’s easy enough to guess about a person that happens to cross your path for a brief moment, but I wish I knew how the person thinks, what values s/he holds dear–that sort of thing. […]

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Rajasthan Textiles

Is it even possible to go to a Rajasthan textiles and handicrafts store and not see something so beautiful you can’t leave it behind? Besides, I’m a sucker for information. Give me enough information and I’m liable to buy just about anything. They started us off with how they create wood block prints, here a […]

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Amber Fort

We set out for the Amber Fort on a clear morning, everywhere beautiful vistas of rolling hills and tranquil waters, accompanied by Aparna’s intriguing tales of history. For those of you put off by tales of travelers who were miserably hot in India, that is not the India we enjoyed. The weather was a spectacular […]

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City Palace in Jaipur

Upon leaving Hawa Mahal, the afternoon continued in romance mode with a tour of the opulent City Palace in Jaipur, former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory. City Palace in Jaipur I’ll always remember the fabulous giant sterling silver urn. I’m not sure why any […]

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Science and Romance

Young man

India is replete with strange pairings such as science and romance, cows and religious observance, beauty and squalor. No afternoon visit held greater disparity than ours when we moved from viewing the Jantar Mantar Observatory to the Hawa Mahal. Never mind that the Jantar Mantar Observatory is a well-preserved, giant-sized physics lesson from the 18th […]

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Jaipur of the Golden Triangle

Mother & child

The city gates to Jaipur of the Golden Triangle added a sense of drama to the day as we entered. Gates restrict, enclose, protect. Our imaginations bloomed as we approached them. I had assumed Jaipur was called the “Pink City” because of a local building material, which is partially true. Many buildings are made of […]

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