Khajuraho, India. There are many things to see and ways to look at the remaining thousand-year-old temples of Khajuraho. First of all, there is the basic architecture of these Northern Indian marvels. The soaring spires of the Western Group temples we saw today are meant to resemble the peaks of the Himalayas, the home ofContinue reading “Naughty or nice?”
Khajuraho, India. A short flight from Agra got us to Khajuraho this afternoon, a relatively small town with a very new airport that – in this season – supports three flights a week. They are definitely planning for the future.
Agra, India. Today we visited Agra Fort, built by the Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1573 on the site of an ancient fortification. A large part of it is still in use by the Indian Army, picking up where the Brits left off, who took over the fort at some point and, sadly, destroyed manyContinue reading “A prison, nonetheless”
Agra, India. Yes, you’ve seen the photos, watched the videos, rented the movies where it is featured and seen your friends posing in front of India’s top tourist attraction. So have we.
Agra, India. Yesterday we trained from Jaipur to Agra, and we were lucky enough to have a compartment for two, all to ourselves. Two notable events: our coolie at Jaipur Junction carried our 55-pound suitcase on his head up the escalator, across the track overpass, and down to our train, into our carriage. Made usContinue reading “It was nice while it lasted”
Jaipur, India. Yes, it’s time for another train ride. We are leaving the Pink City this afternoon, and heading for Agra, arriving later this evening. We found an American icon here, and are leaving it for the ultimate Indian icon. So, if you don’t know by now why Agra is on our travel agenda, youContinue reading “Riding the rails”
…you might as well make it comfortable. Jaipur, India. That’s what Man Singh the First thought in 1592, when he built on top of a previous 11th century fort, and his descendants continued to upgrade the place for the next several hundred years.
Jaipur, India. It’s quite unrealistic to think that you can plan every travel day and that events will always work out your way. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, or sites are unexpectedly closed , or guidebooks are a bit out of date. Or all of the above.
Jaipur, India. We arrived yesterday by train from Pushkar, and – quite by accident – got one of those rare first-class A/C compartments that are meant for only two people. It may not look like it, but it was absolute bliss for our two-hour ride.
Pushkar, India, on Holi. That color-blind husband of mine really enjoys getting into the local culture. He digs in with great passion, even when the event is all about colors. At the start of Holi, he went to the main square in the evening to watch the bonfire being lit and the official festivities begin. HeContinue reading “Don in living color”