Monthly Archives: June 2011

Another Blue City

Another blue city. Old haveli mansions lining tiny bendi streets. A great clock tower standing proudly in the center of a bustling bazaar. An ancient fort overlooks it all. This is Rajastan.

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Lake Palaces

Palaces on a lake. Palaces on the lake sure. Small windy streets among ancient houses. The James Bond classic Octopussy was filmed here, so there must be something special about the town. We started enjoying the pace we have set … Continue reading

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The Land of Massive Moustaches and Technicolor Turbans

We are surrounded by men with massive mustaches, each bigger than the next. Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but  have never seen so many grand works of facial coif in one place before. Add on top of that colorful turbans … Continue reading

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Tatatataj

Some called it the most beautful building ever built. Legend has it that the sun and the moon shed a tear when it was finished. No visit to India can be complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. It … Continue reading

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Fatehpur Sikri

We arrived in Agra, but before visiting the Taj Mahal, we took a daytrip. We went to the town of Fatephur Sikri, another ancient regional capital. We’ve spent the day walking around the magnificent red sandstone mosque and fort and … Continue reading

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Burning in Beranas

The ancient city of Beranas is rumored to be one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is so old that consorts of Hindu gods are said to have been cremated here. Generations of maharajas have built … Continue reading

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Terracotta Temples of Bishnupur

India, or should I say Indians, are wearing on me. You ask for directions, and everyone gives you an answer. Unfortunately, many of them do not know the way, and instead of saying “I don’t know” or doing the stupid … Continue reading

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