The Albert Hall is a Museum with Stuff

Friday, June 29th, 2012. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. In and around Jaipur, the two most important sites are the City Palace and Amber Fort.  Each of these requires a separate ticket, but each of those tickets also allows you into several other sites.  For the Amber ticket, you can pay a little more and get two […]

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Vegetarians 1 – Vegans 0

At home, Kelly and I have adopted a mostly non animal protein diet. I would not describe ourselves as vegans, since we do occasionally eat some dairy or meat, but these days, that is the exception, not the rule.  We know that while traveling we need to be flexible, but also that India has lots […]

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A Full Day of Sightseeing in Jaipur

Thursday, June 28th, 2012.  Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Getting an early start to try to beat the heat, we drove into the old city to have a look at the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds.  Although it looks very substantial, it is only one room deep.  The palace was designed to allow the women in […]

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Don’t Angry Me!

Thursday, June 28th, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This afternoon we went to see a Bollywood blockbuster called “Rowdy Rathore” which is showing on screens everywhere we have travelled.  This is now the 4th largest grossing movie in Indian history.  The lead actor sort of looked like an Indian Tom Selleck of Magnum PI fame. Rowdy Rathore […]

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Jaipur–One Corner of the Golden Triangle.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Distance driven: 2,472 KM / 1547 miles. After about 2.75 hours of driving from Ranthambhore, we stopped at the offices of Four Wheel Drive  who are providing our car and driver and who, in the end booked all our hotels.  They even took care of the internal flight […]

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In Search of the Elusive Tiger

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012. Ranthambhore, Rajasthan, India. I have a confession.  Tigers are my favorite animal.  From a very young age I would marvel at them in the zoo and was awed by the power, their grace, and their majesty.  Seeing one in the wild was a goal that I’d pretty much forgotten about since […]

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Rolling into Ranthambhore

Monday, June 25, 2012. Ranthambhore, Rajasthan, India. Distance driven: 2,324 KM / 1453 miles. Following the advice of the hotel operator from last night, we made two stops before leaving Bundi. First was to visit the Sukh Mahal, which was a summer pleasure palace overlooking a lake, about 2KM out of town. Rudyard Kipling stayed […]

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Bouncing our way to Bundi

Sunday, June 24, 2012.  Bundi, Rahasthan, India. Distance driven: 2,192 KM / 1370 miles. Our first stop today was a group of Shiva temples from the Gupta period. Although mostly ruins, there are some fine carvings including some pretty erotic ones. The main temple is over a thousand years old and the side temples are […]

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The Old Fortress of Chittaurgarh

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012. Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. Distance driven: 2,046 KM / 1279 miles. Since we don’t have too far to go today we left Udaipur around 10am and drove to Chittaurgarh, the old capital of the Mewar territory, which followed Eklingli and preceded Udaipur.  Chittaurgarh was founded as early as 728 CE and was […]

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