Monthly Archives: November 2012

Jodhpur: The Blue City

Jodphur is known as the Blue City because the Brahmins (upper caste Hindus) in the city paint their house walls blue. The primary sight in the city is Fort Mehrangarh, built in 1459. Besides the fort, the clock tower is … Continue reading

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Mandore Gardens

Mandore Gardens is a temple complex and public park area in Rajasthan, India, near Jodhpur. Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a0ayyd596tt831b/7Sdtf7q2jv

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Ranakpur: Fort Kumbhulgarh and Chaumukha Mandir

Nov. 16-17 were the days I explored the Ranakpur area. Fort Kumbhulgarh was built in 1433-1468 and includes the second-largest wall on earth at 36 km long–second only to the Great Wall of China. Chaumukha Mandir is one of India’s … Continue reading

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Udaipur: The White City, “Venice of the East”

Udaipur is a busy, chaotic, tourist-focused city on one hand and a romantic, magical experience on the other. During the day, the constant sound of horns and shouts from people, bikes, motorbikes, tuk-tuks, cars, and cows fighting their way through … Continue reading

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Indian Cooking

For my second night in India I arranged a home-cooked meal evening with a local family. In addition to enjoying a wonderful authentic meal, I learned how to cook it and how to wear a sari, and received a henna … Continue reading

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Diwali in Delhi

        Nov. 15, was the last day of the 5-day Diwali, festival of lights, celebration in India. (See http://www.planetvisioncreation.com/culturequest/archives/222). I’ve been in India since the beginning and have experienced an even more extreme expression of Indian culture … Continue reading

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