Monthly Archives: December 2012

Mysore

Mysore, the second-largest city (890,000 people) in Karnataka state, is also considered to be the second-cleanest city in India. It’s known as a center for silk, sandalwood, and incense. One of the two main sights is the magnificent Maharaja’s Palace … Continue reading

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Hampi

Hampi, in the north of Karnataka state, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beautiful laid-back tourist stop. It’s situated in an agricultural landscape with fields of sugarcane, banana trees, and rice paddies–the three main crops. It’s known for … Continue reading

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Karnataka

Some snapshots from the road of Karnataka state in southern India https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8byp9el772pxe6z/EfmQ17Uppc

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Goa

Best known as the beach resort and party place in India, Goa is more than just a tourist destination for late night dance parties, which don’t exist as they did in the past. In North Goa, the pace is quieter … Continue reading

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Mumbai

Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is India’s movie capital–Bollywood; the financial and cultural capital; home to one of the largest slums in the world; and a fascinating mix of modern and traditional–skyscrapers, colonial and art deco architecture, wide tree-lined streets, and fine … Continue reading

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Hyderabad

In the south central part of India is Hyderabad, which, along with Bengaluru, is the cyber capital of India. This is evident in all the cell phone and technology stores in the city. It seems less poor than Rajasthan, in … Continue reading

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Nuwara Eliah and Ella

Nuwara Eliah and Ella are cities in the south central part of Sri Lanka known for their beautiful landscape of mountains, forests, and waterfalls. Nuwara Eliah is additionally known for its tea plantations and by the nickname “Little England” for … Continue reading

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Kandy: Temple of the Tooth

Kandy is a beautiful lake city in central Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings from 1469 to 1815. Today, Kandy is perhaps best known for the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka’s main Buddhist … Continue reading

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Dambulla: The Cave Temple

The Golden Temple at Dambulla, in the center of Sri Lanka, includes an amazing collection of 153 buddha statues and 2100 sq. meters of wall and ceiling murals. The complex of five caves dates from the 1st century BCE, but … Continue reading

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Sigiriya: The Rock Fortress

Sigiriya, in the center of Sri Lanka, is known for its rock fortress with fresco paintings. It was built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century, but left to monks to be used as a Buddhist monastery for 900 years … Continue reading

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