Category Archives: India Travel

My Top 11 Place “WOWs” of This Trip

11. Andes mountains regions in Central Ecuador (Nariz del Diablo train ride) and Peru (Machu Picchu/Sacred Valley) 10. Oman’s mountains and valleys 9. Dubai architecture 8. Ranakpur, India—huge, white marble Jain temple 7. Valparaiso, Chile—hill areas with colored houses and street art 6. Mysore Palace … Continue reading

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Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela is the largest religious festival and likely largest gathering of people on earth. This year an estimated 70 million people will come to Allahabad, in the north central part of the country, in the 2 months of … Continue reading

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Varanasi

Varanasi is the world’s oldest inhabited city. It’s India’s spiritual heart and a magical, surreal, fascinating experience. Hindu pilgrims come here at least once in their lifetime to bathe in the River Ganges to wash away their sins. Older people … Continue reading

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Kolkata

Kolkata is India’s second-largest city with 15 million people. It is the former capital of British India and retains much of the colonial architecture–mostly in decay today. The center includes the BBD Bagh area, named for Binoy, Badal, and Dinesh, … Continue reading

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Kerala

This southwestern-most state in India is the green, more laid-back, tropical part of India. The tranquil landscape of Wayanad District in the northern part of the state is composed of such sights as rice paddies, bamboo groves, wild elephants, and … Continue reading

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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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