Monthly Archives: March 2014

Varanasi, India ~ Ganges River Boat Ride at Dawn, Prayers, Bathing and Cremations

Wednesday, March 26th, Varanasi, India This was our last full day in Varanasi and it started early.  The first scheduled event was to witness the morning rituals along the Ganges River by boat.  On the bus at 5:00, we got … Continue reading

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Khajuraho, Varanasi, Evening Sacred Prayer Ceremony on Ganges River

Tuesday, March 25th tour of Khajuraho, flight to Varanasi and evening on the Ganges River Our walk from the bus to the first monuments offered up several photo ops: Khajuraho Group of Monuments The Western Temples included the Bharatji Temple, … Continue reading

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Shatabdi Express Train, Chaturbhuj Temple and bus to Khajuraho

Monday, March 24th, On a train Today is a travel day.  The rail system in India was on time, however that is not always the case I was told.  The station was old, but not overly crowded as we waited … Continue reading

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Agra ~ Taj Mahal, I’timad-ud-Daulah, Agra Fort

Sunday, March 23, Agra, India Taj Mahal For as long as I can remember I have dreamed of visiting the Taj Mahal.  Truly a monument to love, and considered by many as one of the seven wonders of the world. … Continue reading

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Jaipur to Agra ~ School visit, Abhaneri Chand Baori (stepwell), Harshat Mata temple

Saturday, March 22nd ~ Driving from Jaipur to Agra Actually I should rephrase that.  We were riding in a bus, not driving.  I can not even imagine trying to drive here.  There are absolutely NO rules to the road other … Continue reading

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Jaipur – Amber Fort, Elephant ride, Jantar Mantar, and Maharaja City Palace

Friday March 21st, Jaipur, India Amber Fort The highlight today was a visit to the Amber Fort.  Dating back to the 16th century and sitting high on the hill overlooking the Maota Lake.  Known for its artistic architectural style it … Continue reading

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Delhi to Jaipur – The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round

Thursday March 20th – Travel day Delhi to Jaipur Before leaving Delhi we have a brief photo stop at the tallest monument, largest and oldest brick minaret in India.  Built in 1192, it was used as a watchtower, made of … Continue reading

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Delhi – First day of Gate 1 tour

Wednesday, March 19th, Delhi, India I am a little behind with my blog entries. Combining poor or expensive Internet service at our hotels, and jet lag still being an issue, getting some sleep won out.  I will attempt to get … Continue reading

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Delhi ~ Contrasts are huge as we move to new hotel

Tuesday, March 18th, Delhi, India After breakfast it was time to say our goodbyes to Dick, Karen, Jan and Gary. We arranged a taxi through the Godwin Deluxe hotel to take us to our new home for the next two … Continue reading

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Holi Festival and Street Walking at Night

Monday, March 17th, New Delhi, India India is raw and colorful.  So far my impressions are mixed.  We have seen many smiling happy faces, kind people wishing us well.  We have also seen a seedier side of poverty, and too … Continue reading

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