Our first room in India (Delhi) - the A/C never worked for us
Other side of our masculine room
WC - Western style w/beautiful Polo mural
The Red Fort in Delhi
Inside the fort walls
I think this was the throne where Shah Jahan would hear disputes from his subjects in the 17th century
Cool Mughal architecture hallway inside the fort
More cool stuff
Semiprecious stones inlaid in marble - this is all over the inside of the palace part of the fort
From a distance
Janet's pretty happy to be in lovely India
Or so I thought
Where are we again?
Entrance to the fort
Janet liked this couple - many of the women wear saris but the guys are usually in Western clothes
We took a bicycle rickshaw and snuck a picture - one of his buddies noticed and the guy was going to charge us so we put the camera away
Inside a motorrickshaw now
They are like souped up motorcycles sorta
Waiting for the “14hr” bus to Manali with the guy who lead us from our hotel to the bus stop
See traffic backed up in the distance (Delhi to Manali)
Everyone got out of the bus (one of four stops total), our bus is in blue
Closeup of the folks waiting
Our sleeper compartment on the bus plus some random guys foot
This “14 hour” bus took 22hrs - can you tell?
Other half of the sleeper compartment (well worth the extra dollar)
The next few are out the window of the bus
Asleep on the comfy backpack pillow
Like some tea?
Getting into the mountains
Godfather is one of the main beers in India
From our hotel room in Manali
View off the balcony
More of a street view
Inside the room - doesn't take us long to trash a place!
One of MANY delicious meals!
More pictures taken from the room
First breakfast in Manali - last time I would be healthy for about eight days
Starting to feel a bit ill already
Janet loved the view from the room!
Outside of Dungri Temple
Also called Hadimba Temple - these are Hindi
This site has housed a temple for over 1000 years!
This particular one was erected in 1553 dedicated to the goddess Hadimba
Get an education while looking at our photos!
Making an offering - inside people gave flowers, coins, or fruit and said a prayer
People who asked to have their picture taken with Janet
Once one person gets away with it, others ask as well
Janet was carousing while I'm sick in bed!!!
Who's monkeying around??
Janet walks to Vashisht and takes pictures (very close to Manali)
On a wall inside a massage center where Janet had a massage (from a woman!)
Shrine inside the massage center
Poster advertising this place
At a Buddhist monastery in Manali
Entrance to the monastery
Tibetan prayer flags
Inside the prayer room there are lots of pictures of the Dalai Lama - spiritual leader of Tibet/Buddhism
Brightly colored frescoes
Entrance to the prayer room
View of our hotel room from the street - we are on the top right
Buddhist monks on the street
Street food - Janet went to eat there after taking the photo
On the road from Manali to Leh
They are constantly working on this road (second highest in the world!) and we had to wait for the bulldozer to clear a path
There were MANY signs like this one, some pretty funny - like “If you are married, divorce your speed”
Out the jeep window
On the road to nowhere!
More road work - the road closes only a few days after we passed through
This is what all the trucks in the area look like
See truck in distance on right side
Somebody's still feeling a bit green (switchbacks are NOT helping!)
This is what they mean by navigable road
Keylong Town - where we stayed over night
Poster about preventing disease
On the road again
Morning soup (about all I could keep down)
Woman who cooked for us
The place we stopped for breakfast
Resturant from the outside
It's a tad chilly up in the mountains - Janet bought the coat in Manali for $10 (and sold for $5 a week later)
Are we in Utah?
Road block coming up!
Leh - finally after two solid days of driving!
Janet hiking around (I'm still ill, ugh)
Self-portrait from the top of the hill - in the background is Leh Palace
More of the Palace
Prayer room inside the palace
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa - built in 1430 is a Buddhist “temple”
Hiking up to the Gompa
Prayer flags leading to the Gompa
Woman who is braver than I am!
Closeup of the prayer flags
View from the top
Janet's guide, Jikmed, on her two day trek
Water under troubled bridge
Village where they had tea
Stand for a teapot in the middle of this solar oven
Pack animals for other trekkers
Yaks in the distance with Janet while I yak in the room
Janet and “Jimmy”
Village where Janet's homestay was
View from roof of homestay
Mama in foreground turning bricks and guy in background (right) making them
Janet's homestay room - all to herself
Other side of Janet's room
Solar panels provide electricity for lights, that's her room on the left
Mama - her name is Dolmat
Kitchen with ornamental urns
Where they ate meals and drank tea
Other village homes
Other side of scarecrow
Yak and hospital
Closeup of Yak
Don't talk back!
Janet is scared
House on a hill
Mama and friend
Rumbak is the name of the homestay village
Papa - his name is Solom
Sister adjusting the music
Janet and Papa
Dinner was delicious
The prayer room in the homestay house
Back on the hike
From our hotel room in Leh
Our first train ride from Delhi to Agra (we flew from Leh to Delhi to avoid another two day drive)
Other side of the train compartment
Janet eating thali (kinda like an Indian value meal)
More Agra Fort
Inside the fort
All these forts kinda look the same
Some Random English Dude's grave
What's that in the background?
The Taj Mahal!
Pretty cool looking, even from a distance
Black throne where the dude who had the Taj built looked at it
This is where the imprisoned king watch the Taj (his pet project) get finished
Lots of monkeys in the fort
We saw the sunset at a rooftop resturant with a view of the Taj
Our room in Agra was the worst we had, as partially evidenced by the toilet (just cleaned mind you)
Rooftop breakfast restaurant, where you can see the South gate and the Taj
Entrance to the “Baby Taj” actually called the Itimad-Ud-Daulah
Baby Taj again, the tomb of a Persian nobleman built 7 years before the Taj Mahal
Cows in the “river”
Bridge in the distance to get from Agra to the Baby Taj
Train on top, vehicles on the bottom
More Baby Taj
Tile work at the Chini-Ka-Rauza - riverside tomb near the baby taj
Me and Ahmed the driver who guided us all over town as the Taj was closed for the day
Ahmed took us to a rug making place, this is all wool (from New Zealand) dyed naturally
Cleaning and softening a new rug
Tying the knots by hand
Cutting the rug (literally)
Now we are at the inlaid marble place, this guy is digging out the marble so semiprecious stones can be inlaid
These guys are cutting the semiprecious stones to fit into the marble
Example of the different stones used, and a partially finished tabletop
Janet greatly dissaproves of the lack of ergonomics in this shop (and country!)
This table is $4500, or so we were told
Lots of beautiful things
I was pretty tempted to buy a coaster set, but it was so no pressure that I didn't even find out how much they were
Name of the place in case we ever want to go back
Taj Mahal from across the river in the gardens
Goats like the Taj too
Run away, run away
Still from across the river - while the Taj looks kinda rectangular here, it is totally symetrical
These kids were super annoying
Ahmed explaining to me that where we are sitting they were going to build a Black Taj Mahal, how cool would that have been
Just opened the Taj back up, now you can see all the people
Ahmed took this photo, but I didn't really understand what he wanted me to do
This guy serves a mean beer!
Finally going in to see the Taj
Janet and the Taj
View of the South gate (where we entered) from the Taj
Inlaid marble work at the Taj Mahal
This is the city palace in Jaipur
Largest silver object in the world (supposedly) - it's an urn
Reminds us of the Chicago “Bean”
Peacocks are very popular in Rajastan
The Raj still lives in this part of the palace
I think this is a 2hp model. . .
Palace from on top of this big minaret (something like 300 steps to the top)
Polo grounds in Jaipur
We went up here later to watch the sunset - see the foot path on the right, the rickshaw drivers have no *&^%((^% idea where it is
Traffic in the “Pink City”
Here I'm having Rajastani Thali (value meal) - Delicious!!
One of our more expensive meals in India that didn't involve beer - ~$15 total
C2 on my right, Manu on my left, and Zaggi in front - nicknames of the guys who rescued us from a 20km walk uphill!
Drinking Godfather on top of the city of Jaipur!
The city below us
There's the vehicle that picked us up
Dancing in the streets
I can't dance in India either
Dinner, and some more beer
Manu and C2
Trying to chew while people are photographing me
We're starting to get a bit tipsy here
Not us though :)
Udaipur, that's the lake palace featured in the Bond flick “Octopussy”
The sword in the middle has two pistols attached, for when you get tired of fencing?
Those funny sultans
The “other” island in the background at Udaipur
lots of stained glass
and marble columns in these palaces
Nice thing is that you don't really need a guide with all the signs also in English
an acutal working fountain (most we saw didn't have water in them)
Never heard of such a thing!
Lots of their rooms are mirrored to provide more light from the lanterns they used before elecricity
That is a kerosene powered fan
Bond - James Bond
This reminds me of South Park for some reason. . .
This was like Wall Drug - all througout the palace there were signs directing us here
This is inside the Ganesha store, where there is no photography allowed so I don't know how this was accidentally taken
Lake Palace from the boat we took around the lake
We had breakfast at one of those rooftop restaurants in the “White City” of Udaipur
Forgot what that is
On the “other” island, supposedly where the dude who built the Taj Mahal came up with the idea
They love their elephants
Temple in Udaipur
Not the eroticly engraved temple we had heard about, but still cool
Time for some dancing!
That dude on the right was playing the horn, but I missed it
They didn't drop the fire once!
Janet in the front row, this chick played the banjo on her knee (okay, more like tiny cymbals)
Peacock lady and human lady
Traditional Rajastani doll dancing / puppet show
This was a “magic” puppet, which means it's head popped off to the music
More Traditional Rajastani dancing
If only this gal danced with bowls on her head. . .
One bowl, not bad, but most people can do that I think
Two, okay better. . .I wonder what she would look like with three?
Ask and ye shall receive! Still it's only three. . .
SIX, what the heck happened to four and five?!? She's dancing througout all of this, by the way!
There she is dancing on BROKEN GLASS, with six bowls on her head, and to the beat!
I've lost count now
Our hotel room door in Jodhpur
Cool clock tower - the lights changed color too
Jodhpur fort (you can kinda see why it's the “Blue City”)
Janet and the blue city in the background
This audio tour was pretty cool at the palace - called Meherangarh
This goes on an elephant
This is for women and carried by about 8 guys
This one is for guys (no need to be hidden from view)
We saw a LOT of weapons in India
Decorative shield - there are a whole bunch of embedded rubies and emeralds
We go to that palace later - called Umaid Bhawan
This window is carved out of a single piece of stone - it's so the women can look out without being seen
Cradle I think
The most women we saw in India
A memorial in Jodhpur - Jaswant Thada
The memorial again - they really like white for these things
This is Umaid Bhawan
Small museum inside the palace
They had a lot of weird old clocks - sorry, no cuckoos!
Inside a small auxiliary courtyard - this is the most recent palace in India, built from 1929-1944 as a “job creation program” which provided 3000 workers 15 years of work
Menu from 1936
Back outside the palace
Inside our room in Jaisalmer, one of the nicest we had
Jaisalmer fort - claimed to be the oldest fort where people still live (something like 25% of the population of Jaisalmer)
This is due to the Lonely Planet saying you cannot stay in the fort (for environmental reasons) and has nothing to do with their poor grammar
Desert in background
The wind turbines you see are to power searchlights / security lights for the border with Pakistan (about 50 miles away)
Inside a Jain temple
Top of the temple
There were thousands of these guys in the temple
Fort at night
Looks REALLY familiar - and so does she!
Inside the palace that is inside the fort in Jaisalmer
All sliver throne
View of Jaisalmer
Would you let these guys move YOUR furniture?
From the top of the palace, you can see the fort
Carving of the entire fort
Janet Jackson has nothing on this chick!
Fort, waaaaay in the background
zoom - these taken on the way to our camels
Grinding wheat into flour for chapati and the like
Janet and the Swiss couple along with Mr. Singh (camelman) at his house
That's a baby goat
Swiss dude riding a camel in India
Swiss girl riding a camel in India
My camel guy took this for me
This is the desert
This is Janet in the desert
Janet feeding Mr. India after our journey
They made tea for us
Now who's the camelman?
Swiss dude with a turban and camelman in India
Drinking chai (tea)
This is camelman's cellphone, he's more uptodate than we are!
This camel peed for about 10 minutes and when he finished we could finally go - blurry because I am on a camel also
My camel and camelboy
It's the hotel's 5th anniversary
The self-proclaimed 8th Wonder of the World
It's the Rat Temple in Deshnok (near Bikaner and actually called Karni Mata)
Hungry, hungry rats
It is very auspicious if one runs over your feet or if you see a white one
This is holy food (due to the rats saliva being on it - yum!)
Janet waits for the rat shit to be swept away before walking in her stocking feet (socks thrown away later that day!)
Palace in Bikaner
Best maintained palace we saw
Brass windows on the upper floor
King of the castle, King of the castle!
Tiles imported from all over the world
This guy was awesome (Janet strongly disagrees with me) - an example “maharaja means king and king means Eric”!
Gift from England
911 hurt India's tourism quite a bit!
I love old menus - this one 1936
What a heifer!
See the camel
They are all over Bikaner
Camel in traffic
Our fancy “Cammando” toilette
Shopped 'till we dropped on our last day (this is back in Delhi)
Janet's shirt - asking price 1300 rupees for two, bargained down to 250 rupees for two ($6)!
My shirt - 149 rupees, fixed price shop (whew!)