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


Motor-rickshaw (Autorickshaw?)


See traffic backed up in the distance (Delhi to Manali)


Closeup


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


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Asleep on the comfy backpack pillow


Like some tea?


Getting into the mountains


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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


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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!


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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)


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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


Closeup


Brightly colored frescoes


Entrance to the prayer room


View of our hotel room from the street - we are on the top right


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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


Switchback hell!


Breakdown?


Somebody's still feeling a bit green (switchbacks are NOT helping!)


This is what they mean by navigable road


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Keylong Town - where we stayed over night


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In town


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


Our jeep


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)


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Are we in Utah?


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Road block coming up!


Tasty!


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


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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!


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Closeup of the prayer flags


View from the top


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Janet's guide, Jikmed, on her two day trek


Water under troubled bridge


Janet treking


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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”


Jimmy's shirt


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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


Homestay toilet


Other side of Janet's room


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Solar panels provide electricity for lights, that's her room on the left


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Mama - her name is Dolmat


Kitchen with ornamental urns


Where they ate meals and drank tea


Other village homes


Ladakhi scarecrow


Baby yak


Other side of scarecrow


Yak and hospital


Closeup of Yak


Don't talk back!


Janet is scared


House on a hill


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Mountain cat


Mama and friend


Got dinner?


Rumbak is the name of the homestay village


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Papa - his name is Solom


Sister adjusting the music


Janet and Papa


Dinner was delicious


The prayer room in the homestay house


Drum


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Happy family


Back on the hike


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Shale rock


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From our hotel room in Leh


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Our first train ride from Delhi to Agra (we flew from Leh to Delhi to avoid another two day drive)


Train buddy


Other side of the train compartment


Janet eating thali (kinda like an Indian value meal)


Agra Fort!


More Agra Fort


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Inside the fort


All these forts kinda look the same


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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


Beautiful sari


More Taj


This is where the imprisoned king watch the Taj (his pet project) get finished


More fort


Gardens


Happy monkey


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


Baby Taj


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


Gecko


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


Tomb raider


Taj again


Ahmed took us to a rug making place, this is all wool (from New Zealand) dyed naturally


Rug designer


Cleaning and softening a new rug


The loom


Tying the knots by hand


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Cutting the rug (literally)


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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


Another tabletop


Name of the place in case we ever want to go back


Taj Mahal from across the river in the gardens


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Where's Janet?


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Goats like the Taj too


Run away, run away


More goats


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Still from across the river - while the Taj looks kinda rectangular here, it is totally symetrical


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These kids were super annoying


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Sunset


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


Camel ride?


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


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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


Us


Them


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


shrine


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!


self explanatory


Lots of their rooms are mirrored to provide more light from the lanterns they used before elecricity


Ceiling


Where's Waldo?


That is a kerosene powered fan


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Bond - James Bond


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More peacocks


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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


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Ganesha


They love their elephants


Temple in Udaipur


Cool engravings


Not the eroticly engraved temple we had heard about, but still cool


getting dark


Time for some dancing!


With fire!


no flash


flash


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


Throne room


Gottcha!


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


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Palace courtyard


The most women we saw in India


A memorial in Jodhpur - Jaswant Thada


Inside


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!


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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


Stuffed leopards


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


Jain statue


There were thousands of these guys in the temple


Gecko!


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


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Would you let these guys move YOUR furniture?


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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


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Janet and the Swiss couple along with Mr. Singh (camelman) at his house


That's a baby goat


CAMELS!


Ready?


Up!


Swiss dude riding a camel in India


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Swiss girl riding a camel in India


Janet


Me


My camel guy took this for me


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Dunes!


This is the desert


This is Janet in the desert


Faithful buddies


Little “camelman”


Janet feeding Mr. India after our journey


Camelman!


They made tea for us


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Now who's the camelman?


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Swiss dude with a turban and camelman in India


Drinking chai (tea)


This is camelman's cellphone, he's more uptodate than we are!


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Tired camel


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!)


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baby


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


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Best maintained palace we saw


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Brass windows on the upper floor


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King of the castle, King of the castle!


Tiles imported from all over the world


courtyard


This guy was awesome (Janet strongly disagrees with me) - an example “maharaja means king and king means Eric”!


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Gift from England


911 hurt India's tourism quite a bit!


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I love old menus - this one 1936


What a heifer!


See the camel


They are all over Bikaner


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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!)