Sikkim

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Sikkim is my final stop in India, an outlier literally and figuratively. It’s out of the way, far Northeast, a tiny state squashed between Nepal, China and Bhutan. And because it is a border area and because India and China are … Continue reading

India: random shots

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Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayan, Delhi Swaminaryam, Delhi. (100% marble) Unfortunately, Ashkhardam, right next door, was closed the day I was there. Ghurdwara Bangla Sahib: Sikh temple in Delhi Golden Temple, Amritsar The Guru Granth Sahib is being sung continuously … Continue reading

McLeod Ganj

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I went to the railway station in Amritsar for my 8:20 train a week ago and discovered all trains had been cancelled-not only for that day but for four days. I had no choice but to take a taxi east … Continue reading

Fatehpur Sikri

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Fatehpur Sikri– Fatepur Sikri is a palace-fortress and mosque complex about 40 km from Agra built by Akbar the Great, one of the Mughal Emperors of the mid-to-late 16th C. Fatehpur means “victory city.” It was completed in 1572 and … Continue reading

Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal I’m pretty sure I can’t say anything about this place that hasn’t been said before….except that this is my second visit, the first occurring more than 50 years ago. Described by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore as “the tear-drop … Continue reading

Varanasi III

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Varanasi III   Sarees seem to be a major industry here. I never saw so many shops. Some of them advertise their factories as well. In the middle of all my temple-hopping tour, we stopped and met an elderly small … Continue reading

Varanasi II: The Hindu Riviera

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The predominant experience of Varanasi is the permanently precarious nature of it, the common tightrope-walk hardly distinguishing between multiple near-death experiences occurring multiple times a day and the ongoing spiritual restoration. I also notice that I am not worried about … Continue reading