Day 82: Sacred river

Varanasi most likely gets its name from two nearby connecting rivers, Varuna and Assi, and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.  For Hindu followers it is one of the holiest cities in India and millions of worshippers make the pilgrimage to visit every year.  It lies along the banks of…

Day 81: Surprising source of energy

Even though cows are considered sacred and beef is not generally found on a restaurant menu in India, they still provide a beneficial natural “by-product” to the population.  In an average day, an adult cow goes “#2” thirteen times so cow dung is a readily available resource to utilize.  It can be dried and used…

Day 80: Temples of love

Khajuraho is a small town famous for its groups of temples with original architecture and beautiful rock carving sculptures. They were constructed over a period of 200 years (950-1150) without any mortar and 22 of the original 85 temples still exist. The meticulously detailed carvings are world-renowned for their graphic and sensuous depictions of love…

Day 79: Battling Delhi Belly

The popular combo plate Special Thali is a quick and cheap food option all over India. It’s a tasty light meal and consists of a collection of small dishes served on a round tray. Foods typically included are rice, dal (split lentil stew), vegetables, roti (unleavened flat bread), papad (thin, crispy cracker), curd (yogurt), small…

Day 78: Afternoon at the Taj

It can be surreal when visiting heritage sites that are world-famous and instantly recognizable.  Often it’s difficult for the place to live up to the expectations that you might have because you want it to be as amazing, impressive, and awe-inspiring as you envisioned it would be.  Well, we can say that the Taj Mahal…