Pretty as a Painting

Rajagiri, Tamil Nadu, India There are some places you visit that appear monochromatic, even boring on the surface. This is especially true if you’ve just come from a city alive with color. I stopped at this piece of ancient history as I was traveling from Tiruvannamalai to Pondicherry. Tiruvannamalai is a destination for many spiritual … More Pretty as a Painting

Mighty Mahal

Day 17 – Last day on Indian soil. I can take or leave the Taj Mahal. It’s so cliche. One of the first questions I’m asked when I return from India, “Did you go to the Taj Mahal?” This is India to most people. I get it. And a little piece of me resents it. … More Mighty Mahal

Flower Boats

Day 13 – Part 2 We arrive in Haridwar. We grab our bags and drag them past waiting trains and monkeys to the parking lot. There are no stairs and very few porters. Shiva Ratri is tomorrow – the celebration of Shiva – and this town is exploding with color and a hint of the … More Flower Boats

From Here to There

Day four: travel day. The interesting thing about travel within India is the concept if time and its elasticity. Within each city, travel time is usually accurate. Rickshaw and taxi drivers will do anything in their power to get you to your destination in the time they have estimated. Since there seem to be no … More From Here to There