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India

Mangalore & Cochin (Kochi)

19 hours on an overnight train from Mumbai was enough to get us as far as Mangalore — a city about as illustrious as Ottumwa, Iowa — finally reaching the UNESCO town of Ft. Kochi another 24 hours later.

Udaipur: “The Venice Of The East”

This beautiful lake city was the perfect spot to lay low and fill our bellies for four days as we left the Old India desert beauty of Rajasthan for the New India bustle of Mumbai.

Khuri Village

Dreams of quiet evenings in a sleepy village in the desert with clean air and clear, starry nights commandeered our waking thoughts. We loved our time in Jaisalmer, but the desert beckoned.

Varanasi

Varanasi is one insane place on a regular day — Throw in monsoon season and a tropical illness and you got yourselves a real party!

Darjeeling Toy Train

Gone are the glory days of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (aka “Toy Train”), yet, this little steam engine that could survives, plying its way through some of India’s most amazing Himalayan scenery.

The Two Faces Of Darjeeling

My initial thought on arriving in the teeming hill station of Darjeeling, in the far northern corner of West Bengal state, was: [Crikey]! This is Darjeeling!!??

Kolkata (Calcutta)

We arrived in Kolkata, our first stop in India, under the cloak of darkness in the wee hours. Two days later we found ourselves bed-ridden and 10 lbs. lighter with six weeks left in India!