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Kolkata (Calcutta)- Mother Teresa’s Memorial & Victoria Memorial

by Heidi

We arrived in Kolkata on the 10th of April, and were both pleasantly surprised. I had expected a depressing city full of slums, but the portion of the city that we saw was very nice. The air was cleaner than in Varanasi and there were trees lining the streets. We met another American on the […]

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Silk Shops and Khadi in Varanasi

by joji

by Joji Silk Shops We first visited Baba Blacksheep, which is easy for rickshaw drivers to find since there are signs all over town pointing to its direction.  The service there was very professional and not pushy.  They seemed biased towards the silk made in India and seemed to not like stuff made in Nepal.  […]

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Arriving in Varanasi: The Holy City

by joji

We have met a few people who have traveled to Varanasi and the reviews are mixed.  Some like it and some don’t … We are in the latter group.  While the city may be holy to Hindus it certainly is not to a tourist who only visits for a few days.  In fact, it seemed […]

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Taj Mahal, Agra, India

by Heidi

We took a night train from Jaisalmer arriving in Jaipur in the early morning (around 5am).  We would have been happy to skip Jaipur this time around, but there wasn’t a direct train from Jaisalmer to Agra.  We spent the day in Jaipur eating and shopping a bit before heading back to the train station […]

Jaisalmer Camel Safari – Avoiding Hotel/Safari Scams

by joji

The hotel rooms in Jaisalmer are dirt cheap, but there is a catch.  Most hotels will expect you to book a camel safari through them, which is where they make their money. We had learned from our good friend and fellow traveler, Mariana, about a scam involving hotels and camel safaris.  Here is how it […]

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