May 20, 2008

Photos galore

Just wanted to give a head's up that I've added hours of viewing pleasure with more Nepal & India photographs. Okay, maybe not hours (i don't want to scare you away), but I tried to break them up into smaller albums from the different locations within Nepal and now India. The new albums include:
  • Sarangkot (mountain village above Pokhara with stunning views of the Anapurna range and the most gentle people)
  • Maoists & Election Day (a variety of flags, marches & signs around the country in addition to images from election day in Pokhara - so peaceful after all the hub bub!)
  • Pokhara (beautiful hippie lake town where we stayed in & around for over 3 weeks)
  • Bandipur (no-vehicle mountain village situated above the morning clouds)
  • Trisuli River (Susan and I went on 2-day river rafting/camping adventure - our campsite was next to a quaint village. I can't believe folks drive motorcycles across walking bridges like that... well, i can believe it)
  • Chitwan & Lumbini (I spent a few days relaxing and reading "Reading Lolita in Tehran" next to the river in the jungle area of Chitwan, watching tourists sit/stand on elephants & get thrown off into the river. I met Ariella in Lumbini after her 10 day Vipassana silent meditation retreat - what an accomplishment! You couldn't get me to painfully sit in meditation for 10 hours a day for 10 days straight... Check out her intense yet amazing experience on her blog [link is above slideshows on right])
  • Varanasi (okay, so I had trouble editing down images from the sacred Ganges (or Ganga), and believe me, this selection is edited! I highly recommend visiting anytime other than May when the temps reach 110... or I guess monsoon wouldn't be too fun bc the life of the river is on the steps (ghats) which are then underwater. but do visit - it's a place like none other)
  • Jantar Mantar, New Delhi (this series of structures for reading the skies & various other astronomical uses was built by a ruler in the 1500s. i think it's a cool playground for adults and kids alike!)
So grab a cup of chai or two and have a gander. Enjoy!