Places to eat in Luang Prabang, Laos

Places to eat in Luang Prabang, Laos. A restaurant, entertainment and eating out travel guide.. Continue reading

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Varanasi

one photo @ a time

My favorite city in India (probably the world) is Varanasi. Here are just a few images I was lucky enough to capture on a recent trip at the end of last year.

Manikarnika Ghat

Manikarnika ghat is the most important of all ghats in Varanasi. It is said to be the place where the earth was both created and where it is destroyed. The sacred well dug out by Vishnu at the beginning of time is here as are the cremation grounds where the material order is consumed, at the end, by flames.s Bathing in the waters here, the city’s largest burning ghat, and having a darshan  of Lord Vishvanath, (Shiva) has long been considered the most auspicious of all pilgrimage activities.

pujari

A pujari reads from a Sanskrit text, most likely a mix of scripture and fabulous stories of the divine beings that make Varanasi their home, in the galis near Manikarnika ghat. 

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Back to Burma

Brilliant photographs of Burma!

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Inside the Palace of Winds

One of the most impressive architectural highlights of our trip to Rajasthan was a visit to the prominent Hawa Mahal, centrally located within the old city walls of Jaipur.  In 1799, the Rajput ruler – Sawai Pratap Singh – commissioned Lal Chand Usta to design the Hawa Mahal (which literally translates to “Palace of Winds”) in the form of Krishna’s crown. Continue reading

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Diwali Festivities in Jaipur

During a visit to India in October 2011, we were most fortunate to arrive in Jaipur, Rajasthan just in time for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The origin of this festival can be traced back to the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana, when Rama and Sita return to the kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Continue reading

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Binge Drinking Elephants and other Tales of Lampang’s Bygone Days

Before the 1916 introduction of rail to Lampang in northern Thailand, the old commercial district of the city was located directly on the bank of the Wang River along the road known today as Thanon Talad Kaow (“Old Market Road”). It lies between the present post office and the municipality office, where the former palace of the last tributary ruler of Lampang—Chao Bunyawat Wongmanit—used to be. In former times, this area was called Kad Kongta in the local dialect, translated “the market on the road by the pier.” Continue reading

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In Photos: Wat Montien

A short photo tour of Wat Montien – a beautiful Lanna Thai temple located within the old city walls of Chiang Mai, on the northern corner. Continue reading

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