Northern India


Best known for the Taj Mahal North India runs the gamut from exquisite architecture to the deeply religious rituals surrounding the Ganges in Varanasi.


This 8 day trip in October of 2012 was part of a 3 week trip that included an Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in Nepal (see the Nepal page for the rest of the trip). In India we visited New Delhi, Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur and Varanasi. 

Exploring New Delhi
Post includes arriving in New Delhi, Akshardham Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and  Lodi Gardens.
Exploring Old Delhi
Post includes Jama Masjid mosque, the Red Fort, the markets of Chandni Chowk, the ruins of Qutb Minar (my personal favorite) and the Lotus Temple.

Agra and the Taj Mahal
Aside from the Taj we also visited the Akbar’s Mausoleum, Itimad-ud-Daulah (also known as Baby Taj) and the Red Fort.

Fatehspur Skiri
A short drive outside of Agra are the 16th century fortified city and mosque built by Emperor Akbar. The sites are worth a visit if you have the patience to deal with the touts and hustlers.

Post includes a walking tour through the pink city’s bazaars and well as visits to the top sights – Jantar Mantar (18th century observatory), the City Palace and the Hawa Mahal (18th century housing for the ladies of the royal court).
Sleeping and Dining in Jaipur
Includes reviews of the Pearl Palace Heritage Hotel and the Peacock Restaurant located on the roof-top terrace of the Pearl Palace Hotel.

Varanasi – First Impressions
A photo journal of our first walk along the banks of the Ganges and the evening ganga aarti ritual at Dasawamedh Gaht.
More Photos from Varansi
Morning is the best time to photograph this intense and colorful city.
Dussehra Festival in Varanasi
A photo journal of the evening’s events during this lively and spiritual festival.
Sunrise Boat Ride on the Ganges
A photo journal of life along the Ganges at sunrise.

Flying from Varanasi to Kathmandu – Travel Tips
It may sound easy, but this short flight can cause headaches if you don’t know the routine.