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Oct 16, 2016 - Ranakpur - Temple Jain

Lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/uT2ZDKDh9jznoU6w5 Ranakpur est une petite cité du Rajasthan située dans la chaîne des Ârâvalli à une soixantaine de kilomètres au nord de la ville d'Udaipur. Le site doit sa notoriété au groupe de temples, majoritairement jaïns, et il fait partie des cinq pèlerinages majeurs du jaïnisme. Le temple le plus important, celui d'Adinatha, est l'une des plus belles et plus vastes constructions jaïns de l'Inde. La construction eut lieu au milieu du xve siècle...

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Mar 6, 2015 - Delwara

Friday 6th March 2015 We are not leaving until after lunch, so we trot on down to the separate gymnasium building and borrow a couple of racquets to play squash – now Dear Reader – every squash court I’ve played on in the last 45 years has had a sprung wooden floor – what we get in Jodhpur is a Marble floor and walls – with a glass back – really strange – and noisy/slippy – so we only play one game – Who won – Carolyn of course! Today is Holi Day, where folk throw coloured dyes at each other in some ritualistic celebration, but as we are...

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Nov 5, 2012 - India days 14/15 - Varanassi

We book our first Indian train ride (overnight) to the Hindu spiritual center of Varanassi. We arrive at the train station at about 7, 2 hours early, so as not to miss our connection. The train station is quite old and decrepit, waiting passengers lie around on blankets on the floor (as seating is limited). Our train comes, but I just barely hear the announcement and Shari and a couple of traveling French gals and I have to sprint to find our departing train. We make it to the 1st AC car, and are amazed to see yet another decrepit piece of...

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Nov 1, 2012 - India days 12 / 13

We took a flight from Jodhpur to New Delhi as the trains were all booked up. (The festival season is a busy one). A short flight and we land safely in Delhi. At the airport we head to the pre-paid taxi stand and purchase a car and driver to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal! The trip down is fairly uneventful, with the exception of some near head on collisions that we've now gotten used to, more or less. While we though Delhi was a polluted city, Agra is even more so. On top of the factory pollution and exhaust fumes, there are frequent piles...

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Oct 28, 2012 - India day 11

We wake up about 8:15 and go up to the Nepalese brothers kitchen on top of the Hotel with a beautiful view of the Palace. I have a pancake with Nutella and Shari has a honey and banana pancake on a plate that still has Nutella from the gal that was sitting next to us earlier, gross. But she bucks up, and enjoys her bfast. Finding out that the trains to Agra are all booked up for the next couple of days is a bummer, so we are glad that we are able to find to low cost airline tickets we that we can fly into Dehli with for our departure...

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Oct 28, 2012 - India day 8

Today, Shari and I went and got breakfast (Spinach, mushroom and onion Omelette's), and went out for a walk back to the Jain temples. On the way we cam across a group of monkey's that live in a tree near the road, one was missing his arm, very sad. We made it to the Jain temple complex and visited a couple of the temples that are back away from the main temple, at the last one we saw they are building an Ampitheatre, we watched as 2 boys lifted a 70lb stone slab onto the head of a (maybe 14 yr old) girl, she carried it on top of her head up...

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Oct 27, 2012 - India day 7

Got up and met the driver for a 3 hour bumpy twisty car ride through the Indian countryside to Ranakapur, the site of a group of very beautiful Jain temples and along the way the Kumbhalgarh fort, a huge early stone fortress surrounded by a still intact 32 km wall. Lots of scenery along the way. By car, you can really see how the average person lives in India, colorfully dressed women carry large bundles of sticks or grass on their heads, camel & goat herders block the road. We arrived at Kumbhalgarh Fort, an imposing structure which was...

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Aug 30, 2012 - Ranakpur - The Jungle

Today we got up and were going to the Jungle,Ranakpur. I had a very good night sleep and my tummy amazingly overnight seems to have got a bit better not as sore! We had a 2 hour journey into the Jungle via Jeep which was great fun I was at the back. It was so green everywhere seemed like a million miles away from where we had been, listening to music and watching the world go by was awesome. When we arrived we were literally in the middle of nowhere and all we could see was chipmunks there wasn’t any phone signal or anyone else but the...

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Nov 29, 2011 - Jain temple complex

Not long to relax in the Hotel and what a hotel, the Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur! You are met at the Lake shore station and taken by boat to the main entrance of the Hotel, where it stands in the middle of the Lake. Even though it was 6.30 am rose petals fluttered down and you are welcomed and signed in. We rest for what seemed no time before returning across the lake to meet our guide and driver. Off to the Jain Temple Complex at Ranakpur, another long drive but through lovely mountainous country. Stopping on the way to photograph a bullock...

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Dec 14, 2010 - Jodhpur to Kumbalgarh Fort near Ranakpur

It’s a travel day today. We were up early to get ready and packed and then met Susan and Murray on the roof-top restaurant for breakfast. We said good-bye to the Haveli Inn Pal – it was a really nice stay, I liked it there a lot. We had to make a stop at the clothing store to pick-up the clothes that Ram had purchased for us yesterday. We waited quite a while, but we then found out there had been a problem with the tailor so the clothes would be shipped to us in Udaipur. The first destination of the day was Ranakpur to see the Jain Temples....

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Jan 27, 2010 - Ranakpur

Today we started moving back into the foothills and winding mountain roads and made a stop at a Jain temple. The Jain religion is very interesting to me. They believe in never ever harming anything with thoughts, words, or actions. They are strict vegetarians, vegans more like, and have alot of rules around food. The temple was beautiful. Inside there were hundreds of columns, each one carved differently and balancing countless numbers of domes on top. I could've stayed in there all day trying to capture all of the different patterns and...

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Tamara in India!

Apr 4, 2009 - Ranakpur

John I don’t like Indian food. I’m surprised I haven’t starved to death. I can’t wait till we go back home. So far I’ve been surviving on shakes, bread, and tomato soup. And the worst thing is you’re not allowed to eat meat so there’s no hamburgers or anything. It’s a strange feeling, being always hungry. It’s not a good feeling. I don’t know how much longer I can survive on the same food. Now that we’re in India mom says Sprites and Fantas don’t count as cokes because we’re afraid the shakes may be laced with marijuana. India people are...

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