This one is easy. I lived in India for five months. I went to the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda for a semester. By went there, I mean I was enrolled. But for the five months I was there, it seemed that we had far more vacation than class time, which was fine with me. I got to travel extensively over the northern part of the country, a little bit into Nepal, and just a very little bit into the south. It would take me five years to write about five months spent traveling around India, so I’ll just list a few of my favorite places.
- The extensive ruins of Hampi and the unusual landscape of crumbling boulders.
- The intricate details of the havelis of Jaisalmer and looking out over the desert landscape.
- Amritsar and sleeping on the floor with the pilgrims at the Golden Temple and eating daal sitting on the floor in a long row of worshipers.
- The step wells. I love the step wells. All of them. I could sit in them with a journal for hours and hours and hours. I wish I could build a step well in one of the pit mines on my property. That would be the ultimate luxury.
- Elephanta Island. It was one of the first places I went and although I’ve given away or discarded most of the trinkets I bought in India, this elephant I got there is something I will always have.
- Train travel. Doesn’t matter to where. Just the whole train experience. But especially on the way to Bodh Gaya when we shared a berth with some Buddhist monks.
- And of course – the people!
A special thanks to the people whose websites I’ve linked to here. I lived in India from July – December 2000, pre-digital cameras and blogs. These lovely posts capture the experience so well and provide an understanding of the experience far better than my words alone can.
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