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Rabindranath Tagore Rd, Pathani Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
On the Ganges to witness the Aarti (prayer) ceremony. Before we boarded a row boat to watch masses come to the Ghats to offer prayers and float tiny oil lamps on the river. The moment that struck me aaas that a woman was sweeping the steps to the...
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Boudha, Naya Basti - 4, Kathmandu 00977, Nepal
At this old Temple, we discovered the ever present eyes of Buddha carved into the ancient doors. The most interesting part of the photo is the water mark from monsoons and high rain. And we're sitting near the top of the steps. Amazing and...
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Pokhara 33700, Nepal
Surprising in this day and time that women are considered second class citizens and subservient to men STILL in some cultures. Some things we take for granted are continued and glaring challenges in other parts of the world. Try espousing this...
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Boudhha, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Boudhnath, located a little outside the city of Katmandu is one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. With the influx of refugees from Tibet over 50 Tibetan Monasteries have cropped up around the Stupa. The ring of shops, in the arch of the...
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A stay at Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu feels like traveling back in time to another era. Much of the woodwork found throughout the hotel dates back centuries. When owner Ambica Shrestha and her husband saw people burning intricate wood carvings...
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Pashupati Nath Road 44621, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
This elderly gentleman took about 20 seconds to step up on a curb. I watched him walk for almost 30 minutes, crouched in pain and with purpose toward the statues of Hanuman and Ganesha outside of one of the temples. He took great care to kiss the...
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Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
In a very silent temple with people praying, what better way to keep baby sis quiet than to lift her up to spin the prayer scrolls that fully line the walls of the temple.
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Pokhara Valley, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
At a artisan loomery in the mountains above the Pokhara Valley, we waited for the haze to burn off of the Himalayan landscape from the upstairs viewing deck Followed by shopping handmade yak fur blankets, awesome knitted socks/bootys, scarves,...
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Pokhara Valley, Pokhara 33700, Nepal
Breathtaking scarves and blankets made from yak fur being hand loomed in the mountains of the Himalaya's on the edge of Pokhara Valley. A great buy! Negotiate!!!! Especially in low season when tourism is at a virtual standstill. August 2014.
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Babaji Ka Modh, Goner Rd, Jagdish Colony, Prem Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India
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Situated on 32 acres of land on the outskirts of Jaipur—but still a quick drive from the city’s historic forts and palaces—this massive hotel mixes traditional Rajasthani style with modern amenities. Although there are a number...