Category: Rural

The Journey to (and from) the Roof Top of the World 

The Journey to (and from) the Roof Top of the World 

We took a train to reach Tibet, also known as “the roof top the the world”. The journey on the train to Lhasa, Tibet is truly part of the adventure. The Tibetan Train line was not completed until 2006 and it boast number world records, engineering feats and scenic views.

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway includes The Tanggula Pass which is the world’s highest point of railway, at an impressive 16,640 feet above sea level. It is also the only train that services the highest train station on the world, Tanggula Station, at 16,627 feet above sea level. Continue reading “The Journey to (and from) the Roof Top of the World “

Ranthambore National Park 

Ranthambore National Park 

Another national park visited! We love our national parks at home (USA) and we enjoy seeing other countries’ national parks as well. This park started as hunting grounds for the Maharaja of Rajasthan but now it is a major wildlife tourist destination. It covers 392 sq km and has a 10th century Fort on top one of its hills. The fort isn’t open for visit but overlooks the park as a reminder of its royal history.

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Jain temple & Sardargarh Fort 

On our way to Sardargarh we stopped to visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that teaches the way to a life of liberation and bliss is by harmlessness and renunciation. The goal of Jainism is liberation of the soul. The temple was magnificent. It was built in 1447 and is made of white marble. There are 1,444 marble pillars inside the temple and no two are the same.

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Backwater tour of Kerala

We took a six hour tour of the backwater of Kerala district. This is a relaxing time on a small covered boat which two men propel with long bamboo sticks. Our hotel had suggested the three hour tour, but in our great wisdom we decided to do six hours. More and longer is always better, yeah?? Nope- not this time. The tour was very long and very slow. In hindsight, three hours would have been perfect. But we settled in for our six hours and tried to make the best of it. We can’t make every decisions perfectly when traveling for 6 months, right?

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