Video and Photo Highlights of North India

Video and Photo Highlights of North India

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Taj Mahal @ Mehtab Bagh, India – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

View of the Taj Mahal from Mehtab Bagh, Agra

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Old Pink City, Jaipur, India

Snakes, Elephants, Monkeys, Forts, Colorful Saris – what’s not to like about Jaipur?!!

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Lake Pushkar & Brahma Temple, Pushkar, India

The only Hindu temple to Lord Brahma

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City of Victory, Fatehpur Sikri, India – UNESCO Site

Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.

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Qutb Minar, New Delhi, India – UNESCO Site

The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu’l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples.

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Jantar Mantar, India – UNESCO Site

The Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observation site built in the early 18th century. It includes a set of some twenty main fixed instruments. They are monumental examples in masonry of known instruments but which in many cases have specific characteristics of their own. The Jantar Mantar is an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period.

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Humayun Tomb, New Delhi, India – UNESCO Site

This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

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The Hindu Temples @ Mathura & Vrindavan, India

Krishna Janmasthan and Bankey Bihari Temples in the birthplace of Lord Krishna, one of India’s holiest pilgrimage sites.

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Taj Mahal @ Sunset, Agra, India – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

The majestic Taj @ sunset & sunrise

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The Taj Mahal, Agra, India – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

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Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi, New Delhi, India

Gandhi’s cremation site in New Delhi

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Kama Sutra Monuments, Khajuraho, India – UNESCO Site

The Kama Sutra Monuments, Khajuraho, India

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Mother Teresa, Kolkata, India

Mother Teresa Home/Convent/Tomb and Dakshineswar Temple

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Ganges River Cruise, Varanasi, India

Varanasi – one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world

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Buddhist Stupa, Sarnath, India – UNESCO Site

The site where Buddha taught his first lessons

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Chhatrapati Shivaji, Mumbai, India – UNESCO Site

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey – UNESCO Site

The beautiful, majestic, enormous mosques of Turkey….. Earthen and blue colored, the masjids of Istanbul are reminiscent of the great conquests of the Turks.

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Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Shank sat close to me & whispered sweet nothings about how he loves us being like this. It was really nice. We laughed & talked and walked a little on the boardwalk.

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Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos Islands

Turks & Caicos – Islands of White Sand Beaches and Turquoise Waters! Our first time to Turks and Caicos was spectacular!

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Christ the Redeemer, Rio, Brazil – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

Beaches. Favelas. Cristo: all things of fame in Rio, all incredibly beautiful to see. The sand is so white that sometimes I thought my camera filter was broken or the camera was somehow over exposing.

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Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm, Siem Reap, Cambodia – UNESCO Site

Angkor Thom is part of the Bayon Temple and a spectacular feast for the eyes. There are several levels here with many steps leading up and down. At the highest levels the best views can be seen, and one gets the sense of being part of the...

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Floating Village @ Tonle Sap, Siem Reap, Cambodia

It was amazing and disheartening, yet cynically content to see hundreds of thousands of families living off the lake, with children content in their little worlds, unaware of the bliss and misery of their living conditions.

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Turks & Caicos Islands “Fish Fry Party”

A cultural explosion is rocking Provo! Every Thursday from 5:30p to 9:30p at the Bight (Children’s) Park, over a dozen local food vendors, entertainers and cultural acts come together for Island Fish Fry to create an evening of “all things TCI.”

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Iguazu Falls, Brazil – 7 Wonders of Nature & UNESCO Site

Iguazu Falls – 275 falls in all, semi-circling around a gigantic sink hole, at the borders of 3 countries – Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. This is the view from the Brazil side.

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina – 7 Wonders of Nature & UNESCO Site

Iguazu Falls – 275 falls in all, semi-circling around a gigantic sink hole, at the borders of 3 countries – Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

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The Beagle Channel @ Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Patagonia, Argentina

Named after Charles Darwin’s famous Beagle, this is a channel is between the small islands in the southernmost part of the world, Fin Del Mundo

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The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France – UNESCO Site

Ahhhh, Paris…. Our most favorite of all cities. There are no aqua marine seas, no 90 tropical weather, no reefs. But what it has lends its own appeal to Paris: the legendary Muse du Louvre, the Arc De Triomphe, the banks of the River Seine, the cafes, and the shopping.

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The Bund @ Shanghai, China

We loved our day strolling along the Bund and taking in the magnificent view of the river front with all the amazing architectural designs that added a picturesque effect to the Bund.

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Michelangelo’s David, Florence, Italy – UNESCO Site

Site is Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

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Venice, Canals & Gondolas, Venice, Italy – UNESCO Site

What a wonderful surprise this was, getting to Venice: we flew to the nearby airport and then traveled by car, then by boat via the canals. Long, but well worth the travel time to get to Venezia.

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Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai, China

We finally made it to the Jade Buddha Temple. As we approached the Temple, we were like, “Oh, wow, it’s small.” But don’t let the outside of the Temple fool you…

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The Imperial Palace @ The Forbidden City, Beijing, China – UNESCO Site

The Forbidden City – I’ve read about it & seen movies about it, but never did I imagine what was in front of me!

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Hong Kong, Kowloon Bay & Aberdeen, China

Our trip started off from New Jersey to JFK Airport in New York to Vancouver, Canada to Hong Kong, China. We were lucky to be upgraded to First Class tickets because we are members of Cathay Pacific’s Frequent Flyer program. It was incredible!!!

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The Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, Italy – UNESCO Site

One of the most beautiful summer retreats in Italy. Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits on the Italian Rivera, aka “The Five Lands”

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Eating Live Scorpions @ the Exotic Snack Market, Beijing, China

Shankar Eating LIVE Scorpions. Twice @ Wangfujing Snack Street – Exotic Snack Delicacies!

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The Golden Roof, Innsbruck, Austria

While on a roadtrip visiting the Swiss Alps and Italy, we decided to overnight in Bolzano, Italty. We stayed at the Park Hotel Laurin. The Park Hotel was mesmerizing! Artwork displayed on every wall. It felt like we were back in France, in a castle as our hotel.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy – UNESCO Site

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is definitely one of the highlights of Italy, and absolutely deserves a visit if you are visiting Florence.

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The Great Wall of China – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

The Great Wall of China: an amazing walk as far as one can walk on the Great Wall. The excitement and thrill of walking this monumentally long Wall is an incredible experience, one that we will cherish for a long time to come.

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Machu Picchu, Peru – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

It was a whirlwind for us to get to Peru: close to 12 hours of air travel between airports, airlines and airport lounges. Once we landed in Cusco, Peru we forgot the number of hours it took us to get to Cusco. It was breathtaking!

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The Colosseum, Rome, Italy – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

Not to be thwarted, I looked around as we left the line and saw a gate that was semi-ajar…. What’s a history buff to do….

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Petra, Jordan – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

The iconic view of Petra, as we made our way between the two mountains…. On first glance, you are truly astonished at the sheer size of this “Treasury” building built by the Nabateans of Jordan. 7 Wonders of the World Site is Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage...

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Chichen Itza Pyramid, Mexico – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

Climbing Kukulcan Pyramid and Powerboating in the Atlantic

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Shenzhen, China

A very nice experience to ride the train seeing all the local people doing the same thing we do in the United States; being on our phone, LOL.

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Vishnu Temple @ Angkor Wat, Cambodia – UNESCO Site

Angkor Wat? Petra? Machu Picchu? Pyramids of Giza? The debate has raged on: which is considered the best man-made structure? The argument centers around history, value, and of course, the wow factor!

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The Blue Grotto, Valletta, Malta – UNESCO Site

The Megalithic Temples of Malta (wiki), comprising of, among others, The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, the Hal Tarxien Temple and the Mnajdra Temple, are incredible sights to see and explore how prehistoric man searched for God, then, as we do today.

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Casablanca, Morocco

If I hadn’t see the movie Casablanca, can I honestly say I would not be on the beach at that moment? Hard to say.

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Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong, China

Oh my God! Landing in Hong Kong was like a dream. There were people everywhere. The airport itself is huge. The buildings are magnificent. Tall skyscrapers and colorful buildings with rays of lightning.

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The Tiny, Sleepy Town of Aguas Caliente, Peru

All tourists who visit MP over the span of days stay here for its 30 minute bus ride to MP. It looks like a tiny Western boom town, replete with shanty-town-like homes, lots of restaurants and even a railroad track smack dab in the middle of the main street.

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The Botanical Garden of Aguas Caliente, Peru

Is Casey trying to jump into Rio Urumbamba?

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Scuba Diving, Cozumel, Mexico

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Mardi Gras, New Orleans

guys on balconies throwing beads to women in the streets after they caught a “glimpse” of what they were looking for

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Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands

What happens in Amsterdam stay in Amsterdam. And we are not kidding about that!

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The Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

Ahhh. The Irish. Bangers and Mash. Triple-distilled 12 year old rums. Guinness. You get the drift….

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Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Cairo, Egypt – UNESCO Site

Enjoying local Egyptian coffee in the quite busy Khan El Khalili Bazaar in Cairo, Egypt on our way to visiting the Great Pyramids!

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Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Estate – UNESCO Site

How did Thomas Jefferson construct such a home in the 18th century? The architecture and design of his Monticello estate is amazing. My first impression of Monticello was – wow! magnificent entry way. The foyer itself is elaborately adorned with American Indian décor.

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Party City of the Mediterranean, Ibiza, Spain

The hotel had a party one night, which we attended. There was a live DJ who played only electric/retro music, all night. It was quite interesting people watching in the club. Ibiza is one heck of a great and exciting island to visit during peak season.

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Pisac Ruins, Cusco, Peru

When we got to Pisac: what a ruin to lay eyes on! Pisac is about 13,000 feet high. It is the smoothest, cleanest bed of vegetation that we’ve seen thus far in our travels.

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Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Peru

The only ruins at Ollantay (as the locals abbreviate it) are its terraces, quite reminiscent of the ones we saw just a few hours ago in Pisac. Above and at the back of the terrace, atop the mountain the terrace sits, is a spectacular view of the surrounding valleys and accompanying mountains.

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Papyrus Makers, Alexandria, Egypt

Videos and Pics of a papyrus-making tour in Alexandria, Egypt.

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Parthenon, Athens, Greece – UNESCO Site

It’s the most beautiful monument one can feast your eyes on. As we stood amongst the ruins of Ancient Greece, it was an incredible feeling of “WOW!!

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The Sistine Chapel, Vatican City – UNESCO Site

We were in Vatican City a few years ago but got to the entrance only to find out that they closed 10 minutes before :-( This second time around we made sure got there first thing in the morning.

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Temple of Poseidon, Sounion, Greece – UNESCO Site

This was one of the few temples in Greece (the Temple of Hephaestus is another one) that isn’t flooded with the usual tourists and tour buses. I guess the 2-hr drive isn’t attractive :-)

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Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

It’s Cairo. What else need be said? Pyramids of Giza. Great Sphinx. The Nile. Pharaoh. Camels.
The ONLY remaining Wonder of the Ancient World! ‘Tis a dream come true to stand in awe of this monument to the Gods.

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Glassblowing Factory Tour, Murano, Italy

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica – UNESCO Site

We went to Guanacaste, Costa Rica last year and had an eco-tourism blast.

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The Dead Sea, Madaba, Jordan

The calmness of the Dead Sea was wonderfully serene during this time of year.

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Jordanian Burka Designer, Amman, Jordan

On our recent vacation to Amman, Jordan, we were fortunate to meet this simple and kind designer of Jordanian burkas, Aisha.  She took us into her modest home and showed us how she made the famous burkas worn by Muslim women. We bought a few items from her because Casey was impressed with her quality work and attention to detail.  Driving from Aisha’s home, I...

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Bath-House of the Sultans, Quseir Amra, Jordan – UNESCO Site

This is the excellent remains of a castle’s bath-house that the Sultans of Jordan would use to freshen up after a long of fun horseback racing or returning from  neighboring villages. This site is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage...

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Shankar SkyDiving, Las Vegas, NV

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