Bagan Sunset Photo

Cycling Around the Temples of Bagan

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Bagan, Myanmar is one of Myanmar’s most famous destinations for tourism.  There are many ways to explore Bagan’s many temples, either by bike, by taxi, by scooter, or by big tourist bus.  In our opinion, Bagan is the perfect place to explore by bicycle.  The streets are relatively quiet, there are great sandy roads that take you to villages and …

Shwedagon Pagoda

Yangon, Our Introduction to Myanmar

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Yangon, once known as Rangoon, is the largest city in Myanmar.  This city was our introduction to Burmese culture, and we had seven full days to spend here.  Most people tour through Yangon in two or three days but we needed the extra time to get our Thailand visas.  Having the extra time here was awesome…it was great to go …

Khajuraho India

Photo Tour of the Temples of Khajuraho

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Khajuraho, India is home to UNESCO World Heritage temples, some of the finest temple art in the world.  It is the erotic carvings that make these temples so famous, with some of the carvings featuring images from India’s famous Kama Sutra. Tim and I were intrigued by these temples and these carvings, so Khajuraho got added into our itinerary.  We …

Varanasi India

Varanasi, India’s Holiest City

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Varanasi, also known as Benares, is the spiritual capital of India.  This is one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities, dating back to the 11th century B.C.  Varanasi is a city of pilgrimage for many Hindu and Jain people.  It is auspicious to die here and many people are brought here to be cremated right along the water’s edge. …

The Taj Mahal in Photos

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After traveling almost four weeks through India we finally made it to the Taj Mahal, wonder of the world.  Here is our quick tour of the Taj Mahal in photos. Taj Mahal Photos On our first day in Agra we went to the sunrise point of the Taj Mahal.  Here we had our first views of the Taj Mahal.   …

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever as a 40th Birthday Present

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Knowing that I would be turning 40 while in India, I had great plans for celebrating my birthday.  But India had other plans for me. The day before my birthday, on a six hour car ride from Udaipur to Jodhpur, I began to have a headache, fatigue, and fever. Tyler and Kara had just gotten over cold like symptoms so …

Visiting Udaipur

Udaipur, India in Photos

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We spent three days in Udaipur, a city that is labeled as India’s most romantic city and one of its least hectic cities to visit. One of Udaipur’s claims to fame is that it was featured in the James Bond movie “Octopussy.” Hotel Boheda Palace We stayed at Hotel Boheda Palace, a great hotel with reasonable prices and views over …

Mumbai Food Tour

Street Food Tour in Mumbai

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As a grand finale in Mumbai, we took a street food tour, and it was by far our favorite thing we did while staying in this city.  Using Reality Tours again, who we used for the tour through Dharavi, we spent four hours on our last evening in town trying foods prepared in food stands on the streets of Mumbai. …

Mumbai India Gate

This is Mumbai, India

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Mumbai, our second stop in India, is a city that exceeded my expectations. After our tour through Nepal, Bhutan, and northeast India, we were all ready for another big city. Mumbai, known as Bombay until 1996, is one of the world’s largest cities by population. This city is the fifth largest in the world and the largest in India. Most …

Dharavi

A Tour of the Dharavi Slum in Mumbai, India

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Mumbai, known as Bombay until 1996, was the first major city we visited while in India. Mumbai is known for its film industry, being home to Bollywood, and its slums, made famous by the movie “Slum Dog Millionaire.” Sixty percent of the Mumbai population lives in slums. While in Mumbai, toured the Dharavi slum, Mumbai’s largest slum, with Reality Tours. …

Tiger's Nest

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon

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Bhutan, this tiny country located in the Himalaya mountains, has just recently opened its doors to tourism. As of 1974 Bhutan began to allow tourists to enter. It wasn’t until more recently when tourism really began to boom here, and tourism has now become a leading source of revenue for this country. The Daily Tariff Bhutan believes in offering high-quality …

Do Roosters Crow in the Rain? Our Story from Pokhara, Nepal

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Pokhara, a small city located about 200 kilometers (124 miles) west of Kathmandu, is a popular tourist destination in Nepal.  This city is located on Phewa Lake at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains and is the beginning of the Annapurna Circuit, another very popular trek in Nepal. Pokhara is known as the adventure capital of Nepal and this is …