We’re about to leave India after staying here for two and a half months. We’ve visited the south and the north. We’ve caught up with old friends and made new ones. It’s been a terrific stay.
Here are some final shots from our time here.
There’s something iconic about the Indian railway. Yesterday, we rode a train for thirteen hours from Goa to Bombay. The girls made it cozy in the upper berths with their books and tablets. Eventually they set up a circus routine, using the chains attached to the berths as ropes and the bedsheets as slings. Here’s a look at their setup.
Time flew by on the journey. The views of the Indian countryside were spectacular. The food was tasty. Upon arriving in Bombay it was a quick five minute taxi ride to our hotel.
In sheer numbers, India is the most cricket-obsessed country in the world. Here’s a match playing out on a pitch in the middle of town. The bowler has just released the ball.
A few blocks away, another cricket match playing out in the middle of traffic.
Batsman hits ball. Fielder handles the play across four lanes of traffic. Not out.
A few weeks ago when we left Jaipur, we stopped in Abhaneri to see the Chand Baori stepwell. Chand Baori was built between 800 and 900 AD and consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 30 m (100 ft); the air at the bottom is 5-6 degrees cooler than at the surface. The well was used as a gathering place for locals during periods of intense heat.
After Chand Baori we visited the Taj Mahal. Saga describes it as “the most romantic non-fiction love story in the world.” It was built by Shah Jahan as a tribute to his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years for 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants to build it. It’s astounding.
Less well known is the local playground with the best view in the world.
Here are the results from the Moustache post.
Most popular moustaches are Moustache 1 (5 votes), Moustache 4 (4 votes) and Moustaches 5 and 10 with 2 votes each. The names included: Herr Professor, Smeat (small and neat), Indian Sam Elliot, Sniffer Swiffer… They’re all great. Thanks for voting!
FAREWELL INDIA, HELLO SOUTH AFRICA
The Indian leg of this trip has been unbelievably good to us. We feel incredibly lucky for the people we’ve met and the opportunities we’ve had. Tonight we fly to Cape Town. We’ll spend three weeks in South Africa and three more in Botswana.