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The Taj Mahal In Agra, India Was A Breathtaking Sight Of Awe And Beauty

February 2, 2010

The Taj Mahal in Agra, India was truly a breathtaking sight of awe and beauty, it was both bigger and smaller than what I had imagined.

Photos: New Delhi & Agra, India – Seats Of Power And Poverty

February 1, 2010

On my out of India, I decided to spend a couple of days in New Delhi, primarily so I can go see the Taj Mahal. I only had one day in New Delhi, I didn’t get to see much but I did go visit some of the government buildings and president’s home. The magnitude of […]

Photos: Auroville & Mahabalipuram, India – A Golden Dome and Krishna’s Butterball

January 31, 2010

This was my last full day in Tamil Nadu, I had so much fun but it was also kind of sad knowing I was leaving, I loved it here. For our last day, we took a day trip out to a couple of very famous places in Tamil Nadu. One was Auroville which is a […]

Puducherry, India Is A Seaside French Settlement With A Unique Culture

January 29, 2010

Puducherry, India is a seaside French settlement with a unique culture of extremes, of wealth and poverty, of busy streets and zen gardens.

Chidambaram, India – A Small Town With The Famous Nataraja Temple

January 27, 2010

Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu is a small Indian town with a population of only 62,000, it is also home to the world-famous Hindu Nataraja Temple.

Nagapattinam, India – Beautiful Orphans And A Ring of Fire

January 26, 2010

Nagapattinam, India, here I visited some beautiful orphans and saw a ring of fire and amazing outfits at their independence day celebrations.

Velankanni, India – A Small Indian Beach Town With A Famous Basilica

January 24, 2010

Velankanni is a culturally rich small Indian beach town that is home to the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. I was struck by how crowded it was, there were thousands of people everywhere. On every street and sidewalk, it was almost hard to move around. I wanted to stop […]

An Indian Girl Who Chose To Love Despite Her Tragic Life Story

This Indian girl, whose tragic life story of rejection and loss, touched my heart with her beautiful smile and sweet innocent spirit.

Tsunami Survivor K. Pasupathi’s Story About Surviving The 2004 Tsunami

January 22, 2010

Tsunami Survivor K. Pasupathi’s incredible story of how he saved his and another person’s life when the 2004 tsunami hit Puducherry, India.

Kumbakonam, India – Home Life and Fine Silk

January 21, 2010

In Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu we spend some time walking around the town and visiting people in their homes. Silk Dying and Weaving We visited a place where they made weaved silk scarves or stoles. They showed us how they first dye the scarves in hot water over a fire. Then they demonstrated how they weave […]

Photos: Mayiladuthurai, Tharangambadi, and Poombuhar, India – First View of the Coast

January 20, 2010

Mayiladuthurai is the next city I visited. After there I went to Tharangambadi and Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu. I visited three towns in one day. Saw amazing things in each one. Mayiladuthurai Here I visited a woman’s college and was part of a tree-planting ceremony. Then I visited an elementary school full of sweet and energetic […]

Thanjavur, India, An Ancient City Of Temples And Art

January 19, 2010

Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, India is a beautiful ancient city of temples, art, and architecture and is home to the famous Brihadeeswara Temple.

Photos: Namakkal, India – All Day Long Celebrations

January 16, 2010

The stop in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu was a very eventful one. It was a long day of none top people, excitement, energy, and interesting sights. The day started off with watching men racehorses through the town Roman-style called a Rekla Race. Then we stopped at a poultry farm and saw what seemed like a million […]

Photos: Yercaud, India – Getting Some Time With Nature

January 14, 2010

Our next stop was Yercaud, Tamil Nadu. This very natural and pretty town was located around a lake on top of the mountain. The environment up here is perfect for growing coffee and tropical plants. I got o visit a topical plant farm and afterward enjoyed a nice walk through a dense coffee plantation and […]

Photos: Coimbatore, India – Small City with Exotic Food

January 9, 2010

We made a quick few-hour day trip to the town of Coimbatore. It as a small city but very busy and full of life none the less. I was fascinated by the lack of cars and the extreme pervasiveness of motorcycles and mopeds here. I did start noticing the dramatic different between the income classes. […]

Salem, India – A Vibrant City With Pongal Festival Celebrations

January 7, 2010

Salem, India is an amazingly vibrant city full of life and energy, while I was there, they celebrated the annual Pongal harvest festival.

Photos: Bengaluru, India – The City of Technology and Religion

While staying in Hosur for a few days, my host decided to take me up to Bengaluru for a day so I had an opportunity to see that city. I didn’t realize how important that city was in India. It’s considered the Silicon Valley of India. I didn’t get the opportunity to see the various […]

Photos: Hosur, India – My First True Taste of India

January 6, 2010

Immediately after landing in Chennai I got onto a bus and headed towards a town called Hosur located a few hours away. It was a relatively smaller city, with about 200,000 people and not very developed. I stayed with a sweet and open-minded family. The father had converted to Christianity some time ago and his […]

Photos: India – Arriving In A Mysterious New Place

January 3, 2010

I was very fortunately selected by Rotary International to go on an all expense paid trip to India for one month. I was going as a part of a cultural exchange program called, Group Study Exchange. I went with a group of 4 other people who all live in East Texas. This trip would be […]