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Colorful Cities

Jaipur What if most of your central downtown core buildings were painted the same color?  Alternatively, what if one third of all your residential buildings were tones of the same color?  Not possible?  Quirks of history, religion and building material have done exactly that in four of Rajasthan’s cities sitting out in the [...]

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Trains: The Way to Go in India

Trains:  The Way to Go in India There are 14000 trains running in India each day which in total moves over fourteen million people a day. The rates are surprisingly cheap and since we qualify for a “seniors” discount, they automatically reduce the fare by another 30% without asking.  There are not surcharges for foreigners [...]

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India’s Growing Population

There are 1.2 billion humans in India, enough for number two population in the world, and sooner, rather than later will be number one as China’s birthrate is falling in spite or lessening the one child policy.  In fact, 47% of the population is under 18 as of the 2011 census.   While the politicians rail [...]

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World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day Tuesday November 18 marked “World Toilet Day”, so says the India Times, likely a day that will go unnoticed in Canada.  Not so in India! More than 620 million people, over half of the population of India, practice open defecation!  In areas we have been, the statistics say over 77% of the [...]

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Khajuraho

Khajuraho n overnight train from Varanasi has taken us to the small village of Khajuraho.  There is nothing here, but that’s why the famous temples of Khajuraho have remained undisturbed.  This place was too far out for Islamic invaders to be bothered to destroy.  Its remote location meant that the temples have remained [...]

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