Easter Island March 2013

Easter Island or Rapa Nui is probably the most remote place in the world I ever will be, other than Antartica.  It is truly in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by water, with no other land mass in sight. A lot of its history is still a mystery because there is no written record and little oral history to be found on the island. It is believed that deforestation, internal wars, rat infestation led to the end of the Moai (the massive statues) period.  The massive statues called Moais are believed to be representations of deified ancestors. They are erected along the coastline facing the villages which they watch over and protect.

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Agra Feb 2012

Agra is the home to the iconic Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and is also the last stop on our train journey before returning to Delhi.  The Taj Mahal is widely regarded as the one of the world’s most celebrated symbols of love. This white marble mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan when his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died.

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Rajasthan Part 2: Jaipur, Khajuraho, Varanassi Feb 2012

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the state of Rajasthan.  It was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amer after whom the city is named.  Jaipur is a major destination filled with attractions such as the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, City Palace, Amer Fort, etc.  I wished we could have stayed longer here.

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Rajasthan Part 1: Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittorgarh Feb 2012

Rajasthan, which translates to Land of Kings, is located in the north of India.  It is filled with majestic forts and opulent palaces of the maharajas of a bygone era.  The best way to get a taste of Rajasthan especially on a tight schedule is to join one of the luxury train journeys.  We took the Royal Rajasthan on Wheels which is an upgraded version of the famous Palace on Wheels.

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