India Adventure Preview

My son and I took an awesome 2-week trip to India the first two weeks of April.  I have been quite busy since our return and am still going through all of the pictures we took.  I’m doing a very short “preview” blog of a few pictures with more detailed blogs to come about our trip.

Highlights of our trip included touring Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Darjeeling, Kurseong (doing a Homestay on the Maikaibari Tea Estate), and taking a 4-day trek along the Singalila Ridge on the border between India and Nepal.  We had the opportunity to view four of the five highest peaks in the world on this trek!

As I mentioned, the trip was truly amazing and I can’t wait to post more detailed blogs of the trip, but for now, here is taste.

Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi, one of the largest mosques in India.

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The Taj Mahal in Agra, India:

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The Ramgopalji Temple just outside of Jaipur, India. It is also known as the Monkey Temple (Galwar Bagh) due to the large tribe of monkeys who live here in the temples.

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Amber Fort – Jaipur:

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Jal Mahal (meaning “Water Palace”) is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur, India.The palace, built in red sandstone, is a five storied building out of which four floors remain under water.

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Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, and lies partly in Nepal and partly in Sikkim, India. It rises with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in the Himalayas. This shot was taken from Sandakphu. We were fortunate to have a clear day!

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Kabru South and Kabru North Peaks – These peaks form the head of the “Sleeping Buddha” in the Himalayas on the border of India and Nepal. Kabru South is the southernmost Seven-Thousander (7000 meter) peak in the world. It’s elevation is 7,318 meters (24,009′).

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A shot of Mt. Everest, highest mountain in the world at 29,029′ (peak in the middle of the photo), Makalu, 5th highest mountain in the world at 27,825′ (peak to right in the photo), and Lhotse, 4th highest mountain in the world at 27,940′ (faint peak to the left) taken on our Himalayan trek.

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Sunrise from Sandakphu in the Himalayas.

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One of many beautiful rhododendrons seen along our Himalayan trek. It is the national flower of Nepal.

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Sunset from Tumbling along the Sandakphu Trek along the India/Nepal border of the Himalayas.

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Approaching the small hamlet of Timburey, our 3rd night’s stop on our Himalayan Trek in India.

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Makaibari Tea Estate – Kurseong, India

This estate is the oldest tea garden in the Darjeeling area. It was
established in 1859 and extends over 1575 acres of hills, valleys and forests at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.

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Picking tea on the Makaibari Tea Estate in Kurseong, India.

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That’s it for the sneak preview.  More to come!

 

 

 

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