S: Rob and Becca's India Heritage Adventure Summer 2011
FC: INDIA 2011
1: When you travel as a pair, it's hard to see from the pictures that you were both there! Here's all the times we managed to get into a picture together. It was great traveling with you, Dad! I love you!
2: Photography in Action | Here are some pictures behind the pictures. Some even match other pictures in this book!
3: May 25 Near miss at ORD! | May 26 Renu's and Chilis | May 27 First Autorickshaw | May 28 Waking up on a train | May 29 Hena Adventure | May 29 Accidental Guests | May 31 Bengali Birthday! | June 1 Teja Time | Daily Digest | June 3 Flight to Delhi | June 4 Scarves and shirts | June 5 Delhi Sightseeing | June 5 Drinks with a view | June 6 Taj Mahal Day | June 7 Terrible Train | June 8 Back Stateside | May 30 - Gravestones and their upkeep | June 2 Caves and a swim
4: From Air India to India | Earbuds in, the intrepid travelers wait for the 14-hour flight to pull out of the gate. | Our first night in India, at Renu's Bed and Breakfast.
5: First full day in India! | Waiting for our train a few blocks from the station in New Delhi.
6: Hotels are for: Writing Counting Money Looking at Maps Watching BBC STAYING COOL | Home(s) away from home
7: Mamallapuram Heritage | Ramakrishna Scholar's House | Hotel Amar | Palace Heights
8: Twenty hours on a train means lots of food, small bunks with warm blankets, and lots of countryside. | New Delhi - Kolkata
9: Train food was unexpectedly good. And not just breakfast and dinner - snacks, teatime tea, dessert tea, breakfast tea...
11: Sightseeing in Kolkata | Victoria Memorial Gol Park St John's Cathedral
12: Family Heritage Adventure Old Blyth Residence
13: Family Churches One of our quests was to find a window in a picture of Sir as Old King Cole from when he lived in India. We went to St. Theresa's and St. Johns. St. Theresa's, on the left, was the centering of the family home in Kolkata.
14: With temperatures between 100 and 114 F, we had to drink constantly. Accounted bottles of water: 28. Actual water consumed: A whole lot more than that. | Water
15: Chennai | We flew to Chennai to spend a day with Teja and her family, to learn how to eat Southern Indian food, and to go saree shopping
17: Shore Temple | After the bustle of Kolkata and Chennai, some quiet time was quite refreshing. We had fun speculating what the Shore Temple was like thousands of years ago, when it was new.
18: Caves and Carvings
19: Mamallapuram is filled with carvings - every stone seems to have a design on it, and every hill has a cave carved into it. And the streets were lined with carvings for sale.
20: Indian Food
21: New Delhi
22: Sightseeing in Delhi: Humayun's Tomb | Sightseeing in Delhi Red Fort
23: Sightseeing in Delhi: Qutab Minar
25: Fancy hotel for fancy drinks | Then dinner overlooking the Taj
26: Taj Mahal
27: We took an autorickshaw from the hotel to the Taj Mahal, and then hired the driver to show us the sights of Agra. He took us to the Agra Fort and the Baby Taj before a short, mandatory visit to a textile and trinket vendor. | Around Agra
28: We waited patiently on the platform in Agra for a our supposed-to-come train. Once we were on board (in non-a/c class), we learned why people told us to ALWAYS get air conditioning. We drank lots of water, watched vendors hop on and off the train with buckets of food, and looked longingly at a/c cars on trains that passed us. | A/C train
29: Hottest Train Trip... EVER | While we were roasting on the train, we took lots of pictures, and talked about the most accurate way to describe the heat. Rob: 40 mile per hour convection oven. Becca: By comparison, a hair drier would be a cool breeze.
30: What a contrast to see SNOW over Greenland! | Goodbye India!
31: And we made it back to O'Hare, smiling and in one piece.