I've recently returned from a fantastic Mentor Series Trek to India, what a fabulous adventure. We started off in Delhi, visiting Asia's largest mosque "Jama Masjid", took pedicab or rickshaw tour of Old Delhi visiting spice and silver markets. We also visited the beautiful Sikh Temple "Bangla Sahib Gurudwara", one of my favorite sites in Delhi.
From Delhi, we then flew to Varanasi, one of the holiest of all Indian sites. Varanasi is situated on the west bank of the Ganges or Ganga River. Life on the banks of the Ganga begins before dawn when thousands of pilgrims, come down to the river to wait for the rising sun and immersion in the sacred river.
Varanasi is the most remarkable place I have ever been, I'm very thankful to have seen such a place. just amazing!
We next flew to Agra, home of the fabulous Taj Mahal. This beautiful structure was completed in 1625, it's actually a mausoleum for the beloved queen and wife of Emperor Shah Jehan.
From Agra, we traveled by bus to Jaipur. This was about a 250 mile drive site seeing along the way, stopping at the Chand Baori Step Well. Towns used step wells to gather water and also to socialize with local town folks.
Jaipur is home to the Amer Fort, which use to be the capital for 6 centuries before Jaipur was built, Jaipur is only 9 miles south.
Another fun place we visited for Pushkar. Pushkar is world famous for Camel Fair, the largest in the world. Cattle traders from all over Rajasthan and neighboring states converge here to buy and ell camels and horses.
Jodhpur was next on our list of locations to visit. Jodhpur is home to what is know as the Blue city which is just below the impressive Mehrangarh Fort. This fort was constructed sometime in the 1450's.
Before leaving Jodhpur for Delhi for our return flight to the States, several of us on the trek went to a wedding. Next to our hotel, a small town was holding a celebration of two couples getting married. You might say we were wedding crashers.... invited by them of course.
What a wonderful trip, truly a trip of a lifetime! My next Mentor Series adventure is to Vietnam is coming March. If you would like to join me, you can find more information at the Mentor Series Web Site.