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Mentor Series, India 2015

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

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.

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi, India

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.

Morning at the Ghat

Morning at the Ghat

Offering prayers and floating tiny candles on the river

Offering prayers and floating tiny candles on the river

Candle offerings for the departed

Candle offerings for the departed

Immersion in the sacred river

Immersion in the sacred river

The Aarti Ceremony

The Aarti Ceremony

Varanasi Sadhu

Varanasi Sadhu

Varanasi Sadhu

Varanasi Sadhu

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.

In camera double exposure

In camera double exposure

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agra

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.

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

Chand Baori Step Well

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.

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

Amer Fort, Jaipur, India

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.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

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.  

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

The Blue City, Jodhpur, India

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada, Jodhpur

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.

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

Wedding celebration, Jodhpur, India

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.