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  1. Well for me it was in Rajasthan India… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajasthan

    The best part about Rajasthan i found was it has Mountains, Hills, Lakes and Desert in a viscinity of a mere 200kms (u go 200kms in a circle and u can see all that)

    Plus there is so much history in the place… http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Rajasthan&w=all

    We started off in an SUV on NH-8 India http://www.mapsofindia.com/driving-directions-maps/nh8-driving-directions-map.html

    and Stopped at almost every other Interval for a fotograph or a simple ‘chai’ (Tea in India) at a ‘dhaba’ (roadside/highway stop/motel)( this ‘Dhaba’ thing is Unique only to India & Pakistan)…

    We stopped 1st at

    Jaipur – http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=Jaipur&m=text (famous as the Capital of Princely State of Rajasthan from the British Raj) – Also Known as ‘Pink City’ as all buildings are PINK in color

    Then ‘Jodhpur ‘ – Blue City – All Buildings are blue lol… http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=jodhpur&m=text

    Then Jaiselmer – The city of Fortresses — http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=jaiselmer&m=text

    Finally at ‘Pushkar’ – Before returning back to ‘Bombay’ — The city has a written history 60,000 yrs old.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pushkar ..It also holds the ‘Biggest Camle fair’ in the world — http://www.pushkar-camel-fair.com/

    The whole road trip was full of sightings of Greenery and Deserts, Camels, Elephants, Decorated Caravans, Uniquely dressed people- men wearing a specific turban, which is different from the ‘sikh Turban ( http://www.rajasthanunlimited.com/artandcraft/turban.html )



    Although Rajasthan doesnt end in that..But our time permitted only that much…so we’ll be back next time soon..lol

    Other places to see in Rajasthan are

    1) Ajmer

    120 km (78 miles) west of Jaipur, was founded by great Raja Prithviraj Chauhan in 7th century. Ajmer is known for Dargah of Khwaja Mu’in-ud-din Chisti (1142-1236) and Ana Sagar Lake. Also known for the famous boarding schools Sophia college (Girls) and Mayo college (Boys).

    2) Alwar

    143 km from Jaipur and 164 km from Delhi, Alwar is a beautiful city.

    3) Banswara
    527 km from Jaipur & 160 kms from Udaipur, Banswara is a small town famous for Baneshwar Festival.

    4) Bharatpur

    175 km from Jaipur & 185 km from Delhi, is know for the Keoladeo Ghana National Park (Bird Sanctuary) and also a halting place on the way from Agra (55 km). The only city that was ruled by Jats. And you can also see the old fort and museum.

    5) Bikaner

    In route on your way from Jaipur (330 km) to Jaisalmer (320 km) was founded in 15th century by Rao Bika. Known for durries, carpets, hand painted lamp shades, and mojari slippers. Also for the camel safari and Junagarh Fort.

    6) Bundi

    206 km from Jaipur and 40 km from Kota, Bundi is surrounded by the Aravalli hills on the three sides and is circumscribed by a massive wall with four gateways.

    7) Chittaurgarh
    110 km from Udaipur and 300 km from Jaipur was founded by Bappa Rawal in 8th century. Known for the massive fort 3 mile long and 495 feet high. Mirabai, 16th century poet and saint was from here. Also known fro Vijaystambha, Kirtistambha (Tower of Victory), and Rani Padmini.

    8) Dungarpur

    Situated about 110 km south of Udaipur, Dungarpur, or the City of Hills, was founded in the 13ht century. You can visit the Juna Mahal which is adorned with beautiful frescoes, paintings, mirror work and glass inlays; the well maintained Government run Rajmata Devendra Kanwar Museum and the beautiful Deo Somnath Temple.

    9) Jaipur

    Capital city of Rajasthan also known as "Pink City" is about 250 km from Delhi, and your starting point for Rajasthan. Founded by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727 is famous for Amber Fort, jantar mantar, hawa mahal, city palace & Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh. Also for the textile block prints, semi precious jewelry, handicraft items and Raj Mandhir (Movie theater).

    10) Jodhpur

    250 km from Jaipur, also called "Blue City" is second city of Rajasthan. Founded by Rao Jodha is famous for Mehrangarh Fort, Umed Bhawan Palace, museum and handicrafts.

    11) Jaisalmer

    275 Kms from Jodhpur, also called "Golden City" was founded by Rao Jaisal. Famous for the Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon-ki-haveli, sand dunes, and ideal for camel rides and safaris.

    12) Jhalawar

    335 km from Jaipur, 87 km from Kota, the princely state of the Jhalas, Jhalawar was created in 1838 A.D.

    13) Kota

    240 km from Jaipur, 131 km from Ajmer, Kota is famous for Dussehra Mela.

    14) Kumbhalgarh

    85 km from Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh is famous for Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

    15) Mount Abu

    190 Kms from Udaipur & 27 Km from Abu, is the only hill resort of Rajasthan. Famous for Dilwara Temples, Guru Shikar, and Nakki Lake.

    16) Nathdwara

    48 km from Udaipur in Rajasthan lies the popular relegious place, Nathdwara.

    17) Pushkar

    14 km from Ajmer, is famous for the Pushkar Fair and Brahma Temple and beautiful view of desert at sunset.

    18) Ranakpur

    Ranakpur is amongst the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges and a must visit for the tourists coming to this region.

    19) Rohet

    160 km from Udaipur,212 km from Indore, Rohet is famous for its local cultures and traditions.

    20) Sariska

    110 km from Jaipur and 35 km from Alwar is famous for the Tiger Reserve Sanctuary.

    21) Ranthambore

    135 km from Jaipur and 11 km from Sawai Madhopur, Ranthambhore, is famous for the Ranthambore National Park, Tiger Reserve Project.

  2. Marquette, Michigan…the UP of Michigan is beautiful. Looking out at Lake Superior as the sunrises and sunsets is amazing. I was also able to see the Northern Lights and nothing bets that.

  3. Train ride between Innsbruck Austria and Liechtenstein / Switzerland…Totally beautiful !

    Also the horrendous casms seen from the top of mountain ranges in Norway, even visible at some points on the train ride from Oslo to Bergen, near Finsk, Norway. When you’re travelling by train in Europe in those places, put down your travel guide-books and look at the amazing reality out the window.

  4. I just revisited the Pacific Coast highway. Drove it once in 2005. It’s even lovelier than I remember. Specially around Santa Cruz.

    Amazing drive!

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