The   Hindu and Jain   temples at Khajuraho. Most were built between 950 and 1050. They are beautifully   decorated   and   famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra. Notice that each woman has a unique hairstyle.
  The   Hindu and Jain   temples at Khajuraho. Most were built between 950 and 1050. They are beautifully   decorated   and   famous for their erotic sculptures depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra.
 Alipura village
  Alipura village
  Alipura village
  Alipura village
  Alipura village
  Alipura village
  Alipura village
  Alipura village
 A woman in  Alipura village  rolls beedi, a type of indian cigarette 
  Alipura village
 One of many of the colorfully decorated trucks in India
  Alipura village
  Alipura village
  Alipura village
 A girl's school in  Alipura village
 A girl's school in  Alipura village
  Alipura village
  A girl'  s school in   Alipura village
 A cow wanders on the platform at the Jhansi train station
 Boat on the Ganges river in  Varanasi
 A woman selling candle offerings in Varanasi
 Candle offerings float on the Ganges river in Varanasi. Each offering represents a wish or good karma for a family member, friend or yourself.
 A cremation on the banks of the Ganges river in  Varanasi
 A cremation on the banks of the Ganges river in Varanasi. Having your ashes spread in the river, or even dying in Varanasi, is thought to help break the cycle of reincarnation giving salvation to the deceased.
 On the Ganges river in Varanasi
  On the Ganges river in Varanasi
  On the Ganges river in Varanasi
 The evening ceremony is performed every sunset as an offering to Lord Shiva and the Goddess Ganga of the Ganges river. Saffron robed scholars wave incense and flaming lamps synchronized to rhythmic chants and music. 
  The evening ceremony is performed every sunset as an offering to Lord Shiva and the Goddess Ganga of the Ganges river.   Saffron robed scholars wave incense and flaming lamps synchronized to rhythmic chants and music. 
  The evening ceremony is performed every sunset as an offering to Lord Shiva and the Goddess Ganga of the Ganges river.   Saffron robed scholars wave incense and flaming lamps synchronized to rhythmic chants and music. 
  The evening ceremony is performed every sunset as an offering to Lord Shiva and the Goddess Ganga of the Ganges river.   Saffron robed scholars wave incense and flaming lamps synchronized to rhythmic chants and music. 
  The evening ceremony is performed every sunset as an offering to Lord Shiva and the Goddess Ganga of the Ganges river.   Saffron robed scholars wave incense and flaming lamps synchronized to rhythmic chants and music. 
 Boats tied up on the Ganges river in Varanasi
 Walking around the ghats in Varanasi
  Walking around the ghats in Varanasi
  Walking around the ghats in Varanasi
  Walking around the ghats in Varanasi
 Washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi
  Washing clothes in the Ganges in Varanasi
 Despite being the fifth most polluted river in the world, the waters of the Ganges are thought to be cleansing. Bathing the Ganges is thought to wash away the sins of a lifetime.
  Despite being the fifth most polluted river in the world, the waters of the Ganges are thought to be cleansing. Bathing the Ganges is thought to wash away the sins of a lifetime.
  Despite being the fifth most polluted river in the world, the waters of the Ganges are thought to be cleansing. Bathing the Ganges is thought to wash away the sins of a lifetime.
  Despite being the fifth most polluted river in the world, the waters of the Ganges are thought to be cleansing. Bathing the Ganges is thought to wash away the sins of a lifetime.
  Despite being the fifth most polluted river in the world, the waters of the Ganges are thought to be cleansing. Bathing the Ganges is thought to wash away the sins of a lifetime.
 An ascetic on the ghats in Varanasi
 Sunrise on the Ganges river in Varanasi
 A lassi shop in Varanasi
 Inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum in Mumbai
  Inside the   Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum in Mumbai
 A fun Bollywood movie we saw in Mumbai
 Snapped a shot of the gothic architecture of Elphinstone College in Mumbai
  The Mahalaxmi dhobi ghat in Mumbai, the world's largest open air laundry
  The Mahalaxmi dhobi ghat in Mumbai, the world's largest open air laundry
  The Mahalaxmi dhobi ghat in Mumbai, the world's largest open air laundry
  The Mahalaxmi dhobi ghat in Mumbai, the world's largest open air laundry
 Local train in Mumbai
 At the Gandhi Museum in Mumbai
  At the Gandhi Museum in Mumbai
  At the Gandhi Museum in Mumbai
  At the Gandhi Museum in Mumbai
  At the Gandhi Museum in Mumbai
  At the Gandhi Museum in Mumbai
 Building in Mumbai
 Sunset at Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai
 Walking along Marine Drive in Mumbai
 The Gateway of India monument, built during the British Raj in Mumbai
  The Gateway of India monument, built during the British Raj in Mumbai
  The Gateway of India monument, built during the British Raj in Mumbai
 Beautiful women in Mumbai
 The famous Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai
 While in Mumbai, we spent an afternoon walking through the famed Dharavi slum via Reality Tours
  While in Mumbai, we spent an afternoon walking through the famed Dharavi slum via Reality Tours
 Inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai
  Inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai
  Inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai
  The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai
  The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai
  The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai
  The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai
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 The Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling. It provides the tea used at Harrods.
  The Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling. It provides the tea used at Harrods.
 A porter in Darjeeling.
 It was an entire ordeal to get our permit to visit Sikkim that included a 30 minute walk from where we submitted our paperwork to getting our stamp at this place. Note the convenient hours it's open. 
 Getting our exercise walking around the steep streets and stairways of Darjeeling.
 The meeting of the river Rangeet and the river Teesta on the way to Sikkim
 Funny looking people in Gangtok, Sikkim.
 Beth and Chiphel in downtown Gangtok, Sikkim
 At the Flower Show in Gangtok, Sikkim
  At the Flower Show in Gangtok, Sikkim
 Local handicrafts in Gangtok, Sikkim
  Local handicrafts in Gangtok, Sikkim
 Rug weaving in Gangtok, Sikkim
  Rug weaving in Gangtok, Sikkim
 Students practicing thangka painting in Gangtok, Sikkim. A Thangka is a painting typically portraying a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala.
  A thangka painting in Gangtok, Sikkim. A Thangka is a painting typically portraying a   Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala.
 A student practicing woodcarving in Gangtok, Sikkim
 Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
  Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
  Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
  Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
  Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
  Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
  Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
  Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
  Rumtek monastery in Sikkim
 Martam Village Resort in Sikkim
  Martam Village Resort in Sikkim
 Rice paddies in Martam Village in Sikkim
 A woman washing clothes outside next to her satellite dish in Martam Village in Sikkim
  Martam Village Resort in Sikkim
 Rice paddies in  Martam Village in Sikkim
 Pemla treated us to a variety of authentic Sikkimese meals - so delicious! She is passionate about food, travel, and social work, amongst other things, and reminded me so much of Wanchuk.
 Pemla is taking care of these two girls from less fortunate families. Here they are in the kitchen cleaning some rice.
 Wanchuk’s family’s house in Gangtok. Beautiful setting high up near the top of the city, with views of Mount Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.
 In the gardens at Pemla's house in Gangtok
 A Sikkimese beer
 Workers at the Temi Tea Garden in Sikkim
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  The Temi Tea Garden in Sikkim
  Workers at the Temi Tea Garden in Sikkim
  Workers at the Temi Tea Garden in Sikkim
 A woman weeding at the Temi Tea Garden in Sikkim
 Entrance to the Samdruptse Temple in Namchi, Sikkim
  Entrance to the   Samdruptse Temple     in Namchi, Sikkim
 Statue of Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim at Samdruptse Temple
  Statue of Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim at Samdruptse Temple
  Statue of Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim at Samdruptse Temple
  Inside Samdruptse Temple in Namchi, Sikkim
  Inside Samdruptse Temple in Namchi, Sikkim
  Tormas, colored sculptures made of Yak butter, inside Samdruptse Temple in Namchi, Sikkim
  Tormas, colored sculptures made of Yak butter, inside Samdruptse Temple in Namchi, Sikkim
  Tormas, colored sculptures made of Yak butter, inside Samdruptse Temple in Namchi, Sikkim
 Chardham, in Namchi Sikkim, contains replicas of the four holiest sites of the Hindu religion. The site was built not only as a tourist attraction, but also as a pilgrimage center
 Rameshwar Dham Replica. Chardham, in Namchi Sikkim, contains replicas of the four holiest sites of the Hindu religion. The site was built not only as a tourist attraction, but also as a pilgrimage center.
  Rameshwar Dham Replica. Chardham, in Namchi Sikkim, contains replicas of the four holiest sites of the Hindu religion. The site was built not only as a tourist attraction, but also as a pilgrimage center.
  Rameshwar Dham Replica. Chardham, in Namchi Sikkim, contains replicas of the four holiest sites of the Hindu religion. The site was built not only as a tourist attraction, but also as a pilgrimage center.
  Statues at Chardham, in Namchi Sikkim.
  108 foot tall statue of Lord Shiva, at Chardham, in Namchi, Sikkim.
  The bull is said to be Lord Shiva's vehicle.
  Hanuman and Ganesha, at Chardham, in Namchi, Sikkim.
  At Chardham, in Namchi, Sikkim.
 Locals celebrating the festival Holi, in Sikkim
  Locals celebrating the festival Holi, in Sikkim
  Locals celebrating the festival Holi, in Sikkim
  Locals celebrating the festival Holi, in Sikkim
 Enjoying the famous momos (dumplings) in Sikkim
 The Buddha Park of Ravangla in Sikkim features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha
  The Buddha Park of Ravangla in Sikkim features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha
  The Buddha Park of Ravangla in Sikkim features a 130-foot high statue of the Buddha
  Pemla's father's monastery in Kewzing, Sikkim
  Pemla's father's monastery in Kewzing, Sikkim
 In the small village of Kewzing, Sikkim - it was like stepping back in time
  In the   small village of Kewzing, Sikkim - it was like stepping back in time
  In the   small village of Kewzing, Sikkim - it was like stepping back in time
 Wanchuk's aunt and uncle, in their house in town
 Where we stayed in Kewzing. The house in the middle/back is 300 years old!
 Men sawing lumber at our homestay in Kewzing
 This was such a treat... the local millet beer. It actually reminded us of sake
 Mount Kangchenjunga eluded us for much of our time in Sikkim, but one morning in Kewzing we saw the mountains peaking through the clouds
  Mount Kangchenjunga eluded us for much of our time in Sikkim, but one morning in Kewzing we saw the mountains peaking through the clouds
  This was such a treat... the local millet beer. It actually reminded us of sake
 A tasty homemade treat we had while staying with Wanchuk's relatives in Kewzing
  At our homestay in Kewzing -  farming the old-fashioned way
 At our homestay in Kewzing - the family cat and dog
  At our homestay in Kewzing -  a pig!
 At our homestay in Kewzing - the kitchen/dining area, with an old wood-burning stove - amazing! 
 At our homestay in Kewzing - we sat at this little table and had the most delicious home-cooked meals including momos (dumplings)
 Our hosts, along with the father not pictured here, at our homestay in Kewzing, Sikkim
 At Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  At   Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim
  Neon-blue bird   n Yuksom, Sikkim
 Neon-blue bird  n Yuksom, Sikkim
  In Yuksom, Sikkim
 Old prayer wheel on the path up to Dubdi Monastery i n Yuksom, Sikkim
  On the path up to Dubdi Monastery i  n Yuksom, Sikkim
  On the path up to Dubdi Monastery i  n Yuksom, Sikkim
  On the path up to Dubdi Monastery i  n Yuksom, Sikkim
 Old stupa o n the path up to Dubdi Monastery i  n Yuksom, Sikkim
  Dubdi Monastery i  n Yuksom, Sikkim
 In Yuksom, Sikkim
 Political posters  i  n Yuksom, Sikkim
 Kathok Lake in Yuksom, Sikkim
 Friendly cat in Yuksom, Sikkim
 Happy cat in Yuksom, Sikkim
 Funny picture in the worst hotel we have seen yet
 Puppy visiting during breakfast in Yuksom, Sikkim
 Mount Kabru, part of the Himalayan range, stands at 24,000 feet on the border of Sikkim, India and eastern Nepal
  Mount Kabru, part of the Himalayan range, stands at 24,000 feet on the border of Sikkim, India and eastern Nepal
  Mount Kabru, part of the Himalayan range, stands at 24,000 feet on the border of Sikkim, India and eastern Nepal
 At Pemayangtse Monastery, in Sikkim
  At Pemayangtse Monastery, in Sikkim
  At Pemayangtse Monastery, in Sikkim
  At Pemayangtse Monastery, in Sikkim
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