India 2005 Travelogue

"There once was a couple from Delhi
Who went around belly-to-belly
Because, in their haste,
They used library paste,
Instead of petroleum jelly."
--Author unknown

Trip Summary:

Destination: India
Travel Company: Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT)
When: 30 Sep - 18 Oct 2005
Duration: 2 days of travel time, 17 Days of sightseeing. 
Photos taken: Kathy took 2531, Bob took 2131 (total 4662).
The OAT group: Bob & Kathy, Dick and Delores, Bill and Lucy, Sally and Carol, Leone and Dale, Hank and Harriet and Dorothy.

Someone once asked me why I wanted to go to India. Most of the time, I just tell them that it was next on our list. That's true, but there's more to it than that. India is a cultural experience. Kathy and I try to alternate between "nature" trips (e.g. African safaris or Amazon jungle cruises) and "cultural" Trips (e.g. Turkey, Greece). My underlying motivation is this: all my life, I have been studying the religious beliefs of people. Every trip we take, Kathy and I purchase gifts that represent the concept of God for that culture, and when we get home, we add them to an altar area we set up in our library. In Peru, we bought a sun-god and some pagan statues to represent "God" to the ancient forest-dwellers. In Greece, we bought Christian icons. In Thailand, we bought a statue of Buddha. In Turkey, we bought a decorate plate with writings from the Koran to represent Islam. But India is one of the most populated countries in the world, and Hinduism is one of the biggest religions in the world. Hinduism is one of the most ancient religions. It is rich with mythology, symbolism, and tradition. There isn't one holy book, there are hundreds. The Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Mahabarata, the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali, the Sutras. The list goes on and on. It was also the biggest gap in our "God" collection. I knew I had to get there and see it for myself.

Click on the photos to see comments written on each day:

days 1-2

Friday Sept 30, 2005

Travel time

Bob: 1 photo

day 3

Sunday Oct 2, 2005

Old Delhi

Kathy:88 photos, Bob: 108 photos

day 4

Monday Oct 3, 2005

New Delhi

Kathy: 133 photos, Bob: 144 photos

day 5

Tuesday Oct 4, 2005

Delhi to Jaipur

Kathy: 99 photos, Bob: 108 photos

day 6

Wednesday Oct 5, 2005


Kathy: 144 photos, Bob: 152 photos

day 7

Thursday Oct 6, 2005


Kathy: 168 photos, Bob: 157 photos

day 8

Friday Oct 7, 2005

Jaipur to Ranthambore

Kathy: 143 photos, Bob: 64 photos

day 9

Saturday Oct 8, 2005


Kathy: 157 photos, Bob: 96 photos

day 10

Sunday Oct 9, 2005

Ranthambore to Camp

Kathy:135 photos, Bob:129 photos

day 11

Monday Oct 10, 2005

OAT camp to Agra

Kathy: 128 photos, Bob: 131 photos

day 12

Tuesday Oct 11, 2005

Agra/Taj Mahal

Kathy: 261 photos, Bob: 180 photos

day 13

Wednesday Oct 12, 2005

Jhansi to Khajuraho

Kathy: 115 photos, Bob: 105 photos

day 14

Thursday Oct 13, 2005

Khajuraho to Varanasi

Kathy: 172 photos, Bob: 124 photos

day 15

Friday Oct 14, 2005


Kathy: 141 photos, Bob: 95 photos

day 16

Saturday Oct 15, 2005

Varanasi to Delhi

Kathy: 53 photos, Bob: 48 photos

day 17

Sunday Oct 16, 2005


Kathy: 173 photos, Bob: 149 photos

day 18

Monday Oct 17, 2005


Kathy: 192 photos, Bob: 202 photos

day 19

Tuesday Oct 18, 2005

Back in Delhi

Kathy: 229 photos, Bob: 138 photos

The "Wild OATs"- Click here to see additional photos of the OAT group members.