Buses here, Buses there

One bus, two bus, three bus, four. Five bus, six bus, seven bus, more. That's not an exaggeration. I actually rode more than seven different buses on this ridiculous adventure. One of the things that I honestly loved most about India was traveling by bus. Open-window, non-AC, slow, crowded, incredibly cheap government buses. It was …

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Touring the houses of God

Religious tourism is always something that I've had some qualms about. That is, going to churches, temples, mosques, or synagogues, just to see them, even if you don't follow that particular faith. Certainly, there may be architectural or historic reasons to visit such places, and it's never a bad thing to learn about or experience …

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Mummies, Zombies, and Spirits: A review of 3 Indian museums

For those of you who don’t know, I’m kind of a museums girl. I always liked museums and I’ve begun to steer my Anthropology degree in the direction of Museum Studies. While I was travelling in North India, I visited a few museums in Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Bhopal and with my museums mindset, I’ve got …

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Indian heritage tourism: an (un)official guide

The standards of heritage tourism in India are fascinating. By heritage tourism, I mean cultural and/or historic sites, like monuments, museums, and the like. What I have found is that places such as these often are not well-preserved, do not have official tour guides, and allow free roam to visitors. I’ve heard people say that …

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Six out of 1000: A Temple Tour of Kanchi

Kanchipuram: the city of one thousand temples, about a three-hour bus ride from Pondicherry. Last weekend, the Pondy and Kanchi Fulbrighters met up to join a group of Chennai-based scholars and history/heritage/architecture enthusiasts for a tour of six Vishnu temples in Kanchipuram. Now, I will say right off the bat, that I was coming on …

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Tour Part 3/3: The Resort, Isha Temple, and Travel Home

Our resort for the night was just a five minute drive down the road. Girls and boys were divided into rooms by gender and age. I was corralled with another teacher into the seventh grade girls' room. We took turns bathing and freshening up, and after a large block of unprogrammed time, during which some …

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