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Charmed by elephants and snakes

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 14, 2011


I think elephant might be my new favorite mode of travel. You get to enjoy the scenic view while being gently rocked as if in a boat on calm waters. Plus, elephants are extremely cute, which beats out many other modes of transportation. On my last full day of touring India, I rode one particularly…


A teardrop for all time

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 14, 2011


Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore once called the Taj Mahal a teardrop that glistened “spotlessly bright on the cheek of time.” I felt these romantic sentiments accurately captured the delicate beauty of the great Taj Mahal. It all began with a love story, which I listened to in front of the Taj Mahal at daybreak. As…


A day of Mughals and monkeys

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 09, 2011


How can a building stay snow white for centuries? By using some of India’s stain-free white marble. This is how the Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah in Agra still looks new after almost 400 years. The use of white marble, carved stone screens and colorful wall designs illustrate how this Mughal mausoleum was the precursor to the…


Rickshaw mayhem

Posted by Eliza Myers in Asia on June 07, 2011


“If you want to experience the sights, the sounds and the smells of “real” India all at once, the best way is a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi,” said Anil Bahal, my India tour director. So on my first day of touring India with Globus Tours, I climbed into a tiny rickshaw to let all…