Jaisalmer Desert Safari – or – HOW TO LOSE A CAMEL

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We are having lunch under a tree in the Thar Desert.  There is nothing in sight except for sand and the occasional tree and dry shrub. Including camels.  Our overnight camel safari from Jaisalmer has taken an unexpected turn.  While our guide was preparing our – admittedly delicious – lunch, our hobbled camels wandered off.  …

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Hand Block Printing Workshop, Jaipur – or – MADE IN INDIA (BY ME)

Block printing workshop Jaipur

I’m in a long workroom with plain painted white walls.  Metal shelves at one end are scattered with a variety of wooden blocks, each with a simple geometric pattern carved into the hard wood.  There are two long tables stretching almost the entire length of the room, and a long blot of fabric is pinned …

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Zipline Jodhpur | Flying Fox Jodhpur – or – FLYING OVER THE BLUE CITY, INDIA

Zipline jodhpur flying fox jodhpur

I step off the small landing and lean back.  I immediately start to glide rapidly forward.  Far below me is a lake ending with stepped walls and beyond that a city built of square blue houses.  I unintentionally spin around and see a magical golden fort rapidly receding, the crenelated battlements I just set off …

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Learning Traditional Tie and Dye in India – or – RAJASTHANI BANDHANI

Learning Tye die India

I am squatting next to a small open fire.  On the fire is a metal bowl glowing with a bright red liquid. Several wads of fabric sit half-submerged in the red liquid with equally bright yellow ‘handles’ fashioned out of the remaining parts covered in plastic to protect them from the dye. Our teacher fans …

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