April 18-29, 2011: India Trip
Ben's high school friend Andy Simkin was finishing his 3 year posting to
in July, so this was Ben's last chance to visit Andy in India.
Ben's friend Prashant had been encouraging Ben to visit him in Hyderabad for several years.
And if you're going to visit India, you must see the
So the outlines of Ben's trip were set: 2 days in
3 days in
an overnight in
and 2.5 days in
Ben's observations on India.
By the numbers:
* 1000 Indian Rupees (INR) = US$22.50.
* 19,849 air miles, 41.5 hours in flight.
* Low temperatures were nearly 80F, high temperatures were nearly 100F.
* 12 Rupees (24 cents) = lowest cost for a street vendor coconut.
* 7 auto rickshaw rides (at least).
* 14 videos on www.youtube.com/benslivka/.
Top news items in India during this trip:
a) 2G scam by former telecom minister A. Raja.
b) Religious figure Sathya Sai Baba dies.
c) Pakistana actress Meera SImhan and her former mentor/producer Mahesh Bhatt trade accusations.
Texas Fiesta charity announcement event,
Mahabalipuram stone carvings,
DakshinaChitra outdoor historical museum,
meeting India's top women basketball player Geethu Anna Jose,
Birla Mandir temple,
Falaknuma Palace -- best meal of the trip,
The Nazim's Museum,
Mecca Masjid -- 2nd largest mosque in India,
Tomb of Akbar,
Bukhara restaurant and best wine of the trip
2008 Gaja Langhe Rossj-Bass,
Jama Masjid -- largest mosque in India,
Indian National Museum,
Baha'i Lotus Temple,
and many auto rickshaw rides.
Note: There are 2,135 pictures, with 205,709,655 bytes of thumbnails and 5,036,123,529 bytes of full-size pictures.
FRA->MAA, Chennai, Andy and Bess|
Auto rickshaw, Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple, Restaurant, St. Thomas Church, Texas Fiesta, Andy and Bess Dinner|
Chennai walk, Mahabalipuram, DakshinaChitra, hoops, France/Thailand dinner|
MAA->HYD, Ista Hotel, Birla Temple, Falaknuma Palace, Golkonda Fort, Little Italy restaurant|
Jayabheri, Chutneys, Chowmahalla Palace, Kangan Restaurant|
Birthday, Salar Jung Museum, Nizam's Museum, Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad House, Sahib Sindh Sultan|
HYD->DEL, Delhi->Agra, Tomb of Akbar, Gateway Hotel|
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Agra->Delhi, Oberoi Maidens Heritage Hotel, Bukhara restaurant|
Red Fort, Jama Masjid, National Museum|
Humayun's Tomb, Baha'i Lotus Temple|
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