Uttar Pradesh

Photo Essay: The Taj Mahal + 5 Things You Don’t Often Hear About It

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1. You can see the Taj Mahal from the roof of many nearby hotels. Many of them have conveniently placed (overpriced) restaurants on their rooftops. I got my first glimpse of the Taj Mahal while having lunch on my hotel’s roof. 2. At the main entrance, the Taj Mahal ticket office is not next to […]

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A 20 Hour Indian Train Experience


4:30 pm The panic I felt while stuck in mind-boggling traffic is fading. I’ve made it to the Varanasi Junction station in time for my 4:45 train to Agra. I step inside, and India assaults me full force. It seems that not a single spot in the train station is unoccupied; people are sitting and […]

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Varanasi the Incomprehensible


Before I went to India, I knew that I could expect to see an intense religious devotion there; the kind of faith that leads people to make pilgrimages just to plunge themselves in waters that are considered to be sacred. I also knew that I could expect layers of filth. But I hadn’t expected that […]

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