Punjab is a state of India, located in the northwest of the country, bordering Pakistan. It is the home state of many of the country’s Sikhs, a religion followed by about 2% of the country. But Sikhs are found all over the world and are legendary for their strength, prowess, adaptability and congeniality. Punjab was the last state to fall to the British in their bid to conquer India.
The chief city is Amritsar, which is also home to the holiest temple of the Sikh religion, known (in English) as the Golden Temple. Like the rest of India, there is much to do and see and experience here. As with most of the cities of India, it suffers from bad traffic, noise and over population. Hope you will enjoy the photos, many taken at the Golden Temple and some at a kind of model village, and the city’s fort and museum.
Bikaner is a city in the far reaches of Rajasthan in northern India. The Maharaja of Bikaner was one of the more enlightened leaders of his time and was known to be very progressive, which may account for the city’s bustling nature.
His home has been turned into a lovely hotel. The city has a magnificece for in its center and is well worth a visit. Because of its relative isolation, Bikaner is not exactly on a routine tourist route. I enjoyed the city immensely and loved staying in the former home of the Maharaja.
Thanks to all who came to my recent Spring Open House. Here are some shots from the show
Let me say this right up front….I am not a beach person. But Ngapali Beach is my idea of paradise….It’s got everything natural beaches should and none of the claptrap you find at beaches in other parts of Asia and the Americas. No bars, no jet skies, no malls, no plazas, no prostitutes….
Just miles and miles of soft white sand, a few lovely hotels here and there, lots of palm trees, azure waters and peace and quiet. There is really nothing to do here, other than enjoy the natural beauty of the place, and every now and then, go for a wonderfully fresh, delicious and surprisingly cheap meal, either at your hotel or at one of the local restaurants located outside the hotels’ gates.
Things are changing, but not too fast. There used to be 6 flights a day….now there are about 15. Where there was never a stoplight…there is one now. It is remote enough that it does not attract crowds.
Check out the photos, and if you are so inclined, start planning your trip. If you need advice, you know who to ask…
An inveterate traveler, I have spent a great deal of time searching for new arts and artisans, mostly in Asia. I am drawn to Asia thanks to my 25-year tenure living in Japan. During that period I traveled extensively and often in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, I formed Arts of Asia in order to share the qualities I admire in Asia with my friends and customers in the US. To support this mission, I continue to spend 4 months a year abroad. The search is never ending!