Shop Signs: Brotherly Love in Retail Business

While in Bikaner, I noticed something peculiar: many shops had  signs stating the shop belongs to brothers. Sometimes two, sometimes three and sometimes no...

The (Buddhist) Stairway to Heaven

You see these steps cut out on a tree log? Buddhists believe if you can walk these from the base to the top without...

Ten Reasons why Rajasthan is the place to holiday

A recent visit to Rajasthan had me become a fan of the state. It has zoomed to my second preferred travel destination – nothing...

Route Planner: Delhi to Bikaner in Rajasthan

If you plan to go from Delhi to Bikaner by road, you could follow the route I took. I have presented it in the...

Losing yourself in Shoja in Himachal Pradesh

Few places would lay out the red carpet as Shoja would, as you drive on a 38 kilometer long path lined with apple orchards...

The Fire Dancers at the Bikaner Festival 2009

I was lucky to have been in Bikaner to witness their annual camel festival held from January 10-12 this year. One of the most...

Setting Sun at the Sam Dunes near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan

This image was taken at the Sam (pronounced some) Dunes near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. See the complete collection on Flickr. Sam is located about 45...

When the dogs stop you from exploring Bikaner

Anyone who has spent time in India knows street dogs are everywhere. It may be the cows on streets that catch the fancy of...

Test drive a Ferrari on the road to Bikaner

If you are in India, and miss those highways where you can rev up those fancy cars of yours, head out to Bikaner. It is...

My trip to Rajasthan In January 2009

I have hit the road in Rajasthan on January 9, 2009 and expect to be driving around for a 3-week period. The itinerary covers Bikaner,...