DAY 13: HOMEWARD BOUNDHighlights: Flying over the majestic Himalayan Mountains in route from Kathmandu to New Delhi, getting in the Christmas spirit at the Select City Walk Mall as we purchased a few last minute items (i.e. chapati rollers and spice boxes), dining on our favorite comfort food (masala pizza) just before we boarded our [...]

DAY 12: KATHMANDU, NEPALHighlights: Walking through the narrow corridors of Thamel in the city-center of Kathmandu observing the unique artisan goods (such as animal-shaped egg warmers made out of felt), purchasing beautiful pashmina scarves and wool blankets for a price that was next-to-nothing, sampling traditional Nepalese cuisine such as Tibetan dumplings (momos) and Chinese noodles [...]

DAY 10: KATHMANDU NEPALHighlights:  Seeing Mount Everest from outside the plane window on our flight from Kathmandu to Nepal, night walking through the antique bazaars in downtown Thamel, dining on a traditional welcome dinner of dal baht & momos during an evening cultural performance.Photo Credit: Brandy Brown; Susan Manser

Photo Credit: Brandy Brown; Susan ManserDAY 09: UDAIPURHighlights: Shaping and baking four different Indian breads in Shashi’s cooking class, creating delicious mango & coriander chutneys from scratch, learning the secrets of Shashi’s “magic sauce”– the sauce used by restaurants as the base for 20+ curries, and dining with Shashi and her husband on a traditional Rajasthani [...]

Photo Credit: Brandy Brown; Susan ManserDAY 08: UDAIPURHighlights: Eating lunch at the best Thali House in Rajasthan at the famous Natraj Restaurant, Taking a sunset cruise across Lake Pichola to view the grand city palace and Jag Mandir island; watching a traditional Rajasthani Folk Dance & Pupet show at Bagore Ki Haveli.Udaipur is known as [...]

Photo Credit: Brandy Brown & Susan ManserDAY 07: RANKPURHighlights: Feasting on a delicious Indian breakfast with many exotic fruits, visiting the ancient Jain Temples in Rankpur to learn about Jainism, winding up and down a beautiful mountain road through the pastoral countryside on our way to Udaipur.The lovely heritage hotels we stay in always encompass [...]

Photo Credit: Brandy Brown; Susan ManserDAY 06: JODHPURHighlights: Overnighting in the exquisite Kothi Heritage mansion, exploring the museums and palaces of the Mehrangarh Fort, Walking the narrow streets of the Blue City and shopping for traditional camel leather satchels & embroidered textiles, & learning how to make chai masala (tea), biriyani (indian rice), raita, paneer curry, [...]

Photo Credit: Brandy Brown; Susan ManserDAY 05: PUSHKARHighlights: Sampling traditional Rajasthani delicacies for breakfast, visiting the temples and ghats of Pushkar (one of three holiest cities in India), participating in a traditional pujja ceremony, photographing the myriad of camels and holy cows walking through the market streets, experiencing a “healthy” take on modern Indian Cuisine at [...]