Kaye & Dawson Travel the World


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February 6
Today is our last day in India.  We took a few hours to visit some of modern New Delhi and some of it’s government buildings and a Moslem mosque. We fly out tomorrow morning for Nepal. This has been a wonderful visit in a land that is colorful,  dirty, unique, noisy, and often enchanting. There is a non-stop pulsing energy here that energizes and drains you at the same time. But what we will remember most are the people.  They are delightfully open, accepting, and have a beautiful humor. Everywhere we went we were greeted with smiling faces and open hearts.  That is what we will take with us from here.
February 4
Like most people who travel, we are mostly voyeurs. We look at and photograph people, places and things.  Then we leave, look at our photos, and are happy.  But, if we are lucky, we have that “moment” where something in our travel touches us, overwhelms us, and even changes us.  Before now, I have had that feeling only once: Egypt!  Today, was another such day.  Experiencing the sunrise on the River Ganges was a feeling that took me out of myself, as if we belonged to something eternal. The ritual bathing (to wash away one’s sins), ceremonies of blessings, fishing, washing and drying clothes on the huge steps (Ghats), and even cremations that never stop (350+/day) have been happening every day for many thousands of years. It is bigger than us, and is a humbling experience. This is why I came to India!
Bathers in the Ganges

Bathers in the Ganges

Washing my sins away (I wish) in the Ganges

Washing my sins away (I wish) in the Ganges






Wood for use in cremation fires

Wood for use in cremation fires


Cremation fires. Each fires is a separate cremation.
Cremation fires. Each fires is a separate cremation.
February 3
We visited a World Heritage Site of Khajuraho, some of the most beautiful Hindu temples in the world. Many of it’s  cravings you have seen in your history books.
February 2
We caught another train from Agra to Jhansi, and then took a bus for 7 hours to Orchha.  This little town was quite, quaint, and totally unlike others we had seen.  Most of the people you see in the photos were pilgrims to this Hindu holy place.
This photo is of a wedding that just ended (bride veiled in red with yellow sash; husband is to her right).  The groom has not yet seen his bride’s face…please note look on his face! The mother-in-law (in green), however, looks positively ecstatic!IMG_2900
February 1st
Today we visited the ancient Fort of Agura and then the fabulous Taj Mahal. IMG_3387This is the end of India’s winter, and the area is quite cool, humid and foggy. The fog never cleared completely, but The Taj still gave us a magnificent showing.
And you thought your rush hour was bad!!!IMG_2995IMG_2976

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January 31st
Well, as Vikas predicted, we did not see a tiger. However, we did see lots of beautiful animals: birds, spotted deer, antelope, Indian crocodiles, monkeys, parrots, and even the illusive mongoose.
We also visited a couple of cooperatives established by women to make and sell their beautifully worked textiles.
This morning we caught an early train to take us to Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. The train was quite an experience. I think it is everything you’ve seen in the movies…there is just no way to properly describe it. What an experience…and we will do it again in 2 more days.
In the end, it is the people who make this place so unique.
January 30th
It is 5:30AM. We are in Ranthambore getting ready to take a jeep safari into the Ranthambore National Wildlife Reserve to see if we are lucky enough to see one of the few existing Indian tigers left in all the wild. Poaching is so bad that only about 60 live in this huge reserve, and only about 250 in all the reserves in India. According to our tour guide, Vikas, “I am thinking it is most unlikely we are seeing a tiger itself. To see a tiger is very much a bonus.” Tomorrow we are off to Agra, home of the great Taj Mahal.
For the past 5 days we have been in Udaipur (location of the wedding ceremony) and Jaipur. Both areas are unique, and the landscape quite beautiful. We will post photos as soon as internet speed allows, but I assure you no amount of photos can express the essence of India. The vivid colors, never-ending sounds, exotic smells (pleasant & unpleasant), startling sights; but most of all the gracious, friendliness of the people, can frankly overwhelm. These people are simply amazing in humor, humility and pure joy of just living.IMG_2731
It is terribly hard to overlook the stark poverty, but just about the time you are overwhelmed by it all, you see an example of their amazing resilience, pride of self, and simple humility. There are truly lessons to be learned here.
January 29th
Believe it or not, the beautiful lady with me in this photo is the great daughter-in-law of the last Royal Maharaja of this area. The sari I am wearing is hers, and she showed me how to fold and wear it. She is truly a lovely and gracious lady.


  Internet here is not always easily available, and when it is, it is too slow to download photos in a reasonable time. The wedding went wonderfully, and just as soon as internet speed allows, we will post those photos.
New Delhi land Old Delhi are both very foggy and cool this time of year, as it is ending their winter season. However, we spent our first day here just walking around trying to get accustomed to the time change. Internet is sketchy and slow, but more will be forthcoming.


IMG_2314Shopping at the local mall in New Delhi.

Oh my, Totto. I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore!
Where’s McDonalds when you want it!IMG_2675
Just one of the good ole’ boys!IMG_2315



After almost 24 hours of our departure from Louisville airport, we arrive in New Delhi. IMG_2665


Tickets in hand at the Louisville International Airport.

Tickets in hand at the Louisville International Airport.

Snowy Newark, New Jersey airport with New York City in background.

Snowy Newark, New Jersey airport with New York City in background.


13 thoughts on “INDIA

  1. Bobby & Kande Steele

    We were thinking of you on the 27th, trying to imagine where you were. What an amazing adventure and wishing you safe travels and lots of love.

    Love you, Bobby & Kande

  2. Stacey Wilson

    Congratulations… You should be married now… Can’t wait to see the pictures… Be safe and have fun…

  3. Anita Skaggs

    Much luck and love to a great couple. So glad that I can watch your escapades from here in cold Kentucky!! Keep in touch now and always, stay safe!!

    Anita Skaggs

  4. Doug & Cindy

    Kaye & Dawson

    Although it is evening here in Ohio, it is the dawn of your wedding day in India. Much love is sent to you on this special day. We wish you two a lifetime of happiness, love and togetherness. Congratulations on your marriage!

    Cindy & Doug

  5. Doug & Cindy

    Kaye & Dawson,

    Although it’s 6:30 PM Sunday, January 26 here in Ohio it is 5:00 AM Monday, January 27 where you are. We are sending you much love on this special day of your wedding, and wishing you happiness, love and togetherness forever. Congratulations on your marriage!

    Cindy & Doug

  6. Bonnie Rodgers

    Kaye and Dawson
    Congratulation’s !!!!! So excited about you taking me on your journey~~~Love it !!
    God bless and keep you safe

  7. Carol & Colin Cameron

    Congratulations to both of you, we wish you all the best for the rest of your lives.

    We also thank you for allowing us to join you in your travels.

    Carol & Colin

  8. Todd Hoskins

    Awesome!! I am so excited for you guys. I will be following daily and enjoying your journey with you. May God bless you in your new committment to one another and watch over you in your travels.