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Hexagrams in India

By UrbanAnthropod, July 26, 2010 4:26 pm
Humayun\'s Tomb

Humayun\'s Tomb

The most noteworthy building of the Agra Fort complex is the palace for royal women, Jahangiri Mahal. The large doorway to the Mahal was adorned with mutltiple hexagrams. As a Gothamite coming across this Mughal structure, I immediately thought of the numerous synagogues I routinely walk past. While the building is of the typical Indo-Persian …

Gnomon Know-how

By UrbanAnthropod, June 21, 2010 1:15 pm
Half of the astrological predictor

Half of the astrological predictor

Celebrating Summer Solstice
What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than to celebrate various gnomons. While most will flock to ancient celestial calendar structures, like Stonehenge, there are more recent structures in the world that harness the Sun for time-keeping and astrological predictions. The sun and the moon have always played important roles when we …

The Rush of Humayun’s Tomb

By UrbanAnthropod, May 5, 2010 8:14 am
Humayun's Tomb at dusk

Humayun's Tomb at dusk

Eclipsed by the Taj
Everyone knows about the Taj Mahal. Fewer know that it is in Agra, where the Mughal Empire moved their capital. The beauty of the marble structure is a testament to the romantic impetus underlying the erection of the building and surrounding complex. A mourning husband, Shah Jahan, commissioned the mausoleum when his …

Delhi Extremes

By UrbanAnthropod, May 2, 2010 1:04 pm
Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple

Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple

Delhi is a land of extremes. Generally, this statement probably holds true for the entire subcontinent. I only passed through Delhi. As mentioned before, there’s a major international airport there. Continuously inhabited since the 6th century, it has it’s share of history.

India as a whole had been unseasonably hot. Arriving in Delhi at …

Transit through India

By UrbanAnthropod, April 26, 2010 6:21 am
The transit room at Indira Gandhi International

The transit room at Indira Gandhi International

That pesky Visa issue
We’ve made it back to the U.S. Not only that, we’ve made it back with our checked luggage. As I’ve mentioned before, there were some issues regarding leaving India on a multiple entry visa and returning within a 2 month interval. On the flgiht to Kathmandu, when leaving Indira Gandhi International, …

Prepping for India and Nepal, Part 3

By UrbanAnthropod, March 29, 2010 6:01 pm
SteriPen Classic

SteriPen Classic

O.K. Now that I’ve got the gripes out of the way, it’s time for some serious business. What’s the first thing anyone thinks of when they hear “India”? They think of water and food borne illnesses. So here, I’ll discuss health-related items we took care of before heading over to the subcontinent.

Vaccinations
Just head over to …

Prepping for India and Nepal, Part 2

By UrbanAnthropod, March 26, 2010 5:19 pm

How Terrorists ruin it for the rest of us
After two visits to the Indian consulate, the passports were stamped. Almost… One was being held back due to a background check. And it appears that the check will not be completed in time for the trip. In the end, two days is what holds back this …

Prepping for India and Nepal, Part 1

By UrbanAnthropod, March 14, 2010 6:15 am

I’m going to India next month! My cousins and I are flying to Delhi where we will be staying in 4 or 5 star hotels as we tour through Agra and Jaipur. Following this week, we’ll be flying to Kathmandu for a few additional nights where I’ve arranged for a private tour of the Kathmandu …

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