Mangalore & Cochin (Kochi)

19 hours on an overnight train from Mumbai was enough to get us as far as Mangalore — a city about as illustrious as Ottumwa, Iowa — finally reaching the UNESCO town of Ft. Kochi another 24 hours later.

Khuri Village

Dreams of quiet evenings in a sleepy village in the desert with clean air and clear, starry nights commandeered our waking thoughts. We loved our time in Jaisalmer, but the desert beckoned.


Varanasi is one insane place on a regular day — Throw in monsoon season and a tropical illness and you got yourselves a real party!

Darjeeling Toy Train

one are the glory days of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (aka “Toy Train”), yet, this little steam engine that could survives, plying its way through some of India’s most amazing Himalayan scenery.

Kolkata (Calcutta)

We arrived in Kolkata, our first stop in India, under the cloak of darkness in the wee hours. Two days later we found ourselves bed-ridden and 10 lbs. lighter with six weeks left in India!