We’ve seen a lot of sunsets on our journey — but only one worth making a movie about. They call Kerala “God’s Own Country.” Maybe these images help explain why. With this short film, we bid farewell (namaskār) to India. When we arrived in this country, the kids were a little afraid to step out […]
In Varanasi, we spent a day visiting the 18-year old son of our close friends. Willy Gansa has been living there since September, participating in the Bridge Year Program before he begins his freshman year at Princeton University next fall. We asked our own young cub reporter Finn Flackett-Levin to write about Willy and our […]
We thought we knew India — until we traveled south to Kerala. Kerala is a land that seems almost more like Southeast Asia than the India of our imaginations. The region is tropical, one hundred percent of the people there have at least a high school degree, and the region retains a strong colonial influence. While […]
When we set out, we knew laundry management would be one of the big challenges of the trip. In general, it’s been easier than we expected and we’ve only gotten down to our emergency underwear supply on a couple occasions. More often than not, we find a place that will wash our clothes for us […]
This is the Samrat Yantra, which means the Supreme Instrument. It stands 27 meters tall with its shadow moving visibly at 1mm per second making it the world’s largest sundial. Checking it against the clock on our phones, the time on this sundial is remarkably exact — and it’s so large that you can literally […]
Guesses below please. The answer will be revealed tomorrow. Thanks for playing.
We’ve slept in over one hundred different beds so far. Many of them have been apartments, some have been cramped quarters on ships, other have been sleeper bunks on overnight trains, and a few of the best have been guest rooms belonging to friends or acquaintances. We live our lives surfing airbnb.com and hotels.com, trying […]
Every morning at sunrise, 365 days a year, Indian people arrive at the shores of the Ganges river to bathe in the sacred water, to mourn and burn the dead, to pay homage to their ancestors with offers of floating candles and flowers petals, and to pray. This is the holiest hour of the day at the […]
Here’s a little something you should know about riding an elephant. Having done it three times — in Laos, Thailand, and now India — it’s a meditative, almost soothing experience, balancing on a loveseat strapped to the elephant’s back, lumbering along with the giant beast through the jungle. Our first two pachyderm rides were essentially […]
It’s a five and a half hour drive from Delhi to Jaipur. We took a detour. Please watch what we discovered.