THE NORTHERN PLAINS

Delhi isn't officially a state but a "union territory" squeezed between the states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. The Yamuna River flows right by Delhi and the Ganges isnít far away. I landed here early in 1968 and have since passed through a number of times but on a very irregular schedule.

In 2008 I traveled by train westward from Delhi into the Punjab to Amritsar. It's been awhile so I'm not clear on the scenery but I vaguely recall repeated fields of rice, sugar cane, wheat, and mostly unidentified vegetables.

Southwest of Delhi and stretching southward to the Aravalli hills and westward through the Thar desert to the border with Pakistan is the state of Rajasthan. The main cities of Rajasthan (meaning Land of the kings) are Jaipur - the capital, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Jaisalmer.


SOUTH INDIA

The very south of India is a point-down triangle which is made up of two states, Tamil Nadu on the east, and Kerala on the west. I traveled through these states in 2002 and a few of the photos I took there are included in the original galleries monks and monasteries and people. The state of Karnataka is north of Kerala and partly on the coast. In the past a number of great empires flourished there and vast cities and magnificent temples were built. Visiting what remains of them was the major target of my trip in 2010.