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Languor in Goa

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Goa is India's richest and smallest state with a literacy rate of ~85%. In 1510, the Portuguese defeated a local sultan and established Portuguese India.This Portuguese colonial rule would last 450 years. Although modern India gained independence from Britain in 1947, the Portuguese hung on until 1961 when the Indian Army invaded and threw their asses out. At 15 degrees latitude, Goa is covered in equatorial forests and a monsoon season starts in June. Coconut palms are an ubiquitous symbol of Goa. Goan fish and prawn curries always include coconut milk. Goan culture is an interesting amalgamation of Eastern and Western styles with latter having the more dominant role. Some of the lanes and colors would not be out of place in parts of Portugal. When the Portuguese left, their breads, rolls and pastries stayed, which in all fairness are ho-hum. Coastal Goa 's seven rivers and the Kumbarjua canal form an estuarine complex. After the Portuguese conquest of

Rajasthan India

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We chose to leave Nepal at Nepalgunj and enter into India at the border town of Rupaidha, Utter Pradesh. Neither of these two border towns attract many, if any, tourists so the one very polite immigration officer manning this office was confused as why the two honkies were in his office. But at least India had a sign. The empty Nepalgunj Nepal immigration office above had just a scribble written in Devanagari; so we poked around for a while and eventually they rustled up some administrative somebody to check us out. It appears more or less an open border for many non-gringos. To state that India is different would be the understatement of the universe. Having just finished a wildlife safari at Bardia NP, I thought I would snap a few pics of a wildlife safari on the streets of urban Rajasthan (one of sixteen states) India. Although the dogs above look dead, they are not. For some reason they think it is a good idea to take an afternoon nap and sun bathe in the middle of a divid