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Bollywood and Animal Rights at Amber Fort

Bollywood and Animal Rights at Amber Fort
India is full of surprises and always more than what it appears. It was a beautifully sunny day when we arrived at Amber Fort and in the open courtyard inside the main gate it was glistening with sparkles and banners of glorious colors and full of flashy dancers: it was a Bollywood movie set and the upbeat music blared as the chorus of dancers were rehearsing a musical number. In the background of the set elephants were carrying tourists up the hill sauntering back and forth behind the movie set, and between Bollywood sound tracks the sing-song of wooden flutes could be heard as snake charmers coaxed rupees from tourists for their side show. Bollywood is by design for our entertainment and the spectacular set in the context of the grandeur of the fort was a beautiful site. And from Bollywood to Hollywood, the movie industry has taken great strides to...
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Faces of India 2

Faces of India 2
Here are a couple more interesting faces I found while traveling in India. Enjoy the many faces of India... Keeping it wild, Kurt Kutay

Faces of India

Faces of India
Here are a couple of wonderful faces i found wile traveling in India. Enjoy the pics... Keeping it wild, Kurt Kutay

The Arts and the Art of Shopping in India

The Arts and the Art of Shopping in India
When the shopkeeper in Udaipur found out that Sergey and Olena were from the Ukraine he quoted them a starting price that was 50% more than he had just quoted me for the same miniature painting. When they called him on it he admitted to them, "I could tell from your accent that you are from Russia so I added more to the price because I knew you would be hard bargainers!" That ended the negotiation before it even got started! There is a vast range of crafts throughout India deriving over the centuries from many ethnic groups as ornamental art for home and body, as well as for utilitarian purposes and religious practice in daily life. We've proven, once again, that India is a treasure trove for handicraft souvenirs especially including ceramics, jewelry, leatherwork, metalwork, stone carving and marble inlay, woodwork, and clothing and carpet textiles of all sorts such...
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To See and Understand as Much As Possible

To See and Understand as Much As Possible
Traveling through India on this 25th anniversary of Wildland Adventures I am reminded of a social science survey presented at an ecotourism conference I attended 30 years ago in which the #1 priority for active American travelers was: "To see and do as much as possible." However, in order to help facilitate the most meaningful travel experiences we often have to help our guests find the right balance of "seeing and doing" that also allows for "experiencing and understanding." Of course, every country and each trip present a diverse variety of sites and activities, but the deeper understanding and life changing experiences come when we are open to exploring our destination and ourselves more openly, to take time to interact more intimately, allow ourselves to absorb and contemplate, and be prepared to accept the vagaries that life on the road away from home present as unexpected adventures and learning opportunities that...
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