Posts by J. Morris

Chavez Newsletter June 2017

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Chavez Newsletter |

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Chavez Newsletter December, 2016 p.2

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Uncategorized |

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Chavez

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Uncategorized |

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Chavez Quarterly Newsletter December, 2016

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Chavez Newsletter |

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Day 11 Katmandu and Nepal

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Blog |

DAY 11  Katmandu   On arrival in Katmandu, we were transferred to our guest room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel where we would stay 2 nights. We arrived around 12:30. Went to bed and fell asleep. Some notes about Katmandu. It is the capital of Nepal and situated 4,423 feet above sea level. Nepal was formed as a country with current boundaries in 1816 when they lost a war with India. Nepal had a king but over time has evolved into a democracy with 3 branches of government much like USA. Our guide,...

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Day 10 Delhi

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog |

DAY 10  Delhi   Some notes about Delhi Delhi is situated in a strategic position on the west bank of the Yamuna River, between the Himalayas and the Aravalli Hills. It is the gateway to the rich alluvial soils of the Ganges plain and has, according to Indian folklore, been occupied since 2500 BCE. The original city, Indraprastha was the first of nine. Shahjahanabad or Old Delhi, the 7th city, was built when the Mughal Emperor moved his capital back to Delhi from Agra in 1638. Planned out in...

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Day 9 Jaipur The Pink City

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog |

DAY 9  FRIDAY   FEBRUARY 3 Jaipur, the City of Victory, is surrounded by the rugged Aravali hills–crowned by formidable forts–and beautiful palaces, mansions and gardens. Royal processions and parades, in all of their splendour, graced these palaces and forts once. The city is a colorful oasis in the desert and we noticed a timeless quality to Jaipur’s bazaars and its people. After breakfast, we drove to Maharaja Mansingh’s 17th century masterpiece, the Amber Fort that overlooks...

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Day 8 Safari

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Blog |

DAY 8  THURSDAY   FEBRUARY 2 Sawai Madhopur, in Rajasthan, is the departure point for the famous Ranthambore National Park, and India’s efforts to conserve the dwindling tiger population. The park is one of the finest tiger reserves in the country and the most likely place to see these majestic animals. . After breakfast onboard, we set out for our morning game drive/safari. Ranthambore is home to several other species as well including monkeys we saw at the entrance and throughout the park....

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DAY 7 AGRA AND THE TAJ

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog |

We disembarked the train and were welcomed to Agra by colorful costumed dancers and musicians who grabbed our hands and insisted we dance. The drive to the Taj took about 30 minutes through thick and teeming, horn beeping traffic. Our first view of the fabulous structure was from one of the gardens. We were astonished at the few numbers of visitors to the monument. The gardens are well kept. We observed women in traditional garb on their knees weeding the lawn. .The minarets appear to be...

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Day 6

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog |

  DAY 6  TUESDAY   JANUARY 31 This morning,  as the Deccan Odyssey traveled through the stronghold of the Marwar region, we enjoyed breakfast onboard and the striking panorama of the Thar Desert before arriving at Jodhpur. Jodhpur, named for the ruling Jodi family (pur=city thus Jodhpur), resisted the Mongol invasion (Mongol=Mughal), opened up to western trade and developed hotels for merchants and shelters for their camels. Finally, the mughal ruler Akbar made an alliance with the city...

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