6/23/2011 to 6/26/2011 | Assam , India

Ambubachi Mela

Swimming in the rain, Ambubachi Mela, Kamakhya Mandir, Guwahati

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Shiva’s wife Sati (an incarnation of Kali) is said to have been dismembered into 51 pieces which fell across India, her genitalia, yoni, fell on Kamakhya hill.  The annual Ambubachi Mela celebrates the mother goddess, Kamakhya’s, menstrual cycle.  Apparently for goddesses “that time of the month” comes once a year.  In respect […]

6/20/2011 to 6/22/2011 | India , Nagaland

World Music Day, Naga Style

World Music Day concert in Dimapur

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Aiyush was both covering and promoting a concert marking World Music Day in Dimapur, the Nagaland City on the border with Assam.  I accepted his invitation to come along.  Our first stop was a concert/contest for local bands, an event that Aiyush for good reason disavowed any connection with.  He was covering […]

6/16/2011 to 6/20/2011 | Assam , India

Guwahati

Kamakhya Mandir before the Ambubachi Mela, Guwahati

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I had passed through Guwahati on a number of occasions always en route to somewhere else more interesting. But I had never really given the city a shot, being turned off by relatively high price of accommodation, at least that in which foreigners are permitted to stay.  Despite a wall full of […]

6/10/2011 to 6/12/2011 | India , Tripura

Udaipur of the East

Wedding ceremony rituals at tank near Tripura Sundari Temple, Matabari

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Udaipur is Tripura’s historic heart.  Not to be confused with that other Udaipur in Rajasthan.  In and around Udaipur are several temples and palaces, some forgotten in a state of ruins, while others a focal point of pilgrimages to this day.  By far the most active of the temples around Udaipur is […]

6/8/2011 to 6/9/2011 | India , Tripura

Agartala: The Drunken Sadhu

The "Drunken Sadhu" drinking whiskey, Agartala

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Agartala is Tripura’s capital a flat urban sprawl surrounding the turn of the century Ujjayanta Palace.  The weather in June was hardly ideal, hot and humid, though the pineapple sold throughout the city on street corners everywhere was absolutely delicious, an explosion of sweet flavor in every bite.  At bargain price of […]

6/7/2011 to 6/8/2011 | India , Tripura

Unakoti

Unakoti

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On of my primary reasons for visiting Tripura, other than “the just to check it out” factor, was to visit the impressive rock 8th century cliff side bas-relief carvings at Unakoti.  Surrounded in a mane of green forests these carvings of Shiva in the grey stone cliff show a very interesting “tribal […]

6/6/2011 to 6/7/2011 | India , Mizoram , Tripura

Damchara: The back way to Tripura

Bru Woman, Market in Damchara

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After more than a month in Mizoram it was time to move on.  Rather than traveling the standard route to Tripura via Silchar, I took “the path less traveled by” and went via Western Mizoram and the village of Damchara, though the route via Silchar is hardly a highway of tourists.  Himpuii […]

4/15/2011 to 6/5/2011 | India , Mizoram

Do It Yourself, Mizoram

Mizo bamboo dance, known as Cheraw, during cultral show in Saiha

I haven’t really put much practical information in my journal posts but since I do get a number of people asking about more practical details. This is the second installment of “Do it Yourself” segment for destinations where there isn’t a lot of info out there.  Of course much of this information may eventually […]