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December 29, 1416: After a long three month journey by sea in a merchant boat, I arrived at the state Gujarat in India, another popular place for merchants and traders. The trading port was already bustling with activity even though the sun had just risen. I yawned and stretched, exhausted from the long sea trip. Despite my weariness, I eagerly stepped out of the boat and explored the surrounding area. The boat I was in was transporting ...
... had lunch and dinner with family.
So the wedding was four days long. The first day was the welcoming party in the garden of a luxurious hotel. Almost everyone was dressed in western dress. Which provided me with a good excuse for me to wear my new (Indian made) suit. This party was the first time I met Riddhi, the bride.
Day two was the official engagement. Of course Suneet and Riddhi were already engaged for a while, but not ...
... It was very nice to put a face to the names that we keep hearing about!
After three days in Jamnagar, we began our journey to Palitana, stopping off at Virpur on the way.
Our main purpose of visiting Palitana was to do a Jatra and climb the 3,364 steps of the Shatrunjaya hills to visit some of the 300 marble temples at the top.
Here we also stayed at a Jain Dharamshala. Unfortunately it was here that ...
... of mishaps that could only happen in India... Aman, mom and I were directed to the ladies line where the woman making sure I was safe to travel questioned my Indian heritage and then scoffed when I told her I was Indian. Funny. Parneet had sent sandwiches and drinks with us, which we gave to Eric to carry for us. Unfortunately the juices were confiscated. My two giant water bottles filled with water were fine. Hmmmm.... I noticed lots ...
After spending a week submerged in the local culture ever since my ship stopped here, I thought it was time to write down the astonishing sights of Gujarat. This is the end of the line for many traders from Asia who only traverse the first leg of the trade route. That being said, a great deal of goods from Asia are traded for goods from Africa. The Junk I arrived on unloaded for the first few days and turned out to be full of valuable goods, gold, and silver. A ...