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The Best Photos from 7 Months on the Road: Part 1

Prayer flags over town. Tabo, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh. It took me a long while to look at the thousands of photographs we took while traveling. For the first few weeks after we returned to Israel following the accident in Laos, I truly didn’t want to think about both what my life was and what my life was not. It was difficult, frustrating, a bit heartbreaking. It was not life on the road. At least not anymore. But slowly, Tal and I let ourselves return to ‘the trip.’ We began talking about our favorite memories. I returned to the travel journal I kept as we wandered around Asia, where I’d recorded every place we visited, every hostel we slept in, every book I read. And we started to sort through the pictures. I wont't stoop to be that guy who breaks out the slide projector and traps you on the couch for six hours, but I figured a quick scroll down the page won’t hurt anyone. So here is a small sample of my favorite photos from the first half of the trip. Enjoy. Typical street scene in Delhi. You should see rush hour.

Our favorite restaurant in Delhi. Nan was made upstairs and tossed downstairs. Rich, spicy curries. And nothing cost over a dollar. Delhi.

Hiking up the Himalayas. Outside Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh.

Walking through the fields in Kaza, the district capitol of the Spiti Valley (bordering Tibet), we felt like we were truly out there. The sky was the biggest I'd ever scene, and the Himalayas shot up in every direction. Kaza, Himachal Pradesh.

The Ki Monastery, another few hundred meters up from Kaza. Felt like being in a castle on the moon. Kaza, Himachal Pradesh.

Up the mountain, overlooking the bustling metropolis. Tabo, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab. The holiest place in the world for Sikhs.

Cricket game, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

She doesn't need a stunning background to look stunning, but it doesn't hurt. Rooftop chai, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The hired help of the royal Dugari family. Photographed at their compound in - you guessed it - the town of Dugari, Rajasthan.

View from the top of the castle. Dugari, Rajasthan.

The cow just wants to be friends, but the baby's not having it. Bundi, Rajasthan.

A quick stop in India's 'most romantic city.' Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Luckiest cow in India. Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka.

Leaders of the parade. That guy danced with 70 pounds of flowers on his head. Mysore, Karnataka.

Lost in the flower market. Mysore, Karnataka.

Garlic seller. Mysore, Karnataka.

Cows get in for free. Mysore Palace, Karnataka.

For two weeks, Tal and I volunteered at the Dayspring Orphanage, where 28 kids lived - all coming from parents suffering from HIV/AIDS. Some of the kids were also fighting the disease. Here's the orphanage's youngest boy doing his best lion impression. Rural area, outside Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu.

RajRajeswari and her younger sister. Rural area, outside Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu.

Prakash checkin' himself out before school. Rural area, outside Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu.

This was taken on a thin strip of land that juts out from India. You could almost swim to Sri Lanka. Hindus believe the bridge was how Rama traveled to Sri Lanka to battle for the return of his wife. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu.

Sunrise from the top of Adam's Peak, a holy pilgrimmage site for Buddhists (Buddha's footprint is on the summit). Near Maskeliya, Sri Lanka.

Private pool. Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Breakfast in paradise. Mirissa, Sri Lanka.