Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 29: Abu Dhabi

Day 28: Mumbai

Day 25 - 27: Dhule

Group shot at a museum in Dhule
Dana controls slides as Prakash presents at the Rotary Club of Dhule 
Group shot at Shri Grishneshwar
Onlooking one of the caves at Ellora
In front of Bibi Ka Maqbara (...not the Taj Mahal!)

Children performing at their school's republic day festivities
Dhule Republic Day Parade
Presenting at the Rotary Club of Dhule (2nd club)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day 21 - 24: Vapi and Daman

Day 18 - 20: Ankleshwar and Navsari

Ankleshwar Desk Donation Ceremony
Dandi, in Navsari

Prakash, arriving up the stairs to a lighhouse in Daman

Navsari Rotary Club Meeting

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Day 16 - 17: Anand

Sankara Eye Hospital

Mandhuba Resort - The first 5 star resort in Gujarat

Amul Dairy (Milk Co-Op)

Rotary Club of Anand Meeting

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 14 - 16: Ahmedabad

We left Wadhwan City on the the 15th of January and headed for Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat state. Here we celebrated the kite flying festival, visited Ghandinagar, and even watched Mission Impossible 4 in Hindi.

Dana and Jessica preparing Kites

The skies above Gujarat were filled with thousands of kites

The team overlooking terraces filled with people of all ages flying kites

The team, preparing to leave Ahmedabad for Anand

Day 13: Wadwhan City

After an amazing 3 days in Bhavnagar, the team travelled to Wadwhan City and Surendranagar. After lunch at Hotel Boston, we visited a school for the blind and a Rotary park project. We then gave our presentation to the Rotary Club that evening.

Mid day break to practice flying kites at the home of a Rotarian

Prakasam and Elliot clap as two blind students perform a song

Blind students play cricket on the playgrounds

Dana and Jessica presenting at the Rotary Club meeting

Day 10 - 12: Bhavnagar

We woke up around 5am on January 9 to depart from Keshod. It took 6 hours to reach Bhavnagar, where we spent the next three nights. We spent the first day with our host families, which included tours of the city, flying kites, and shopping.
Elliot on his way home after dinner with friends of his host family
We woke up at 5am on our second day to head to Palitana, home of the most important Jain temples in the world. After climbing 3364 steps, we reached the top, where we spent a couple hours. In the evening, we visited the Rotary Ray of Hope Child Care Center and then had dinner with our host families.
Early breakfast before the 1-2 hour trip up to the temples
Ayo, at one of the summits at Palitana
Dana and Prakasam with students from the Ray of Hope Child Care Center

On January 11, we first visited a couple of Rotary sponsored schools, then spent the afternoon with specialists in our vocations. In the evening, we gave our presentation to the two Rotary Clubs of Bhavnagar.
The team with students at the K.L Institute for the deaf

Ayo and Dana sit at the back of a class where the Rotary Club has donated desks

Joint meeting for the Rotary Clubs of Bhavnagar

Day 9: Keshod

We then moved onto our next city, Keshod, where we stayed for just one night. In Keshod, we visited the GIR National Wildlife Sanctuary and met many great Rotarians who also accompanied us to the temple at Somnath.
Traditional lunch at the home of Rotarian Hitesh Chaniyara

The team in front of the entrance to GIR Wildlife Sanctuary

We caught a lion waking up on our tour of the sanctuary

Day 8: Porbandar

We spent our second day in Porbandar exploring many important sites in the city, including the birthplace of Ghandi, temples at Hari Mandir, and Caves at Jambuvanti. We spent the evening visiting an industrial site and then attended at the Rotary Club of Ranavav.

Jessica, walking into the home where Mahatma Ghandi was born
Elliot and Ayo in front of Shri Hari Mandir

Ayo and Dana, swarmed by a group of school children

Entrance to the caves at Jambuvanti
Prakasam, presenting at the Rotary Club of Ranavav