Udaipur (India)
A return to India, this time with Mom

The driver tossed our bags into the trunk of a white Ambassador cab and pressed his palms together. "Welcome to India, sir. Is this your wife?" "No, she's my mother." Mom giggled; neither of us was sure whether the driver's motivation was flattery or innocence. But it was an encouraging start to an adventure I had planned with anticipation and anxiety. Bringing my mother to India had seemed an inspired idea. I'd wanted to give her something spectacular for her 75th birthday: an eight-day tour around northern India's signature sites -- Delhi, the palaces of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal -- and of the country that had so profoundly altered my own...