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Around Delhi

INDIA | Sunday, 28 Oct 2007 | Views [367]

We never had the intention of staying long in Delhi - it is just too noisy and hectic for the tone we wanted to set. But since we were there it was worth having a quick look around and get a feel for the place. We were staying in an area called Karol ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Bus to Delhi

INDIA | Saturday, 27 Oct 2007 | Views [326]

I had a pleasant last morning in Lachsman Juhla - breakfast at a cafe overlooking the Ganges (Ganga View). I took a little half size bus through to Delhi in the afternoon - it was advertised as a deluxe 2X2 coach which was a bad description of the rattly, ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Lachsman Juhla

INDIA | Friday, 26 Oct 2007 | Views [585]

I warmed to Rishikesh a little as I found my way around. While the main places are swarming with people and noisy with Jeeps and scooters those who have been here a while can point you to the quieter spots. It's not really a spot to pass through you ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


INDIA | Thursday, 25 Oct 2007 | Views [506]

The bus stopped in Dehra Dun around 6:30 am - from there a decent walk to a connecting bus station, a short walk and then a small local bus only half full to Rishikesh. A short ride in a Vikrum (large autorickshaw) to Lachsman Juhla on the Ganges. Since ... Read more >

Tags: People

Om Mani Padme Hum

INDIA | Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007 | Views [1760]

After a filling healthy breakfast at a Tibetan restaurant I headed to the Tsuglagkang Complex, home of the Tibetan Government in Exile. The plight of the Tibetans is really tragic and it was a saddening experience to look through the museum which ... Read more >

Tags: philosophy of travel

First Glimpse of the Himalayas

INDIA | Tuesday, 23 Oct 2007 | Views [425]

I awoke fresh and happy and after some investigation decided to take a walk via a small nearby town called Dharmakot into the mountains to a camping place called Truind which was supposed to be about 4-5 hours away. It was a pleasant walk, firstly ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors

On the road

INDIA | Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | Views [640]

After the second visit to the Golden Temple and the time in Jallianwala Bagh, I decided it was time to move on from Amritsar so went back to my guest house to check out. On the way back I bought a couple of post cards and stopped at the post office to ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Striking Gold

INDIA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [1217]

By far the highlight of the trip so far has been the visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar. In fact it ranks highly amongst the best of any trip I have been on. I went there without a lot of knowledge about the place. It had been recommended to me ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Cross Border Conflict

INDIA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [772]

There is a very nice comfortable airconditioned train running from Delhi to Amritsar. I was there on time, found the ticket counter without too much trouble and had a very pleasant relaxing trip - a morning paper, a bottle of water, a breakfast snack ... Read more >

Tags: Philosophy of travel

A rickshaw experience

INDIA | Sunday, 21 Oct 2007 | Views [503]

Sitting at the bus stop listening to the noise of the car horns, the terrible loud music, the locals yelling at each other and on mobiles, smelling the stale piss and the pollution I was happy. I caught myself though, and remembered how the Australians ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

I've been to Bundi too

INDIA | Saturday, 20 Oct 2007 | Views [418]

Actually Bundi wasn't bad in terms of tourist etc., but I couldn't get the Redgum song out of my head as I checked around the various shops to find out about hiring a motorbike or a scooter to spend the day looking around the outskirts of Bundi. There ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


INDIA | Friday, 19 Oct 2007 | Views [364]

It was still very dark when the bus arrived in Bundi. I had met a Chilean couple on the way and we wandered towards the few dim lights in the city. There were two touts from guest houses waiting so we followed one of them to look at his rooms. This was ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Around Udaipur

INDIA | Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | Views [585]

I had slept well and woke up in good cheer. I had decided now that I would miss Pushkar because of the lost night and head off to Bundi to be there on time for the Deshalla festival. I had a lazy morning then took a long walk around the lake and through ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

There and Back again

INDIA | Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | Views [522]

I had a good nights sleep and felt like it was time to "push on" and so decided to visit one of the many travel agents that line the streets near where I was staying. But first a quick breakfast at a "German" Bakery that sold me ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

Lal Ghat

INDIA | Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | Views [433]

I arrived quite early , and at that stage was very keen just to keep moving through heading north to Punjab. The train had been long and tiring but momentum was driving me onwards. I spent some time at the ticket office - but couldn't get the right connections ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing

A long train ride to Udaipur

INDIA | Monday, 15 Oct 2007 | Views [732]

I didn't want to hang around long in Mumbai - so headed off as soon as I had woken and showered to the reservation office to investigate getting ways of getting to Udaipur. I was staying in cobala and the walk to the office took me past 'The Oval' in ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Getting There -eventually

INDIA | Sunday, 14 Oct 2007 | Views [506]

After three weeks at home I was starting to feel settled again... well almost. I was surprisingly nervous about leaving this time, being away for so long and a lot of the time on my own. So a few days of sad goodbyes and the inevitable "am I doing ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

The trip home

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | Views [417]

We slept well at the Raddison, had a long breakfast and then took the shuttle into the Santiago. We were surprised by how deserted everything looked and later discovered that the whole country goes on holiday at that time of year and only food and hospitality ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Winding Down

PERU | Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | Views [464]

The next couple of days were really just winding down and getting ready to head home. Macchu Picchu had been the climax of the trip and we were happy and tired. On the 17th I wasn't feeling very well and spent the morning recovering in our room while ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Macchu Picchu

PERU | Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | Views [515]

So this was the day we had been waiting for - and the main reason we had chosen this part of the world for the current trip. Our visit to the Inca City Macchu Picchu. We arose at 5:00 to walk to the top , though a noisy neighbour (obviously happy with ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

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