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Trip: India

There are [17] stories from my trip: India


India - Jodhpur

INDIA | Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | Views [676]

Jodhpur was about 5 hours by train. It is the second largest city in Ragisthan and is known as “the Blue City”. Most of the buildings are painted blue. The reason being that blue supposedly does not attract bugs. When we arrived at ... Read more >


India - Pushkar

INDIA | Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | Views [407]

We had stayed in Jaipur longer than expected and finally it was time to move on. We booked a train to Pushkar. The train does not go to Pushkar but stops in Ajmer. From there it is a short 1/2 hour taxi ride through a winding canyon. Pushkar ... Read more >


India - Abhaneri

INDIA | Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | Views [424]

We took a day trip to Ahbaneri to see the step well that was built in the 9 th century. It has 11 levels of zigzagging steps leading down to the water 20 meters below. Around the 13 th century a palace was built onto one side. It was used by royals ... Read more >


India - Jaipur

INDIA | Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | Views [1135]

  Our 22:30 arrival in Delhi was your typical “Welcome to India”. The hotel Amax Guest House was true to their word that a boy with a card would meet us at gate 5. However, when we got to the car, it had a flat tire. Of course ... Read more >


India - Kolkata

INDIA | Saturday, 25 Sep 2010 | Views [700]

When we got to Kolkata I guarded the bags while the kids went to find a hotel.  One thing that was noticably different in Kolkata was the lack of cows in the street.  Apparently, the city has removed the cows - maybe to a pasture??:)  ... Read more >


India - Siliguri

INDIA | Thursday, 23 Sep 2010 | Views [453]

It had been raining the entire time we were in Pelling. The washed out road situation did not improve. In fact, the roads were the worst any of us had ever experienced not only in India, but anywhere. My sore arm and elbow really took a beating. By the ... Read more >


India - Pelling

INDIA | Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | Views [625]

Google Maps explain why the 120 km journeys took 5-6 hours.  It will make you dizzy. We decided to head to Pelling.  Although all weather reports from internet, travellers, and locals indicated that the forecast was for more rain, ... Read more >


India - Gangtok

INDIA | Saturday, 18 Sep 2010 | Views [471]

Sikkim is an area that was its own country up until the mid 70’s, and then they were kind of bribed to become part of India.   They were given loads of money for infrastructure (real sidewalks!) and have maintained an almost national park ... Read more >


India - Darjeeling

INDIA | Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | Views [538]

  Darjeeling is 2200 meters above sea level and is a cool 22C.   We had to get our fleeces out, as we had just left Bodhgaya with 42C.   It rained most of the time we were there, and had to make sure we brought our umbrellas ... Read more >


India - Bodhgaya

INDIA | Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | Views [581]

This is where the Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree and became enlightened. Mahabodhi   Mahavihara is a world heritage site and   a Buddhist pilgrimage site.   A sapling of the original tree sits in the exact spot.   The entire ... Read more >


India - Varanasi

INDIA | Monday, 13 Sep 2010 | Views [664]

If you have the ability to zoom in on the pictures I post, do so, as there is usually a lot more going on than initially meets the eye.   Varanasi is a sensory overload.   Unfortunately, I can only offer you the visual, but while selecting ... Read more >


My "I Hate India Day"

INDIA | Friday, 10 Sep 2010 | Views [606]

I knew it was coming.    Apparently everyone gets them from time to time.   It usually is a culmination of days and events, not just a single day.   Today was that ‘last straw’ day.   I tried to be non-judgemental ... Read more >


India - Agra

INDIA | Thursday, 9 Sep 2010 | Views [698] | Comments [1]

We had only the Lonely Planet to help us find a place to stay.   Our tuktuk driver, from the train, made a recommendation (I’m sure for a finding fee) that was a bit more than we wanted to pay.   Len scouted out the room and came ... Read more >


India - Delhi

INDIA | Saturday, 4 Sep 2010 | Views [751]

We arrived at the stop for this particular bus company – basically a hole-in-the-wall shop on the previously mentioned busy street.   We asked directions to the Tibetan Village, where we intended to stay; straight down the street, take your ... Read more >


India - More McLeod Ganj

INDIA | Saturday, 4 Sep 2010 | Views [509]

Tibet is not allowed to fly its flag in Tibet; therefore it is stuck on just about every conceivable surface in McLeod Ganj.   The Chinese are doing their very best to kill the Tibetan way of life, culture, traditions and language.  ... Read more >


India - McLeod Ganj (Dharmsala)

INDIA | Wednesday, 1 Sep 2010 | Views [691] | Comments [3]

We took the public bus from Amritsar to Pathankot, and then transferred to Dharamsala. It is only about 190 km but it took us 8 hours to get here. The roads are narrow, winding and not always paved plus it is the milk-run (stop at every little ... Read more >


India - Amritsar

INDIA | Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | Views [636] | Comments [3]

I arrived in Delhi and just getting off the airplane the heat hit me.   When I walked outside the airport BAM!   The hot air just hits like walking into a blast oven.    The wind was no relief.   Instant sweat.....  ... Read more >