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Nov 19, 2015 - Camel Fair

It's 6:30 am and we're sitting on the bus waiting for the tour members to settle up their bar tabs from the last two nights of 'glamping' here in the Thar dessert of Pushkar. We have stayed in large canvas tents, with twin beds, and adjoining flush toilets and showers (with hot water between 7 and 8 o'clock). The bedding provided was over-the-top. 2 very heavy comforters and a very soft blanket. In fact, the comforters were so heavy (maybe stuffed with camel hair?) that I had to discard one, in order to be able to roll over. The peacock is...

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Nov 17, 2015 - The Pink City

Jaipur has 4 million people and is called the Pink City. It used to be all white from whitewash, but it was blinding in the dessert sun, and during an official visit from some long ago dignitary, someone ground up some of the local rock and added it to the whitewash making it a browny, tawny, ochre colour which fades in the sun to a lighter colour that some foreigners call pink. And thus the nickname of 'the pink city', as opposed to Jodphur, which is called the 'blue city'. We set off early to get to the line-up before 8 am to ride...

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Nov 15, 2015 - Jaipur

The train from Delhi to Jaipur was late in arriving at our station, so we were entertainment for lots of Indian families who wanted more photos of Brian. We had 2 minutes for all of us to board before the train began pulling out of the station. We had AC coach chairs. Rather grubby, and our seats faced backwards the whole way! But I didn't have to do the difficult booking, and I'm enjoying turning the reigns over to the tour company. We did however, have breakfast included, which I scarfed down, and Brian declined, due to the greasy look to...

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Nov 14, 2015 - Busy Days

Saturday was the 150th birth anniversary of Nehru, plus it fell on the weekend, and is called Children's Day, dedicated to kids. So the Delhi traffic was 'light' comparatively speaking with it's 12 million cars, for our city bus tour, as many people were enjoying the holiday or going to the parks with their kids. Seems to be a lot of holidays in this country. The group they have put us in is composed of about 32 people with about 6 of us coming from Canada. The lady from Vancouver fainted after her long flight as she got out of the vehicle...

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Nov 13, 2015 - Luxury

Okay, so now we are feeling guilt of another vice. Luxury. Is that a bad one? We were picked up at the Delhi airport by a tour representative from "World Spree", the company we booked through in March. Ramu took over my cart and pushed it out of the airport chattering away about how welcome we are in his beautiful city (which is in fact so thick with smog that it is almost hard to see across the street). He led us to the car park where we climbed into a luxurious AC cooled vehicle with comfy bucket seats, explaining the rules of India to...

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Nov 8, 2015 - Doing Delhi

Feeling much better, we had a relatively short train trip to Delhi. Our hostel was conveniently located a few minutes from the Old Delhi train station, near a subway stop. We were very wary of Delhi, as we had heard horror stories of fellow travelers being manipulated by unscrupulous "travel agents" and rickshaw drivers, who flat-out refused to take them to their desired accommodations and even convinced some into spending hundreds of dollars to leave the city. We knew it was the dirtiest city in the world (15 out of the top 20 are in...

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Oct 22, 2015 - More Masala Please

“If we didn’t already have our tour booked we would skip India altogether.” I've lost count of how many times either Lauren or I said that in the lead up to our trip to India. Any conversations we’d had with other travellers were divided into two camps - the lovers and the haters and those that love to hate India. There seemed to be more haters but our enthusiasm was not lost on India because of them, but rather because of the dangers for women. Especially western women and it seemed there was no shortage of people wanting to tell us this....

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Sep 23, 2015 - What Not to Miss While Volunteering in Delhi

Delhi has been one of the foremost chosen destination by overseas travelers, backpackers, and gap year travelers. Not just because it is the national capital and a metropolitan, but mainly because of the spectacular activities that one may get to do in Delhi; one of them is volunteering in Delhi. It carries a long historical and political background, and portrays several shades of life under one roof. If you are planning a trip to Delhi soon for volunteering (or for that matter any purpose), here is what not to miss: The magnificent...

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Jul 30, 2015 - The Imperial Hotel

We hebben gisteravond afscheid genomen van onze groep. Gezellig in een restaurantje met weinig wakkere obers. "Dit is geen rode wijn ober, dit is warme rosé. Neem maar weer mee". Dan maar witte wijn. "Deze witte wijn is warm ober, heeft u ook koude". Nu is nee zeggen een probleem hier dus het werd ja. Het duurde even. Bij de koffie kwam die aanzetten met een iets minder warme rode wijn. "Ober, heeft u die misschien in het vriesvak gelegd?". Ja zeggen zou geen probleem moeten zijn maar gezichtsverlies weer wel. Maar nee zeggen is ook weer...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Terug naar Delhi

Vanmorgen om kwart voor zeven aan het ontbijt en om kwart over zeven met een andere bus en andere chauffeur en bijrijder naar het vliegveld van Varanasi. Onze vaste driver en sidekick moesten een uurtje of 18 terugrijden naar Delhi en waren al weg. Het vliegveld was een oase van rust. Niet alleen voor Indiase begrippen. Er was echt geen mens te zien behalve airport medewerkers. Dan zo zou je denken dat ze ons groepje van 11 man vlot en efficiënt verwerken. Dat dan weer niet. Ze hebben alle tijd voor je en daarom gaan ze extra grondig...

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Jul 19, 2015 - Op weg naar Jaipur

Vanmorgen om half 9 weer in de bus. Het is een groot land en je wilt toch wat zien niet waar? We gingen meer dan 260 km rijden,ongeveer 6 uur richting Jaipur. Dwars door de woestijn waar het meer dan 40 graden is. Maar we stopten regelmatig en als je dan toch stopt dan doe je dat bij een tempel. Dit keer de Shira tempel met enorme Boeddha en Krishna beelden en offerplaatsen. Bien en ik hebben ook wierookstokjes gehaald en bloemetjes om te offeren “for a long and happy life”. Schoenen weer uit en offeren dus. Het ritueel hadden we aardig...

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Jul 18, 2015 - Dagje Delhi

Lekker vroeg op voor een dagje toeren door Delhi met de bus. We zagen direct dat alle clichés over Delhi waar zijn. Druk, vies, lawaaierig en heel veel Indiërs. Klinkt misschien minder leuk, maar dat is het juist wel. Iedereen wriemelt door elkaar heen en je kijkt je ogen uit. Te beginnen bij het verkeer. Zonder toeter overleef je het niet hier. Je moet wel aangeven dat je ergens langs wilt of aan kunnen geven dat je niet overreden wilt worden. Inhalen doe je waar het kan. Links, rechts, over de stoep, allemaal geen punt. Onze bus is groot...

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