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Jul 17, 2015 - Aankomst in Delhi

Aangekomen op vliegveld Delhi. De KLM vlucht was relaxed. Leuke films. Niks aan de hand. Time flies when you’re having fun. Geroutineerde reizigers als wij zijn liepen we fluitend het vliegtuig uit, nazwaaiend naar de crew. En toen moesten we lopen, lopen en nog eens lopen. Half 1 ‘s nachts en lekker vochtig en warm. Niet getreurd. Doorlopen en vrolijk aansluiten in de rij. Oeps. Wel een hele lange rij. Zeg maar gerust rijen. De rij met locals was nog langer dan die van de foreign passports, dus dat was voor veel Indiërs blijkbaar reden om...

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Jun 28, 2015 - 25 June 2015 - Unexpectedly back in Delhi

We were up bright and early to get on the road to Jammu and beat the traffic. Lots of police checkpoints and armed soldiers on the road, also flooding from the rain over the last two days. We managed to get through the flooded roads, only to be stopped because of 5 major landslides on the road ahead. After many hurried phone calls it was decided that the only way was to go back to Srinigar and catch a plane back to Delhi. At this point our bus driver decided to go on strike and refused to take us back through the flood water! He would...

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Jun 7, 2015 - 7 June 2015 - Delhi

Here we are at the start of another trip, this time going north from Delhi into Ladakh and Kashmir. It was a bit of a hassle getting here, our plane from Sydney was late so we missed our connection in Guangzhou and had to stay in China overnight. They put us on the first plane this morning so we arrived in Delhi around 11am. It's very hot here, it hits you in the face as soon as you go out of the door. But we are told it will be cooler up in the mountains where we are going, and could even be very cold so I'm glad I brought a big jacket and...

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Mar 20, 2015 - 2nd Day in India

My second day finds me waking up late and, after a quick breakfast of tea and a rice pudding known as Congee, walking through the streets of Delhi. There are streets vendors selling colorful cloths made of silk, bushels of of exotic spices hanging in thatched-roof shops and assaulting the street with their smells, and bicycles and motorcycles and animals pulling carts full of brass ware down the crowded streets at alarming speeds; I narrowly avoided getting run over by a donkey carrying woven rugs on its back. I quickly learn that there is...

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Mar 20, 2015 - 3rd Day in India

Today finds me taking a cab to the India Gate just east of New Delhi. The history of it is fascinating - a gigantic archway constructed entirely of stone to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. I try to take as many pictures as I can before I remember all the other sights I have yet to see and how I need to save each memory in a photograph - that, and the fact that memory on my phone is limited. Another cab ride and I'm at the Lotus temple where I wander and take...

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Mar 19, 2015 - Leaving for India

Our plane left from the Charlotte airport late Saturday evening at around 6:45 and landed in Munich, Germany at 9:50 AM where there was an expected 2 hour layover. Just enough to time to get snacks! We boarded our next flight to New Delhi at 11:50 AM and arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport around 11 PM. I am tired and exhausted but very excited as I take a cab to the Taj Palace Hotel and watch the city rush around me. Bars and nightclubs pound music out into the street as we whiz by on the freeway with little attention to...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Back to Delhi and Home via Qatar

Monday 9th March 2015 Our flight back to Delhi is not until 4.30pm so we ask to have a late check-out but we only get an extra hour to 1pm as the room has guests coming. Still we make the most use of the pool and facilities for the morning and a nice snack lunch – yes with beer and wine before boarding the ferry to get picked up for the short 45 minute drive to the airport. We think this is the last time we will see Shankar – so he gets his usual tip and a bonus and we write a wee note saying this is for your son’s education fund. The...

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Feb 25, 2015 - India - Delhi

The start of our first trip to India. 25th Feb 2015 It's dry enough for us to walk up to Haymarket to get the bus out to the airport. Check in was slow as they could not find our Frequent Flyer details. The business lounge was quiet, there are now three at the airport and as we were flying Business class with Qatar we were given a complimentary glass of champagne as well as other food and drink. The flight boarded early, more champagne, and food and drink orders taken, all very civilised. The business class layout on the Dreamliner is a...

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Jan 20, 2015 - Welcome to India - Delhi

Tonight we arrived in India..and what a contrast to Dubai. As our bus leaves the airport you see incredible poverty, dirt roads, tin shacks, cars that have long since seen better days and people and stray dogs wondering everywhere. The traffic is unbelievable, our big bus manoeuvers its way on this narrow semi paved road past auto rickshaws (like the TukTuk), bicycles, stray dogs and people who just walk right in front of the traffic to cross the street. Our guide welcomes us with “Welcome to India and Good Luck to you” !! The 45 minutes to...

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Dec 4, 2014 - Bhai Dooj

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Bhai Dooj is a prominent Hindu festival when women pray to the Gods for long and prosperous lives for their brothers. It is celebrated two days after the popular festival of Diwali, The Festival of Lights. Ideally a sister meets with some or all of her brothers, places a line of sindoor on their foreheads and feeds them some sweets with her own hand. I suspect that Bhai Dooj is held so soon after Diwali because typically the family tries to be together for this major lunar festival in winter. The brother(s) give her...

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Nov 28, 2014 - 70 Not Out!

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We planned our trip to Myanmar in conjunction with an important visit to India. Anil’s brother was due to turn 70 years of age on November 23rd and his two sons, Chetan and Puneet planned a major celebration for him. Arun was the first person in his family to complete 70 years of a healthy life and we all wanted to gather to wish him many, many more happy years to come. Anil’s father, Prem Kishen Kapoor had died suddenly on December 24, 1980 after many years of complications from Type II diabetes. He was only 64...

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Nov 27, 2014 - Delhi, India

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We arrived in Delhi as part of the advance group in order to get ready for the party for Anil’s brother’s 70th birthday. We had been travelling in France, Italy and the Mediterranean before joining a 10-day of Myanmar with the Smiling Albinos, a tour company run by a couple of Canadian guys from Calgary. We had already done three other trips with them and had been encouraging them to expand their offerings into Myanmar. After starting out in Thailand, they eventually added Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal to their...

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