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May 15, 2017 - agra/manali

Holy smokes.  It's been the best couple of weeks!! Right now I'm writing from a bus to Rishikesh.. it's about 9am, and about 6 hr bus ride. I'm sitting beside a cute little girl who's dad took a picture of us together, of course. So when I last wrote I was on the way to Agra I think. We took the train 3rd class and it was hot as balls. I was booked a window seat on the inside of 3 seats facing 3 seats so I was part of a family for about 7 hours. I feel like I already wrote about it but it has stuck in my mind obviously haha. Anyway. Agra is...

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Oct 2, 2016 - Dharamsala, Indes

Lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/7Prsr5rodxxVbWbB8 Dharamsala est une ville du nord de l'Inde, située dans l'État de l'Himachal Pradesh. Elle est parfois appelée la petite Lhassa car elle est la terre d'accueil du 14e Dalaï-lama, Tenzin Gyatso, actuellement en exil du Tibet. Notre séjour dans ce haut lieu du bouddhisme est tombé au hasard durant la présence du Dalaï-lama en ville. Sa présence ajouta donc une note d'effervescence et de fête avec la venue de milliers de visiteurs pour...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Manali, Himalayas - Inde

Le lien à l'album photos en ligne pour Manali: Link to the online photo album for Manali: https://goo.gl/photos/YBH6ibD7AjPswqyB7 Manali, avec son altitude de 7,200 pieds, était une destination qu'on a ajoutée à notre itinéraire suite aux suggestions de notre guide. Quelle belle surprise!!! Passionés de montagnes et de sentiers pédestres, nous avons été bien servis par une superbe météo et des sentiers à nous étourdir. Comme nous étions aux pieds des Himalayas, nous pouvions facilement observer les sommets enneigés tout autour de...

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Sep 27, 2016 - Shimla, Himalayas - Inde

Lien à l'album en ligne pour Shimla / Link to the online photo album for Shimla: https://goo.gl/photos/EXePkc7Wsvp4m6wa8 Les trois prochaines mises-à-jours traitent de nos arrêts au pieds des Himalayas. On parle ici de routes montagneuses, sommets enneigés et de villages berbères. Aurevoir les 40C de Delhi pour un confortable 20C le jour et plus frais le soir. Shimla avec ses cafés de rues, églises de pierres blanches et centre-ville piétonnier ressemblait plus à un village de montagne européen qu'à une ville indienne. Notre guide Pradeed...

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Nov 14, 2015 - Tibetan Buddhists in Dharamsala

I was so optimistic about going to Dharamsala; I had done a lot of reading about the Tibetan government in exile and the backpacker scene there. What I found there was a wonderful community of Tibetans, and a long-lasting friendship with a backpacking family; Michelle, Jason, and 10-year-old James Marshall (sound familiar?). James even maintains his own website (something I could never get Christopher to do). First, India reared its ugly head. We arrived to the bus station in Simla almost an hour early (based on the suggestion of our host)....

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Nov 11, 2015 - Diwali and Monkey Trauma in Simla

Everyone who has taken the trains in India has at least one horrendous, delayed for hours story, and of course, we were no exception. The setting: Old Delhi station. The time: Midnight until the wee hours of the morning, Diwali. The struggle: We arrive and one of our backpacks is ripped. We manage to find a small toehold of floor space and I try to sew the backpack while one guy is on his cellphone coughing on me so much that I can actually feel his spit spewing on my face. They never cover their mouths here. Hence, the bandana. Luckily, he...

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Jun 15, 2015 - 10 June 2015 - Shoja

We continue our journey into the Himalayas today, driving towards our bush camp near Shoja. We travelled through picturesque villages perched precariously on the impossibly steep slopes, surrounded by apple trees and veggie gardens. The hills were so steep it makes you wonder how they got building materials up here to build the houses. And a bit of excitement today - we saw our first snow covered peaks in the distance on the way to the Jalori Pass (3135m)! Our "bush camp" was very civilised and set among pine trees and masses of irises in...

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Jun 15, 2015 - 11 June 2015 - Manali

The storm blew itself out overnight and we awoke to blue skies - the monsoon hasn't reached us yet but is only a few weeks away. We were woken today with coffee and tea brought to our tent, then bowls of hot water for washing, then a huge breakfast was served in the dining tent - porridge, omelets, fruit, toast, pranthas, tea, coffee, ginger tea. Then back on the road, which fortunately had dried out since the rain overnight. The road again was narrow and dirt and many times we came face to face with another bus coming the other way. Then...

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Jun 15, 2015 - 12 June 2015 - Jisper

On the road early to beat the traffic to Rohtang Pass. This is a favourite spot for Indians to come and see the snow and as it is school holidays here the road was very busy. Traffic jams all the way, and as we were advised to drink plenty of water (4 litres a day) as we are at altitude, it was very interesting when the bladder was full and there was nowhere to go! Only a certain number of vehicles are allowed to go to the snowfields at the top of the pass at any one time and we had to wait for a while to get to the top. The traffic was...

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Jun 9, 2015 - 8 June 2015 - Shimla

A 6.15am start on Monday morning to catch the train from Delhi to Chandigarh. At this time of the morning the roads were fairly quiet, the temperature hot and steamy but not overwhelmingly so and the station was not too chaotic, and we found our seats with no problem. We were in Chandigarh by 11.30am and transferred to our air conditioned (sometimes) bus - very unDragoman like! On the way to Shimla we had the opportunity to ride on the Kalka - Shimla toy train, a narrow gauge railway which snakes its way up into the mountains through 103...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Free time in Shimla

Much better weather so met Raju at 10 to trek up to The Jakhu Temple of Hunaman, the Monkey God. Challenging at times due to the altitude, at 2500 m high. Macaque monkeys in evidence everywhere & the temple overrun by them. Before entering the temple removed shoes & washed hands. After hearing the tale of Hunaman we rang the bell for good luck and received a blessing from the monk. We treated the monkeys with caution as they can be aggressive. Although Raju did feed them with some dried chick peas. Another climb took us to the highest point...

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Oct 14, 2014 - Explore Shimla

Woke up to unseasonal rain, wind and no visibility! Layers of clothing required, including our Rock Choir T-shirt! Raja, our charming guide, took us first to the Vice Regal Lodge! Built over 4 years by the British Raj & completed in 1888. The Lodge contains polished brass fire hydrants imported from Manchester! That fact especially for you Stuart :-) The lodge was furnished with massive amounts of Burmese teak - hence the hydrants! Shimla was once the centre of power for the whole of the Indian sub-continent. The agreement for the...

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