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Oct 27, 2005 - Manali - Ghost Town

On the way to Manali we had a birst tire that they repared on the side of the road. Arrived at 7.30 and was welcomed by the mob. Our hotel was in the Old Manali that was already shut for the winter. We had to find another place to stay in the New Manali. We haven't done a lot here as we did not have much time. Went for walk and Tibetian dinner to celebrate Steve's birthday again. Manali is a beatiful place and we wish we had more time there. Na ceste do Manali jsme meli poruchu. Jen prasklou gumu kterou oni pri ceste opravili. Dojeli jsme v...

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Tripping 2005/06

Oct 19, 2005 - Dalai Lama Hunting

His Holiness the Dalai Lama lives in exile in McCloud-Ganj a bit up the hill from Daramshala in India. I was lucky that HH was "in residence" when I was there, but alas I didn't get to see him. He does very few public audiences nowadays and it is very difficult to get to see him. I did visit his temple though and see plenty of other monks and minor Lamas. I found the morning student monks debating session very interesting. They empahasise the points they are making by a big flourish and clap of the hands. It makes it look like they are...

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Sep 23, 2005 - Back in Bhagsu

WOW! If anyone ever decides to go to India, you HAVE to go on a Jeep Safari, with Himalayan Adventures, in New Manali. Hannah and i got a Jeep, driver, cook (really good one too) a guide, tent, sleeping bags, brekkie, packed lunch, dinner, for about $360! for 5 nights, 6 days! We had fished around, one place was offering th same for about $800 and another, cheap price, but accomodation was in lodges and not included. Anyway, we started off from Manali, headed through the Lahaul Valley, to Kaza, some 200km away. It was a brilliant sunny...

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Sep 21, 2005 - Shimla, India

We took the mountain train called Himalayan Queen from Kalka to Shimla on the advice of Sanjay the hotel owner in Delhi. What a fantastic ride through rural villages and beautiful mountain peaks. There were ridge sections of the track where on both sides of the train you could see for miles. The landscape here is not at all like what you might imagine India to be. This feels more like the swiss alps to me. The town we are staying in is called Shimla and is where many Indians come for their honeymoons or to vacation. The elevation is high;...

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Sep 15, 2005 - Off to the Spiti Valley

We are in Manali now, staying in a cute, but smewhat dodgy backpackers hostel. But where else could you get million dollar views of the Mountains, for just over $4 a night! :D han and i just booked a 6 day jeep safari through the spiti valley, including jeep, driver, cook, possibly a guide, sleeping bags, tents. etc, for a very good price. am sooo excited to do this, deserts, glaciers, remote villages, massive lakes... travelers dream!

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Sep 14, 2005 - Leaving Ladakh

View the map for this story It has been a while since we last emailed and much has happened. Before our trek across Rupshu we decided that it was time that we moved on from Ladakh. There are few options for leaving, flying or taking the bus to either Manali or Srinagar are the main choices. Flying wasn't really an option as there are few flights and they were all booked up until mid September and it was not yet August. The bus option to Manali is the one that most people fear as the road is very dangerous and takes you over many high...

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Sep 12, 2005 - Dharamsala

Dharamsala 13.10 Cette destination était très attendue par nous tous. En effet, il y a 5 ans, à la même période, nous y avons passé 2 mois inoubliables où les enfants allaient au jardin d'enfants tous les matins, Marie se rendait à la « library » pour des cours de philosophie et de langue tibétaine et Pierre faisait du yoga. A notre arrivée nous nous sommes donc rendus chez Tenzin Dolma qui tient un guest house et qui nous louait la chambre lors du dernier séjour. Elle ne sera là qu'à partir du lendemain car elle a rendu visite à son fils...

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Sep 7, 2005 - Manali - Vashisht, India

Der Busfahrer bring sein Gefaehrt zum fliegen und in Rekordzeit passieren wir wieder den Rohtang La. Unterwegs? Genau: fantastische Mondlandschaften, bizarre Felsformationen, Fluesse, Paesse, etc. etc. (siehe die letzten Texte). Nach dem Rohtang La ist dann aber leider bereits Schluss mit lustig. Bei einem Strassenposten wartet eine Busladung Menschen welche zurueck wollen und da sie schon eine ganze Zeit lang warten, muessen wir unseren Bus zur Verfuegung stellen, so dass dieser zurueckfahren kann. Nun warten wir auf den naechsten Bus....

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Far far away...

Aug 31, 2005 - Dharamsala

We're in the home of the Dalai Lama, and i'm going to follow in his footsteps and be the embodiment of compassion. This wasn't how i felt on our bus journey here from Manali. We travelled on a luxury bus (which means two seats together not three and the seats recline)which left at 7.30pm and would arrive in Dharamsala at 4.30am. Well i was sat in front of a guy who had deemed it part of his spiritual enlightenment to not wash for 2 months, god did he smell bad! and a group of young guys who decided they were going to smoke their chillum for...

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Aug 30, 2005 - Dharamsala/ Mcleod Ganj, India

Well about the meditating.....Dan left yesterday and returned to the hotel where Sam was staying. Something about legs not bending, I can't sit for hours at a time doing nothing. Do they have a meditation for people with ADD? Anyway, bye Ben and Amit we will see you back in Delhi. We are off to Dehi then Jaipur tomorrow night.

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Aug 23, 2005 - In Manali with the hippies

Shimla's a bit dull. Even when you're staying in five star hotels. So onwards and upwards to Manali, an eight hour drive north into the Indian Himalaya proper. We hired a 4x4 and driver for the journey, and shared the cost with a very pleasant couple from Calcutta, who were on their annual holidays. They looked after us very well, advising us what to eat from the roadside stalls, and teaching us the correct etiquette when getting blessed at the wayside temples (apparently this is vital if you don't want your vehicle to disappear down the...

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Jul 30, 2005 - Shimla

We finally arrived in Delhi 3 days ago, and it was so so good to see all of our friends again, if not a bit surreal seeing them in this alien place. Delhi seemed really mad, even more than China, the abundance of cows on the city's streets took a bit of getting used to! We left the capital after 2 nights at 5 am to catch the Himalayan Queen train up north to Shimla, the place where the entire British government used to decamp to in the summer to escape the heat of Delhi. It took an age to get up here, on what must be one of the steepest...

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