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Mar 29, 2005 - Macleodganj and the home of the Dalai Lama

Dawn here: Off to the home of the Dalai Lama. Now this train journey was a favourite as we ditched the plush first class trains and travelled on the standard train along with the rest of India! Our first 4 hours we were something of a celebrity group with heaps of Sikhs crowding around us to chat about life in the west, and of course cricket. You win many, many brownie points being an Australian travelling in India, as we have the common love of cricket. The drawback being that every thing that you do, be it buying food, train tickets or...

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Mar 16, 2005 - Shimla

Mic here: Shimla was our redemtion. Day 101 March the 16th is travel day. Taxi drops us at the station in the dark 0650. We have arrived from a different direction into a sea of little black Ambassador taxis all parked in different directions. Apparently this is the rear of the station where taxis then wait for a ride out. Anyway we are completely lost. A well spoken Indian man seeks us out and offers assistance. Determined not to become jaded but with my hand on my wallet and an eye for ensuring we get to the station, we allow him to guide...

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Mar 14, 2005 - Shimla

Shimla is a former British colonial town in the foothills of the Himalayas. At 2,000 metres, getting there involes a breathtaking train journey snaking through the mountains. The views were amazing all the way and the slow pace made it an enjoyable journey. Being so high, it was a cold place, surrounded in the distance by snow-capped peaks. We also claim that the altitude was affecting our ability to walk up the endless hills but we suspect fitness levels may have something to do with it. Shimla was a welcome break from the hectic Indian...

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Feb 5, 2005 - Road trip to Mcleod Ganj

After 3 hours sleep we finally embarked on a 12-hour jeep ride up to Mcleod Ganj, the foot hills of the Indian Himalayas. My companions are; Ketty, her sister Diana and her boyfriend Pete. We were "educated", in the finer details of Indian driving. I came up with a list of " Indian Road Rules", that all Indians fervently adhere too: 1) Horns are to be used at All times. Whether it be too; worn a truck that your behind, scare a cow out of your path, hail a friend, overtake a car in front of you. Or simply use for the hell of it, horns are...

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Albs In the Himalaya

Feb 2, 2005 - The Himalayas

From the sun and sand to the snow and cold in two days. Didn't I leave Alaska to get away from the stuff? From Delhi it was a full day of railin' and bussin' up to Amritsar, near the Pakistan border. Indian train rides are endlessly entertaining, though they can test your nerves. The cheapest class is the best: you can stick lean out of the cars and let the wind blow through your hair as the countryside passes by, the people are the lively and friendly, every train stop is a circus of young boys parading through shrieking about the goods...

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Jan 8, 2005 - Mcleodganj

Greetings from Mcloadganj, home of the Tibetian Government in exile. This is a beautiful and peaceful place. My hotel is a little off the beaten path with helps, and has a magnificant view of valley. I am at the top of a mountain about 6000ft for so and can see for what must be miles and miles around. Behind me I can see the snow white caps of the beginning of the Himalayan Mountains. Beautiful! The town itself is a bit crowded, tourists seem as plentiful as locals, but still not nearly as overwhelming as Delhi or Amritsar. The only way I...

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Dec 8, 2004 - Our first view of the Himalayas

We had arranged fora car to take us from Amritsar to Himachel Pradesh today. We left a little later than planned as there was a problem with the first car, but fianlly we got underway and bid th Punjab goodbye. The countryside was pretty flat and green for several hours but finally in the distance the mountains of the Himalayas! Its the first time I've seen them - I think its the last great mountain range for me after the Rockies, Andes and Alps. McLeod Gange is right on the foothills, with the mountains rising up to the north. Its a small...

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Oct 2, 2004 - Manali - Keep on Trekking!

We left Mcleod Ganj last Friday - both slightly depressed if truth be known. Although Mcleod Ganj was in the mountains and therefore cool - in our opinion there was not much else going for it. If anyone remembers the Grungey group of adolescents that used to hang out during A-levels and maybe the first year of University and you never saw them again...well I always thought they had simply changed clothes, grown up a bit, well no! they all emigrated to Mcleod Ganj. The sight of 20 and 30 something men and women all dressed up in the...

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Oct 2, 2004 - Shimla

Oct 2, 2004 I got the bike and am on the road!! It's not so bad. There is a flow to it all. I received bad news concerning business today so I may be coming home earlier than I thought, much earlier. I have been on my deathbed for the last three days. I don't understand it. I traveled in India for three months in the past and never got sick once. Now I am here for a week and I am very ill. I think it may have something to do with me being extremely sick in Burma a few years back. Weakened system. The bike seems to be running fine, but...

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Kevin Vs India

Sep 19, 2004 - Delhi-Mcleod Ganj

What a night...more like what a nightmare! We arrived yesterday morning at 7.30am, 14 hours after we boarded the bus and 15 hours after we left our hotel. We booked the middle seats 17,18 - in the middle of the bus, great we thought... guess what, no numbers on the seats and 17,18 had 'gone' already. Luckily Debbie and Mike had warned us about such procedures and I had handled putting the luggage aboard while Em got on the bus. We settled for a seat near the middle. It was not really a suprise to hear almost every single one of the next 20...

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Sep 9, 2004 - Leh - Manali

I decided to take the bus back which was going to take 3 days, but goes through some amazing scenery. The bus left at 4.30am. I was told by the guesthouse owner that it would be light enough to walk to the bus station, but when I woke up it was still dark so I had to find my way out of the guesthouse and to the main road, which was through lots of dark side streets, in the total darkness! The first bus journey took 14 hours, and then we stopped for sleep at basic tent accomodation, there was 12 of us crammed in one tent, it only cost 50p...

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Gemma's RTW trip

Aug 28, 2004 - Manali

I arrived in Manali in the morning after a surprisingly comfortable 15 hour journey in a local bus. Unfortunately my bike had not enjoyed the same level of comfort: when it came down from the roof of the bus one of the brake levers had snapped, there was a dent in the frame and numerous scratches. Eventually this necessitated a trip back to Delhi to pick up some new brake levers (shipped from the UK). I had a few frustrating days in Manali before I realized that the brake levers could not be shipped there. Many years ago, when the locals...

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Genty's Asia - 2004

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