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Oct 6, 2016 - Amritsar - Le Temple D'Or

Lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/ag4T1RQtExCtaQeeA Notre arrêt dans ce haut lieu de la religion Sikhs fût rempli de surprises pour tous les sens. La chaleur torride, l'éclat des pierres roses des édifices et les plus beaux vêtements traditionnels donnaient à Amritsar un air de fête. Ce n'est qu'en s'approchant du Temple d'Or que l'on apperçoit le côté hautement religieux de la ville. Le Temple d'Or est le nom informel du Harmandir Sahib, l'édifice le plus sacré des Sikhs, situé au cœur...

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Feb 15, 2016 - Bus to Chandigarh

2/15 Went to Hotel Flyover for breakfast...American style, juice, omelets, toast, jam, and tea. Back to Hotel Ashirvad where we had spent the night. We got our bags and walked the short distance to the bus station. Our bus heading to Chandigarh was loading as we arrived...got seats close to the front and within 10 minutes we were on our way @ 11 a.m. ____ Only two hours on a toll way and we pulled into Chandigarh, a totally planned city of over a million. Quite a shock entering this very organized, planned layout. The bus station is quite...

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Nov 20, 2015 - Amazing Amritsar

Amritsar turned out to be such a surprise. Being close to Dharamsala and seeing that it had an airport, Fran and I planned to fly from Amritsar down to Kerala. Based on recommendations from Nick (our Endeavour overland driver/owner) and Keith (our fellow overlander), we decided to stay for a few days and check out some of the sights. We are so glad we did! Despite the early morning departure (5 am, yawn!), our bus left Dharamsala and arrived in Amritsar without incident, where we were greeted at our hostel sooo enthusiastically by Sandy...

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Jun 28, 2015 - 26 June 2015 - Amritsar

It was decided the only way for us to get to Amritsar, our last stop on this trip, was to fly, so early Friday morning we were back at the airport for the one hour flight. We couldn't all get on the same flight so some went early and the rest of us took the next flight, which was delayed an hour or so. A bus met us at the airport to ferry us around for the day. Our first visit was to the Golden Temple, the most important place for Sikhs. What an amazing sight, the gold plated temple set on a lake. And so many people - many of them here for...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Ludhiana and Anandpur

Thom, Mok, and Kari arrived in Ludhiana in time to go out for dinner to celebrate Parveen’s and Roger’s 40th wedding anniversary at the Hyatt’s Tannur restaurant (signature Indian cuisine). Fabulous food with great friends. Their home in Ludhiana is Parveen’s family home – the home she grew up in. It is a beautiful newly renovated home and sits on acres of land; Mok (and now Thom) has been constantly asking her to deed him an acre since she had many more than she needs – says he/they. Thom then became the hired gun negotiator, only asking...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Amritsar

Getting close to the end of our trip……. We - Mok, Thom and Kari, left Ludhiana to drive to Amritsar, where we met Mok’s cousin Vikram and then Mok gave us 10 minutes to check into the Hotel Ranjit Savaasa – a heritage hotel (& spa – NO TIME, but need a Mani/Pedi BADLY!!.....and Thom could use a Facial). Beautiful old property in the centre of Town….way more interesting than a modern Hyatt etc. Late that afternoon our driver took us to the India/Pakistan border to witness the Flag lowering ceremony – an event performed simultaneously by both...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Chandigarh & Windsong Manor

March 27 – March 31, 2014 Thursday we flew from Delhi to Chandigarh. One of the staff from Mok and Renu’s mountain home met us and Mok had arranged a second driver/car to accommodate the 8 of us with all of our luggage……thanks goodness for roof racks. Mok also hired a guide to give us a short tour of Chandigarh before we headed out to their home in the foothills of the Himalayas. On the way we stopped at the Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. Nek Chand was a government official who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957. It is...

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Nov 1, 2013 - Devi's Engagement Ceremony

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Shortly after our arrival in Delhi, we received the delightful news that our sister-in-law Neeta’s niece had arrived at the decision to accept an engagement to a young man who lives near her family’s ancestral home in Patiala, a major city in the Punjab State. Devi and her parents live in Fresno, California and we had just visited them there this past summer when Anil’s brother Ajay and his wife Neeta had come to the US and Canada for their first ever visit to North America. We knew that Devi was contemplating...

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Feb 16, 2013 - Amritsar

We had to go by way of Delhi to fly to Amritsar, and that involved a five-hour layover. After lunch at the Ramada (not wanting to take chances with any but hotel food), we went to the Qutb Minar, the majestically tall minaret built by the Turkish slave general at the first permanent Muslim outpost in India. Today, the tower looms 200 feet above surrounding gardens, the ruins of the first mosque, tombs, and an ancient rust-free iron pillar of such chemical purity that scientists cannot explain what technology was available to produce it...

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India & Burma, 2013

Feb 15, 2013 - Amritsar

Wednesday, February 13 Today we left very early (6:30) to the airport for our flight to Amritsar. The traffic was light, which made the trip like a pinball session, zipping back and forth, but fortunately not hitting anything. The horns provided the sounds for the game. Our flight was delayed, but it was a very nice modern airport so not a bad wait. Any place with security lines here has ‘ladies and gents’ lines. It was a short flight to Amritsar—a tea and cookie flight. Our driver was waiting and took us to the hotel to settle in and have...

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Dec 22, 2012 - Pinjori, UnionTerritory

December 21, 2012 I am in Pinjore a suburb or Chandgarh. I should reread my previous posts just to save time to see if I am not writing the same thing twice. I am suspect. I don’t re-read the posts of current trips unless I need to find some info. I don’t want to be remembered how bad my English is. But I know where I am and the circumstances to why I write the way. Fuck it. I understand it. Some people complain. Read page 1. This is for me. I was thinking about it today. Anyone reading my thoughts is coming into my country. My country...

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Dec 7, 2012 - Sikh City

In the Punjabi language "Sikh" means disciple and in a short five hundred years Sikhism has grown to become the world's fifth largest religion and the city of Amritsar joins the likes of Rome, Mecca, Varanasi and Bodh Gaya as a destination for the devoted. Sikh's flock to the Golden Temple, their most sacred shrine, to pray, make offerings and to bathe in the holy waters. Sikhism is a religion of tolerance and acceptance. It preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living and equality of mankind. Unlike...

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India Dave 2012

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