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Oct 20, 2004 - Bharatpur

Apres Delhi, nous avons pris un train direct pour Bharatpur afin d'aller visiter le parc national Keoleado connu pour ses oiseaux. Prendre le train est une vraie experience, c'est le moyen de transport le plus utilise en Inde compte tenu des distances... Les gares sont quasiment des mini-villes. Petite anecdote: on s'est rendu compte que les indiens avaient beaucoup d'humour lorsqu'on est alle acheter nos billets de train. Quelle est la difference entre un billet a 300 roupies et un billet a 100 roupies? Reponse du guichetier: 200...

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Oct 12, 2004 - Rajastan and beyond...

Hello from Ahmedabad, the 10th most polluted city in the world! And where we have had the pleasure of spending the day en route for Mumbai and then Goa. Since our last entry, we have have been on a whistle stop tour of Jaisalmer, Jodphur and Udaipur. We left Jaipur just in time to save my sanity. The shopkeepers, rickshaw drivers and basically everyone apart from our hotel man were the most persistent and aggressive people that we have come across since Dehli, and I too was becoming steadily more aggressive by the day. It was getting...

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Oct 8, 2004 - Agra, Taj Mahal and the rest

Hello all again. After the all the comments we have been getting about how 'lighweight' we are about our bus journeys we will have you know we finished a 23.5 hour marathon by bus and train from Manali to Agra a few days ago. Please imagine us getting to Delhi after 16 hours, realising we had no money for a train ticket and negotiating with drivers to take us somewhere to exchange cash (they loved that). Finally we managed to extract a ticket from the ever so unhelpful ticket officers. We then thought 'we've got half an hour let's go and...

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Oct 7, 2004 - Udaipur (minus the water)

The best city so far. With the palaces, the drier climate and North Indian food rather than the very different South Indian cuisine, it was a very different experience. Neha had been to Udaipur about 6 years ago and although the City Palace was just how she remembered it, something didn't seem right when looking at the views across Udaipur. Then it suddenly struck. Lake Pichola on which the Lake Palace stands (where Octopussy was filmed) was dry. Instead of water we could see green patches everywhere. Udaipur with its palaces and little...

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Oct 6, 2004 - Shimla

To get to Shimla, which is in the Himalayas you have to first take a train from Delhi to Kalka which takes 5ish hours then you take another train that goes only 96 km up the mountain. But those 96 kilometers take 6 hours and the train is like a Disneyland ride. The seats are tiny but you are supposed to fit 2 grownups and your luggage and there are two people facing you on a similar tiny little seat. But arriving in Shimla, however you had to get there made it all worth it. It was gorgeous and cool and quiet and it smelled good. It is...

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Sarah's Sojourn

Sep 27, 2004 - Udaipur

Ah, Udaipur. Such a nice place, especially after Mumbai and Ahmedabad. When we arrived at the train station, we went to the prepaid autorickshaw stand which is a great thing where you tell the guy at the counter which hotel you're going to and pay him and he gives you a slip of paper to give to your driver only when he gets you to where you want to go. This is a good thing because many drivers don't want to take you to where you want to go, they want to take you to their cousin's/brother's/friend's hotel that pays them a commission. We got...

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Sarah's Sojourn

Sep 21, 2004 - Still going mildly raj in rajasthan

Travelling round the desert on a horse with no name. Been to Juonjuno, then went to Bikaneer. Stayed at the maharaja's old residence in a room that used to be used by 1 of his 4 wives. After Bikaneer headed out west to the desert town of Jaisalmer. Very very hot, bit of a stench and a tad polluted. Despite that, plenty of rather interesting forts and temples to be visited along the way. Steph's bandaged finger has been scaring the children in remote villages as they are unused to seeing a) a white person in a salwar kameez and b) a white...

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Sep 20, 2004 - Udaipur to Jodhpur

Today we left peaceful Udaipur and traveled closer to the desert at Jodhpur. Jodhpur seems to be a very exciting place. The vidrant colours of the people and architecture are dazzling. This is all dominated by the enormous castle, Jodhpurs formidable fort, the Meherangarh. I will most certainly upload some photos when we find somewhere to transfer them to CD. The Haveli Guesthouse that we found here is lovely. Very well kept and friendly service. In the evening we were asking for directions and mentioned that we were interested in seeing...

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Sep 17, 2004 - Delhi and moving on!

Hi everyone, Well we are here safe and even sound! Our flying hotel plane was full of distractions and we were in Delhi before we knew it. Em and I had a brief scare on arrival when it appeared that my stuff sack - holding my rucksack (brilliant suggestion to buy one thanks Debbie) appeared to have been tampered with. 'Our padlock has been changed!!' But how can this be, we thought- it was a combination lock. How are we ever going to open it now? They must have snapped my one off and put on a new one, wait - our own combinations works....

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Sep 13, 2004 - Have we got the belly for delhi?

Arrived in Delhi in the thick of the night to the area known as Paharganj (the notorious red light area). The view was slightly dampened by the lack of street lighting, although this was probably a good thing. In the morning the full assualt on the senses began - walking through the main bazaar with the cows for company, dodging auto-rickshaws, bicycles, food carts, the occasional leper and indian artful dodger. At the time of writing delhi belly has not kicked in yet but this might be in the post after steph drank a bottle of beer and then...

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Sep 10, 2004 - Flight to Udaipur

We were going to fly to Jodhpur but there weren't any flights, so we are now in Udaipur. I think this was a good choice. Udaipur is much smaller and quieter; more laid back. Also, rather cool. At about 30C it feels kind of chilly. We may need time to adjust when we return to the Canadian version of winter... We finally got some photos online. Check out some of the previous entries for new ones. We will probably stay in Udaipur for about a week. If you want to see what this small city looks like, you should rent "007 Octopussy" which was...

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Sep 4, 2004 - Delhi to Jaipur

Our hotel in Delhi was cheap, very cheap, and barely worth what we paid. Anyways, we were quite happy to awake at 5:20 and head for the train station. We took the nice trainfor 4.5h to Jaipur. Jaipur seems much drier than anywhere we have been before, though still hot. This is hardly surprising, I guess, since we are nearing the desert but definitely welcome. We chose a much nicer and more expensive hotel here but so far it looks like this one is worth what we are paying. Marble floors, big bed, spacious room, two balconies, AC,TV, and,...

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