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Dec 6, 2017 - Agra

It is 4:30 am once again, and I have finished sleeping. My body has attuned itself to this time it appears, despite any desires to be able to sleep longer. We had a tiring day yesterday, getting up early to meditate, eat some breakfast, pack up, settle with the hotel, get the porters to help carry all our luggage through the maze of lanes, avoiding poop bombs, and stuff everything into a car by 8 am to the airport - a time advised by the hotel staff, so we wouldn't get caught in the traffic snarls of Varanasi, and miss our noon flight to...

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Dec 5, 2017 - Last day in Varanasi

I forgot to mention that Sarnath is the location where Buddah gave his first lecture after reaching enlightenment, and is very holy to those following Buddhism. It is one of four special locations for Buddhists. The others being Lumbhini, where he was born; Bodh Gaya where he sat under the Bohdi tree for seven years, protected by a king cobra, until he reached enlightenment; and also Kushinigar, near Gorakpur, where he left his body. Very many hours last night - from 2:30 onwards, the snarling, yelping, growling, snapping, howling, baying,...

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Dec 5, 2017 - Last night in Varanasi

Rose, you sent us on an adventure! After dinner, we were taken to an essential oils place down the darkened maze, and lo and behold, we ended up in the cow place that Jud was at last night. The cow section takes up 90% of the floor space and off to one side is a specialty shop for essential oils. The 'old' marigold flower (good for happiness and serenity) was $60 for a tiny vial, so you're getting 'newer' marigold flower which you can age in the bottle. By the time I see you, it will be old marigold flower. Jud and I shared some lemon oil...

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Dec 4, 2017 - Busy chaos, cows, and potholes

The highlight of yesterday was after we slipped the candles and flowers into the Ganges. As we approached our hotel, Brian and I decided to continue up the steps and along the lane to Lahiri Mahasaya's home to see if it was open for meditation. The gate was unlocked, the front door was open, but huge metal gates (similar to old elevator doors) were locked tight. We sat for a moment on the marble ledges, and took some photos through the grating. In several moments a man appeared, unlocked the gates, welcomed us in, and said he was a devotee...

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Dec 3, 2017 - Busy day on the Ghats

Today we awoke (several times) to the noises of early morning action on the Ghat below our room window, and by 6:30 to the sun rising over the Ganges through the mist/haze/smog. Chai and coffee on the roof top terrace, along with 19 Londoners on tour with a Brazilian leader. With bad instructions, we girded our loins, and headed out on our own through the myriad narrow alleys in the maze heading eventually to the main road. Just like the casbah! Goats, Bulls, people, poop of all kinds, miniature stalls, and smaller sleeping spots....

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Oct 21, 2017 - Agra India

Friday 20th October 2017 Delhi to Agra Had breakfast in the hotel then back to the room and packed our bags as we were leaving this morning. It is a public holiday here in India today for Diwali and not many places will be open. We set off in the bus and the first place we visited was the Baha’i Temple shaped like a gigantic lotus leaf. Very similar in many ways in structure and design to the Sydney Opera House. We looked at the grounds and were ushered in single file into the temple. It is plain and unadorned inside but with beautiful...

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Nov 7, 2016 - Homeward bound

This is the last entry in this trip journal as we are homeward bound, catching our flight at 3:10 AM for our 24:55 minute flight. This trip was called magical India and it was indeed that. Here are some of the things that were magical: 1. The beauty of the setting in Darjeeling; 2. The sunrise on Mount Kungchengjunga and seeing Mount Everest at 6 AM; 3. The rickshaw ride through the market in Old Delhi; 4. The Taj Mahal in Agra; 5. Akbar the Great's tomb in Agra; 6. The Sikh temple in Agra 7. The Diwali celebrations in Agra 8. The search...

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Nov 6, 2016 - Varanasi

Yesterday was a travel day from Jaipur to the holy city of Varanasi, the oldest inhabited city in the world, established about 1100 BC.. It consisted of 12 hours on buses and planes. No interesting photos taken. On arrival in Delhi to get our flight to Varanasi the smog was so thick you could barely see 200 yards. Delhi's smog rating is at 600 and to put that in perspective we get worried in Canada when it hits 20. We had an early start today in Varanasi with a wake up call at 4:30 AM and on the bus at 5:00 as we made our way to the Ganges,...

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Nov 1, 2016 - Agra to Ranthambore

We left Agra this morning for Ranthambore in Rajastan. It was a long day spent mostly sitting on a bus. We did stop at a Fort built by Akbar the great. My only comment is that once you have seen one red fort, you have seen them all. Sort of like visiting castles and churches in Europe. We arrived in Ranthambore around 6 PM after being in the road for 10 hours, including our stop at the Fort, and settled into our bungalows at the Tiger Den Resort. Not much else to say. Supper was Indian food. The same Indian food we have had at every stop....

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Oct 31, 2016 - Agra

Today was a busy day as we got up early to go see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal. We took an insane amount of pictures because of its magnificence and because it was the Taj Mahal. What can you say but it must have been true love to build the Taj Mahal as a tomb for a favorited wife. After the Taj Mahal we visited the Red Fort in Agra. Also pretty impressive but not in the league of the Taj Mahal. However the shah that built the Taj Mahal was put under house arrest in the Red Fort for 35 yeas after he was deposed by his third son. He had some...

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Oct 25, 2016 - Varanasi - Le Gange Sacré

Voici le lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/5W9Zv9wS6aritLpeA Si vous en avez assez des réincarnations, c'est à Varanasi, sur les rives du Gange, qu'il faut venir pousser votre dernier soupir. Ou du moins, vous faire incinérer. Dans cette ville sacrée de l'hindouisme, tout est plongé dans la spiritualité jusqu'au cou. Les journées commencent tôt à Varanasi, cité autrefois baptisée Bénarès, et chérie des hippies pendant les années 60 et 70. Dès le lever du soleil, vers 5h, la ville se met...

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Oct 22, 2016 - Agra et son Taj Mahal

Voici le lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/yDMYvoqKC3WX4xEi6 Nous voici maintenant à Agra. L'excitation est à son comble car nous allons finalement voir de nos yeux l'une des merveilles du monde architectural: Le Taj Mahal. Le Tāj Mahal qui signifie « le palais de la couronne » en persan, est situé au bord de la rivière Yamunâ, dans l'État de l'Uttar Pradesh, en Inde. C'est un mausolée de marbre blanc construit par l'empereur moghol musulman Shâh Jahân en mémoire de son épouse Arjumand...

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