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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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Jan 22, 2016 - The Taj Mahal and the Art of Camping

After a surprisingly user-friendly train from Delhi, we arrived in Agra, home of the most romantic wonder of the world: the Taj Mahal. I'll cut to the chase - it's magnificent. The sheer size, the pure white marble, the intricate detail, the creative architecture, the love story behind it (actually, to be honest, Mumtaz Mahal sounds like she was quite the demanding woman). The thousands of other tourists only prove how magnetic this place is, rather than spoil the experience. We were even lucky enough to eavesdrop on a tour group, so we got...

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Jan 14, 2016 - The limits of tourism

Our last day in Varanasi began well before sunrise. About seven of us gathered for a brief walk from the hotel to a waiting boat on the Ganges. Few people were out. Homeless families were waking up, the women and kids huddled for comfort and security. It was too early for begging. It was difficult to witness little girls with next to nothing, not even clean faces, who likely would never have more than what they had that moment, and who perhaps would have even less whether dignity or well being should they survive into womanhood. A morning...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Jim has a cow

Explicit content follows. Use discretion. We arrived in Varanasi after an overnight train from Agra. Typical train, though we were treated to the efforts of two members of the Indian National Snoring Team. This is why we always carry earplugs. The tuk tuk from the train station to the hotel was more hectic than most. We were last to arrive. Our room was OK, though we had to ask for a second towel and Jim asked to have the floor swept as he objects to black hair. After the first hot shower in a few days and a decent lunch, we had a walk...

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Jan 10, 2016 - Accidents of English and unfortunate western influences

One's first reaction to a sign promoting "child beer" is to have images either of a Charles Dickens type child infested sweatshop brewery or very small servings. Then one sounds out the letters and considers intent. What we have is "chilled beer." Ah, no evil whatsoever. India being a former colony and still in the Commonwealth, English is a second language for anyone with more than elementary education. Still one will see adverts for hair saloons, chocolate souse, and a myriad of fun and interesting products. One restaurant claims to have...

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Jan 9, 2016 - Shopping

Mo has done the majority of shopping and buying. This is not to say Jim has no interest, it's just that he has a much narrower range of interest. Mo's first major purchase was from a Co-op. In that shop, items were made by local villagers, and 70% of profit was guaranteed for the crafts person. Mo did not bargain. Next was a set of custom hot weather outfits previously mentioned. Most recent was a rug from an Agra factory. Rugs are hand woven according to a factory design in a nearby village from Australian or New Zealand wool. The weavers...

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Nov 4, 2015 - Taj Mahal and Agra illness

With great anticipation we arrived in Agra, ready to tick one of the world's wonders off our list, the Taj Mahal. Built in the 1600's by the Mughal Shah Jahan for his wife, who died in childbirth of their 14th child, the Taj is arguably the most stunning mausoleum in the world. The stunning exterior did not disappoint, with its gleaming white imported marble, architectural details designed to inspire (e.g. stripes widening at the top to look more symmetrical from the ground), and inlay of precious and semi-precious stones. Unfortunately,...

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