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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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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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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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Oct 23, 2015 - Surviving India 101: Varanasi

Can I just start by saying that both Fran and I were a bit “skerd” of India. We’ve been to over 100 countries and while India has tons to see and do, it has remained way far down on our travel list. Why? Well, we’ve basically heard that everyone gets sick in India; I seem to have poor defenses and a myriad of illness to my name, so I’m pretty much guaranteed to get sick as well. And I don’t just get sick, I always do it up in style, big ones like pneumonia and campylobacteria and giardia and my newly aquired, dengue fever. You know that you...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Aarti ochtend ceremonie

We zijn op reis en niet met vakantie. Dat gevoel kreeg ik wel toen we om kwart voor vijf werden gewekt om naar de Aarti ochtend ceremonie te gaan bekijken. We hadden het de avond daarvoor bij zonsondergang gezien en dan is het niet af als je het niet ook met zonsopgang meemaakt. We gingen met onze eigen bus, want‘smorgens vroeg mogen bussen verder de binnenstad in. Geen riksja of Tuktuk op de vroege morgen. Die zijn wel makkelijk te krijgen om die tijd. Veel van die mannen slapen in hun bakkie. Het laatste stuk gingen we deze keer lopen en...

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Jul 27, 2015 - Brandstapels in Varanassi

Wat voor de Moslims Mekka is, is voor de Boeddhisten/Hindoes Varanasi. Het is dé heilige stad en pelgrims uit alle delen van India en de wereld willen hier in ieder geval één keer in hun leven zijn geweest. Als het te regelen en te betalen is willen ze hier gecremeerd worden en hun as in de rivier de Ganges laten strooien. Er zijn voor buitenlandse Boeddhisten en die uit verre Indiase windstreken aparte tempels vlak bij of aan de Ganges. Zelfs voor Nepali, die hier politiek gezien toch niet zo geliefd zijn. Varanasi is echt weer een grote...

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Feb 2, 2015 - Impressions of Northen India - the Golden Triangle

I thought it would be a good idea to just capture some thoughts and impressions of the Golden Triangle or our tour of Northern India. We have all commented more than once on this trip ‘how can you possibly describe this to someone else in words’. It has been such an incredible visual experience but I will give it a try. The Streets Take East Hastings or our poorest neighbourhood and crank it up on steroids. Replace the sidewalks and half the roads with dirt and dust. Do not place any garbage cans around but watch as the people try and...

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Feb 2, 2015 - Varanasi ..the holy city

Our flight arrives just a bit late into Varanasi and we have a quick turnaround before we head out for a boat ride. Of course we are all a bit paranoid as Vikas has told us this is a minimum 3 hr boat trip and no washrooms. None the less we take advantage of the 20 minutes available and have a glass of wine after this long day. We head out into the depths of Varanasi which is the second oldest city in the world behind Damascus. It is considered by the Hindus as the holiest of their cities. Situated right on the Mother Ganges it is the sight...

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Nov 26, 2013 - life and death

Varanasi is located on the most sacred stretch of the Ganges. It is one of the oldest cities in the world and perhaps the most intense, atmospheric place we have visited in India so far. For more than 2,500 years seekers and pilgrims have come to visit the god Shiva where he lives. For Indians visiting this place once in their lives is similar to a visit to Mecca for Muslims. Bathing in its waters brings redemption and purification that will last a life time. Those who are unable to make the trip here, visit those who have and gain...

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