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Jun 7, 2007 - India Isn't Done With Us Yet ... Learning Anew in Bodhgaya (Matt & Laura)

Matt: We're jammed into the back of a jeep unable to move and barely able to breathe. One of our packs lays across our laps. There are seven adults and four children pressed into seats built for four. The temperature is about 45 degrees. A young child starts gnawing on the corner of our pack. The light streaks in its hair are signs of malnutrition, Laura learned recently. Outside, fruit and vegetable stands are set-up beside piles of garbage. A man pisses against a wall. An eardrum searing horn blasts beside us. We're in a shared jeep to...

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Apr 18, 2007 - Patna Heat

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had a real adventure coming home on the train from the hills. We wanted to take a train that provided us with comfortable seats during the day so that we could avoid arriving in Patna at an awkward time in the middle of the night. The only option was to book seats on the Rajdhani - in the AC Sleeper Class - all the way to New Delhi. We would have to pay the full fare to Delhi, even though we would be getting off at Patna. This meant that we could have berths to sleep during the nine-hour journey, and that we...

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Mar 31, 2007 - Pausing In Patna

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I named this journal entry "Pausing in Patna" because of our short stay here before taking the train to the foothills of the Himalayas. This is the first time we have been in Patna, Anil's home town in over eight years. Our last visit was in 1999 when we came with our children, Adia and Raj, to visit India and celebrate our upcoming 25th Wedding Anniversary. In the intervening years, we came to Kerala and Mumbai and then had the pleasure of receiving visits from Anil's brother Arun and his sister Manju in Canada....

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Jan 9, 2007 - Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya is in the state of Bihar and is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. It is the sight where Buddha meditated under the Bodhi tree and archeived enlightenment. It seems that everyone here is either a monk or is studying Buddhism or meditation. If feel really special to be an a place that is so sacred. The main attraction is the Mahabodhi Temple which was built to honor the spot where Buddha reached enlightenment. I went to the temple the other evening and there were people everywhere practicing meditation and...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Dec 29, 2006 - Chitwan National Park

The Chitwan National Park in Southern Nepal. There are Rhino here. Also meant to be Tigers. Would love to see a tiger. We did see a Tiger print on the river bank, and we also apparently saw lots of Tiger scenting marks. Uh-huh. Call me sceptical but I seen too many bad Leon Schuster movies to fall for that one. More about that later. The setting was superb, on a river bank, facing the setting sun, with an abundance of bird life and plenty of quiet time. After the trials and tributaries of the trek, this was much appreciated. Let me state it...

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Fuzz & Phil Run Away

Dec 11, 2006 - Bodhgaya

We arrived in Gaya at 5:30am and shared a rickshaw with two Minnesotian (is that a word?) women, Jessica and Rebecca. The bumpy 8 km ride to Bodhgaya took about 30 minutes. It was a jazzy rickshaw, covered with pink and blue lights strobbing off beat to the blaring Hindi music. When we arrived in town, the touts were out, trying to hustle sleepy tourists. This time however, after dissing a tout to look at other hotel options, we ended up coming back to his guest house to stay. A little lesson we've learned...not all touts are...

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Nov 5, 2006 - Royal Chitwan National Park

Royal Chitwan National Park, located in Nepal's southern Terai region, is famous for its jungle inhabitants: Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, and the One-horned rhinoceros. It was to this end, to catch an intimate glimpse of such creatures, that I arranged for an all inclusive 2-night/3-day package at IJR (Island Jungle Resort). Situated along the banks of the Nirayani river, IJR is most famous for its elephant safaris. Imagining a tame jungle cruise, I was surprised to find that trainers go in search of rhinos and therefore forge their own...

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Nov 3, 2006 - Chitwan NP, Wildlife and Culture

So Tina and I were waiting for our visa to Tibet, which takes a week, so we decided to go on down to Chitawan NP. The park is situated in the lowlands called the Terai, which used to be infested with Malaria, and was sparsely populated up until the mosquitoes were eradicated with DDT in the 1960's. The indigenous people of the Tharu culture had few neighbors because they were somehow immune to the malaria. That all changed, and an influx of immigrants proceeded to log much of the forest and turn it into cropland. The increased pressure on...

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May 5, 2006 - Sweaty Siliguri

Ever since I got here I've been seeing sooo many people who look schockingly similar to people from home. Here are a few of them just from school. The other day I saw an Indian Ben Stiller that was actually debatable. Enjoy (ahhh what the crap!......power outage! all of my lookalike photos didnt load and neither did the Siliguri ones. FART) I'll try again tomorrow!....PS...I am writing this after having finished the entire entry) And here I am in Sweaty Siliguri seeking relief from the heat in this air conditioned, and wonderfully fast...

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Mar 7, 2006 - Chitwan

Tuesday 7th. March Day 8 It's Paul's birthday - Happy birthday in our absence. Taxi to the airport at 200 rupees. Having been told we must be at the airport by 9am latest, in fact the check in desk did not open until 9.10. Checked in, through security (3 times) then by minibus to the aircraft, a small 20 seater with eight passengers. There followed a fantastic 19 minute flight over low hills south of Kathmandu with great views to the north of the high Himalaya. Some of the time we were flying lower than the tree tops on either side. We...

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Jan 29, 2006 - Royal Chitwan National Park

we left kathmandu today early for a 6 hour ride to nepals first national park, royal chitwan. we arrived in Sauhara, the village near the park entrance, and were picked up by a representative of Eden Jungle Resort. this is the off season, so we were the only two guests there. i guess most people like to come and suffer through the heat of the summer. it was a pretty nice place to be - quiet and relaxing with great food. the night we arrived, our guide, Don, took us for a walk through one of the local villages. they still live a fairly...

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...pure religion

Nov 24, 2005 - Day 10. Rajgir/Nalanda

After four lovely days in Bodhgaya we went by bus to Rajgir which has the ruins from an ancient city from the time of the Buddha. The city was built by King Bimbasara who joined the Buddha's sangha, gave his son the kingdom and then was killed by his son (As history has it, Bimbasara's son died by his own son's hand as well). We walked amidst the 2500 year old city walls and decaying buildings, meditated in Ananda's (Buddha's main assistant) cave and climbed Vulture Peak. It was very moving to walk the land that the Buddha once walked. The...

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