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Oct 14, 2013 - fly to Delhi

We arrived in India as soon as we arrived at O’Hare. We were among only a handful of pale faced passengers. Everyone else was going home - women wrapped in colorful saris with red dots on their foreheads and men topped with Sikh turbans and lacey beanies. The place reeked of the powerful scent of curry, a smell as appealing to me as the smell of automobile tires. I remembered some of the Indian students I worked with. I would be typing in my office with my back to the door and I could smell them come in. Perhaps when we return at the end of...

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Apr 14, 2013 - First Time in DELHI

Arrived in India with no hassles. We must have struck some good timing, as there was no line-up to get through customs. Time for a good cup of coffee at the airport and then collected by Pawan, our driver from Zip Tours. Traffic a bit of an eye-opener to us Aussies -- even though we've been to Bali. Lots of tooting of horns and mish-mash merging of traffic that we were happy to watch from the back seat. Delhi's population is over 20 million (in 2012) which is nearly as much as the whole of Australia which I understand just hit 23...

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Dec 22, 2012 - New Delhi, India [5]

December 22, 2012 Still no signs of Christmas. It’s great!! I am in Delhi. I arrived yesterday around 2 or 3pm. I found my way to Koral Bagh no problem. I had to ask a few people. I am staying at the same place. I met Manish within minutes. He’s my best friend in India. Great guy. We had chai and talked about the trip. Cara and I are going to his place for dinner. He lives with his Mom. It’s midnight. I laid around most of the day. After, I got up and walked around the market. I found the place where I ate at in 2004. I got sick eating...

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Jul 22, 2012 - Delhi

7-22 From cool hill stations down to humid, hot plains in 3+ hours. Body adjustments in store again. Sunny most of the way, where did the monsoon season go? Took the metro from Kashmir Gate bus terminal after a quick McD dinner stop and got off at New Dehli train station. Tired and late (it's dark now) we hope a bicycle rickshaw to Ajay's GH where we have reserved a room. A shower and shave and I feel alive again after sweating our way from getting off the bus.:-) India is a land of exceptions I believe. By this I mean, there are certain...

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Jun 16, 2012 - Delhi

6-16 Wake up to Hindi morning prayer chants at 5:30 and chai chai guys hawking their brew down the aisles. The young couple who left and cuddled all nite and slept in late were replaced by an older couple who coughed and snored and turned on the light at 4:30am when they couldn't sleep anymore. Train on time into Delhi at 6:30am, platform packed with people, porters, and packaged goods loading & unloading. Indians are so used to crowded places that making our way is really no hassle and street side motor rickshaws are plentiful. Thirty...

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Jun 4, 2012 - Dehli, India

Wiki Info New Delhi 6-4 Bon was overjoyed to be on the plane for only one reason, NO MORE HEAD COVER! Her belief that most Iranian women are not free, but merely second class citizens in the male dominated, religious culture of Iran proved mostly correct when perhaps 8o% of the women wore no scarf/head cover upon disembarking in Abu Dhabi. She was actually surprised the % was not higher, but education I think has more to do with it than religious factors. Iran does have a very high %age of women seeking advanced degrees though there are...

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Mar 29, 2012 - New Delhi to Agra

Our tour driver picks us up at the hotel around 9:00 am. The streets of Delhi don’t look any different in the daylight, still filled with vehicles, people and dust. We meet our local tour guide at the Qutab Complex. It is India's most visited monument and a World Heritage Site. This is a complex of ancient Muslim ruins from the 11th through 13th centuries. It is composed of a Muslim temple, a minaret, a courtyard and an iron wonder. The temple was built from the bricks of a Hindu Temple torn down by the Mughals. The minaret, Qutab Minar, is...

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Mar 11, 2012 - A glorious day in Delhi

A glorious sunny day in Delhi with Mr Mahli. The Habitat World Centre, where we are staying, is enormous, the largest convention/cultural centre in India. Up early to walk through the neighbouring Lodi Gardens in the bright sunshine amid ancient buildings and scampering mongeese (!!). What an unusually quiet place to find in such a populated city of 16 million. We could have stayed all day but asked Mr. Mahli to pick us up to do some brief shopping for some Indian garb for Robin and banking errands - followed by a delicious lunch of south...

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Feb 23, 2012 - Delhi +

Breakfast was a pleasant surprise as there was a good selection in the buffet including porridge, omelettes, fried bread etc. It was also included in the cost of our room. After breakfast we packed our bags, checked out of the hotel & headed once more to the station to collect our tickets. We are both carrying a backpack(airline overhead locker size) plus a 'man bag' to hold our four weeks clothing & equipment supplies so we are not keen to keep humping them around too much. Today, as we are leaving from the Delhi Old Railway Station, we...

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Feb 22, 2012 - DELHI

After landing we cleared immigration quite quickly & not having checked in any luggage we were able to walk straight out through Customs into the Arrivals hall. I had booked a hotel in Delhi near the Central Railway station and our £19 room charge included free transport from the airport to the hotel. I had emailed the hotel last Saturday to confirm this & again on Monday just to be sure but you never know. We scanned the name boards being held up by a line of men outside the Arrivals door but none had our names on so I thought we were in...

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Feb 4, 2012 - Northern India, January 2012, Part Two

Our Couchsurfing host Rajesh has given us directions to take "a shared auto for the price of 20 rupees each" to find his house. But we have no idea what a "shared auto" looks like or where to find one. Nor can we find anyone adept enough at English to explain this. We do find a nice solider (holding an automatic weapon) with a nice enough smile to help us negotiate a private auto-rickshaw for the price of 150 rupees (that's three dollars, as opposed to the noted 60 cents). The driver is very proud of his deluxe rickshaw with new polka...

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Feb 4, 2012 - Northern India,January 2012, Part 3

Flagstaff is noted to be the world's first "International Dark Sky City". Laksar Junction holds no such official distinction, but is the darkest city we have ever experienced. We only went to Laksar to catch a train. The India Railways system is fickle and there is no way to buy tickets for train connections. You have to know which trains go from where to where in order to plan your trip. Being unable to find a train from Rishikesh to Pathankot I did some Internet research and found that our best route was Laksar to Chakki Bank station....

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