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Nov 23, 2011 - Closing Thoughts

As I write this, I am 35,000 feet above the ground, heading for Chicago. The cabin of the 777 is dark and most people are sleeping. It will be a long night as the flight follows the darkness over the full 14 hour, 43 minute route. My second Indian adventure has come to an end and I am homeward bound to Cincinnati. Two things most apparent to me this trip were the multitudes of people and the pollution. The throngs of humanity are overwhelming. Anywhere I went, everywhere I turned, there were people. And more people. The three states I...

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Nov 22, 2011 - Last Day in Delhi

I woke up itching and scratching. I have dozens of bites all over my arms and hands, plus a couple on my face and ear. I think it happened in Varanasi when I visited a rooftop restaurant the other evening to skype my wife, Kim. Since I was sitting on a terrace above the ghats and the Ganges, I hope bug bites are all I end up with. I left the Le Roi hotel about 10am destined for the Red Fort. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, built the fort as his royal residence and palace in the mid 1600's. Shah Jahan was a patron of the arts and builder of...

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Nov 11, 2011 - Leave Chicago - flight to New Delhi, India

The time has come to start my journey!! It may be a coincidence but I am leaving on 11-11-11!! A date that has been told to be very spiritual and here I begin my vacation going to a lot of places in South Asia that holds a lot of spirituality for many. It's a 13.5 hour flight to New Delhi. As I walk on my flight I regret not up grading to business class (Mel, U will enjoy it!) I feel like cattle herding on my FULL flight. I feel like I am in India already as about 90% of the flight is Indian decent. Somehow I didn't get much sleep last...

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Nov 10, 2011 - India, here I come!

I always depart on a trip with a bit of angst; what did I forget this time? what if this or what if that. But, I remind myself of reality- C'est La Vie. The 7,477 miles from Chicago to Delhi passed uneventfully. The American Airlines 777 was without an empty seat. Several small Indian children were seated nearby and I am impressed at how well they tolerated the flight. They were well behaved and their energy levels under control. I watched the movie " The Help" set in Jackson, Mississippi. It peeled back the interrelationships in the 60's...

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Oct 23, 2011 - New Delhi

New Delhi is the capital of India and the largest city in that country. The part that sucks for my trip was that I was only there as a port to arrive and leave India. If you remember, the first time around I left immediately on a bus enroute to my host in the himalayas. This time I was able to spend a couple days before my flight to Australia. I stayed at a hotel in the older downtown area(that's what I was told). The street was filled with hotels. Here is a pic of my street at night. I was in Delhi for the 2 days leading up to the...

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Sep 9, 2011 - D.Pauls announces the launch of Malaysia at the price of Thailand Package

D.Paul's Travel & Tour Operators, India's leading travel agency announced the launch of cost effective, “Malaysia at the price of Thailand Package”. The package overview as mentioned on the website dpauls.com, “5 Nights accommodation at Kuala Lumpur, Breakfast, Kuala Lumpur City Tour, Transfers, Visa, Airfare with 7Kg Hand Baggage and All Taxes.” As per the D.Pauls Team, the actual cost of the package is Rs. 21999/- . The company is offering a discounted price of Rs. 15999/- only on online bookings. The package can be availed from...

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Apr 7, 2011 - Holy Cow!

It was safe to say that we were experiencing equal doses of excitement and nervousness as we walked through arrivals at New Delhi airport to be greeted by a wall of Indian men fighting for us to choose their taxi. We were trying to take in the night scenes and surroundings as the taxi driver pushed, bullied and weaved his way through the evening streets working his way towards our hotel (next to the Gaylord Hotel as it turned out) in the backpacker centre of Paraganj. As we tentatively entered our hotel, via a narrow alley full of neon...

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Feb 2, 2011 - Back To Delhi Airport

It’s our last day in India but we still have a couple of sights to see so our driver & guide collect us at 8am & we’re off again. First we go to see the outside of the Hawa Mahal ( "Palace of Winds" or “Palace of the Breeze”). We only get to see the outside of this but while doing so we also get to see a snake charmer at work. The main trip is out to the Amber Fort where we have an elephant ride included in our tour. Poor animals, there are about 100 of them, toiling up & down the narrow road to the fort. I should have taken my travel...

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Jan 29, 2011 - Back To Delhi

Checked out of hotel at 9.30am & back to Shimla station where I went off to meet up with the station master who featured in the John Sergeant BBC programme about the Shimla Hill Railway. Didn’t get to see his old Chai Wallah but had my photo taken with him & our guard, who later let us move from our crowded carriage into an empty carriage further down the train. Another amazing journey winding back down the mountains with terrific views all the way. Great fun at the stations on the way buying chai(tea) & local snacks of varying degrees of...

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Nov 7, 2010 - Closing Thoughts

More pictures and a some closing thoughts from my adventure to India. What I forgot to pack…. A hair brush and scissors What I wished I would have packed…… Pens or pads of paper to give away What I’m thankful I packed…… Granola bars. They helped me though times when no other food was readily available. My most essential item…. My netbook computer. A necessity for Skype and photos. Non issues……. The weather, as it was perfect and mosquitoes, as there were very few. I’m amazed that……. There are not more traffic accidents with the various...

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Nov 6, 2010 - Homeward Bound

As I write this, I am somewhere in the sky on my return flight home to America. My sixteen days in India have been extraordinary, surpassing any expectation that I might have had. Logistically my trip was almost flawless, as the itinerary advanced like clockwork. My lodgings were comfortable, the food good and my experiences in India are most memorable. Planned as it was, what made the trip so special are the things that weren’t planned or anticipated, such as my chance meeting with Mr. Singh at the Mehrangarh Fort or ending up in Delhi on...

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Nov 5, 2010 - Happy Diwali

Happy Diwali, I said greeting the desk man at Hotel Le Roi this morning, November 5, 2010. Happy Diwali to you, he responded enthusiastically. Today is the first day of the New Year in India. I came to ask the man directions to the Red Fort, a famous landmark in Delhi and he gave me the unfortunate news that because it’s a holiday, the fort is closed. So, I will figure out something else to do today, my last day in India. Before departing, the desk man offered me a sweet from his box of Ladoo. Sweets are popular around the holiday and I...

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