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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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Northern India 2012

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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Northern India 2012

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

Nothing stops in New Delhi. Home to 16.5 million people (that's 8.25 Lakh, a new term for us), it's not the city the never sleeps. It's the city that never stops. Stop signs mean nothing. In all of our time in India we never saw one single vehicle of any sort obey one. Red lights mean to slow, but not necessarily to stop. Nothing stops. Delhi just goes, and goes and goes. The pushing started in Newark. As I was about to board Continental flight 83 for New Delhi there was an announcement that all passengers should have their travel...

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Northern India 2012

Nov 25, 2011 - The voice of the people creates a scare

Good but expensive breakfast at 7. We head for delhi which is a 6 hour drive back to then go to the red fort and shopping. On our way back from Agra we stopped at the same dirt hole for a restroom break that we stopped at on the way. Totally against what Julie and I wanted but we did anyways as our driver was hungry. On the way into the parking lot there is a monkey in a dress with lipstick and eye makeup on a leash. While Our driver was inside, so I took some long distance shots of the poor monkey. If you take close distance, you'd get...

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Nov 24, 2011 - A day to be thankful

Happy Thanksgiving. A day I am truly thankful to celebrate. I am so thankful for my family and me friends, for my new family at Ulta, my ability to buy a new home, and for all the trials and tribulations that life has given me which has made me stronger. Surprise. Early am rise again. We are going off to Agra via car to see the Taj mahal. Our driver, prepaid in the US, my brothers boss's dad's friend picks us up at the hotel and off we go. Delhi during the day is worse than night. Dirtier than I vile have ever imagined. I saw tons of...

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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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India Dave 2011

Nov 23, 2011 - 3 countries in 1 day

Three countries in one day. Bhutan, Nepal, India. Early 5am morning rise in our beautiful hotel. great day for a. Shower. And wow I get to do my hair!! Our breakfast was complete with pancakes of which I'm not a fan of syrup. So I made up my new topping, butter and honey. Um delicious. I also put honey on my toast. Um yum!  Must buy honey after I buy my new kitchen! We are off to shopping. We go to a great little shopping area in downtown Paro. Bhutan looks like a little German town. White homes with brown lines. you know what im describing...

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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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India Dave 2011

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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India Dave 2011

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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