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Mar 20, 2015 - 2nd Day in India

My second day finds me waking up late and, after a quick breakfast of tea and a rice pudding known as Congee, walking through the streets of Delhi. There are streets vendors selling colorful cloths made of silk, bushels of of exotic spices hanging in thatched-roof shops and assaulting the street with their smells, and bicycles and motorcycles and animals pulling carts full of brass ware down the crowded streets at alarming speeds; I narrowly avoided getting run over by a donkey carrying woven rugs on its back. I quickly learn that there is...

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Mar 20, 2015 - 3rd Day in India

Today finds me taking a cab to the India Gate just east of New Delhi. The history of it is fascinating - a gigantic archway constructed entirely of stone to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. I try to take as many pictures as I can before I remember all the other sights I have yet to see and how I need to save each memory in a photograph - that, and the fact that memory on my phone is limited. Another cab ride and I'm at the Lotus temple where I wander and take...

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Mar 19, 2015 - Leaving for India

Our plane left from the Charlotte airport late Saturday evening at around 6:45 and landed in Munich, Germany at 9:50 AM where there was an expected 2 hour layover. Just enough to time to get snacks! We boarded our next flight to New Delhi at 11:50 AM and arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport around 11 PM. I am tired and exhausted but very excited as I take a cab to the Taj Palace Hotel and watch the city rush around me. Bars and nightclubs pound music out into the street as we whiz by on the freeway with little attention to...

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Jan 23, 2014 - Delhi [4]

January 17, 2014 I should have stayed in Guwharti. It’s so fucking cold here in Delhi. I could have flown Guwhararti – Germany, Germany – Tblisi. Just transiting through Delhi. No problem. I am done with fucking Delhole. Compared to The Seven Sisters it’s so bad. It’s hard to explain. It’s just a big ugly city – just as all big cities are, even those outside of India. The North East is still the ‘countryside’ even in Guwharati which boast +1,000,000 people. When I was in Guwharati I was thinking that it resembled Delhi but now that I am...

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Nov 27, 2013 - fly to Delhi

We started our day in Varanasi with a yoga session, taught by an Ayuvedic doctor. He tried to go easy on all his geezer students, but almost everything we did caused me some degree of pain. I didn't want to try too hard since we spent the afternoon flying as we begin the long, long journey home. We could see the Himalayas out the window as we flew. back to Delhi. Some day we'd like to see them a bit closer. We have a few hours in a hotel where we had dinner and a last minute clean up before we board the 2am non stop flight home. It should...

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Nov 13, 2013 - newer Delhi

New Delhi is a somewhat frustrating city to visit because it is so big and the traffic is so heavy. It reminds us of Los Angeles where everything that you want to do is an hour away from where you are. We’ve noticed that OAT does not visit Calcutta on any of its tours. Perhaps it is even more difficult to access and more depressing when it comes to slums and garbage. There are newer parts of the city where we pass buildings that we could imagine seeing at home and homes where we could imagine living ourselves, but these areas are in the...

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Nov 12, 2013 - celebrities on parade

The last members of our group didn't arrive here until 1am, so we got off to a later start today to give them a chance to sleep. After the meet and greet, we boarded the bus for a day of touring. There were seven Delhi's located more or less on the same site where the capital city is today, the earliest created in 300BC. Legends would lead one to believe that there has been some sort of Delhi here for 5,000 years. The newest Delhi was created by the British and feels like a planned city with wide boulevards, parks, and tree lined streets....

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Nov 11, 2013 - Old Delhi

New Delhi is such a huge city with 18 million residents, it is hard to know where to begin sightseeing. Old Delhi sounded like a good place to start, but it is at least a half hour taxi ride away from our hotel, which is not near any of the metro lines. We met a rickshaw tour near the Digambar Jain Temple, built in 1656. We were allowed to go inside, but had to remove anything leather we were wearing. Charles had filled us in on the Jain religion, an off shoot from Hinduism. These vegetarians take the sanctity of life concept to an extreme....

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Nov 10, 2013 - a day of rest

After almost a month of touring, we decided to give ourselves a day off in a beautiful hotel. We are within walking distance of a local shopping area where we could repurchase the items that the Indian TSA took away from us at the airport. It also has a McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Dominos, and Subway where we will feast on the familiar, at least as familiar as the Indians can make it. The temperature is cool and the air is dry. That's what flying 600 miles north can accomplish. It feels great to be outside in the "fresh" air. The air quality...

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Nov 9, 2013 - fly to New Delhi

On the final day of the Soul of India tour in the south, we had a five hour drive back to Bangalore where some would fly home, some would fly to Goa for a post-trip and we would fly to Delhi to join our next group for a tour of northern India. Even though the traffic congestion was bodacious, Charles has an expert sense of timing and knew we could pause for two more "learning and discovery" experiences as he always called them. Yesterday we saw the sugar cane being harvested; today we saw it being processed. The bull carts brought in the...

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Nov 3, 2013 - Diwali Lights

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to experience Diwali in India for the very first time. Anil and I have been married for nearly 40 years now, but we were never able to travel to India at this time of year because of his work as a teacher and then a principal. The Festival of Lights follows the lunar calendar, and usually falls in late October or early November. It clashes terribly with the school calendar in the western world. After the sun sets and the puja prayers are performed, people all over India...

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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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