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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 25, 2013 - Delhi

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We’ve been to Delhi so many times over our 40+ years of marriage that we’ve seen most of the important sights in the city. However, there are places I’ve often heard about and I keep wanting to chip away and see some of the less visited tourist sites. I remember mentioning the Lodi Gardens to relatives in the past, and they often frowned on a visit there. Apparently, for many years, the gardens had fallen into a state of decay and had become a meeting place for young lovers after dark. In a country where most...

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Nov 17, 2013 - Airport Radisson Delhi

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD After flying back to Delhi from Jodhpur, the Moreaus spent a few days visiting an old friend from their days when they lived in Saudi Arabia. We relaxed back at Anil’s brother’s home, ate Neeta’s terrific cooking once again, and got caught up on our laundry. We decided to spend our last night in Delhi (before leaving for Bhutan) at the Airport Radisson Hotel with the Moreaus. We had an early morning flight and we felt it would be better if we were all together so that there was no chance of any of us missing the...

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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 - Heading home

It is a sad morning as I farewell Eke and Brian (I have spent 2 months travelling with them this year so they feel like family to me). I am ready to leave India and head home but as I sit in the taxi on the way to the airport with horns blaring all round, I see people picking up rubbish and putting it in bins; there are posters for a conference “Technology for a Quieter India”, signs urging people to conserve fuel and places for pollution checks. We have noticed the pace of change even in the month we have spent here: a building that was in...

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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 11, 2013 - Lazy Day in Delhi

Delhi - International Airport Our last day in India! We say goodbye to Sue at about 8:30am and wave her out. At 9am we walk down the street to go for breakfast. We do know a hotel that serves an American breakfast with porridge, omelet and toast. We get many requests to take a tuk tuk but we tell them we want to walk. We are all alone on a rooftop restaurant and have to wait a long time for our breakfast. We entertain ourselves by watching school children practice a kind of dance and do physical exercises in the open space below. Boys and...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Back in Delhi

Delhi Wake up call at 4:30am and then the job of trying to organize so we are ready to disembark the train at 5am. It is on time! Eke's group has more trouble because the older couple is still sleeping and so we cannot collapse the middle bunk to use the bottom one for our luggage. We are able to pull them from underneath and put them on the middle bunk. We arrive on time and again we are amazed at the number of people and vehicles in and around the station at this early hour. A bus is waiting for us and we are transported through a...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Delhi

If a 5.00am disembarking wasn’t bad enough, Karin decided to switch the main light on at 4.00am and proceed to piss everyone off – including the rest of the train!! We reach Delhi and are transferred by bus to our hotel. It is a very strange ending to our tour because it is still not 6.00am and there are 2 day rooms for 12 of us to share. Sebastian heads off by taxi to stay with a friend. Naveen is going home to see his family before he starts a new tour this evening – so there are hugs all round and the rest of us wonder what to do with...

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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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