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Oct 4, 2005 - Hmmmm and Hampi...

Well, my god, what a journey! The bus seats were so hard my arse has seat sores! In addition, the seat for two was more like a seat for one - half the night one half of my arse was in the aisle whilst the other half was so numb I wouldn't even feel someone hammering a nail through it! (One of the few, and I mean few, advantages of having a big arse I guess - you can't feel it when it goes numb, although it wouldn't be so numb if it wasn't so big as one would be able to fit there whole arse on the seat - although that wouldn't really be the...

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Oct 2, 2005 - Mysore

(click 'show all 8' to display all photos and double click photo to see a bigger version) Arriving early on the overnight train from Chennai, we reached Mysore. Known as the 'City of Palaces', and perhaps most famous for the very well maintained old maharajah's residence, Mysore Palace. On our first day, time in Mysore was spent exploring the palace and the nearby (beautiful and chaotic)Devaraja Market. On the second day we took to the surrounding local countryside to visit a stunning example of Hoysala temple architecture at Somnathpur,...

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simon goes global

Oct 1, 2005 - Guru

We arrived in INDIA today, and it is just as crazy as we thought. WE don't really have much to write because we just arrived, but when we post picutres from here they will probably be some of the most interesting. Until then we will be studying Yoga with Guru Master Ji in Bagalore which is in the South. Check back later for some amazing photos.

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Sep 17, 2005 - gokarna - holy cow's ear?

We had planned to leave goa midweek and travel inland to Hampi, but the travel arrangements proved quite complex one way and another so we put off our visit to Hampi til a later date. Having conducted a quick straw poll of our Indian travel experts (many thanks to Deb, Chinese Daniel, Nick and Stu) we received a hot tip. We headed a short way down the coast to Gokarna. The aforementioned experts were unanimous in their judgement that this was the best place in the whole world. "The beaches are better than anything in Goa!" "Picturesque"...

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Jul 21, 2005 - Bijapur

A suitcase fell from the luggage rack and came down on my head. I have a black eye, a small cut on my hairline, and a bump on my head. I don't look mean and sexy. I look as though I've been beaten up. Still, passengers on the bus felt sorry for me and I gleefully munched on their give-aways for the remaining hours on the bus journey. Bijapur's main attraction is Gol Gumbaz, a rather silly-sounding name for the mausoleum of a long-dead Muslim ruler, whose name I've forgotten to record. It's a massive structure, inelegant and bulky, but...

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Jul 20, 2005 - Badami

Badami is the type of town I like. It has only one main street (you cannot get lost), and within one hundred metres of the bus station you can locate a decent guesthouse and a good selection of restaurants. Food and board aside, the reason to see Badami is to marvel at the caves cut into the hill. You climb fifty steps and before you is an entire temple carved out of solid rock. It is sculpture in reverse and inside out. There was no guide avaiable to take me through the place, so I'm a little ignorant about how the stone carvers achieved...

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Jul 19, 2005 - Hubli to Hospet to Hampi

I'm tiring of the larger towns. Mangalore is off the list. For me, they are less cities and places of civilisation that an agglomeration of ordure. Without exception, the large Indian town is polluted. For the time being, I'm down-sizing (now there's a term I loathe). Time to see Hampi, sine qua non, I am yet to come of age as a backpacker. My third visit to the subcontinent and I am still yet to visit the seat of the former Vijayanagar kingdom, the last great Hindu empire and mythical home to Hanuman, a major player in the...

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Jul 18, 2005 - A lack of taste

I had planned to visit Kochi and Kozhikode in Kerala, but despairing of a long wait at the station, I boarded the bus to Mysore. This city is the site of a particularly over-the-top palace. The Maharajah had it built in the first years of the twentieth century. Designed by an Englishman. Constructed with materials imported from across the planet. It may well be the epitome of European opulence combined with the boldest of Indo-Saracenic. It's bizarre. It's tacky. The exterior is a riot of arches, turrets, covered walkways. The interiors of...

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Jun 21, 2005 - Adrian: BA BA.......BA BA BADADADA BA BA!!

After several hours on the road we now find ourselves at Sai Bubba's ashram in Puttiparti (aka middle of nowhere!!!) lots of stuff going on here but i think its time for it to go. The teachings are still based around control and fear and the total seperation of the sexes. A few examples 1.women must not walk outside without a scaf????? WTF 2.women serve do everything that involves the food i.e. cooking, cleaning, preparing, 3.men and women must eat at opposite ends of the halls 4.Sai devotees must not make friends with other...

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MADISH 2005

Jun 19, 2005 - Adrian: To be or not to be that is the question

Time to leave Sri Lanka, it just so happens that instead of having confirmed seats we are waitlisted..... checked with our travel agent and the next available flight is 2 weeks away ........... thanks but no thanks. With much thanks to my uncle Ryan and his Wife's inside airline contacts we found out that there was every chance of getting a seat if we waited at the checkin counter. 2 hours of waiting at the airport with no seats paid off as we waved goodbye to Sri Lanka and hello to India.....

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MADISH 2005

Jun 4, 2005 - Waiting for Amy.

Mel's travelling companion Amy is still in Bangalore with a chap named Tom. She should have been here by now. Mel arrived and hadn't got an email from Amy. They're both late in fact. Mel missed the first 17 minutes of the Hampi Premier of Star Wars Three/Six. I was the only guest in attendance at Princes Restaurant. The quality of the DVD was appalling. A counter at the top of the screen clocked the movie as it ran. Between the noisy dialogue and the hilariously inaccurate Indian subtitles it was difficult to work out what was going...

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May 28, 2005 - Oh, am Mysore

The first of seven stops is one of Mysore's seven palaces, the Art Gallery. More of a museum than a gallery. Places like this seem to scam me by charging a small entry fee and then including something so ridiculously lame that I can't resist taking a photo of it, then they charge me Rs10 for using my camera. These people took my camera off me at the door, I suppose I should be thankful. Stop two, an unscheduled visit to a silk shop at a hotel. Stop three, the Temple and the Bull (third largest nandi in India, it's nice, but it's just not...

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