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Feb 11, 2005 - India - Karnataka - Bijapur

Namaste! In the end, Bijapur turned out to be quite an interesting place, despite the mosquitos and coackroaches of our hotel room. We visited Ibrahim Rouza Mausoleum and the amazing Gomgulaz with its whispering gallery. In the latter, it was possible to climb to the very top and not only enjoy the amazing views, but also experience your voice being echoed ten times... and you can be sure that locals were making good use of this facility. They just seem to love being noise, no matter where or how sacred the place might be. However, the most...

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RTW 2005

Feb 10, 2005 - Mysore: Unexpected Transfer

We left the national park and took a very bumpy bus ride to the busy city of Mysore. We couldn't work out our passage up to Goa till the following evening so we wound up seeing the city for a day, which proved to be a nice stop. We toured the extravagant Mysore City Palace, built by the Maharaja of Mysore at the turn of the century. We also walked through the city marketplace where we met an incence maker who showed us how incence is made and sold us some essential oils. We took a miserable bus ride to Mangalore where we transferred to a...

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India 2005

Jan 21, 2005 - Motorcycle Diaries

When I get back home I think I am going to develop a new video game. It will be called "Biking Through India." In this game you will be awarded points for the following while on your motorcycle: Dodging wandering bulls, erratic bicyclists, random, unaware pedestrians who carry large things on their heads, and barking dogs; extra points for staying on the road while missing insane on-coming bus drivers who pass around blind corners, 20 points for successfully weaving through herds of water buffalo, 2 points each for honking at Indian...

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Jan 12, 2005 - Mysore, India

Yesterday I climbed the 1,000 steps of Chamundi Hill to reach the Sri Chamundeswari Temple. Since pilgrms are supposed to climb the 1000 steps to the top, rather than take the local bus, I pictured hundreds of people clamoring to the top, elbow to elbow. Instead, I was completely alone. When I got to the top I was again surprised...there were about 1,000 Indians waiting to get into the Sri Chamundeswari Temple. All of them, presumably, had arrived on the tour buses which were strategically parked at the other end of a long row of small...

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Jan 8, 2005 - Badami

cari amici di tastiera, altre due cose su Gokarna, le prima riguarda la famosa spiaggia che dulcis in fundo siamo andati a vedere, il mare non e' cristallino anche perche' il fondo e' molto sabbioso e scuro e non c'e' barriera corallina, la sabbia al tramonto si tinge di giallo oro, ma la cosa piu' bella oltre alla fauna di frikkettoni ed ex hippi sono le mucche sul bagnasciuga e i cammelli guardoni e assonnati, abbiamo anche preso una barchetta per fare un breve percorso e fortuna delle fortune abbiamo visto dei delfini. Gokarna village e'...

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Jan 7, 2005 - Hampi, India

Hampi is breathtaking and mindboggling in a "Bedrock" sort of way! It looks as if God was playing Jax with huge house-size boulders here, so I keep expecting Barney Rubble or Fred Flintstone to appear. As far as the eye can see there are huge round boulders perched one on top of the other, balanced precariously to make large, artistic, hillsides out of rock. Amid the bouldered landscape are extravagantly carved rock temples - some two to three stories high - which are the remnants of what was once the capital of one of the largest Hindu...

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Jan 6, 2005 - Gokarna

ciao a tutti voi amici di mouse, siamo a Gokarna ormai da tre giorni, e ci sembrano fin troppi... il fatto è che il nostro resort, Om Beach Resort, in realta' tutto è meno che un beach resort, nel senso che la spiaggia è a 5,5 km (si esatto, cinque kilometri e mezzo). L'abbiamo scoperto appena arrivati, e nonostante quello che appare dal sito che potete vedere clicando sopra, in realta' appunto di spiaggia non ce n'è. Dato che pero' avevamo versato un congruo anticipo, abbiamo deciso di restare comunque tre giorni appunto, e ci siamo...

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Jan 2, 2005 - Arihally

Cari amici di penna ormai ci provo talmente tanto gusto a raccontarvi le nostre avventure che quasi quasi lo faccio anche da Roma, ma forse e' meglio di no,non credo vi piacerebbe, rischierei di lamentarmi un po' troppo spesso, e' meglio cosi', pagine rubate al tempo, al viaggio, alla lettura. Siamo partiti da Mysore questa mattina molto presto, grosso modo saranno state le dieci e mezza, (d'altra parte siamo sempre in vacanza!) cosi' dopo avere avuto l'incoscienza di perdere un paio di bus, abbiamo optato per la macchina, che alla fine si...

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Dec 31, 2004 - Mysore

Cari amici, non e' sempre facile trovare un internet caffe' e le connessioni a volte non sono delle migliori. Inizieremo l'anno quattro ore e mezzo prima di voi, spero di non portarmi questa fretta addosso tutto l'anno, ma questo 31 dicembre almeno riusciremo a mangiare le lenticchie, che praticamente sono il piatto nazionale e che mangiamo dal 13 dicembre ininterrottamente, speriamo bene! Ora ci troviamo a Mysore. L'India e' grandissima, piu' grande di quanto si possa immaginare, e' evidente che fino a quando non ci si trova qui non si ha...

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Dec 30, 2004 - Bangalore

Ce l'abbiamo fatta, scappati da Goa il giorno dopo cioe' oggi, volo per Bangalore, da cui raggiungeremo finalmente la citta' della seta Mysore con il treno, prendiamo un taxi prepagato e ci affidiamo piu' che alle mani alla panza di uno di taxisti piu' grassi dell'india, insomma o il volante o la panza, con aria rimbambita sembra non capire dove vogliamo andare, si perde, chiede informazioni a tutti, alla fine si paralizza al volante e grattandosi la testa non ha il coraggio di guardarci in faccia, poverino sara' il colesterolo! Con calma...

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Dec 25, 2004 - Mysore second visit

Friends, We arrived in Mysore for the second time on late Christmas afternoon after taking a train from Bangalore. We had an Indian dinner--we evidently missed the afternoon Christmas Buffet with Turkey. We are staying in a 4 star hotel since it is the Holiday and it is very posh--especially compared to where we have been staying. Tomorrow we are going to take the kids to the Raj's palace and then drive to the Tibetan Settlements.

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Dec 24, 2004 - Christmas Day - Bangalore

Merry Christmas Everyone! We have had one of the nicest and most different Christmas holidays ever. Even though we are in a predominately Hindu area, there are Christmas lights and large paper lanterns in the shape of stars adorning the occasional home and hotel lobby. Although we spent Christmas Eve riding all night in an a three-tier sleeping compartment wearing our street clothes and arrived at 6:30 AM in the teaming city of Bangalore, as we sat together in a nearby hotel eating a breakfast of cornflakes and South Indian curried...

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