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Nov 26, 2010 - Dehli to Amritsar

Lisa.... Well, after a few hours sleep at the Chhoti Haveli, the driver picked us up to take us back to Delhi Airport for our flight to Amritsar. All went well and before we knew it we were on our way. I was a little anxious about whether or not our driver would be there to meet us. I was fairly confident as he had come so highly recommended on Fodors travel site, but you never know. We collected our luggage and headed through the doors and there was Ram waving to us and holding a bouquet of roses for both Susan and I. What a wonderful...

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Nov 7, 2010 - What day is this, where am I ?

So Friday already and another day in Shimla, another travel free day and the Indian festival of Diwali………………… should be a great day ! I decided to opt for breakfast in the hotel and was not disappointed, with a great selection of stuffed breads, chutneys and vegetable curry, washed down with a specially prepared cappuccino. You may have noticed that so far the breakfasts have been the best meal of the day and I suspected today would be no different. On leaving the hotel I made my usual way to The Mall and the middle/bottom bazaars and was...

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Mar 13, 2010 - Day of Surprises

Amritsar, a city of surprises. When we first found out that Vandana’s parents lived in Punjab I thought “isn’t that near the Pakistan boarder? Cool, maybe we can go see the Border closing / flag lowering ceremony that we have seen on travel shows” Well we were correct and made the plan. Surprise #1 When we first told some locals that we are going to Amritsar they said, “oh to see the Golden Temple.” “No, we want to see the boarder ceremony. What’s the Golden Temple?”, I replied. We apparently this is the equivalent of going to Rome to see...

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Jan 12, 2010 - Amritsar-Golden Temple

Today was jam packed. We visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The temple is a major pilgrimage site for the Sihks. It sits in the middle of a pond of holy water. Even in the cold, we had to take off our socks and shoes and walk on the cold hard marble of the temple and its grounds but it was worth it. We had perfect timing and were able to be inside the temple during the ending of a prayer session. We didn't stay for the langar (thank goodness), which is a massive community kitchen where everyone eats together. It's a wonderful concept...

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Tamara in India!

Nov 9, 2009 - Week One!

Hi Everyone! Wow - what a week! We arrived in Delhi safe and sound last Tuesday - it is mad! It is very difficult to try and explain what this place is like...polluted, dirty, noisy, chaotic (think Oxford Circus and multiply it by 3000) but somehow has it's own charm and we have begun to feel quite at home here. We've had some really difficult times here since we arrived - got lost on first night, spent 3.5hours wondering around various 'official government' tourist offices while trying to be scammed into buying rail tickets from them. But...

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Travelling Hamstyle

Sep 22, 2009 - Amritsar - India/Pakistan Border Closing Ceremony

Amritsar is on the Indian border with Pakistan - Lahore being the closest city in Pakistan. Each evening at sunset the two respective armies close the border and lower their flags. This is done with major show-boating and crowd participation on both sides. It's quite amusing really. I have to admit that the Pakistan crowd seemed more enthusiastic and vocal than their Indian rivals...but don't tell anyone here that I said that.....

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Sep 22, 2009 - Train from New Delhi to Amritsar

Up at 5:00 a.m. to get the 7:20 a.m. Shatabdi express from New Delhi Train Station to Amritsar – home of the Golden Temple. On the way to the station, by auto rickshaw, I passed people sleeping on the side of the road. Lots of them. Makes you think about our level of materialism in the West – something that stuck me on my return to Canada in the summer. NDLS is a pretty busy and unsavoury place, but the station master pointed me in the right direction and I wasn’t hassled as I sat on the platform waiting for the train. I booked a class 1A...

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Aug 9, 2009 - Border bravado

(please scroll down for english) Ogni pomeriggio, poco prima del tramonto, i militari Indiani e Pakistani si incontrano al confine per mettere in scena una straordinaria cerimonia di puro teatro. La cerimonia di chiusura del confine e' fatta di macismo e orgoglio, ma anche, nonostante le non semplici relazioni fra i due Paesi, di incredibile armonia. Da una parte gli spalti gremiti da Indiani, dall'altra quelli gremiti da Pakistani, in mezzo la cerimonia. Sembra di stare allo stadio. Giovani Indiani corrono verso il confine sventolando...

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Aug 9, 2009 - Amritsar, Punjab

Il Punjab e' una zona a maggioranza Sikh, i Sikh sono quella minoranza religiosa -un mix fra induismo e islamismo- che alcuni secoli fa ha preso le distanze dall'induismo, in particolare dal sistema delle caste e dalla grande devozione degli Hindu' per le varie divinita' rappresentanti aspetti di Dio. Se le donne non mostrano segni particolarmente diversi dalle altre donne indiane, gli uomini usano tutti il turbante, di diversi e sgargianti colori (uno per volta), alcuni usano la spada e altri oggetti, credono in Dio e seguono 10 principi...

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Jul 20, 2009 - Amritsar

Today in Amritsar we saw two absolutely breathtaking sites. The first was the Bagha border which is the border between India and Pakistan. We sat right in the front and were able to see the ceremony up close. The men were very intense as they attempted to disrupt the other side through dance. After the border we went to the Golden temple, one of the most beautiful sites in India. We went at night, and the temple was light up. by the end of the day, we were extremely exhausted as our train to Amritsar was 7:20 in the morning.

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I Love India 2009

May 8, 2009 - A day for decisions and actions!

Awoke with a dickie tummy so decided to take it easy for the day. It seemed to be the warmest day EVER just to add to my discomfort. Looking in search of AC after a short walk around the shopping area, I saw my oasis, "Coffee All Day"! Jog on I thought to myself:) Cup of Italian coffee in hand and a little (honest) chocolate muffin I immediately felt better. AC churning out all over the cafe was bliss. Stayed for a light bit of food to test the stomach but mainly just to allow me to stay longer in the lovely cool conditions. I needn't...

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May 7, 2009 - Tour of Amritsar with my own rickshaw driver

Feeling the heat getting to me, I took the offer from a rickshaw driver to show me around for the day. The driver seemed a friendly enough guy and it was definitely the way to get around as I took in loads including some bits not in LP. I've only got a couple of points to make on my journey to the Border ceremony. The bus was 15 rupees from Amritsar while one tuk-tuk guy at the bus stop in tried to get 300 rupees out of me for the return trip would you believe. Yes I hear you say! He also said there was not a bus back. Slightly worrying...

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