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May 6, 2009 - The Golden Temple

Jumped on a tuk-tuk from Kishor's thinking I was a little bit pushed for time but I needn't have worried as my driver had me there with loads to spare. I was met by Kingfisher staff as I entered the airport and led to the check-in desk. All very unryanair like and no more expensive really. Once the effortless check-in was done, I was then led to the departure gate without one once of my brain requiring to be in gear. The plane itself was spotless and the staff were very courteous. This was a cheap airline ticket I had bought wasn't...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Amritsar

Get into Amritsar roughly on time on the overnight train from Haridwar. After taking one look at the ridiculously packed free bus, splash out 20 ruppees on a rickshaw to the heart of Sikhism, the Golden Temple. Sikhism prides itself on it's openess and putting faith into action, so here there are no restricted areas, you can eat here 24 hours for free, and stay here for free too (donations always welcome of course), and so the atmosphere is at once sacred and welcoming. Whilst wondering around the environs of the temple, I came across a...

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Travels of a Kinnie

Mar 19, 2009 - Seeking the Sikhs

First off, my SD card won't let me take the pictures off. I know they're there but it takes a doctorate degree to get them off I guess. So, I am bummed that I haven't been able to include pictures of the closing ceremony or Amritsar. Hopefully I can get this figured out and my next post will catch you up on pictures. For now, use your imagination. - - - Amritsar is home to The Golden Temple and very good chapatti. I stayed in a hotel right across the street from the temple. I didn’t really know much about it before coming but it quickly...

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Hindiana Jones

Mar 17, 2009 - Pakistan vs. India

Pakistan Border Ceremony This was perhaps the best event I’ve attended while being here. I traveled to the border at twilight. The 30 minute drive was magnificent; I love seeing kids playing cricket in the fields, tractors hauling hay, women wearing saris and riding side-saddle on motorcycles, shopkeepers chatting outside, boys selling chai. I haven’t been able to get a picture but the make shift cricket fields I’ve seen have the cricket base (I don’t remember what you call it) built out of a stack of random bricks. When I arrived near the...

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Hindiana Jones

Jan 20, 2009 - Amritsar - The Golden Temple

After showering, my first place to visit is the Jallianwala Bagh. If you have seen the movie Gandhi, this is the park where General loony Dyer massacred 400 and injured about 1,500 during a peaceful demonstration. People stroll or sit in the park that after the massacre became a garbage dump until acquired by some local businessmen who made it into a shrine. Richard Attenborough was faithful to the script as well as this location and it’s a weird feeling walking around the park imagining the screams of terror and panic that must’ve been...

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Jan 18, 2009 - The Taj Mahal and onto Amritsar

HIGHLIGHTS • The Magnificent Taj Mahal • A seventeen hour train journey to Amritsar • Encounter the dread of the Travelling Ticket Examinar, AKA the 'TT' DETAIL After posting my BLOG I sit outside my room trying to copy my photo's from my laptop to a CD - no luck. Andrew wanders by in a trance, and I mean trance as he is a lost soul wandering aimlessly through life. He's 37 and hasnt a clue about anything but thinks he does (was I like that?). He hums and ahs and decides to sit and join me. I am eating tradition western-Indian food, its...

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Oct 25, 2008 - Amritsar, India

Before leaving Pakistan we tried one more time to find a place to print pictures for folks we met along the way w/o success. Ended up w/ heading out w/o mailing anything, bummer! Taxi to border was same driver who took us there yesterday for 800 r. rnd trip to the flag/border closing ceremony - left at 1:30 for 650 r. Good driver, safe and skilled which is important in this traffic!!! Took us until 4:30 to get into India, a whole Sikh gathering was entering India so we got caught in the middle...very interesting, a special bus all decorated...

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Dec 6, 2007 - Amritsar

Its over the border and into India. Wagah is the only official border crossing between Pakistan and India, and it was surprisingly quiet; I was the only one in the departure building on the Pakistan side. It was then a case of hanging around for an hour or so to see the border ceremony from the Indian side, and the Indians were noticably less passionate than their rivals. Whilst waiting for the ceremony to start, I got talking to an Indian couple who offered me a lift to Amritsar, and then bumped into them again that night at a restaurant...

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Where's Malcolm?

Nov 19, 2007 - The Ministry of Silly Walks

Amritsar is the holy city of the Sikhs as is home to their most holy site, the Golden Temple. The town itself is fairly non descript and really, apart from a few parks and the temple, there is very little to see here. Its another dusty, noisy Indian city for the most part but the temple complex, which is extensive, is a fantastically serene, spiritual oasis of calm amongst all the madness. The father of the Sikh religion was a guy called Guru Nanak. He sounds like an all round good guy. He based his religion around the tenets of basicaly...

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Batch's Blog

Oct 3, 2007 - Amritsar

Hey guys! After a very long and chilled out time with the Tibetans it was time to get back on with some real travelling! So we hopped on a couple more lovely public buses (gotta love those roof racks!) and headed of to Amritsar on the Indian/Pakistan border! For the weather worriers, its been hot and sunny all week cuz we're in the NORTH WEST not the north east as some of you think (Mummy Short, get your geography right!) We had to change buses at a town called pathenkot, which was quite routine.....untill, whilst steve tied our bags onto...

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Jun 19, 2007 - KKH and on to India

I'm back. Next stop was north to the Karakorum Highway, a six hundred K road through the Karakorum mountains which heads up to the Chinese border. For our trip we were going to within one hundred and fifty K of the border to the town of Karimabad. For those chums who did the Death Road in Bolivia, imagine going up it in an overland truck. Very narrow with steep drop always just a few feet away. Having said that, it was quite stunning with many of the worlds highest mountains on view. It took us two days to drive to town (and another two...

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May 13, 2007 - Amritsar to Shimla, India

We took an overnight train from Amritsar to Ambala and then Ambala to Kalka. We never really knew where we were but we knew the approximate time we should arrive in Ambala. What ended up happening is that Tommy and I had to jump from the moving train with our backpacks on by the time we realized we reached our stop, which was only a stop of a couple of minutes. Yes an adventure alright.

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