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Feb 15, 2016 - Bus to Chandigarh

2/15 Went to Hotel Flyover for breakfast...American style, juice, omelets, toast, jam, and tea. Back to Hotel Ashirvad where we had spent the night. We got our bags and walked the short distance to the bus station. Our bus heading to Chandigarh was loading as we arrived...got seats close to the front and within 10 minutes we were on our way @ 11 a.m. ____ Only two hours on a toll way and we pulled into Chandigarh, a totally planned city of over a million. Quite a shock entering this very organized, planned layout. The bus station is quite...

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Mar 30, 2014 - Chandigarh & Windsong Manor

March 27 – March 31, 2014 Thursday we flew from Delhi to Chandigarh. One of the staff from Mok and Renu’s mountain home met us and Mok had arranged a second driver/car to accommodate the 8 of us with all of our luggage……thanks goodness for roof racks. Mok also hired a guide to give us a short tour of Chandigarh before we headed out to their home in the foothills of the Himalayas. On the way we stopped at the Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. Nek Chand was a government official who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957. It is...

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Dec 22, 2012 - Pinjori, UnionTerritory

December 21, 2012 I am in Pinjore a suburb or Chandgarh. I should reread my previous posts just to save time to see if I am not writing the same thing twice. I am suspect. I don’t re-read the posts of current trips unless I need to find some info. I don’t want to be remembered how bad my English is. But I know where I am and the circumstances to why I write the way. Fuck it. I understand it. Some people complain. Read page 1. This is for me. I was thinking about it today. Anyone reading my thoughts is coming into my country. My country...

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Nov 16, 2012 - Chandigarh, Union Territory

November 11, 2012 Lest we forget. We drove to Chandigarh today. It took about 6 and half hours. I slept part of the way. The front seat of the Ambassador reclines to almost horizontal We stopped for lunch on the side of the highway. I couldn’t eat much. One roti, a little dal and a little aloo ghobi. Last time I was on this highway it was only 2 lanes and now it’s four lanes highway with a meridian. Namaste Tours has never used this hotel before. It seems nice enough. So did the bed bug joint. I got rid of the bed bugs and my lung...

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Apr 21, 2010 - On to Chandigarh

We left Agra Monday morning to go back to Delhi earlier than our evening reservation. We had seen the Taj and we are anxious to start getting our bikes together to get on the road. In Agra, we had to change our train tickets, which was an undertaking, moving from one ticket window to another. We needed to purchase a general seating ticket, cattle car basically, and cancel our existing ticket. We were told that we'd be able to upgrade our seats once on the train. It somewhat worked in our favor, we upgraded to a sleeper car, but one without...

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Jun 28, 2009 - High Court of Himachal Pradesh at Shimla

Route: Chandigarh - Kalka - Dharampur - Solan - Shimla Distance covered: 130 Kms. Place of Stay on 27.06.2009: Hotel Radisson (Courtesy: Nirnimesh Dube) Enroute to Shimla, we stopped at the popular Giani Da Dhaba at Dharampur which was completely filled up and after a patience wait, we were lucky. However, luck seems to evade us in no time only to make us realise the importance of good times. We got stuck on the road for more than 2 hours since one part of the roads were being revamped. Our desire of reaching Shimla before evening and...

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Jun 27, 2009 - High Court of Punjab & Haryana at Chandigarh

Route: Jammu - Kathua - Pathankot - Hoshiarpur - Ropar - Chandigarh Distance covered: 373 Kms. Place of Stay on 26.06.2009: Hotel Aroma, Himalaya Marg, Sector 22C Nitin Sangra's house was at Kathua. After crossing dirty stretch of about 100 kms. we were at Nitin's bungalow. Looking at his beautiful mansion, we realised how difficult it must be for him and his family to live in a flat at Supreme Enclave. The house is surrounded by lawn in front and a huge backyard with servant rooms and a cow at the back. The hospitality of the Sangra family...

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Nov 20, 2007 - Rockin' in the Garden

Time for some rock education. Name that tune! I will walk with my hands bound, I will walk with my face blood, I will walk with my shadow flag, into your garden of stone. Extra bonus point if you can tell me what a shadow flag is. Now, Chandigarh is a planned city. Its labelled as India's cleanest and greenest. It probably is. But, Switerland it aint! Actually it reminds me of East Kilbride but without the neds. Back in the 1950's the India government commissioned some French designer bloke called Le Corbusier to design a new city which was...

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Oct 29, 2007 - A brief story of the wedding on the 28th of October

The wedding last night was quite an affair with almost 450 invited guests (one un-invited!!!). Duke seems to know everyone in town and I was introduced to dozens of inportant people (and a few beautiful children) - Adesh was with us and everyone adored him and he was very charming - smiling at eveyone. He reminds me of my grandchildren usually very well behavd in public. Of course Golu and Duke were beaming with all that attention their beautiful baby received! The newly married couple were stuck on a raised balcony and received many...

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Oct 27, 2007 - Going to Punjab

I had to get up at 06:00 because my driver was picking me up at 06:45 to take me to the train station. Of course Abid arranged that and the driver was on time. The poor "red cab" coolie here, had to carry my heavy suitase ( it contained two big bottles whiskey!!) on his head quite a long way from the car to right track. We had negotiated 200 Rubies ( approx. $2.25) but I did give him more - I am after all a "softie". My friends here give me hell when I pay more than agreed upon!! We soon on our way and even 20 minutes after departure we...

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Nov 29, 2006 - Hotel Scumbag

After the course at Tushita, Vib (Aussie) and I gradually re-entered the real world starting with a coffee and poached eggs at Moon Peak the great Tibetan coffee shop. We were sad to learn that the wonderful puppy Maggie who we had enjoyed had been knocked down outside the shop and had broken both of her back legs. We were told that a Dutch couple was looking after her and that they were planning on bringing her to Europe with them. Vib and I had a couple of days in Mcleod Ganj and then we caught a bus to Chandigarh, India's only planned...

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Slowly Slowly

Apr 15, 2006 - Chandigarh

Chandigarh's reputation as India's most organised city is entirely deserved. A far cry from the chaos of Delhi, it oozes calm and seems to move at a graceful pace set by the cool breeze that sweeps its wide green boulevards. The city's mood relaxed us immediately, and we spent 2 leisurely days watching Englands last ODI, roaming the amazingly organised city sectors, visiting the Art Museum (and in Navin's case, actually enjoying it!!), and chilling with the locals at the endless Sukhna Lake park. Le Corbusier, the French visionary who...

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