Archive for the 'India' Category

Gorakphur to the Nepalese Border

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Travel Journal Overview:Travel is a great learning tool. It’s been one of greatest teachers. It usually works well, like when I took this train to Gorakphur , avoided all tourists and made it to the boarder. Only then I screwed up … or so I thought. It was 7.30am when I took a quick tour… Continue reading more »

Back on the trains, Varanasi to Gorakphur

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
Korean Buddest in Saranath, India (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I was used to India now. It didn’t bother me. In fact it never had, it was always about the tourists stories. But now I was leaving on the way to another country I had only heard about through other tourists. First though, another Indian Train trip. It just before midnight …

That Girl on the Ganges

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
A Flower Girl on the Ganges (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Quite often I will take from my journal here, and create a travelogue in my stories section. This is one such extract.  Below is the original blog write up.  While the following link contains a better written travelogue and story, including many more photographs. Accomplishing Something on the Ganges Bob had …

Traveling around Saranath India

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
Washing clothes in the city center (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Travels around Saranath, motorbike riding, and life in Varanasi. I was happy to be there because of the people. Yes I was sick. In fact it was coming in hard. We bundled into Waseem’s little white car yet again, this time for a trip to Saranath, a small Buddhist Temple type …

Varanasi – Ganges River boat trips

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
The Ganges Nightly Celebrations (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Varanasi had me won over on India. And things were only going to get better. It was 5.30am when Bob, a fairly big Canadian guy arrived at reception. I was waiting for the Italians to appear before our dawn river boat trip on the Ganges. We struck up a conversation. He …

Varanasi, the Ganges, the burning Ghats- I started to like India

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
Men at dawn on the Ganges, Varanasi, India (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: The guide book said the place was a nightmare, I didn’t believe a word of it.  I was right. Varanasi quickly won me over, and my true like for India became evident. I left the train and bid Garima farewell as she met her uncle on the platform. The station was not… Continue reading more »

Winning train lottery and spending the night with an Indian girl …

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
Indian Ladies at the Taj Mahal (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I was leaving New Delhi for Varanasi via train. In truth my rush through India was better than I had expected. I still wasn’t over awed by the place. But I could see the charm of the place. What’s more my planned Christmas meet up in Nepal had been canceled. All of… Continue reading more »