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

Published in: India | 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 …

Published in: India | 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 »

Trying to send a parcel from New Delhi

Published in: India | December 18th, 2007
Indian Children playing Marbles (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Postal services the world over get a bad rap. India’s postal service is no different. Yet, the parcel still managed to get delivered. There’s a full Travelogue story on this here It reads better than the below with no misspellings. I took no chances and was at the New Delhi Railway station… Continue reading more »

What’s there to see in New Delhi for a day?

Published in: Nepal | December 18th, 2007
The Red Fort Entrance way, Delhi, India (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Day two of my whistle stop tour of New Delhi. Too much culture all rushed into one day. But somehow it worked, and saved me a lot of time. Again I was at the tourist office nice and early. Today was the Delhi tour. yesterdays tour was not so bad. And the… Continue reading more »

Visiting the Taj Mahal, and leaving my mark on a world heritage site

Published in: India | December 17th, 2007
The Taj Mahal in Agra, India (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: A day tour to the Taj Mahal in Agra, a mistake if ever there was going to be one. I was out of time. India was not doing it for me still, it seemed to be the best option to speed things up. A 5am Cold Pizza for breakfast on a prepaid… Continue reading more »

Becoming a tourist again, in New Delhi

Published in: India | December 16th, 2007
Indian cow in the sun (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: The capital of most cities I’d learned was never the best place to experience a country. New Delhi may well be one of the exceptions. Pressed for time, I was about to become one of those tourists. I was surely back in tourist land. Bacon, eggs, oats, coke and a papaya juice… Continue reading more »

Buying a train ticket from Amritsar to New Delhi should be easy …

Published in: India | December 15th, 2007
A very patient Indian Lady (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I’d already learned not to have high expectations. I was pushing these feelings as far down as possible about India every minute. True the Golden Temple was amazing, but the country continued to rub me the wrong way. Getting a simple train ticket was just another example. I was at the train… Continue reading more »