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Tea, politics and a step back in time..., Kolkata (Calcutta), India travel blog

Tea, politics and a step back in time...

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... clearly had been constructed and then left to decay without any thought of continuing maintenance (quite the norm here in India unfortunately).  Discussed some of these as well as environmental, political and ecological issues at length while down ...

Training for India, Kottayam, India travel blog

Training for India

A travel blog entry by mxharris

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... land during it's struggle for independence, totally backfiring on its architects in London.  Anyone who has any experience with India, either vicarious or direct, will tell you that the trains are the way to go: fairly cheap, reasonably fast, and it ...

CHENNAI, CHENNAI, India travel blog

CHENNAI

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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We caught the over night bus to Chennai the state of Tamil Nadu. If you don't want to be harassed by rikshaw men when you arrive at a new destination simply leave your bags in the luggage storage at the bus or train station. Not all have them but when ...

"Do you like my India?"

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... fellow passengers. A middle-aged woman asked if I'd had chai, and we got off the train and stood at the chai stand, blowing steam off the top of the little plastic cups, and watching the sun catch the station roof. "Do you like my India?" she ...

Delhi Assurance, Delhi, India travel blog

Delhi Assurance

A travel blog entry by laurenandkris

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After a year in the life insurance business you can imagine my horror when, within the first minute of our first sight seeing tour of Delhi, our tour guide pointed out a huge, faceless orange-brick megalith and proudly told us "life insurance is the ...

Teerathpuri, Darchen, China travel blog

Teerathpuri

A travel blog entry by kailashi

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September arrives with a golden dawn and beautiful clear skies.  Teerathpuri is nearly 70 km north-west of Darchen. We hire Toyota land-cruisers. All the way through Parkha plains we drive on a trail amongst many which only the ...

Sensations of Epic Proportions and the New Knight, Delhi, India travel blog

Sensations of Epic Proportions and the New Knight

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... is fitting, but only capures part of the story; it takes an epic the size of Midnight's Children to capture a good part of the contrasts, diversity, emotions, spirituality, filth, corruption, and history of India, invented at Midnight on August 15, ...

Jammu, Jammu, India travel blog

Jammu

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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Annotated Bird Species List, Little Rann of Kutch, India travel blog

Annotated Bird Species List

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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The Species List, with brief notes, for those interested: 1. Black Francolin (Francolinus francolinus) Seen in many habitats with scrub throughout Kutch 2. Grey Francolin (Francolinus pondicerianus) Frequently seen throughout thorn scrub in Kutch. ...

India Nature: Kutch Backroads, An Essay, part III, Little Rann of Kutch, India travel blog

India Nature: Kutch Backroads, An Essay, part III

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... A large flock of sheep grazed in the grassland, confirming the difficulty of nature conservation and environmental education in populated India. And the shepherd had a face, a name, a family. Combined with nearby Nalia Dhond, the two grasslands totaled ...

India Nature: Kutch Backroads, An Essay, part IV, Little Rann of Kutch, India travel blog

India Nature: Kutch Backroads, An Essay, part IV

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... of the Wild Ass Sanctuary, the final worldly of the Khur. Only around 3,000 Khur remained after once ranging broadly around India. Along with the tiger, lion, rhinoceros, and dozens of other species, the story was the same: several thousand individuals ...

Vipassana and the Eightfold Path, Bodhgaya, Bihar, India travel blog

Vipassana and the Eightfold Path

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... more aware of my body. Now I can concentrate my mind better. Now I can react better to the sometimes difficult street scenes of India. Now I can gain more insight into the human body and environment. It's not easy. As I write this ten days later, my ...

India Nature: Velavadar Black Buck National Park, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India travel blog

India Nature: Velavadar Black Buck National Park

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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On the coastal plains of Bhal in Eastern Gujarat State, the Black Buck (Antelope cervicapra rajputanae) roam the tawny and burnt umber grasslands punctuated by acacia trees. Soaring, gliding, and hovering overhead, Pallid Harriers, Black-shouldered ...

Mmm Manali, Manali, India travel blog

Mmm Manali

A travel blog entry by izzie

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"Is-rae-li men, Hallelujah!" -- what The Weather Girls didn't sing. ~~~~~ Ahh, Manali! How I love your weed lined streets! Not. But every cloud has a silver lining: in this case it came in the form of an awesome shop selling Kullu shawls at ...

Ladakh is the crack, Leh, India travel blog

Ladakh is the crack

A travel blog entry by izzie

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19 hours in a share-jeep driven by a guy who bore an uncanny resemblance to Rufio from 'Hook'. Good choice to sit in position 1 [front window-side] since sitting in 2 [next to the driver] means he grabs for your crotch every time he changes gear. ...

One Week on the Saurashtra Coastline, Dwarka, Diu, Somnath, and Porbander, India travel blog

One Week on the Saurashtra Coastline

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... drying fish filled the air, along with thousands of gulls, waiting for scraps. Nearby container ships and tankers displayed India's new economy, dwarfing the fishing vessels and the pilgrimage ferries. On my last day along the Arabian Sea coastline, ...

Jaiur - The Pink City, Jaipur, India travel blog

Jaiur - The Pink City

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... he has just driven over it. He stops the car gets out picks it up and laughs saying "its good luck to break mirror in India" climbs back in the car, puts the broken mirror back in its casing and we head off. It's almost rush hour and the traffic is ...

India - the first time, Darjeeling, India travel blog

India - the first time

A travel blog entry by paul

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Excellent trip. Working with a fantastic group in a great location and helping wonderful people - the Tibetans. Trekking was one of the best I have done (after with PNG ...

Gay-dar in India, Jaisalmer, India travel blog

Gay-dar in India

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... driver's encyclopaedic knowledge of stars and songs is something unimaginable for straight men in the west; here, it's typical. Men in India will loosely hold each other's fingers for a few moments then disengage to lightly hold hands as they walk. It's ...

The Desert Fantasy and the Hill Station, Jaisalmer, rajasthan, India travel blog

The Desert Fantasy and the Hill Station

A travel blog entry by fishtails04

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I've moved on...no longer the colonial memsahib, in my new fantasy I'm Lisa the veiled lady, hidden within the shady walls of my luxurious haveli in this desert fortress town of Jaisalmer, looking out through the delicately carved sandstone window ...

Fawlty Towers, Alleppy, India travel blog

Fawlty Towers

A travel blog entry by escapetherace

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... through the seven days and came out all the wiser in the end. One day we took a tuk-tuk to Alleppy beach, and the India that we were experiencing summed itself up nicely. An oldish guy wandered into the sea and proceeded to drop his keks and wash his ...

First look at the University, Pondicherry, India travel blog

First look at the University

A travel blog entry by mxharris

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... bump, we enjoyed seeing the Foreign Students Hostel where we will be living.  The floors are a beautiful red marble from north India and the rooms have more of the modern conveniences we wimpy American students depend on.  Hooray for the end of ...

Yalitong la Mole Singing in Zanskar, Padum, India travel blog

Yalitong la Mole Singing in Zanskar

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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"Yalitong la mole" souded from the fields of Zanskar.  T'was harvest time, and the locals were singing their happy harvest song.  Periodically we would sing out the window of our vehicle, to the villagers, as we drove through Zanskar back to ...

Suprising Delhi, Delhi, India travel blog

Suprising Delhi

A travel blog entry by themurphys

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... had rolling hills and big trees and there were over 400 hundred stalls set up in thatched huts selling crafts from all over India. Add to these kites, dancers, singers, drums, puppet shows, coloured umbrellas, food from every region of India and of ...

Pink Bits?, Jaipur, India travel blog

Pink Bits?

A travel blog entry by lucinate

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The night train from Bikaner was absolutely freezing and the snoring seemed to be louder, consequently neither of us slept well and were not about to put up with any shifty rickshaw drivers on arrival in Jaipur. But for once we received very unusual ...

Celebrity Encounter in Leh /  the Road to Srinagar, Srinagar, India travel blog

Celebrity Encounter in Leh / the Road to Srinagar

A travel blog entry by fishtails04

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Along with my 4 trek-mates, I was set to leave Leh at 7 a.m. on Tues. By happy coincidence, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was arriving in Leh at the same time. So we joined the throngs of Ladakhis lining the few kilometres of road from the airport ...

Touring stunning Sikkim, Gangtok, India travel blog

Touring stunning Sikkim

A travel blog entry by nickiemoore

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... Sikkim immediately felt peaceful and comparitively affluent. According to the guide book this is because China has never officially recognised India’s claim to Sikkim, which was independent until 1975, so the Indian government has made it a ...

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India travel blog

The Taj Mahal

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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So we left Bharatpur in the morning heading east to Agra. This was going to be one of the big highlights of the trip because Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, arguably the most magnificent structure in the entire world. The bus to Agra was only an hour and ...

Travels with Two Buddhas: Meditation and Knowledge, Walking in Buddha's Footsteps in Rajgir and Nalanda, India travel blog

Travels with Two Buddhas: Meditation and Knowledge

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... can be difficult. This, I believe, is one of the main aspects that divide whether or not people love or hate India. Intuition, equanimity, faith, trust, awareness, and learning how to read people all become important in these situations, dozens or ...

Postal Service Tailors..., Cochin, India travel blog

Postal Service Tailors...

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... .  Now, you wouldn't think this seemingly simple task would require much however, you haven't ever tried to do it in India!  As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, there is a theft problem here apparently, so all packages have to be sewn up in ...

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