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... there was a delay which can easily happen, I wanted to be ensured that they were in a comfortable place. It is also interesting to learn that most of the hotels that we stayed operate on a 24 hours concept. That is so say that assuming you check in at 9.00 pm, then your check out time shall be 9.00 pm the next day. I am only seeing this in India. Having traveled 17 countries, I have never seen this practice elsewhere and it is indeed a good ...
... myself to be pushed with the crowd through the corrals and into the sanctuary, the small idol of Lord Ventekashwara watching me from afar with his glowing red eyes. I quickly made my wish in the few seconds I could see him as the crowd carried me past. After some more time in sardinelike state and a mad rush out of the sanctuary, I finally felt like I could breath again. Oh, and everyone who visits the temple gets a nut-flavored sweet on the way out.
... of people), and disappointment (when it was all over). I also had great admiration for this pilgrims and their devotion to Hinduism. Aside from the incredibly waits in line they endure for basically no more than a minute of being in the temple, many of them men, women and child shave their heads completely bald just before visiting the temple. Barbers are lined up everywhere around the temple. Unfortunately no cameras were allowed, which is ok as I don't ...
... out a form declaring that even though we were Christian, we were declaring our faith to the god Lord Venkateswara. This process sounds straight forward, but up until this point, it had so far taken us one and a half hours.
Through some more gates, we skipped the line up of devoted Hindus and joined in on the smerge. This was where things got interesting. We had to cut into the line, a line that was crammed with thousands of men, women and children, ...
... go to the airport) Sara was hit by a real heavy stomach bug. It seemed that yesterdays fruitsalad had been prepared by someone in a kitchen with... lets just say "different" ideas about hygiene.
Not the best way to end things but hey! That's India!
All in all we had a great time in India and for anyone who wants to get away from the crowds we really recommend Andra Pradesh (and Gujurat). It's worth it.
Take care everyone.