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My nearly three-month loop trip around India with Dragoman was divided into five separate trips which could be done as individual two or three week trips or combined into something longer. The first focused on main sights in northern India, the second on Rajasthan state, and the third on the beaches and temples of southern India. The fourth leg from Chennai to Kolkata was somewhat different in the sense of focusing more on cultures ad the hill tribes of Odisha ...
... It is very rare for non-hindus to be allowed in and we read in the guide book we maybe asked to sign a declaration of faith in Lord Venkateshvara. We did have to bring our passports and there was a lot of paperwork involved which our guide sorted out for us. Joining the VIP line (meaning shorter line and not having to wait between 12-24hrs to get in) we snaked are way up to another security checkpoint where our bags were checked and a more through pat down ...
... destination. As we were told that we were not allowed to take cameras in, we regretted the opportunity to get great views of the city on the way up. But oh well, we weren’t here for photography, we were here to visit a Hindu temple.
A we gathered our group, we followed our tour leader to the gate, then we were lead through to another section where, as foreigners we had to show our passports. Waiting patiently, we were then told that we each had ...
... 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.
Today we went to a big Temple. The temple is in Tirupati on top of a big mountain. We went in a big car and saw monkeys and deer as we climbed the mountain. We stayed near the temple in a guest house. In the evening we went to the temple and it is 1000 years old. There were 1000 people. We stood in line before we went to the temple. We saw the golden roof of the temple and the stone pillars. It was very beautiful. We saw a beautiful sunset over the ...