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Travel Blogs from Jammu
We passed through Jammu and stopped at the old palace and had a look at the view, we were now entering the Jammu kashmir region and we could see the landscape change very noticeably after the outskirts of the city, there was lush forests filled with monkeys and ...
... a long way away, so it really made sense for him to fly. He left for the airport at 5:30AM.
ALL DAY BUS RIDE
We were on our way to Amritsar some 500 km south. We planned to overnight in Jammu to break-up the journey. We walked to the corner and took an auto rickshaw the kilometer and a half to the public bus stand. We knew a bus would take longer than a car, but ...
... too soon!
The sky opens, and it turns out the bus has a leaky roof. Leaving the flat plains behind, we wind our way once more up into lush green hills. The downpour grows more intense by the minute, and I have to shift seats.
And here we are - Dharamsala! It's a 5 minute wait for the connecting bus to McCleod Ganj and I find myself in comfortable Sharma Cottage, which has big rooms and hot water, all for about #3 a night.
Time for a good sleep, I reckon!
... It had been a long 26 hours and we didn't want to go through the hassel of getting a 2nd class ticket, trying to find a sleeper seat, bribing the conductor, blah blah blah. Then we talked to the tourist desk and they said there was a train direct to Mumbai! only 32 hours long! Special train that only runs every week or so. It left the next morning. We're so on it!
... there are several temples, but I wasn't bothered about these) so in the afternoon I tried to find an Internet centre. Trying to find one, which was actually open, was an exercise in frustration and took most of the afternoon (although in the process, I did have a wander through some bazaars and bought some things, too). I had a classic Indian unhelpful/misinformation incident during my wanders - ...
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