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... than the trains!
So we arrived in Chandigarh, which is an unusual Indian City. It was designed and built in the post-independence period, 1950s, using the architect Le Corbusier, who has designed the city using a grid pattern, with each area known as a sector - 17 being the shopping sector, 35 hotels and restaurants etc. It is certainly a different city to the others; tree-lined wide, straight avenues, round abouts, very little ...
... fruit juice, then a variety of banana which is quite straight and tastes just like a banana does in the UK, the Indian ones are far sweeter. I am then presented with small bowls of curried vegetables to taste plus some coconut dessert. Everything has been freshly made for the celebratory dinner. We leave and are heading to have lunch in a restaurant so that I can see first hand the traditional Onam meal. On the way we stop off at a large church so I can see ...
... ul>On the plus side, when I live to tell the tale (not tail, luckily), I guess it makes for an entertaining story.
We all live on a Houseboat in Kerala (but for one night only) <--This title didn't work out so well
We took a tour on a houseboat through the Kerala backwaters. We had our own boat staffed by 3 people (a cook, captain and engine operator/general assistant). The backwaters were beautiful, seawater in the form of a really ...
... by getting it back again! This time it was much worse, going full speed through villages with a bus packed with women and children. Overtaking at full speed and not picking up any passengers, we really dont know how he didn't meet a bus or a pole head on. But we made it, if not a bit ****** off with there stupidity.
Apart from this minor incident Kerala was great. We wanted to head up north as we have a flight from Calcutta to the Andaman Islands ...
... the middle of the Himalayan mountain chain.
The next day we drove a couple miles on a very perilous road to reach a village called Malana. After driving for the whole afternoon we found out that no road led to this village and had to walk 8km to get to it. The walk was probably one of the hardest things I had to do throughout the trip, as the sun set, we had to hike through the mountains on a tiny path with nothing more than ...
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