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Travel Blogs from Solan
... Each time we entered a tunnel they would to a man, and woman, let
out a huge cheer. This was originally intended to amuse their children, of which
there could have been at least 200, but the rest of us were soon taking part
with great gusto. The party atmosphere increased as they unveiled huge bags
full of interesting and revoltingly unhealthy looking snacks and drinks. These they
generously shared with everyone else but then, to our horror, dispatched ...
... there is Nek Chand's rock garden. In the 50s a road supervisor started to collect building waste and made sculptures from it. Then he placed them in the parklands of Chandigarh, altering the landscape by building walls, huts, walkways and all sorts of other things. Remarkably, his art borrows from the organic forms of nature itself and therefore reminded us a lot of Gaudi's creations.
... opinion soon changed when we arrived and he tried to charge us double. He said what we agreed was per person not total. We thought what he said was reasonable so didn’t barter at all. We met in the middle and walked away somewhat aggrieved but he did earn his money!
They reckon 5000 people a day visit these gardens; they are really off the wall as it were. As you enter you are met by a maze of recycled sculptures ...
... debating practices, pujas, Bon mythology and tradition, an amazingly colorful and beautiful monastery temple with huge statue of Buddha, Tonpa Shenrap (the founder & teacher of Bon), fantastic library, silence of Nature around... made my experience a very uniquely wonderful. Sometimes I compared that to the loud surrounding of some ashrams...it's not the same. But then, aren't we all have different needs? I am thankful for that.
... had more than Michael Palin hardbacks and buddhism books on offer.
I decided to stock up, as 10 hour bus journeys tend to last forever if you've got nothing to read.
Next stop is Varansi, but at the moment we're back in Paharganj in Delhi waiting for our train on Monday. There are worse places to be stuck though, and we've taken the opportunity to re visit some of Paharganj's many nice bars and resturants, they've even got footy on the telly now the IPL is over!