More Indian madness.
Trip Start Nov 27, 2012
20Trip End Feb 24, 2013
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Dalhousie is another hill station and army barrocks which was used by the British and has more recently become known for its good schools
The next two days were set aside for trekking so we were up fairly early to drive up to the start of our first days trek. The temperature has been dropping as we have headed further North but it was still a surprise to see snow on the ground at the start point of the Trek. What followed was two very tiring days – extreme downhills followed by very long uphills. Not a great idea to wear new outdoor shoes so am now nursing some nice blisters.
In the Chamba Valley we stayed at an organic farm on the side of a very steep hill which can only be accessed by a fairly steep mountain path
We are now in Amritsar home of the Golden Temple and close to the Pakistani border. After the peace of the mountains it has been quite a shock to return to chaos – noise, pollution, congestion. Ah, back in to the India we love. The Golden Temple was spectacular and it was amazing to see the thousands of Sikh pilgrims who come to visit. Like the Sikh temple in Delhi there is a community kitchen here serving free meals and here they serve 10,000 people each day!
We ended the day with a visit to the border with Pakistan to see the madness that is the border closing ceremony. Described by Rough Guide as a "Monty Pythonesque" it is impossible for me to describe how crazy this experience was. Only in India!
Indian Lonely Hearts : Reading the personal ads in the papers really makes us chuckle. However, we’re yet to find one as good as the one that appears in the book I am currently reading about Delhi:
WANTED: Life companion for 28 year old, good-looking boy, well settled in decent job, suffering from sexual disorder, i.e acute premature ejaculation. Girl should either be suffering from the same disease or is not interested in sex otherwise.
What’s in the papers : “Four die as train hits car near Pathankot station… Railway crossing gates were open, gateman absconding”. A rather worrying headline when we drove to Pathankot station yesterday.
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