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Trip End Aug 15, 2006

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Holy freaking Jeasus H tap dancing Buddha! .....India

Delhi...Can you smell what the Coooows are cooking??!?!!(Sorry Rock) If you can't, be thankful. Let us set the scene; dusty, hot air that blasts you in the face like a freshly opened oven, throngs of people pushing past and around you in a calm but steady rush, flashing colors of red, green, hot pick, orange, and any other color imaginable as women in sarees walk by, baskets balanced on tiny heads, and the smells....LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE SMELLS!!! And if you forget the way back to the hotel just look for the landmark at the entrance to the alley. Landmark? What landmark? Why the URINAL at the mouth of the alley, what else! And did we mention the cows; the freely roaming and POOPING cows that have free reign to go, do, and do-do where they please?

Add that to all the other stories, rumors and horror stories we've heard about travel in India and, well, so far I have to say we're a bit bored. Well, not bored per say but after all the hype we've heard about India and the excessive poverty, the heat, the crowds, the noise, pick pockets and the like I guess we just expected more....intensity? Not to knock India or poverty for that matter but I've seen the same and worse in Central and South America. Yet we digress. I guess what I'm getting at is 1:India is by no means Central/South America and B: Don't let the rumors scare you away from visiting India. Damn, that was a lot of writing to come up with a one sentence explination.

We have, by no means, spent enough time in India to give a proper discription of the country, it's peoples & cultures or any thing else. We have a very limited time to exlore a tiny section of this massive subcontinent so don't give us any shit if we did or didn't like something about India that you just loved.

That being said, we're not all that hot on India...

But Scott! Rachel! How can you say such a thing! This is your 1st India update! Come one, give the country a chance!

Fear not gentle readers, we were and are doing our best to get into India. You just have to keep reading the upcoming blogs. I'm just setting the tone....watch where you step.

We did 2 things right as soon as we got to Delhi(not counting not stepping in cow crap or eating beef). The first thing we did was we got a room at the Hotel Namaskar and meeting one of the owners, Mr. Rajinder Kumar Budhraja. Mr. Budhraja is the man when it comes to local Delhi do's and don'ts. You want to know about it or need help with it, he's the go to man. Second thing we did was to book a private car to tour our chosen section of the country in. Not having tons of time to explore and hampered by the monsoons in the south of the country and limited by the freakin heat and bandits between Calcutta and Delhi we chose to explore Rajasthan and to do this, we employed the driving skills of one Mr. Shamhoo.

Rajasthan is a state in the North Western section of the country. We also snuck into Uttar Pradesh to visit Agra and the Taj Ma- freaking love you to death -Hal. Our plan was to zip around the country and see as much as possible in a limited time and we did pretty damn good at that thanks to Shamhoo.

So, we've set the tone for India. Keep reading and see if Montazuma was really an Indian who got deported to Mexico or if thats just another bad rumor. Hmmm, come to think of it, Columbus did think he found a new route to India....hmmm, that explains alot....

Who knows, we may even find a way to add photos as well!

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