India

I.N.D.I.A. – I’ll Never Do It Again

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 in Blog, India | 12 comments

I.N.D.I.A. – I’ll Never Do It Again

As I walked out of our hotel in New Delhi this morning the intense stench of rotten trash filled my nose and I had to hold my breath to suppress a gag reflex. Just a few steps further the smell of urine was so strong I felt close to suffocating. I saw an Indian woman walking next to me holding her robe against her nose to filter out the stink and the smog. To my left a tea vendor snorted up slime from the depths of his throat and spat it on the ground right next to my feet. A dog was rummaging through masses of trash, his tail tugged in, his life a miserable tale of garbage-picking and being...

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Yoga in Rishikesh & Leaving India

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Yoga in Rishikesh & Leaving India

Dates of travel: 11/5 – 11/8/2012 Rishikesh is known as the yoga capital of the world. With hundreds of Ashrams and yoga masters all throughout the town, tourists come from all over the world to get the “true” Indian yoga experience. Usually, we try to avoid touristy places except to see specific sights, but after the difficult experiences we have had with the locals, we decided that a place full of tourists would be perfect for us. Furthermore, we figured that some yoga, relaxation and focusing on spirituality would be just what we needed after having been sick. We went to Anand...

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Staying on a Houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Blog, India | 1 comment

Staying on a Houseboat on Dal Lake in Kashmir

Dates of travel: 10/31 – 11/4/2012 Jammu & Kashmir is the northern-most state in India. We had been reading a lot about its beautiful mountains and friendly people. Plus, again we were excited about cooler temperatures. To get there we took a 12-hour train from Delhi to Jammu and then a 10 hour bus ride to Srinagar, a mountain town with a lake full of house boats. We decided to take the sleeper train since this way time would go by faster. The train station as well as the train was super crowded. We had 4 other people sleep with us in the same compartment and there were 3 beds...

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Delhi

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Blog, India | Comments Off on Delhi

Delhi

Dates of travel: 10/28 – 10/30/2012 We had decided to spend only one week cycling in India, then store the bikes in Delhi and continue by public transportation for another five weeks. We felt that this way it would be easier to keep our sanity. Plus, it enabled us to see many more parts of the country that we wouldn’t be able to reach by bike because it would take months to get there. Hind side, our first week in India was much better than what was to come and if we had left at that time, we could have avoided a lot of negative experiences. When we tried to load our bikes on a bus...

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Agra and the Taj Mahal

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Blog, India | Comments Off on Agra and the Taj Mahal

Agra and the Taj Mahal

Dates of travel: 10/26 – 10/27/2012 Cycling into Agra was a mess of busy traffic. At one major intersection we saw how a motorcyclist hit a car. The driver got out of his vehicle, grabbed the motorcyclist and punched off his helmet before punching him in the face. My guess is that vehicle insurance isn’t very common in India. We found an inexpensive but clean hotel right outside the gates to the Taj Mahal where we stayed for two nights. Turns out that the next day was one of the only two days of the year when entrance to the Taj was free of charge. Lucky us! When we entered...

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Dussehra Festival

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, India | 2 comments

Dussehra Festival

Date of travel: 10/24/2012 I usually try my best to find out about festivals in the particular country we are at. Indian people like to party and there are so many festivals in different locations that I gave up on my research. It was a nice surprise when after a long day of cycling we walked out of our hotel to get some dinner and got to experience a really neat festival. The name is Dussehra and it celebrates the prevalence of good over evil. The festival was held in a large square with huge wooden statues set up in the middle. Thousands of people were gathered. Someone was counting down in...

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