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Sunday, 10 June 2007

India 11th May 2007 - 9th June 2007

India 11th May 2007 - 9th June 2007 

The route
Delhi -> Varanasi -> Agra -> Sawai Modhapur -> Jaipur -> Ajmer -> Pushkar -> Udaipur -> Jodhpur -> Jaisalmer -> Ahmedabad -> Palolem -> Mumbai 

Distance: 4500 KM (inside India)
-> 1900 by Plane
-> 1270 by Bus
-> 1335 by Train

Travel Time: 71 hours (inside India)
-> 6 by Plane
-> 32 by Bus
-> 33 by Train

Sunday, 13 May 2007

13 May - Delhi - Varanasi

At 02:35 p.m. we´ll catch the flight to Varanasi.

Today we´ll stay at http://www.scindhiaguesthouse.com/

In the morning we're visiting the Red Fort and for a while Esther and me were the attraction :)
Esther was sitting while she was taking a picture of me, an Indian boy appeared on my side trying to be on the photo and acting like we was taking a photo of to guys closed to Esther... they wanted to take a picture of us... I sat also with Esther and the Indians began to take pictures of us. Also an old couple asked for a photo!!

In the evening we went to Varanasi. 1,5 hours plane, we get cookies and water, nice low cost plane!!!

In the taxi from the airport, I get my first Hindi lessons from a young Indian guy. We was very happy to explain me how to said "where do you want to go" = ap ka kahna ... hee??? I have forgotten :(

The hotel in Varanasi it’s like a 5 stars in comparison with the one in Delhi. Rooms have balcony with view to the Ganges, are clean and shower is also good :)

In the evening we went to ganga fuji restaurant, the owner were explaining us every meal. For the rest was the first Indian meal, for me not because I get the day before something.. I also tried the mango lassi, a drink made of milk and mango and I’m still alive!!!

Here you realize how you change when you feel it's dirty, we don't each much because everything looks dirty and everywhere smells really bad. For an idea: my breakfast was 2 bananas, lunch 3/4 of a sandwich Laura didn’t' like and the dinner at these restaurant.. And I’m the one who is eating at most!!!

After dinner a man took as to his house in order to show us silk things. We spent there almost two hour, after 5 minutes we had a lot of sarees in every color hanging over us.. At the end we just bought scarfs for 350 inr because we wanted to leave without buying the 4500inr sarees, after a lot of negotiation we could get 2 sarees for 2000 instead 9000... Bargain here it's very important :)

Saturday, 12 May 2007

12 May - Delhi

We get to Delhi after a quite long trip. At the airport Laura, Angel, Esther and Vicky were waiting for Oli and me. 
The first impression was how bad Indians drive, in a two lane motorway they do at least four, they horn all the time instead using the lights, then you can imagine how noisy it is..

The hotel wasn't great, bathrooms had a pot for water. For a minute we thought we have to used it for a shower.. we're laughing a lot.

After we were visiting the city, first impressions:
- dirty
- noisy
- crowd
- very dirty
- bad smell
- dusty air

Did I mention dirty????