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Missing the Train to Jaipur

After Haridwar, we’re back in Delhi to change trains, heading off to Jaipur in Rajasthan. As we have a few hours to spend, we go on a tour organised by the Salaam Balaak Trust, who work with street children in Delhi. There are 200,000 in Delhi alone, so it’s a huge problem. Their work is […]

The World Capital of Yoga

In 1968, the Beatles came to Rishikesh to study Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 2013, Diane and Paul came to Rishikesh for a few days of yoga and relaxation. Maybe the experiences aren’t that similar, but I’ll bet the Beatles’ TM sessions weren’t interrupted by the chirping of the yogi’s smartphone announcing […]

Amritsar and the Golden Palace

We arrive in Amritsar late, as our train comes to an unscheduled halt outside the last stop before our destination. The guard is sitting near us, and is often on his mobile, so I pick up a couple of English words in his conversation: “power” and “failure”. After an hour or so, the train restarts, […]

Shimla, Chandigarh and Being Exotic

Well, off we went to New Delhi Railway Station to catch a train up to Shimla, in the hills. The station is predictably busy: the sheer press of humanity in the urban areas impresses us every time we see it.

After a quick change in Chandigarh, we arrive in Kalka to pick up the Kalka/Shimla […]

Arriving in India, Landing in Delhi

So, we landed at Delhi after a night flight, somewhat tired, and took a taxi to our hotel. The driver had some problems finding it, perhaps because Delhi is a big place, with 30 million inhabitants. It’s a pity he didn’t know that it is near the 108-foot high statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, […]

Around India by Train

Well, it’s been a while since we came home from South America. The summer was great this year, but the nights are drawing in now, so we’re off to warmer climes: Istanbul for a few days, and then Delhi. We’ll be travelling around Northern India by train, which should be top fun. We’ve got our […]