India Round Up

on Tuesday, 30 March 2010

So we have now finished 1 month already and time has just flown by, it seems like only the 2 weeks we had originally planned to spend here. I totally underestimated the size and just how much there is to see and we only ended up seeing a small selection of cities. You could spend 6 months here easily and still not see anywhere near everything. The differences were huge, on one street you could walk down and see families camped out by the side of the road, with only a sheet and rubbish everywhere. Five minutes down the road we would walk past a Rolls Royce show room. Down in the south and further up in Rajasthan the heat could be unbearable, but then up in Kashmir there was snow and you could actually ski. The most amazing thing was just how chaotic everything was and how they seemed to have developed the most complicated way of doing things, there washing being one of them. The roads were amazingly bad and the Indian people just have absolutely no patience, no concept of queuing and in a lot of cases but not all, no manners. The hassle was sometimes annoying when you were tired or felt ill, but in general was just a bit of fun as long as you could resist and even though we tried so many different get out clauses they always used to have an answer. In the end sometimes you would just have to walk off and blank them to get away. The highlights for myself was obviously the Taj Mahal which does unlike most things live up to the hype, and also the Golden temple in Amritsar, some reason the people there just seemed more polite and friendly, I came to the conclusion that it was down to the religion and that the Sikhs were just more chilled out. Amritsar really was the highlight of India and was not even a place we had planned to visit. Their border change was a real highlight and is something that should definitely not be missed if you visit India. Although we have spent well over our planned budget, we have also done much more than we had expected, but I also feel that we have missed out on quite a bit too. India is definitely a country I will return to and as it is so cheap you could spend months here on very little money.

Highlight – Wagah Border ceremony

Lowlight – Delhi Belly

Comment of India - Tom - “Why don’t we try a Draw-t Kingfisher”

Funniest Moments -
  • Tom being nicknamed Air pig.
  • Me falling of the back of the boat and smashing into the outboard.

  • Seb's chat up line.

Our Last Day In India

We wake up at 8am, as Seb and Rob are leaving for Mumbai, so say our goodbyes. Today we had nothing planned until the afternoon, when we had to get the bus to the India/Nepal border. We lazed around all day, sitting in the hotel rooftop restaurant and just played a bit of poker with a few other people. It’s just not fun without money though! I take a few photos of the Ganges from the rooftop. We left the hotel at about 4pm, intending to catch the 7 o'clock bus, we thought the bus station was about an hour rickshaw ride away. We jump in to the most beaten up rickshaw you have seen, with parts falling off all over it and we have the worst rickshaw driver so far, he is absolutely mental, weaving in and out of people and even driving down the wrong side of the road. It only takes about 20 minutes, probably because of his ridiculous driving, but luckily there is a bus about to leave so we jump on that left at 5:00am. This is the worst bus ride so far by far, as it is on a public bus and the roads are absolutely dreadful! For 10 hours we don’t sleep at all and although the bus is pretty empty, so we can lye down, it is so bumpy that every 5 minutes you would literally jump two foot of your seat and crash back down on the lightly padded seats. We were going to be battered and bruised by the time we arrive at the border.