Exploring India 2009 – Delhi

Oct 23

Exploring India 2009 – Delhi

When I reached New Delhi, I felt like vacation was over. No more peaceful surrounding, no more cold weather and no more clean air. I was back to the India I know; car honks everywhere, dusty air, rubbish strewn all over the place, hot weather and beggars lined along the streets. I have one full day in New Delhi before my next train departs. I did not wish to spend...

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Exploring India 2009 – Shimla

Oct 21

Exploring India 2009 – Shimla

Shimla is one of the three hill stations in India. The other two are located in Darjeeling and Nilgiri. All three are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. The only reason I wanted to come here is to try out the narrow gauge toy train from Shimla to Kalka. From Kalka, I can take another train to Delhi. Like any other state capital in India, Shimla is a little bit...

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Exploring India 2009 – Manali

Oct 19

Exploring India 2009 – Manali

After enduring almost 8 hours of van ride through the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh, I finally reached Manali safely at the break of dawn. I didn’t have proper sleep during the bumpy journey. Instead of sleeping after checking in to my room, I decided to do a 4-hour trek up a mountain to realize my dream of touching a real snow. I was totally flat...

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Exploring India 2009 – McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

Oct 16

Exploring India 2009 – McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

As I moved further north, things began to change. When I arrived at McLeod Ganj, I didn’t feel like I am in India anymore. In fact, I felt like I was in Tibet. The climate, the landscape, the people, the food and the culture are everything Tibet. Why Tibet? OK, here is some brief history lesson: Because of the unrest in Tibet during 1950s, more than 250,000...

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Exploring India 2009 – Amritsar

Oct 14

Exploring India 2009 – Amritsar

I continued my journey up North to a city named Amritsar. I arrived with a couple from South Korea who was on their way to Pakistan. After Taj Mahal, I felt like there was nothing else I wanted to see. What else could be more interesting than the seven wonders on the World? I was so wrong. India is more than Taj Mahal. There are many more interesting places and the...

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