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21st May 2013
The Golden Temple

Truly impressive! I wonder if he needed help putting it on?
21st May 2013
The Golden Temple

The turban is armed!
Yes, it was an amazing turban. I've just added another picture to the blog showing that it was also very high as well as very wide. I have no idea how he managed to put it on (or take it off), but he must have very strong neck muscles as it clearly weighed a ton. I've also now learnt that he is a Nihang, a famous and prestigious armed Sikh order. The metal bits on his turban are weapons!
21st May 2013

Silly Walks
We couldn't have put it better! David and Janice The Grey-haired-nomads
16th May 2013

Lunch reincarnated
Lovely blog Mike and just shows one can always write about something! Love your description of dinner!
From Blog: Pong stinks!
16th May 2013

Dinner was the last straw - almost...
...we still had breakfast to contend with! It was unlike me to write such a whinge but it was a story that was waiting to be told. Sadly, this hotel hasn't got its act together - great location, great view, a pity about everything else.
From Blog: Pong stinks!
13th May 2013

Pong pongs!
Come on Mike. Don't be hard on yourself. One duff moment amongst so many great delights in our 35 days is a pretty good record, I'd say. Fond memories of the other 34! David - the rear half of the grey-haired-nomads
From Blog: Pong stinks!
13th May 2013

Thanks David. Fortunately, that old birders' saying: 'one Hirundo rustica does not a summer make' proved more or less true!
From Blog: Pong stinks!
13th May 2013

The wisdom of hindsight
You may owe Janice and David a nice dinner for this one although it is not your fault the web site lied. This is one of those times when you are thrilled you only planned to stay for one night.
From Blog: Pong stinks!
13th May 2013

One night was one night too many!
Fortunately, the nomads forgave me - and, the day after we returned, I compensated them with the full English breakfast they'd been missing for five weeks!
From Blog: Pong stinks!
13th May 2013

LOL
I loved this blog..i could almost smell the ''I came all this way for that!'' look you must have had. Thanks for the heads up on Pong :)
From Blog: Pong stinks!
13th May 2013

Perhaps we should have got back into the car!
I spent most of my working life in the travel industry and can honestly say there's only a handful of hotels that I'd never stay at again. This one tops the list! It's a pity because, with refurbishment and the right investment in people and facilities, this could be a worthwhile stopover.
From Blog: Pong stinks!
7th May 2013

Great blog Mike
We've decided we want to travel with you and the nomads the next time we go to India. Thanks for sharing.
From Blog: Dhasa!
7th May 2013

Where to next...?
Thanks Dave and Merry Jo. It would be an honour to travel with you. I may not head back to India for two years (I have to eke out the pension), but I'm already thinking of possibly a bit of Gujarat, perhaps the Ganges, maybe the Himalayas. Then there are all my friends in Rajasthan... Oh dear, it's such a big country and there's so much...
From Blog: Dhasa!
7th May 2013

TIBET IN EXILE
Having been to Tibet I can only imagine the home of the Dalai Lama in exile would be a dream destination. Lucky you are to have been there. does it have an Indian feel or is it overwhelmingly Tibetan?
From Blog: Dhasa!
7th May 2013

Mcleod Ganj - Tibetan or Indian?
Well Dave, Mcleod Ganj does have an Indian feel about it - Indian people are still conspicuous, English is widely spoken, litter is evident, most hotels provide Indian food, and so on. At the same time, there are so many Tibetan refugees there (as well as the Dalai Lama, the temple complex, the monks and all the Tibetan goods on sale) that it can sometimes feel as though this isn't India at all! As you'll have seen, we immersed ourselves in the Tibetan bits though - and thoroughly enjoyed doing so.
From Blog: Dhasa!
5th May 2013

Envious!
Fantastic read, clearly more experienced than I - some great info, thank you! Wish I was back there. Enjoy the rest of your travels... :)
5th May 2013

A fantastic country...
Thanks Natalia. More experience? Well, yes - but I'm a lot older too! And, while I've been to many of the same places as you, it's clear that you saw things I haven't yet got around to - Mother Theresa's Sisters, bathing elephants, SISP and The Ark, to name but a few. But, as I always say, you have to leave something for next time... Enjoy Singapore and Australia.
28th April 2013
In the village

THIS. IS. BEAUTIFUL.
Just spotted this in the forum on kids' photos. Gorgeous!
From Blog: Into the unknown
28th April 2013
In the village

The village girl
Yes, she was so natural and asked me to take her photo. I'm arranging to send a copy to her. It's one of my favourite pictures from our entire trip. Glad you like it too.
From Blog: Into the unknown
24th April 2013

Driving the lonely highway
Just a few months ago we rode on that lonely highway. Coming from the U.S. where you'd never find a highway with so few automobiles it was odd. Looks like you are having a good time. Continue on.
24th April 2013

The weird Yamuna Expressway
Thanks Dave. Yes, it was certainly weird - compared to every other road in India, this was ghostlike! We're now back home in good old Blighty and have been for a while, but there are still blogs to complete - another three or four at least! Watch this space...
13th April 2013
A camel bus!

Camels, camels everywhere
I am impressed with the number of camels you have seen and photographed during your time in India. I spent almost three months there and never sighted a camel bus!
From Blog: Agravation
13th April 2013
A camel bus!

A bus_y time in India
Thanks Shane. I may sometimes be disparaging about poor old camels, but I can never resist photographing them!
From Blog: Agravation
11th April 2013
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

Whatever
Oh I know that technically speaking its not a masterpiece. But then again, I rarely look at things technically...
From Blog: Agravation

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