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Published: November 11th 2006
When I missed my flight to India the other day, I quickly set my self a goal that was to not miss any more flights before the end of this trip. and then when I missed my second flight to India the very next day, I realised that maybe I shouldn't be setting myself such high and unrealistic goals while on Holiday, so have chilled out somewhat, and am proud to say say that 3rd time lucky I finally made it to India.
It's not a pleasant place however. full on madness everywhere you go, with cars and Rickshaws honking at you, beggers with no fingers but puppy dog eyes, gutters clogged with black sludge, homeless people sleeping in the middle of busy intersections, flies hovering over piles of yesterdays rubbish, hotel rooms with rock hard beds, cold showers and Squat toilets, and if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all and need some fresh air... there is no-where for you to go, accept home, because in India there is a constant overpowering smell of dust, exhaust fumes, smoke, sewage, cow manure, and curries that follow you around everywhere.
however it has a certain magical magnitism to it
that over-rides all of the unplesantries that you'll encounter, leaving you wishing you'd allowed more time for your trip and learn't some Hindi before you came. I've met some travellers that have been in India almost 6months, and say that they're still a long way off understanding the real India. for me it's the colours, the faces, the food, the music, and the untalked about general acceptance of Religion that draws me. The Temples are so peacefull, Sikh temples in particular, and they always have 3guys playing and singing prayers inside them to create an amazing atmoshpere.
I spent my first few days in Delhi before heading North to a small Tibetan town called McLoed Ganj up in the mountains. that place is great, and the air actually smelt clean some days so I got all inspired on it and took up some yoga and cooking classes while I was there. also read a couple of books and did some nice walks into the surrounding hills so was a very relaxed russ when I finally drew myself away. next stop, Amritsar and the famed Golden Temple...
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