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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Ooty March 20th 2015

Pictures of the toy train between Mettupalayam and Ooty.... read more
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Havelock, one of the Andaman islands. We searched long time for the internet access and even longer for the postcards. If you knew how slow the connection here is, you'd understand why this post is so short... oh and the laptop broke down too. EDIT: I'm writing this from Bangkok, since there was no chance to fix it at Havelock. The laptop continues to be on strike, so thank God for Internet Cafes and Gaming Centers. But back to Havelock island. There are some lovely restaurants all over Havelock called "Barefoot"B3 Restaurant and Brasseries, which are somehow connected to the Hotel Resorts (same name) and Scuba Diving centre. They have an internet cafe too, right next to the fish market/big market downtown. Just keep in mind you should ask for the price first, since the internet ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Ooty March 19th 2015

We travelled hrs by car from Kodaikanal to Mettupalayum, the starting point for the "toy train". This was only an overnight stop, as there is nothing there. Had an early night as we had to be up at 3:30 AM to line up for tickets for the train. We had tried to make reservations two weeks before, but all reserved seats were sold, so we had to line up for two of the 25 standby seats. We were lucky we got there when we did, because some of the people that came behind us didn't get on. It was a very pleasant 5 hour journey up hill all the way to Ooty. The toy train is a small gauge train that was built by the British in the early 1900's to transport people out of the ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore March 19th 2015

I recently re-discovered a childhood craze of mine. As a kid, I would literally beg anyone I could find with a cycle to lend it to me for a few minutes. Those were not the days of speciality kids cycles (or at least we could not afford one), so a lot of us would 'half pedal' on adult cycles - yes, the big black heavy ones. Since we did not have one in our house, any guest or neighbour who had one fell victim to my persistent pleading. Well, 30 years later, I can afford a much better cycle, and don't need to plead anyone any more. I makes me wonder why I did not re-start cycling earlier. Anyway - I got myself a Schnell Jaguar 2.0 MTB about a month ago, and after a couple ... read more
Almost there.. that's my friend Tatha
That's me.. almost at the top
On the top... Conquered Nandi Betta

Asia » India » Andhra Pradesh » Visakhapatnam March 19th 2015

I had only a day to spare at Visakhapatnamh (also called Vizag) so decided to find best ways to utilize my time in this beautiful coastal city of South India. I reached Vizag on a Sunday morning which to me was a surprisingly lazy day with not many people on the road, despite a pleasant morning in this beach city. I had to take care of something personal after which I got a ride to RK beach by a gentleman. RK beach is named after Ramakrishna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramakrishna) who was the Guru of Swami Vivekananda. I was excited to be near the water but was not planning to get wet as I wanted to soak into the natures warmth. I was happy to take pictures using my mobile and relaxed watching the small and big waves crash ... read more
Submarine museum
Aquarium
Vizag beach

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur March 18th 2015

After about 16 hours in the sleeper-bus I finally reached Udaipurin the state of Rajasthan, the state of palaces, forts and Royals! Udaipur is home to about half a million people and I stayed in the old city which lies at the shores of Lake Pichola. I was very tired after my arrival in the morning, so I checked in and had a long nap. I woke up in the afternoon and went for a walk in the area immediately around my guesthouse. I went first to take a look at Gangaur Ghat (Ghats are staircases down the water) and had my first view of Lake Pichola. I crossed a bridge and wandered around the other side of town and then I came back and went to the Jagdish Temple, dedicated to a Hindu god called ... read more
"Blue City", Jodhpur.
Holi celebration in Udaipur
Sunset above Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kodaikanal March 12th 2015

Arrived in Kodaikanal Wed afternoon, after a lovely (sometimes scary) ride through the beautiful hills of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We hired a car to take us from Munnar to Kodaikanal. A little bit of a splurge, but the alternative was to take an 11 hour bus ride through all the hairpin turns on a very basic, uncomfortable bus. So, the car ride was wonderful; we were able to interact with the driver and he pointed out spots of interest and made stops along the way so we could take photos of the beautiful scenery. As we pulled up to the hotel, we were stalled by a procession or small parade going by. I have seen documentaries of the things we saw, very interesting. Along with drummers at the front and back of the procession, and ... read more
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Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra March 12th 2015

So it’s been three wonderful days in Jaipur and right now, I’m on the train to Agra. This is and will be most probably the only time in the 1AC (seating) car in India, so I’m rather enjoying it. We have the whole 56 seats car for us and another 5 passengers. Such a luxury in India. I got massala chai, which was delicious with the Nepal-honey from the nice gentleman back at the hotel. Richard is catching up on sleep, since we had to get up before 6am. The only downside of the location of our hotel in Jaipur was that since it was in the muslim part of the city, you hear the prayers from the mosque every couple of hours - unused to it as we are, it woke me up each couple ... read more
Faces of Taj Mahal
Beautiful people

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi March 12th 2015

Varanasi - oldest then any other still inhabited city in the world. Some believe, that death in Varanasi brings salvation. For me, Varanasi felt older then life. I was lucky, since the city was gentle and more than good to me. It allowed me to meet one of the nicest, wisest and funniest people I ever met. For that, I'm very much thankful. For a short time during this trip, I felt almost at home at Assi Ghat. If there is one place in India I'd like to come back to, it would be Varanasi and it's very special people I feel privileged to meet. I've been thinking what was that different from other cities in India (except Varanasi being - well - Varanasi). I realized, it's the people. We had the best guide ever - ... read more
Morning walk
Monkey on a bike
Laundry at the Gangas

Asia » India March 11th 2015

Donnerstag, 05.03.15 Kabir und Marion waren noch am schlafen, als ich aus dem Haus ging. Ich fuhr in die Stadt, was ziemlich viel Zeit in Anspruch nahm. Zuerst besuchte ich eine Moschee, dann lief ich zu einem Park. Von dort hatte man eine gute Aussicht auf den kleinen Chowpatty Strand. Das war dann auch mein nächstes Ziel, der Weg dorthin war nicht weit. Ich lief dann jedoch der Strasse entlang und wieder quer durch die Gassen, um die Häuser und das Alltagsleben zu sehen. Später ging ich mir nochmals die feinen vegetarischen Sandwiches kaufen und dann weiter zum Crawford Markt. Hier lernte ich zwei junge Inder kennen, mit denen ich mich eine Weile unterhielt, dann kehrte ich nach Hause zurück. Durch all den Verkehr wurde vorallem die Busfahrt sehr lang und ich kam erst gegen 21.00 ... read more
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