Archive | July, 2010

Varanasi: the holy dump

Varanasi is the holiest of Indian cities and stands proudly on the banks of the River Ganga (Ganges). The city draws pilgrims from around the world to worship, to meditate but, above all, to bathe. For a Hindu, it is the place to be born and the place to die. We came here because we […]

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The stunning Taj Mahal

We have come to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. It is one of those must-see, must-do, not-to-be-missed sites that is almost mandatory for any visit to India. And it’s worth every moment spent there. We arrived on the 0600 express train out of Delhi, a surprisingly pleasant experience other than having to step around […]

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New Delhi and old ways

In Delhi at this time of year you can either be fried or baked depending whether you are inside or outside. The daytime temperature is in excess of 40c and the sun is like a furnace that wilts all living things below, especially a couple of white-fleshed English who think that a temperature of 30c […]

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