15 janvier 2007

Faces of India

Just to inform you we've just added a new photo album. The theme: Faces of India.
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15 octobre 2006

Renting a car and driver in India

Renting a car and driver in India is a great way to move around. We just came back from our trip to India, and we thought we would give some tips to ensure the trip remains hassle-free if you decide to take this option. Having a car and driver has a lot of advantages. No time lost in public transports, you go from point A to point B at your convenience. You eat when you are hungry not when the bus reaches destination, you go the bathroom whenever you want, no need to rush for breakfast or wait under pouring rain for a rickshaw or... [Lire la suite]
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13 octobre 2006

Plane Behaviour

. The line to get the boarding pass checked was everything but a line: the French expression ‘file Indienne’ should be in relation with the North American Indians.  Before departure, some people start wondering what all these buttons in their seat separators are for. So they start pushing them, observing carefully what the button will trigger. Some keep on pushing the flight attendant call button way after take off, without realising the sound it makes; the hostess rarely comes to the call. Other people think it is a... [Lire la suite]
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12 octobre 2006

Shopping tips for Rajasthan

. Back to Dehli where we head to the underground bazaar for some shopping. Nothing exceptional to talk about. Here are some general shopping tips and prices for Rajasthan. - Patchwork handbag (usual size): 100 Rps.  – Jaipur - Silk patchwork bed cover without embroidery: Do not pay more than 2000 Rps. The ones sold in Jaipur and Udaipur tend to be the most expensive but you find good quality in Udaipur. - Rajasthani puppets: The cheapest ones (same quality) will be offered to you during... [Lire la suite]
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11 octobre 2006

People of Rishikesh

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10 octobre 2006

Rishikesh

. I sit on the hotel veranda facing one of the numerous ghats. It is early morning. The sound of the bells announcing daily aarti by the neighbouring temple got me out of bed. The water in the mighty river is going one way, carrying with it the sacred rituals that fervent believers had deposited with care in the hands of mother Ganga last night at 7.30 pm. Petals of roses, flower beads, banana leaves, and the rest of candles seem to have divorced from the beautiful floral arrangement that they constituted last night. The... [Lire la suite]
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09 octobre 2006

People of Haridwar 2

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07 octobre 2006

Enjoying Aarti

. Coming to Haridwar was total improvisation. So we are kind of lost in that city as to what are the good spots to go to. We grab a brochure in our hotel room and decide to go to the Manasa Devi temple by cable car. A nice experience overlooking the city and the Ganges. On top of the mountain, people rush to pay their respects to many deities. It is a shrine dedicated to Mansa Devi, wife of Nag King Vasuku. Little by little, we start to recognize the top stars: Krishna is always with a music instrument and many times coloured... [Lire la suite]
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06 octobre 2006

People of Haridwar

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05 octobre 2006

Haridwar

. After a 5 hour car trip, we arrive in a chaotic parking lot near the riverbank. We start walking in search for a restaurant and a place to stay without much success, and as we do, we observe and take pictures. We finally settle for the Haveli Hari Ganga which reveals to be an incredibly charming place to stay. We head out for aarti. Around 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. everyday, this ceremony is performed by thousands of pilgrims no matter what the weather conditions are. As we leave, it starts pouring heavily. We manage to grab an... [Lire la suite]
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