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Nov 24, 2015 - Last night in India

We eventually reached the Hilton hotel after about 2 more hours due to the incredible rush hour experience of Delhi's smoggy 12 lanes-in-each-direction gridlock wonder. Apparently we were each supposed to have a room for 4 to 5 hours in order to freshen up and rest before most of the group was to head to the airport at 10:30 pm for a 1:30 am flight to Beijing. Brian and I had booked a $31.00 room as I mentioned earlier, but it was back the way we had just come so we knew it would be another 2 hours in a cab to get there. Meanwhile we were...

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Nov 23, 2015 - Agra to Delhi

The photo of the marble side table that I posted yesterday is an example of what the Taj Mahal is made of, and how the same process was used on both. Hand crafted Rajasthani marble, we were told, is the hardest marble in the world, as the molecules are so tightly bound together. Who knows if this is accurate, but the manufacturer did give us an example of how It does not break, crack, stain, nor can it be scratched or cut by sharp objects. He also poured Pepsi on it and left it to show it was impervious. The design is made of semi precious...

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Nov 21, 2015 - On the road to Agra

We rise at 6 am to ready ourselves for a 12 hour bus trip with some stops. There are many forms of transportation as we head out of the Ranthambore National Park area en route to Agra. We pass scooters with 3 and 4 people astride, bullock carts which always remind me of bible stories, gaily decorated tractors hauling sand for road construction, a van filled with cauliflower, auto rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws, bicycles with three people aboard, donkey carts, wedding carts, huge trucks loaded with supplies for city folk, jeeps, tourist buses...

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Nov 20, 2015 - Photos

We have great tiger photos but they're on Brian's camera and my cell phone, so I can't post them here. I also have great video here on the iPad but the wifi is too sketchy to upload. If you are trying to reach me via phone it won't work, because WhatsApp is trying without success to reinstall itself, but keeps getting booted off, and Vodafone has taken over my roaming service off of Aircell, and won't allow calls or outgoing text messages. Such is the cyber scene, except for those who pay big bucks on plans and have access through roaming...

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Nov 20, 2015 - Tiger

Huge success!! After about 3 hours of patiently waiting and watching many other birds and animals, we saw our tiger. She is 21 months old and the only female in the litter of three, from Krishnaa, a female made famous by a National Geographic film called Tiger's Revenge. She is in Krishnaa's litter of 15th to 18th kits. We were assigned to section 4 of the Ranthambhore National Park, a random computerized system of assigning tourist groups to specific areas to reduce impact on the 55 tigers within the park. She is still mainly with her...

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Nov 19, 2015 - En Route

En route from Pushkar to Ranthampore (to hopefully see tigers) we see great stooks of millet piled all over the countryside, recently harvested. The fields are being prepared for mustard. The greens are steemed like spinach in winter. The sed is used for cooking. Or more importantly, to be pressed for mustard oil which is used up north for cooking, the same way coconut oil is used down south. Grasses, tall, similar to what we know as pampas grass is grown for thatching the roofs of Adobe huts to live in during the summer months as they are...

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Nov 19, 2015 - Camel Fair

It's 6:30 am and we're sitting on the bus waiting for the tour members to settle up their bar tabs from the last two nights of 'glamping' here in the Thar dessert of Pushkar. We have stayed in large canvas tents, with twin beds, and adjoining flush toilets and showers (with hot water between 7 and 8 o'clock). The bedding provided was over-the-top. 2 very heavy comforters and a very soft blanket. In fact, the comforters were so heavy (maybe stuffed with camel hair?) that I had to discard one, in order to be able to roll over. The peacock is...

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Nov 17, 2015 - The Pink City

Jaipur has 4 million people and is called the Pink City. It used to be all white from whitewash, but it was blinding in the dessert sun, and during an official visit from some long ago dignitary, someone ground up some of the local rock and added it to the whitewash making it a browny, tawny, ochre colour which fades in the sun to a lighter colour that some foreigners call pink. And thus the nickname of 'the pink city', as opposed to Jodphur, which is called the 'blue city'. We set off early to get to the line-up before 8 am to ride...

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Nov 15, 2015 - Jaipur

The train from Delhi to Jaipur was late in arriving at our station, so we were entertainment for lots of Indian families who wanted more photos of Brian. We had 2 minutes for all of us to board before the train began pulling out of the station. We had AC coach chairs. Rather grubby, and our seats faced backwards the whole way! But I didn't have to do the difficult booking, and I'm enjoying turning the reigns over to the tour company. We did however, have breakfast included, which I scarfed down, and Brian declined, due to the greasy look to...

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Nov 14, 2015 - Busy Days

Saturday was the 150th birth anniversary of Nehru, plus it fell on the weekend, and is called Children's Day, dedicated to kids. So the Delhi traffic was 'light' comparatively speaking with it's 12 million cars, for our city bus tour, as many people were enjoying the holiday or going to the parks with their kids. Seems to be a lot of holidays in this country. The group they have put us in is composed of about 32 people with about 6 of us coming from Canada. The lady from Vancouver fainted after her long flight as she got out of the vehicle...

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Nov 13, 2015 - Luxury

Okay, so now we are feeling guilt of another vice. Luxury. Is that a bad one? We were picked up at the Delhi airport by a tour representative from "World Spree", the company we booked through in March. Ramu took over my cart and pushed it out of the airport chattering away about how welcome we are in his beautiful city (which is in fact so thick with smog that it is almost hard to see across the street). He led us to the car park where we climbed into a luxurious AC cooled vehicle with comfy bucket seats, explaining the rules of India to...

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Nov 8, 2015 - Doing Delhi

Feeling much better, we had a relatively short train trip to Delhi. Our hostel was conveniently located a few minutes from the Old Delhi train station, near a subway stop. We were very wary of Delhi, as we had heard horror stories of fellow travelers being manipulated by unscrupulous "travel agents" and rickshaw drivers, who flat-out refused to take them to their desired accommodations and even convinced some into spending hundreds of dollars to leave the city. We knew it was the dirtiest city in the world (15 out of the top 20 are in...

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