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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 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 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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Oct 22, 2015 - More Masala Please

“If we didn’t already have our tour booked we would skip India altogether.” I've lost count of how many times either Lauren or I said that in the lead up to our trip to India. Any conversations we’d had with other travellers were divided into two camps - the lovers and the haters and those that love to hate India. There seemed to be more haters but our enthusiasm was not lost on India because of them, but rather because of the dangers for women. Especially western women and it seemed there was no shortage of people wanting to tell us this....

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Jul 30, 2015 - The Imperial Hotel

We hebben gisteravond afscheid genomen van onze groep. Gezellig in een restaurantje met weinig wakkere obers. "Dit is geen rode wijn ober, dit is warme rosé. Neem maar weer mee". Dan maar witte wijn. "Deze witte wijn is warm ober, heeft u ook koude". Nu is nee zeggen een probleem hier dus het werd ja. Het duurde even. Bij de koffie kwam die aanzetten met een iets minder warme rode wijn. "Ober, heeft u die misschien in het vriesvak gelegd?". Ja zeggen zou geen probleem moeten zijn maar gezichtsverlies weer wel. Maar nee zeggen is ook weer...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Terug naar Delhi

Vanmorgen om kwart voor zeven aan het ontbijt en om kwart over zeven met een andere bus en andere chauffeur en bijrijder naar het vliegveld van Varanasi. Onze vaste driver en sidekick moesten een uurtje of 18 terugrijden naar Delhi en waren al weg. Het vliegveld was een oase van rust. Niet alleen voor Indiase begrippen. Er was echt geen mens te zien behalve airport medewerkers. Dan zo zou je denken dat ze ons groepje van 11 man vlot en efficiënt verwerken. Dat dan weer niet. Ze hebben alle tijd voor je en daarom gaan ze extra grondig...

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