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Dec 8, 2012 - Haridwar, Uttarakhand

December 4, 2012 Finally left Delhi two days ago. Destination Haridwar. Mannish gave me really good directions get to the highway but I fucked it. I don’t know what it is but this time in Delhi I get all turned around. Sure it’s a big city (12mn) but I roughly knew my way around last time. Now is like south is north and vice versa. I can’t wrap my head around it. I asked a few people and found my way. The city seemed to go on forever. I am sure that I went through two or three cities that had now blended into Delhi. At one point I got...

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Apr 26, 2010 - Khumb Mela - The largest gathering of humans on the planet!

One of my favorite memories in India, also happens to be one of my last. Just for a moment, imagine sitting at a cafe and watching the entire population of Omaha, Nebraska walk past the window in the time it takes you to finish your latte and the morning paper. Well, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing...all week. Considered not only the largest human gathering on the planet, but also one of the oldest (dating back to 10,000 B.C.), “Khumb Mela” draws millions of devout Hindu’s on a country-wide pilgrimage for the opportunity to bathe in...

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Apr 10, 2010 - Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kumbh Mela

Nach Kalkutta, Varansi und Delhi verlangten unsere Koerper wieder nach frischer Luft und angenehmen Klima. Also hiess es: Dem Ganges entlang - in den Norden Indiens!!! Indien hat das groesste Bahnsystem weltweit, trotzdem gab es 16000 Personen auf der Warteliste fuer den Zug nach Haridwar. Diese Tatsache war nur eine Kostprobe auf die Menschenmassen die zur Kumb Mela wollen. Es gibt aber immer Restplaetze fuer Touristen und so setzten wir uns in den voellig ueberfuellten Zug nach Haridwar. Als wir den Zug verliessen, erwarteten uns...

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Der ferne Osten

Feb 1, 2010 - The Kumbh Mela 2010

The Kumbh Mela is a large, religious(Hindu) gathering and people from all over the world come to bath in the Ganges to cleanse their sins, increase fertility, and increase wealth. It occurs in four locations in India and happens every 6 or 12 years (depending on the location) at Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain, or Nashik. The 2001 Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad, had over 60 million people there (over 45 days), making it the largest religious gathering in the world. This year, I went to the one held in Haridwar. I took the overnight train up to...

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Jan 20, 2010 - Haridwar

Our train is late so I have a bit more time to do some updating.... After 2 days in Rishikesh we made our way to Haridwar. It was only about 20 minutes away by car but now we're on the Plains so it's considerably colder. We took in another Ganges night prayer ceremony and I bought some beautiful bangles but other than that there's not much to report. Now that we're out of the mountains we wake up to a thick fog that rolls in from the north overnight. All of the trains and planes are either delayed by several hours (or days) or cancelled all...

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Tamara in India!

Jun 1, 2009 - Inadvertant Visit to Hindu Holy City of Haridwar

June had an auspicious start today. We arrived this morning in Haridwar on the overnight bus from Delhi before 7 a.m. Upon arrival, I inquired at the bus stand about transport on to Ramnagar. From the puzzled looks on the faces of those we asked, I immediately sensed we were nowhere near Ramnagar. As we would quickly learn, Ramnagar was not 1 hour away, as the agent who sold us the ticket in New Delhi had claimed, but rather, between 4 hours - in a private car - and 6 hours - a public bus - . We had been duped by the travel agent across...

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Break From the Law

Sep 16, 2007 - Haridwar

You will al be pleased to know that we are both still alive after our first little taste of india, not to say that it was the nicest food we have ever had but it was not that bad! The bread out here is soooooo good, puts english nan to shame, but the curry is almost to hot to handle! After our grub we had a bit of a mare at the train station and ended up spending above the odds for a bus ticket the following morning to haridwar. So in the morning we left for the place where we bought our ticket, thinking we would catch the bus from there...

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Dec 10, 2005 - Haridwar

Every once in a while when I shift in my seat a certain way I am reminded that early this afternoon, upon paying the auto driver his 30 Rupees to take me from Pahar Ganj to Connaught Place (CP), I crossed the small street and jumped up onto the sidewalk. Up and forward I jumped, a nice Fred Astaire move, till I landed on a mess of bird seed, nature's little ball bearings. Had I known I was going surfing forward I'd've been fine, of course. That's my kind of fun, like ramp surfing all the way through the Armenian and Jewish Quarters into the...

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Oct 31, 2005 - Haridwar - where the Himalayas spill the Ganges

As our train trodded beneath the sunset on a push to the northeastern state of Uttaranchal, bombs were exploding behind us in New Delhi. Terrorism reared its persistent and ridiculous head just hours after we left the capital. Of course, even if we had been in the city any chance of us being in harm's way was slight. Nonetheless, when we began hearing the news - first on the train, and then in our hotel - it was bit eery to know that we had just missed the chaos and calamity of the explosions. On the eve of the large Dewali celebrations the...

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Oct 7, 2005 - Life at the Ashram and Return to Civilisation

Well we never thought that it could be said about India but arriving in Manila was like re-entering civilisation, after our trek across Zanskar. Whilst we were trekking and before retiring to our tent for the night, we would seek out a suitable place to go to the loo. The last thing you want to be doing when you are 4000m up a mountainside is to be wondering around in the dark half asleep, so this nightly jaunt had become part of our routine. However, when we reached the sanctity of our hotel room I was very tired and a little confused by...

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May 26, 2005 - Washing Away Our Sins (pictures one day, we hope)

From anti-American slogans hung near mosques to begging conartist yogis or the ubiquitous cow patties, India's religous fervor is inescapable. Chris and I, too, wanted to find religion in India. So we headed to where the Ganges (the Ganga here and yes pot grows by the side of the roads as a weed)leaves the Himalayan foothills and meets the plains, Haridwar. We endured a long, hot bus journey, much intense staring, and a very in-Chris's-face brass band. I think the horn guy had a thing for him... We arrived not feeling quite that chipper or...

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Mar 19, 2005 - Haridwar

Our last stop in India :-( This is where the Ganges officially leaves the Himalayas and it attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims every day. We saw them swim, drink and bathe here during the day. At night we watched a ceremony where flowers and burning candles were floated down the river on banana leaves. Amy got the full Hindu treatment, having to repeat an incomprehsible mantra in Hindi and be blessed. A life defying trip in a cable car to a hill-top temple gave us a great view of the surrounding city. We also witnessed many pilgrims...

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