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Fireman

Holiday in India

Hope this might be of interest - my other half and myself had two weeks in India travelling by rail and coach between Delhi, Shimla, Jaipur and back to Delhi late November.

An amazing country, there's just not enough adjectives to describe it. My specific interest was the road transport (and curry, which turned out to be just as good as Glasgow's! ), whereas the other half loves railways, so we got the best of both worlds -







































cybers

That rail bus thingumyjig looks bloody awesome ... dangerous as hell but we aw need a wee fright noo and again.

Taj Mahal looks busier than the tourist shots they try to palm you off with but all in all looks fantastic.
Doog Doog

   Fantastic pics,Fireman.

I have a friend who's been travelling in India and her pics
are really good.
She's currently at the Everest Base Camp.
Fireman

cybers wrote:

Taj Mahal looks busier than the tourist shots they try to palm you off with but all in all looks fantastic.


The Taj was absolutely heaving and that picture was taken on a Sunday evening!

There was thousands of people there and apparently its like that most of the time. That enigmatic shot of Di sitting contemplating must have been when the place was shut as there's no way you could ever be that remote on a 'public' day.

Mind you, the place is everything they say - the marble used is translucent and picks up the pink of an evening sunset, pity when we were there it was misty. But never mind, it still was one of the highlights of our trip.  
Fireman

cybers wrote:
That rail bus thingumyjig looks bloody awesome ... dangerous as hell but we aw need a wee fright noo and again.


That one is in Delhi Railway Museum, but we saw one almost identical still running on the Kalka to Shimla narrow-guage railway.

There was a few Glasgow built locomotives in the collection - Dubs & Co springs to mind.
Gareth1974

One thing that always struck me about India was the appalling poverty and the disparity in wealth: families living in the streets under the shadow of billionaires skyscrapers - puts any arguments about such things into a different perspective.

To think that we still provide aid to a country that has a space program but still can't store and transport perishable produce from one part of the state to another.

Still it was fun zipping around in those little autorickshaws, drinking coconut milk and meeting an elephant.

The families on motorbikes are funny too: dad steering, son sitting on petrol tank and mum riding side-saddle on the back with the little girl held in her arms.
Beano

Fireman... wonderful and interesting photographs mate.        
womble

Fireman, did you learn any new sweary words going through the traffic?
Fireman

womble wrote:
Fireman, did you learn any new sweary words going through the traffic?


You know, even though driving there is manic I never once saw or heard anybody loose their cool.

Roundabouts for example, nobody bothers about 'rules of the road', it was not unusual to find a motorcyclist coming around the roundabout the other way! Everybody just gets on with it, and to be honest there was a realsation on my part that the dreadful driving I experienced in Bradford last year was a diluted version of Indian driving.

All in all everybody just accepts it, where road rage doesn't seem to be part of the culture.
dmk

Re: Holiday in India

Fireman wrote:



thanks for sharing your trip
you may find this book of interest
river of colour the india of raghubir singh
i recently bought a cheap copy from amazon & your image reminded me of students on a bus,amritsar,punjab,1991.......it's nuts lol
Fireman

Thanks dmk - its on my birthday list.  
fastnet

Wonderful pics.

Trying to convince my Mrs to go there.
Fireman

fastnet wrote:
Trying to convince my Mrs to go there.


It truly is the experience of a life-time.

Check out Great Rail Journeys based in York, you'll be surprised at the cost. You can find them on facebook as well as the net.
dmk

Fireman wrote:
Thanks dmk - its on my birthday list.  

oh
cool cool =]
Hawick_1987

Much more cultured part of the world than many would have us believe, some excellent pics  

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