Category Archives: India

Last Day in Delhi

Delhi is an overwhelming city. I took an auto-rickshaw ride home from the internet café the other night (an auto-rickshaw is a lot like a motorized tuk tuk in Thailand). The ride in an open vehicle on a hot night … Continue reading

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The Case of the Maharaja Mac and the Missing Passport

Yeah, you read that right: missing passport. I left for Agra and the Taj Mahal at 5:50 AM, as you know if you read the last post. My driver, Akaz, and I drove for four hours in his Tata sedan … Continue reading

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Agra at 43 Degrees

That’s Celcius, not latitude; 109.4 Fahrenheit was the recorded high temp during my visit. The day started at 5:50 AM when my new driver, Akaz, arrived to pick me up from the New South Extension in Delhi. There were many … Continue reading

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Down in Delhi – or, I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

Yesterday was a travel day, which I have learned here in India, at least, means a tiring day. After an hour’s car ride down from Kurseong, I went through security checkpoints several times and barely managed to keep all my … Continue reading

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Protests in Darjeeling

It’s a quiet day in Kurseong because nearly everyone in the whole town has gone to Darjeeling for a protest rally. Basically, there are no services today. I’m just glad we still have electricity. I am told the people are … Continue reading

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Touring Darjeeling

I hired a driver for the day. First stop: the Zoo and the HMI: Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, located on the same piece of land. The zoo was small, but pretty neat. I saw a Royal Bengal Tiger from a few … Continue reading

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Tea, anyone?

Tonight I am in Darjeeling, having arrived today around 2:30 in a downpour followed by a hailstorm. The drive this time involved three different vehicles. First, from Yuksom, a cousin of Barap’s drove me to the Sikkim border in his … Continue reading

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