Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India June 17th-18th, 2017 We had to go back to shitty Haridwar in order to catch our onward bus to Lucknow, the next stop on our Indian odyssey. This bus ride was unique in that we actually saw some wild elephants in the forests as we approached Haridwar. We had heard about them … Continue reading Tracy was Shit-out-of-Luck in Lucknow
Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India; and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India June 13-16th, 2017 Once off that terrible bus from Shimla, we hobbled around the corner to our hotel, the aptly named Ashok Hotel. We've stayed in dirty places before, but this was beyond dirty; it looked as though the place had literally never been cleaned, ever, in all its … Continue reading Holy River, Shitty Streets
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India; and Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India June 11th-12th, 2017 We decided to optimize our efficiency by taking an overnight bus from Manali to Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, in order to break up the trip towards Haridwar, located on the mighty Ganges River. The road was to be rather windy and nauseating but … Continue reading Bus Rides from Hell- To and From the Planet of the Apes
Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, India; and Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India June 6th-10th, 2017 After our nauseating experience coming back from Ooty, in Tamil Nadu, Tracy wanted to take a small car from Dharamsala to Manali, our next destination in Himachal Pradesh, because the road was notoriously windy. Aside from saving us from excessive nausea, the car … Continue reading Rain Rain Go Away, Why Didn’t You Melt the Snow to Leh?
June 1st-5th, 2017 We caught a bus to Dharamsala in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh. Even though the ride was only 5 hours from Amritsar, the scenery and climate could not have been more different. While Amritsar was flat, arid, and very hot; Dharamsala was hilly, lush and wonderfully cool. We stepped off the bus and I … Continue reading Tenzin’s World: Trames Visits Tibet (sort of)!
May 27th-31st, 2017 I had waited in Delhi's tourist train reservation office for over two hours in order to reserve foreign-quota tickets to Chandigarh, our next stop. Certain trains in India have these foreign quota tickets which enable foreigners to occupy seats on trains that are already fully booked. It is one of the few … Continue reading Beyond Pleased in Punjab
May 23rd-26th, 2017 Our bus was scheduled to depart for Delhi at 11:00am. We knew something was amiss when we saw other passengers with tickets to Delhi leaving at 11:15am and 12:00pm. We asked the few other foreigners there and we were all on the same bus, so the company was just arbitrarily assigning times … Continue reading Delhi: Capital Conquered