Tag Archives : India

Overnight train: Amritsar to Delhi


I signed up for this tour because it involved a significant amount of train travel, including three overnight trips in sleeper carriages. After my Japan trip last year, I wanted to do more travel by rail. And what better way to see the vastness of India than by train? We boarded our train for Delhi early in the evening, traversing…

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Amritsar: a city of incongruence


Incongruence was a word that came up time and again while we were in Amritsar. The juxtaposition of chaos with calm, serenity with edginess was has left me with mixed feelings about this city. On the one hand it was dirty and congested and unsettling, and on the other there were oases of peace and tranquility. The approach to the…

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Amritsar: first impressions (day) #DelhiDisey


The chaos of the night is replicated in daytime Amritsar. The road is crowded with pedestrians and drivers in all kinds of vehicles, including horse and carts and tractors. The missing footpaths force pedestrians to take their chances walking along the sides of shoulderless roads. The air is clear and cool, but dusty. I’ve brought my running gear, thinking that…

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In transit: Delhi International Airport in one word


Urgh. When I disembarked at Delhi International Airport I thought wow! this airport has a bit of a Changi Airport kind of feel. I was expecting chaos and disorganization and masses of people. Instead I was greeted with an almost calm and serene atmosphere. That feeling of serenity and calm eroded quickly, and morphed into an abyss of urghness as…

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Feel the fear (and do it anyway)


The thing I like about travel—really like—is that it gets me out of my comfort zone. I’m sitting here waiting for my plane to Singapore and thinking about India, my destination. My emotions are roller-coasting, alternating between fear and excitement. My stomach is a ball of nerves and I feel the stress of venturing into an unknown destination. On my…

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On countdown to India


By this time tomorrow, I would have checked into my hotel in Changi Airport, foraged for food, maybe caught a movie and prepped for a restful night’s sleep (hopefully!) before flying out to Delhi early on Thursday morning. By this time Thursday afternoon, I would have checked into my hotel in Amritsar, Punjab, up near the Pakistani border. It will…

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Next trip: India


I have been fascinated with India since, well, forever. From what I’ve read, and seen on TV and in the movies, it’s a country of many contrasts. Modernity is slammed right up against tradition, causing all sorts of cultural dilemmas and reinventions. The rich history, the spirituality, the vastness – not unlike Australia in that regard – and the people…

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