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Where is everyone off to next? do tell by Tibetan sunset on 21 April 2004 10:24pm
 
Where is everyone off to next? do tell. And anyone been to Himachal Pradesh in Northern India? Thanx Luvvies
 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by Izot on 22 April 2004 5:24am
 
I'm going to Spain in December with the school languages trip (should the department of education still let us go)... probable stops will be in Madrid, Barcelona, Granada (so I can see La Alhambra, which I am studying for my major assignment in Spanish), Salamanca, Seville, and somewhere else. I can't remember.
 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by TravelChampion on 22 April 2004 8:05am
 
It's my 40th Birthday in August so I figured I'd treat myself and try and arrange something /somewhere a little bit special.

And the winning place is......Brazil - and if all goes according to plan I'll be spending a whole day sight-seeing in Rio de Janeiro, before spending a further two weeks touring around the Country {which, just for the record, will be the 97th one I will have visited}.

Can't wait!
Andrew
 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by Izot on 22 April 2004 9:35am
 
>>>It's my 40th Birthday in August <<<

My condolences. =D
 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by tominator_49 on 22 April 2004 4:30pm
 
40's not old!
You know what they say " life begins at 40"? um...don't they?
 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by Godfather on 22 April 2004 7:51pm
 

>And anyone been to Himachal Pradesh in Northern India?

Yes. A few times. It's a lovely region. The most famous spot of course, being Mcleod Ganj (Upper Dharamsala) where the Dalai Lama is in residence and a Tibetan culture exists in exile. I met him briefly there in 1997 in one of his occasional mass hand shaking sessions. The town is a beautiful spot to relax in away from the hectic chaos of the plains of Indian states like Utter Pradesh. Mostly Tibetan residents (either permenant or refugees newly arrived from Tibet). Restaraunts serve Momos and similar fare, so lots of munching going on. It's situated in green forested hills and a snow covered range of himalaya looms above it. I spent about 3 weeks there the first time i went. If there is only one place you go to in Himachel Pradesh, then Mcleod Ganj would be a fine choice.

Where am i going next?. Still undecided. Just working and saving money at the moment since November last year. Hoping to go away around September time 04. But no permenant plans yet of where i'll go exactly. I'm still undecided at the mo.

 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by Tibetan sunset on 22 April 2004 9:07pm
 
I was 40 last june Andrew - never mind love, and quit bragging and dont put up any photos on this site of those fabulous brazilian women please, they make me feel inadequate! sorry , meldrew moment!
My boyfriend offered to take me anywhere in the world for my 40th. I chose Pitlochry.

Godfather thx for that but UTTER PRADESH!! is that for real? it sounds like another expression for 'a load of b******x !!
Yes, Dharamsala is on the route as is Delhi, Simla and Amristar. I figured June time would be the best time of year. I'll be on my own but with a small and hopefully diverse group. Should be fun.
Andrea
p.s where are u from?
 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by Godfather on 22 April 2004 10:09pm
 


Hi TS,

I'm from Britain. I typed the state name slightly wrong hehe. It should be "Uttar" Pradesh (or "U.P" as the Indians call it as shortcut). That's the northern State where you'll find Delhi,Agra,Varanasi, etc. Flat,and truly bakes in the hot season.

Glad you're going to Amritsar. It's interesting. Mostly a huge textile city, with lots of Turbanned Sikhs riding around on bikes. But the Golden Temple is as beautiful in reality as all those photos you will have seen of it. I assume you're visiting it?. While inside, do check out the "Sikh Martyr"'s museum on an upper floor of the interior building. Weird and freaky gallery of paintings of the opression of the Sikhs and painting re-enactments of battles the Sikhs have taken part in during history, from as early as the time of the Moghuls,along with Martyr "Before and after" photographs of Sikh soldiers killed in todays conflicts such as Kashmir. Quite a bizzare and disturbing museum, but well worth the look. Also, you can buy some amazing Punjabi traditional devotional music cassettes inside the complex (the type you will hear being chanted nonstop from within the inner sanctum). The tapes are cheap (about Rs40).

The other "Sight" there is Jallianwala Baghh, where a British General (General Dyer) ordered his troops to open fire on hundreds of Sikhs in the 1940's (dramatically recreated in the movie Gandhi). Now a serene garden memorial,it has paintings of General Dyer ordering the gathering to be fired upon,and the remains of the well many jumped into to escape,with history of the event. Dont be suprised if you get a few blank looks if you're a caucasian. The history of that event has left a deep scar indeed. Here is a site which details the event itself.

http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/events/jbagh.html

 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by Tibetan sunset on 22 April 2004 10:49pm
 
identity crisis:
well it made me laugh for a minute (utter etc)
This site is addictive to a lesser travelled travel fan like myself and you seem to have been around! Amristar museum souds interesting- thanks for the tip. Off to london tomorrow for a wedding on sat so that'll keep me off here for the w/e! Good luck with the crisis!
 
Re: Where is everyone off to next? do tell by dmpweb on 2 May 2004 4:48pm
 
Well, I've just returned from a trip to Brazil (6 weeks). I was able to spend some time in Rio while I was there. I'll actually be returning to Brazil in just a few weeks.

Then it's off to China in July/August, Chile in September, and Japan in October.

That's my upcoming year in a nutshell.
 
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