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    • Day3

      L'île d'Elephanta

      September 3 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Après une grasse matinée bien méritée, j'ai été visiter l'île d'Elephanta qui abrite un temple shivaite creusé dans la roche. L'arrivée se fait par une traversée en bateau d'une heure dans la baie de Mumbai. On pouvait apercevoir d'un côté des raffineries, de l'autre un pont colossal en construction destiné à relier les deux parties de la mégalopole. La mobilité est un véritable enjeu à Mumbai, comme en témoigne également la construction d'un métro aérien qui, une fois terminé, devra compléter l'actuelle offre de train. Sur place, Chandraknt, un guide habitant cette petite île, m'a fait visiter les "grottes". Pour y accéder, il faut grimper un escalier sur un peu moins d'1km ; et cela, sous la surveillance attentive de singes chapardeurs. Le temple se compose d'une salle soutenue par des colonnes avec, en son centre, le sanctuaire et le lingam, le symbole phallique de Shiva. Parmi les scènes en haut-relief sculptées le long des murs, on retrouve le monumental Shiva à trois têtes incarnant la trimurti. Shiva, le destructeur de l'ordre cosmique, est ici associé à Bhrama, le créateur, et à Vishnu, le conservateur. L'ensemble de ce temple fut taillé dans la pierre dure entre le Ve et le VIIe siècle, ce qui est une veritable prouesse. Cette journée m'a semblé courte, néanmoins je m'apprête à passer une longue nuit en train en destination d'Aurangabad.Read more


      Bonne nuit 😜😜😜


      Et les photos ? :p


      Je dois trouver le temps de les mettre sur mon PC :p


      Seba est trop pressé 🤣C est super chouette ton texte avec les photos 😍

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    • Day38

      Elephanta Caves, Mumbai, India. Cave 1

      December 8, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

      We visited these ancient caves on a cruise excursion with a lovely guide.

      The caves are cut right into solid rock much like Petra in Jordan and also sometime in the early centuries, believed to be about 500AD. Unfortunately almost all of the beautifully carved figures are damaged by persons unknown (although Portugal and Britain are both candidates it seems...).

      Never to mind, ruins are ruins and one can still see just what was achieved here. The main cave is a temple primarily dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and has entrances on 3 sides of its more or less square layout some 40m side to side and 6m high. In effect they dug out a horizontal slice of rock 6m high leaving only columns and a few wall to support the rock and hill above. There is a shrine room inside with 4 walls and a doorway on each side. Inside is the shrine itself, looking like a dome. All there because the surrounding rock was removed. Steps, wall, carvings, figures ... none had anything added, just carved away. There are some signs of a few restorations - ironically, some of these restorations are already in need of repair even though not yet 50 years old.
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    • Day13


      September 25, 2019 in India ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Angekommen im Hostel ,waren wir positiv überrascht. Es war alles okay! Tagsüber waren wir etwas shoppen und erkundeten die Gegend . Abends sind wir mit ein paar Leuten aus dem Hostel in ein Bar eingekehrt .Dort wurdeTechno aufgelegt .Total geil!!!! Wir haben dann auch noch ein paar Gay People kennengelernt,die sehr gut drauf waren.Nachdem die Bar schloss ,fragten uns die Jungs, ob wir noch Lust hätten, auf eine kleine after hour party zu gehen.Wir waren natürlich am Start .Einer von Ihnen hatte eine tolle 2 stöckige Wohnung.Er war Regisseur und produziert indische Netflix Serien und Filme .😂Read more

    • Day12


      September 24, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

      Ankunft: 23 Uhr .Das Zimmer in dem jetztigen Hotel war echt eklig.Es stank muffig und an der Decke war Schimmel zu sehen. Daraufhin verlangten wir ein anderes Zimmer,welches wir sofort bekamen.Es war wesentlich besser.Am nächsten Tag beschlossen wir noch einmal Hostel zu beziehen.Read more

    • Day30

      Elephanta Caves & Mumbai

      February 13, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Feeling a bit better today so decided to head out and tackle the three (3!!) world heritage sites in Mumbai. After some breakfast at a western style cafe with tasty food and glacial service, we headed for the Gateway to India at the entrance to Mumbai harbour and caught a ferry across to Elephanta Caves.

      Here there were more Hindu rock art caves, pretty similar to what we'd just seen at Ellora and Ajanta, and sadly these were by far the least impressive. Only five caves here, and really only the first cave has something interesting in it - a huge three-headed statue of Shiva known as the Trimurti. It was quite interesting looking at the three-faced head sculpture and reading the Wikipedia article, learning about it. Apparently it represents the three aspects of Shiva, the chief god of Hindus.

      One side was slightly feminine, wearing jewellery and holding a lotus leaf, representing fertility. The centre face was serene and holding a shield, showing protection. While the third face looked furious and held a sword, representing destruction. It was probably the best single carving we'd seen in any of the three cave sites, but there was very little else here besides aggro monkeys and souvenir stands, so we beat a hasty retreat.

      Sailed back across the harbour in the early afternoon and started wandering. The two sites in Mumbai are the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Buildings, as well as a separate listing for the huge Chhatrapatti Shivastri Terminus railway station.

      Mumbai is actually probably my favourite Indian city, as the buildings are quite interesting. You can really see how important it was during the colonial era, as there's heaps of old buildings like that around. These days they're occupied by government offices, law courts, post offices and so on, but they're dotted around and very interesting to see. More trees here than elsewhere too, plus a large park in the centre of town called the Maidan. It was actually mostly green and of course had about 10 different cricket matches happening.

      Last stop as evening approached was the main railway station. Dating from the 19th century and formerly known as Victoria Terminus, it was renamed after independence for an Indian king of yesteryear. The building itself is magnificent, with Gothic flourishes, sculptures and incredible details all over the front and interior. I'd hoped to do the building tour which ran frequently in the afternoon (and which Shandos had done the day prior), but alas we were just too late. Oh well.

      Back to the nearby hotel where we went to the western-style cafe across the road for dinner. I managed a chicken burger for dinner even though it was way too spicy, but didn't feel up to a beer. Realised I hadn't had a single beer since arriving in India!
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      Trish Forrester

      That's a big day after being sick!

    • Day13

      Elephanta Caves

      November 30, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Our first target in Mumbai was highly recommended to us by Ani and his father: the Elephanta Caves. The caves feature stone carvings dating to the 6th and 7th centuries BC, and are on an island roughly an hour's ferry from the Gateway of India.

      On the walk there from our hotel, we stopped by the Oval Maidan - a huge park where hundreds of people were playing cricket. We don't know how everyone kept everything straight, since there were probably 20 cricket games going on with fields that actually overlapped. Occasionally you would hear shouts to pay attention to the flying balls... Nearby was the Rajabai Clock Tower, which was modeled after Big Ben.

      The ferry took us through the harbor, where we saw lots of empty freighters waiting for cargo. The island that we arrived at was a lush jungle, and we had a lot of work to do to get to the caves... hundreds of steps worth of climbing, with endless hawkers on each side of us the whole way. It's worth pointing out that despite this being nearly winter, it was nearly 90 degrees today!!

      It took us maybe half an hour to finally reach the main cave, a huge hall carved out of a stone mountain supported by rows of giant columns. Within the hall were lots of stone sculptures carved into the cave walls. The sculptures were very large - some were probably 15 feet tall, some 20 feet - and depicted various Hindu religious events, mostly revolving around the God Shiva, the Destroyer. There was one of Shiva killing a demon, one of him marrying Parvati, one of Shiva being half man/half woman, and so forth. The largest of the carvings was simply one giant head - or actually, it was the head of a 3-headed god, a combo of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

      After the main cave, which was enormous and contained maybe a dozen such large carvings, there were four smaller caves that were much less decorative, but no less old.

      Unfortunately, many of the sculptures were damaged or even partially destroyed. They are very old and totally in the open, so it's not too surprising. But fortunately, the government seems to have taken an interest in maintaining these caves with reinforced concrete, which Tina noticed because of a few areas of exposed rebar.

      Also on the island was a large cannon, built there for defense purposes by the Portuguese. From the hill, you have a good view of much of the harbor, so seemed like a sensible choice for artillery placement. It's no longer functional, both ends have been filled in.

      We grabbed a quick lunch at the island and were heading back to catch the return ferry when the trouble began. We bought a soda for refreshment purposes and, apparently, the monkeys on the island really like bottles. We're not sure if they're after the bottles themselves or are just crazed sugar fiends. Either way, a monkey came up to Tina and tried to grab the bottle. Tina yelled at it, it growled back, Tina kicked in its general direction. A local woman and man joined in on the yelling/threatening it with a large stick and it retreated. Ok, safe. A few meters later, a different monkey was more aggressive in pursuing the bottle... so Tina kicked it in the face. TAKE THAT! There was much growling, but it too retreated. We were making good time down the trail, with the docks in sight, and we thought we could make it... and then at the last minute, a monkey ran up from behind, grabbed the bottle before either of us could react, and bolted to the side and up a branch. And growled at us for good measure. Alright, monkey, you win this round. Enjoy the 7up.
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      Hahahahahahah the monkey!!! Wow, the statues are huge!


      I can't believe these monkeys steal things. Unreal


      They are just worried about your health.


      It seems Chinese monkeys are better behaved. 🐵

    • Day1

      Mumbai, India

      October 14, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌫 34 °C

      Nach 2 Monaten in Europa geht die Reise weiter. Diesmal gehen wir aber getrennte Wege. Während Sabina dem nebligen Flughafen Richtung Spanien entflieht, zieht es mich nach Indien. Sechs Jahre ist es bereits her seit meiner letzten Reise.
      In Mumbai werde ich herzlichst von Suganya und ihrer Mutter empfangen. Ein roter Punkt auf die Stirn, eine Blumenkette um den Hals und schon ist der traditionelle Empfang perfekt. Dann gehts ab durch das Verkehrschaos nach Hause und bei einem indischen Mitternachtsimbiss gibts vieles zu erzählen.
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    • Day20

      Un tren decente

      June 21 in India ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

      Siendo el número 93 de la lista de espera, lógicamente no conseguimos un asiento, pero la clase general de este tren fue super decente. Muy inesperado.
      Foto 2: el caos de Mario en la cama


      Als ich mit euch unterwegs war, fuhren wir 3 Klasse und wohnten nicht so luxuriös.


      😅😅Das ist die billigste Klasse in diesem Zug. Beim letzten Mal billigste Klasse war ich auf dem Gepäckfach und ein Inder hat Carlas Schuhe beim Essen mit Curry und Reis eingesaut😂 es kann hier sehr unterschiedlich sein


      Ich würde unsere Reise in Indien nicht als "luxuriös" beschreiben 😂😂

    • Day19

      Sightseeing Mumbai 2.0

      March 21, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Heute startete der Tag ganz entspannt mit Frühstück auf dem Hotelzimmer.

      Anschließend ging es zum nahe gelegenen Gateway Plaza. Von hier konnte man auch das Taj Mahal Palace Hotel sehen und auch the Gateway of India.
      Ich hatte genügend Zeit, um mir die Sehenswürdigkeiten anzuschauen und Fotos zu machen.
      Anschließend ging es dann zu einer circa einstündigen Bootstour vom Gateway of India Richtung Elephanta Island. Dort angekommen hatte ich einen Gudie mit dem ich die Elephanta caves besichtigte. Er erklärte wirklich soo gut, dass ich so viel von der indischen "Geschichte" verstanden habe...ich hatte vieles von den Informationen vorher schonmal gehört, aber da hat es dann irgendwie Klick gemacht und es ergab alles einen Sinn bzw. Zusammenhang 😊

      Nach dem ging es dann zum Mittagessen und zurück Richtung Hotel. Den Nachmittag hatte ich dann Freizeit, wo ich durch die Straßen und Läden bummelte.
      Abends ging es dann mit dem Bus weiter Richtung Goa über Nacht.
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    • Day10

      Elephanta Island & Mumbai Tour

      February 1, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

      After a hearty breakfast we left with Anil at nine o’clock. The traffic wasn’t too bad and soon we were driving along a new bridge, 4.9km long that got us onto the peninsula proper. Here the traffic was more heavy, though no tuktuk, these are replaced by i10 black and yellow taxis. We eventually arrived at the Gateway of India, where we needed the loo. What better place than the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, grand lobby and memorial to those killed in the terrorist attack of 2008.
      Out on the quay we boarded a boat (10 rupees extra to go up top) for a leisurely trip across the Arabian Sea out to Elephanta Island, named by the Portuguese for an elephant rock, now in the zoo. On the way we passed the old HMS Hermes, some other Indian navy vessels, coal ship unloading and a tanker preparing to leave. Arriving at the island, which has a ship breaking yard and is opposite a nuclear power station and oil refinery, almost lost in the haze, we met our local guide and travelled by train the 1.5km to the end of the pier and start of 120 steps up to the cave temple of Shiva. The temple is carved from the solid rock, pillars walls and statues. For preservation purposes the temple is only used one day a year, though there is evidence that Portuguese used the statues for target practice. Our guide was very thorough in his explanations. He is a local lad and lives on the island whose population is 1200. His English is self taught from speaking with tourists. It seemed pretty quiet. By now it was getting pretty warm, so we were glad to get back on the boat, with a cooling breeze.
      Arriving back at the Gateway to India, our guide, Philip, was delayed in traffic so we had time to grab a tea and snack spinach and sweet corn toasted sandwich.
      The traffic being so heavy we opted for a drive through the main interesting parts of the city, mainly constructed in victorian times, including mini Big Ben designed by George Gilbert Scott, Victoria Station facade, hanging gardens, which cover water tanks and passed the silent garden, where Parsi, of whom there are 72,000, ‘bury’ their dead by exposing them to the elements and birds. Last call was the largest laundry in Asia, where washing is done by hand and dried out in the sun. It was right next to the railway, so no idea what happened in steam age, nor in monsoon.
      We then headed back to our airport hotel for a swim and dinner before preparing for a very early departure.
      We were really pleased to have visited this vast buzzing metropolis. So many historical and contrasting aspects where what you see does not always reflect what’s really going on, e.g the amazing laundry operations which collect wash and deliver in three days with little error - this is also the case with the huge lunch delivery service run by a similar caste. The trains reputedly run every 3mins on time and through the night.
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