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  • Day40

    Now in India !

    April 19, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    New country, new writing rules... I apologise in advance to the French speakers who preferred French and to the English speakers for my far-from-perfect English. But I am seizing the opportunity of entering India (a Commonwealth country !) to start writing in English, and thus allow my hosts to read about the rest of the journey ...
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    30 more kilometers and I was at the border. Both nepali and indian citizens can cross it without any fees nor visas so it's quite a busy spot.This morning one could even say it was a giant mess : big traffic jam on the bridge separating Nepal from India.
    Then a man at the first checkpoint in India did not want to let me in cause my passport had not been stamped when leaving Nepal - from the Nepali side, I could just cycle through without anyone stopping me ! I even asked two police officers if this was normal but they showed me the indian direction and said : just go ! In the end, at the proper indian immigration office they did not care at all about this missing departure Nepali stamp and let me in without any difficulty...

    15 more kilometers in India, accross bright green palm trees and tea plantation fields, and I could reach Danny and Roxana's lovely country home, near Dudhia. There they breed a few country chickens for the meat and cows for the milk and seam to live a pleasant semi-retired life. Danny if half indizn-hzlf Nepalese and Roxana if from Ukrzine. They met in Ukrzinr when Danny was doing his engineering's master. Their two grown-up children live with Danny's parents in Kathmandu.

    Danny contacted some of his friends to help me find a cheap guesthouse in Darjeeling and they basically spoilt me like a child with good food, a comfortable bed and... some whisky.
    I easily convinced Danny to become a member of the "warm showers" community ! I can already certify that he is a great host :)
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  • Day41

    Hard to reach Darjeeling

    April 20, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Only a few pictures - more detail will come afterwards, when i have a proper WiFi connection ! I'm now using someone's hotspot in a mobile shop - to show the crazy uphill route I rode from the plains (Dudhia, 250m) to Darjeeling (2200m).

    I actually didn't make it up until Darjeeling, it was getting dark and I had to stop for the night a few kilometers before, in the town of Ghoom.
    This still made for a 50 km day with more than ... 2500 meters of ascent, 500 meters of descent.
    During the afternoon, from Kurseong to Ghoom, I followed the mythical Darjeeling express Railway or "toy train", as the Indians call it.

    I'll tell you more about the first days of India whenever I can seat quietly with a better internet connection... For now I'm leaving for a few days for another trekk in Sikkim : I wanted to see again the Himalayan mountains (Kanchenjunga !) before I ride towards the East .
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  • Day12

    India fast food

    November 2, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Here are a couple of examples of India fast food...street food.

    The first is a puff type pastry, a hole is poked in it and stuffed with a potato mixture.
    The next is a complete hot meal. Under the plate noodles are cooking as there are hot coals underneath the noodle pot. The surrounding dishes are the toppings. It is served in newspaper!Read more

  • Day13

    Chhath Puja Festival

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    As we left Guptipara, the beginnings of a festival were taking place. It is a festival that celebrates from sunset to sunrise. Our tour director Deep, mentioned that the festival would run all night; thousands of people would attend and there would be no sleeping tonight. Dianne and I both agreed we were glad to leave as it could be noisy.

    We arrived in Kolkata last night after motoring late into the night. We anchored in the middle of the middle of the river and thought we would all settle down to a good sleep. Another fate awaited us. Around 2:30 in the morning we were all awakened by music over loudspeakers, lots of fireworks and bangs as another festival took place. It was on the banks of the river but the noise was still loud and relentless.

    This celebration was held all along the River. There would have been no quiet spot to park. There were a lot of grumpy people at breakfast.
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  • Day11

    Samosa's, wedding & floating candles

    November 1, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    I’m getting to feel a bit better now, though I must say the cooking class is not making me hungry yet.

    The wedding was an impromptu event so they didn’t expect any presents.

    As a offering to Mother Ganges over 500 floating candles were set on the river.Read more

  • Day12

    Cow sanctuary

    November 2, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Seems like cows are living out their karma like people do. Just by where you are born determines how easy your life will be. You could be a city born cow, struggling to find enough to eat, or you could have been born here around Marapur where it is green and no worries about food. You are holy here. Contrast that to cows where I live. No worries about food, but not a long lifeline. These cows have hit the jackpot of cow destiny.Read more

  • Day12

    Pottery barn

    November 2, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    This industry thrives because the cups and bowls are bio degradable and usually considered one time use. The man at the pottery wheel is adept at making bowls, turning out one every 10 seconds or so.

    The best part of this experience was the kids showing up. They wanted to see us because we look way different than the locals. English seemed widely spoken even at young ages. The excitement was infectious and the crowd grew the longer we lingered.
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  • Day13

    Flower Market

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Next on the day’s agenda was the flower market. Smells not like Delhi.

    Marigolds are abundant and so are bees. No one seems concerned about the bees because as someone said, they are friendly. Marigolds are sold by the pound and are used in welcome garlands, decorations for temples, homes, toto’s, funerals and idols.

    The flower market was a wholesale market, so you couldn’t buy just one flower or even a small bouquet. It was a basket full or nothing.
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  • Day13

    Farewell dinner

    November 3, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    India has changed some since we were here last. It has been 10 years and I would say there is less poverty than we witnessed before. I don’t think they have bought any new sewing machines or cement mixers or farm machinery since we were last here. So some things seem the same. We are 10 years older now, and don’t seem as physically able to handle the dirty air. I have a little cough that developed here. We also went to different sites than last time so it is not a perfect comparison. One thing that did seem the same was Indian hospitality. They are genuinely interested in knowing all about us, and telling about themselves. We really enjoyed that aspect of our travels.Read more

  • Day14

    Off to Nepal

    November 4, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Travel day, Calcutta Airport to Kathmandu Nepal. Air India flight 247 non stop direct. Some of our fellow travellers from the boat are on the same flight. It’s about an hour and and a half long and Air India served a hot meal.
    When we arrived in Nepal we arrived at the same time as some other international flights, and the customs area was crowded. Liz and Alan, Dianne and I all have e-visas that we got online. We need to pay the 30 USD each for our visas on arrival. There is a line up to pay, and a line up to validate your visa. There is another lineup for you if you don’t have a e-visa, which we thankfully avoid. Still it takes well over an hour to complete the process. After that’s all done, they scan you for metal before you pick up your luggage. I’m pretty stressed by the time we get our suitcases. A couple of times I thought I was going to have to tune some people up about manners and big crowd behaviour. It all worked out without the extra drama, and we were greeted by our guide Abit.
    It’s dark now as we exit the airport and ride to our hotel. Immediately it strikes us that Nepal is cleaner than the last place we were. The roads are rough, and the air is dusty, but it is cooler and our hotel is an oasis from that.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

West Bengal, Westbengalen, Wes-Bengale, بنغال الغربية, পশ্চিমবঙ্গ, Заходняя Бенгалія, Западна Бенгалия, पश्चिम बंगाल, Kornôg Bengal, Bengala Occidental, Малхбузера Бенгали, Západní Bengálsko, Gorllewin Bengal, Vestbengalen, Bengal Rocawani, ވެސްޓު ބެންގާލް, Δυτική Βεγγάλη, Okcident-Bengalo, Lääne-Bengali osariik, Mendebaldeko Bengala, بنگال غربی, Länsi-Bengali, Bengale-Occidental, Beangál Thiar, પશ્ચિમ બંગાળ, Sî-men-kâ-là-pâng, Zapadni Bengal, מערב בנגל, Nyugat-Bengál, Արևմտյան Բենգալիա, Benggala Barat, Vestur-Bengal, Bengala occidentale, 西ベンガル州, დასავლეთი ბენგალი, Batıs Bengal, Батыс Бенгал, ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ಬಂಗಾಳ, 서벵골 주, مغربی بنگال, Bengala Rojava, Bengala Occidentalis, بأنگال أفتونئشین, Vakarų Bengalija, Rietumbengāle, Bengaly andrefana, Западен Бенгал, പശ്ചിമ ബംഗാൾ, पश्चिम बङ्गाल, West-Bengalen, Vest-Bengal, Vest Bengal, ପଶ୍ଚିମ ବଙ୍ଗ, ਪੱਛਮੀ ਬੰਗਾਲ, Bengal Zachodni, لیندا بنگال, مغربي بنگال, Bengala Ocidental, Kunti Banla, Bengalul de Vest, Западная Бенгалия, पश्चिमवङ्गराज्यम्, Wast Bengal, බටහිර බෙංගාලය, Západné Bengálsko, Bengali Perëndimor, Западни Бенгал, Bengalen, மேற்கு வங்காளம், పశ్చిమ బెంగాల్, Бенголи Ғарбӣ, รัฐเบงกอลตะวันตก, Batı Bengal, Західний Бенгал, Gʻarbiy bengaliya, Bengala Occidentale, Tây Bengal, Katundan nga Bengal, ბჟადალი ბენგალი, Ìwọòrùn Bẹ̀ngál, 西孟加拉邦

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