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Trains Planes and Automobiles. A trip report to India Jan 2010

Trains Planes and Automobiles. A trip report to India Jan 2010

Old Feb 21st, 2010, 08:11 PM
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Live42day: Many,many thanks for a marvelous in-depth report.

You are traveling at a very good age, by the way. I didn't even start to travel (both too busy working) until about age 50, but I've been making up for lost time for over 20 years now, so, yup, a bit older than you.

You must have done incredible research to pull off the trip you did. Dogster is right, a super plan, well executed, at a truly amazing level.

Congratulations!
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Old Feb 26th, 2010, 02:56 AM
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An absolutely wonderful trip report, one of the very very best ever on Fodors or elsewhere. Shukria!!
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Old Feb 26th, 2010, 10:56 AM
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Your report is sooooooo great. Thanks for writing. I might just follow your foot steps.
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Old Feb 27th, 2010, 11:02 AM
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Hi Debbe - finally got a chance to read this as I prepare to write our India trip report. Really nice job - the bar is set pretty high for my report though. I am noting that our Varanasi and Aurangabad experiences were so similar - I hope not to be too repetitive...
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Old Feb 28th, 2010, 07:45 PM
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Thanks for your report! Lots of great info. Sounds like a marvelous trip.
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Old Mar 1st, 2010, 09:45 AM
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Thanks everyone for the wonderful remarks about my report. I enjoyed doing it and really appreciated all the great advice I received before I went. Look forward to your report too Craig. There is never too much information I dont think.
I have posted three (of five) videos of our trip on UTUBE. here are the links if you want to see some of the places we went to. The other two should be on the end of the week. They are about 8 minutes each. The hardest part is reducing eight hours of tape down to less than an hour and over 1200 pictures down to a reasonable amount!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yak40kOUTJg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dhfbAhAkPs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSNbPUtitCM
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Old Mar 1st, 2010, 10:16 AM
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'oh, rangeh rangeh mahh-- ohh, rangeh rangeh mahhh...

well, I'm having fun with your videos. Nice to see Udaipur with some water...

What I love is the joy you found in the ordinary. I keep thinking of that man going round and round with his cattle, drawing water from the well. I bet he's going round and round and round, right now.

Oscar nomination for Live42! Great report. Great stuff!
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Old Mar 1st, 2010, 11:18 AM
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Your videos are fun! Thanks!
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 06:53 AM
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Watched the first video -- fabulous! We went there as well and I'll bet Ram is driving.
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 03:25 PM
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No actually on the first video is when Ruttan of 4 wheel drive india is driving. We met up with Ram in Jaipur. Thanks.
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Old Mar 4th, 2010, 05:37 PM
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fantistic videos..
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Old Mar 12th, 2010, 05:16 AM
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live42day

You report is great and will help a lot of travellers to plan their trips, me included !!!
Actually I also booked one night at Hotel Sheela in Agra. They confirmed me the reservation by email but did not ask for any credit card details to guarantee the reservation. Was it the same with you ?? Hope they will keep the reservation confirmed until we arrive !!
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Old Mar 12th, 2010, 09:52 AM
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Yes Fabio that was the same with me. I dont think that they are set up for credit cards, they are quite small and smaller places only take cash upon arrival. They would not let me book until one month before arrival, was that the same for you?
Have a wonderful trip.
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Old Mar 16th, 2010, 03:48 PM
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Yes, I requested the booking close to the arrival date, april 2nd. I read some conflicting reviews on this hotel. We also are not looking for luxury, but I read that you can choose the room with hot water OR the one with air conditioned but you cannot have both !! Well it looks it will be warm by that date so we would pick the air conditioned in that case .. !!
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Old Mar 16th, 2010, 04:31 PM
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we had both in our room
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Old Jun 23rd, 2010, 01:05 PM
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bookmarking, great trip report.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2010, 10:57 PM
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live42day.....great report, I must have missed it first time around. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

I'll add one note to your observation regarding Delhi Hut or Dilli Hut, the outdoor shopping area in New Delhi. The shops are owned and operated actually by regional artisans (from various regions of India) who rent space on a short time basis, say for a month or so at a time. When they sell what they have produced, they will leave Delhi to go back home to make more product to sell. So it's a place where you may find unique and different artifacts at different times at reasonable prices.

btw, I doubt if the travel agent who took you there would get a commision from anything at Dilli Hut, given that the artisans are not marketers, only people selling their artifacts. It's more like a crafts fair, but with rotating craftsmen and a permanent fair location. This info I picked up on my recent trip to India. Uhho, I will get around to writing my trip report soon.

Thanks for your trip report.
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Old Jun 24th, 2010, 08:59 AM
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Thanks Magical. I guess I was just wondering why he asked me how much money I spent there. But then I suppose he was just curious. I do still enjoy the few items that I bought there.
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Great report - missed it the first time around - makes me want to jump on a plane and return to India! Thanks for writing.
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What a fabulous report! I'm now planning a trip for next December and your report is definitely one of the onesi i've been studying! And I just began to look at your videos-- oh, my, what a wonderful series! As good as the report, and so much fun to view! Definitely puts me into the planning mindset!
Thanks for the great report & videos.
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