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“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

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My trip to the Land of the Maharajas was a trip of both worlds, familiarity which is of Delhi and Agra, as well as of the unknown, Srinagar, Kashmir. I hadn’t plan to go away, it was one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions! I had to go away, to reenergize & find the meaning of life, that’s when I decided I need to take a break – away from work & the mundane, routine tasks! I never thought that it would take me to this Sub Asian continent, for I have thought of going to Turkey this autumn.

Our journey began on Saturday, 20th October:

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1530 – met Amy, my ex-schoolmate at KLIA. We were requested to meet up at Counter L.

1630 – briefing by our tour agent & group leader (Counter F18)

1700 – immigration check by a stone faced & unfriendly officer. Should have gone through the Autogate instead!

1730 – coffee break at O’Briens and performed Asar prayer

1800 – boarding MH 190 to Delhi.

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it was a 4hour and 20 min flight, was served chapati, rice & chicken curry. Spent my time napping, watching Travel channel & part of Snow White

2100 (local time, 2300 Malaysian time ) – arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport, immigration check, baggage claim. Pretty clean airport = clean toilet, so I was satisfied!

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Our local tour agent was already at the airport, waiting for us – a small group of 18.

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2300 – checked in at Hotel Grand Sartaj, Delhi & served Indian cuisine for dinner.

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21st October, Monday:

Woke up early and decided to jot down a few notes about my trip to India.

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Checked out early as we have a flight to catch – off to Srinagar, Kashmir!

…. to be continued when time permits!

What do you think?

Posted: January 18, 2006 in india


Natalie Portman with a really short haircut!

Delhi Bombings

Posted: October 30, 2005 in india

It’s nothing new according to mom. During her 3 1/2 years stay in New Delhi, they were warned about the bombings in and around Delhi. We avoided going to crowded places especially underground bazaars such as at Connaught Place which is located in the middle of New Delhi. A hustling and bustling place.

I was shocked to hear there were 3 bombing incidents in New Delhi especially Diwali & Eil Ul Fitri will be celebrated in a few days time. Who’s responsible? I don’t know and am not pointing fingers at anyone.

One of the places severely hit is Sarojini Nagar. A busy marketplace. Remember going to the market everyweek during my 3 month stay in Delhi. Mom needs to buy fresh fruits & vegies or some cotton homeware ie pajamas. They’re damn cheap & comfy too. But of very low quality. Who cares, it’s for home use, anyway!

Here’s a map of places affected. From BBC.

Sarojini Nagar is one of the easiest and closest market for us to go and buy our groceries since we used to live in Vasant Vihar.


A detailed map of New Delhi

Plan to visit or study in Delhi? This link will help.