|Final Statistics: Alex & Maz||Total distance: 93,550km|
|Furthest Point: Rotorua, NZ||Now settled in Sydney, Australia|
|Final Statistics: Martin||Total distance: 79,698km|
|Furthest Point: Hobart, Australia||Now settled in Bristol, UK|
|Arrive:||Tue 13th Dec 05||Depart:||Tue 7th Feb 06|
|Capital:||New Delhi||Currency:||Rupee (INR)|
|Weekend:||Sat/Sun||Time Zone:||GMT +5:30|
|Int. dial code:||+91||Language:||Hindi, English, Panjabi|
|Visa Required:||Yes||Religion:||Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian|
|Side of road:||Left||Best time to visit:||Oct-Mar, South Jan-Sept, North Mar-Aug, Mountains May-Sept|
|Diesel Price:||US$ 0.62||Activities:||Sightseeing, Ancient Ruins, Trekking, Mountains, Safari, Diving, Skiing, Rafting|
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Diary Entry: 18th-24th Dec 2005 - More Pakistani stamps at the border
Diary Entry: 25th-8th Dec 2005 - It's Christmas..!!!
Diary Entry: 28th Dec 2005-4th Jan 2006 - Santa's helper eventually finds us
Diary Entry: 28th Dec 2005-5th Jan 2006 - First Impressions of India
Diary Entry: 4th-15th Jan 2006 - Where do I collect my Equity Card?
Diary Entry: 5th-14th Jan 2006 - Bombay Tigers and Bombay Ducks
Diary Entry: 14th-27th Jan 2006 - Not Goan to do much for the next week
Diary Entry: 15th-28th Jan 2006 - India ‘nil points’ as duck kidnapped
Diary Entry: 28th Jan-4th Feb 2006 - A long drive up India
Diary Entry: 27th Jan-12th Feb 2006 - Much needed R n R
Diary Entry: 6th Feb 2006 - Visit to Care International Schooling Projects in Rural Uttar Pradesh
Diary Entry: 7th-11th Feb 2006 - Accidental TV star, again
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Country Highlights En Route
An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.
This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.
Built in the early 13th century, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu'l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples.
Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.
Khajuraho Group of Monument
The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050. Only about 20 temples remain; they fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions – Hinduism and Jainism. They strike a perfect balance between architecture and sculpture. The Temple of Kandariya is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art.
Settled in the rugged hills of the Aravallis, Jaipur is the pristine jewel in the desert sands of Rajasthan. Jaipur is as remarkable for its marvellous architecture and town planning as it is for the lively spirit of the people who inhabit it. The city presents a unique synthesis of culture that has to be experienced in order to be appreciated.
Unlike any other city, this desert fortress is one of Rajasthan's most exotic and unusual towns. Jaisalmer, an important ancient trading centre because of its strategic location on the camel trade routes, is often described as the 'golden city'. The havelis, built by merchants of the 19th century, are exquisitely carved from golden-yellow sandstone and are still in a beautiful condition. The fort built by Rawal Jaisal in the 12th century, stands on the 80 metre high Trikuta hill, with beautifully carved Jain temples.
The second largest city of Rajasthan, at the edge of the Thar desert was once the capital of the Marwar state. It was founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha-chief of the Rathore clan of Rajputs who claimed to be descendants of Rama - hero of the epic 'Ramayana'. The city dominated by the massive Mehrangarh fort on a rocky hill is charming with its wealth of historic attractions and colourful markets which specialises in antiques.
Kanha National Park
Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha national park cum Tiger reserve extends over an area of over 1,940-sq-kms. The major feature of this region's interesting topography is the horseshoe shape valley and the whole park area is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal. The Surpan River meanders through Kanha's central Maidans, grasslands that cover the extensive plateau. Steep rocky escrapments along the edges offer breathtaking views of the valley.
The 'City of Caves', on an island in the Sea of Oman close to Bombay, contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.
These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not far from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life.
A concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties cradled in an impressive landscape, which includes prehistoric (chalcolithic) sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 15th century capital of the state of Gujarat. The site also includes, among other vestiges, fortifications, palaces, religious buildings, residential precincts, and water installations, from the 8th to the 14th centuries.
The sparkling blue waters of the Cauvery river wind through rocks and ravines and fall 75m off the Deccan Plateau to form the twin falls of Barachukki and Gaganachukki. About 35 kms downstream is yet another set of falls called Mekedatu (Goat's Leap).
The hills of Uttaranchal Pradesh have all the ingredients for adventure packed with excitement and thrills - an unexplored valley, towering peaks, flowing rivers, snow-capped mountains, a splendid combination of flora & fauna and vast tracts of virgin snow. The region also provides immense opportunities for adventure sports like skiing and the thrilling water sports which make Uttaranchal Pradesh an ideal venue for adventure seekers.
White Water River Rafting
The challenge of the turbulent rivers is no less than that of the rugged mountains. The icy heights of the Himalayas are the source of some of India's mighty rivers. Fed by innumerable streams, they race along tortuous boulder strewn beds, cutting deep gorges and breaking into silverly white rapids. With the intricate network of mountain rivers flowing through a myriad of different colours of rocky gorges, forests, flowers and high mountain villages, the Garhwal and Kumaon hills provide ideal locales for the perfect water adventure.
The Golden Temple is the ultimate Sikh pilgrimage. The Harmandir Sahib, as it is traditionally known, actually means the temple of Hari or the Supreme God. Also known as the Darbar Sahib, the stupendous, architectural phenomena is located at the city of Amritsar. The temple's exterior is gold-plated and the structure stands in the middle of a square tank. There is a causeway across the Pool of Nectar to reach the Temple.
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|Comment from bernard|
|Bonjour l'equipe, nous suivons votre route avec beaucoup d'attention. Courage et a bientot. Les Belges du camping d Epernay a votre 1 jour de voyage. Roselyne et Bernard.|
|14 Dec 2005 @ 17:40:29|