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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
December 2010 / January 2011 61 Here, there, everywhere with RACT Travelworld Kingston Shop 49A Channel Court Phone 6242 3211 Glenorchy Corner Terry Street and Main Road Phone 6212 9500 Launceston Corner York and George Streets Phone 6335 5655 Devonport 119 Rooke Street Mall Phone 6421 1977 Ulverstone RACT Travelworld 38 Reibey Street Phone 6425 8050 Burnie 24 North Terrace Phone 6434 2955 Been there, done that Rebecca explores India Earlier this year, I was for tunate enough to travel to incredible India. I arr ived in Delhi in the late evening, after my flight with Malaysian Airlines. My first two days were spent in this amazing city, the national capital and India’s third-largest city. The sound of constant car horns was something I was able to get used to during my time in Indian cities, although the driving was something else – a kind of organised chaos! But hey, it works for them, so that’s OK – however I do recommend that you let them do all the driving for you. We visited many fascinating places in both New Delhi and Old Delhi and we took a cycle rickshaw ride through the bustling and congested by-lanes and bazaar of Chandini Chowk to the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque of India. After catching the train from Delhi to Kalka we connected with the ‘toy train’ to Shimla. This is a small hill town surrounded by green pastures and snow- capped peaks. It retains its colonial heritage with many grand old buildings and was a much quieter destination than the crowded cities. Then came one of the big highlights of my trip to India – we travelled to Mcleodganj (Dharamshala), the home of the Dalai Lama. After checking into the Hotel Surya for the night we heard a whisper that the Dalai Lama was in town. While visiting his temple that after noon we were sure there was something going on. There were monks running around everywhere organising things and we soon learnt that he was conducting a public prayer ser vice the following morning. So we got up early and headed down to the temple. After we’d been sitting in the stifling heat for a few hours, the Dalai Lama himself finally emerged and commenced his service. Mcleodganj was ver y different from all the other places I visited in India – we could easily have been in Tibet. I will remember that experience forever! Then it was off to Amritsar – different again. Amritsar is an important place of Sikh history and culture and home to the Golden Temple. Here we travelled to the Wagah border to witness the changing of the guard ceremony on the Indian and Pakistan border. I’ve never seen anything quite like this before and it was very entertaining, with dancing, music and marching. I then travelled back to Delhi and on to Agra as our second stop on the ‘Golden Tr iangle’ of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, India’s three most-visited destinations. After a visit to the amazing Taj Mahal we travelled to Jaipur. Here I visited the Agra For t, took an elephant ride to the Amber Fort, saw the Palace of the Winds, visited the City Palace Gardens and courtyards and Astronomical Observator y and did a spot of shopping in a local bazaar. It was now time to farewell this amazing country. To me a trip to India is an experience more than just a holiday – it’s an incredible place, with so much to offer and so many different experiences to discover. Rebecca Sims Rebecca has been consulting in the Devonport office of RACT Travelworld for over 11 years now. She has travelled to South America, USA, New Zealand, Vietnam and India – one of her favourite trips was a family holiday to Scandinavia, including a 10-night Baltic cruise. Contact Rebecca in Devonport on 6421 1977. Rebecca was a guest of InterAsia and Jetair Tours. Jama Masjid, the largest mosque of India
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