ColÄba, Mahārāshtra, India at 10:00am IST.See the trip: Robert's round the world trip 2013 part1
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We are up in the mountains in a place called darjeeling. It is a old English hill station and bleeding freezing! We are in the famous darjeeling so of course we have had our fair share of tea. We have had a few strange cups of darjeeling tea with milk, but on the whole it's been lovely. We went tea tasting the other day and of course my favourite was Snow White tea, the most expensive and well out of budget, maybe even for a glass. They serve the (in posh places) tea in clear glass cups which is lovely as you get to see all the colours, it's a rainbow of tea! It's very much like England weather wise here, cold and a bit rainy and with plenty of tea to warm you.
We visited the zooilogical park here which was a treat, the animals seemed well cared for, there was no rubbish and no one was spitting. To good to be true! It was.... A group of teenagers started throwing rocks at a sleeping wolf, Jess came out with the marvellous comment of I hope the wolf rips your face off. We are still hoping.
We took a ride of the toy train, a joyride, we are rebels now. Don't worry family that was the name of the leisure ride. It involved two hours of going around darjeeling and the mountains. It was clear for once so was beautiful and we saw our first snow peaked mountain! Apparently we don't get enough of trains. We visited a train museum during one of its stops and tried to get some tea but the cafe owner was too busy that day to make us any, his words not ours. Customer service 101.
Now I always thought I liked tea and I drank a few types, green, herbal, black, earl grey. I now know that I know nothing. 1st flush, 2nd flush, autumn, monsoon. So many different types, we visited a tea plantation today where our taxi driver had to save us from a drunk fake tour guide to start with, it was his birthday though, and find us a real one. The fake one was trying to do a good job through the alcohol (we just thought his English was bad until he breathed on us, then the taxi man came!) and picked a bud and kept saying this is a bud... The real one was slightly more informative though and we now know a little bit about the tea, we know not to drink tea bags that aren't pyramids. That is the dust of the floor your drinking!
We are enjoying not having to hide in the room most of the day and actually using our layers and shoes. We are taking full advantage of the fact we can drink tea and eat without perspiring (only men sweat). We do complain about the weather at night though so we are still being true to our British roots, forever complaining about the weather.
Well our train was three hours late, changed platform at the last minute and our carriage was missing. We ended up being in three tier with a indian family, the three year old had a long one sided conversation with Jess in Hindi. They also didn't go to sleep till late, didn't think about keeping the noise down when we retired, and even when they settled down they kept getting up and turning the light on. At about midnight the family's changed and the new family decided I was in invisible and used my bunk as a leaning post, grabbing post and ignored me when I protested. In the morning they were nice though and offered me food!
Now Indian logic is a funny thing, Indian logic says that you can get rid of an entire carriage and when two frantic foreign girls are trying to find it, no one tells them it is missing and just points them in a general direction, and once they have become semi hysterical you just shrug and walk away. Indian logic is bloody crap.
Now once we had found out that there was no two tiered carriage and we were in three tier we were pissed, but we were happy we weren't in sleeper class! We lost a further two hours while on the train so the train didn't get to the station till half one, it was meant to be half 8. Now apart from a couple of biscuits we hadn't eaten since three the previous day, so we went to buy some crisps. they have the price on them, 10 rupees each, 4 packets, 40 rupees simple. Obviously not. The man tried to charge us am extra 10 rupees, a young lad next to us explained he charges an extra two rupees per packet, and 2 rupees un accounted for. I asked him if he payed this, he shook his head and look embarrassed. Now we had reached our limit. We raised our voices and refused, he gave us our money back. We slammed the money on the counter (40 rupees minus the 10 rupee tourist tax) took our crisps and walked briskly away before we head butted him, he did shout after us angrily but didn't chase us luckily. We were in no state to run. Now I know it's only 15p but its the principal. We get charged extra for everything, transport, hotel rooms, museums and what not. I am not paying extra for a packet of clearly marked crisps. Despite what some Indians think we are not walking ATMs. Yes we come from a much richer country but it doesn't mean we have to get fleeced at every opportunity! Now there are plenty of lovely local people who on trains have offered us food expecting nothing, helped us out expecting nothing and even invited us to their home for ginger tea and given us a present of a ashtray they made themselves. Its just some (who unfortunately we have the most contact with) that spoil it! We had been told we could get a refund on the difference of our ticket. Obviously you think you'd go to the counter and bam you'd have your refund. Not in India, nothing is simple in India. We got sent here there and everywhere. There was quite a few of us in the end, I don't know how the Indians stay so calm, at the end I was close to crying, suicide or murder. Maybe all three. We got a 520 rupees refund that payed for our jeep to darjeeling but I'm still not sure if the stress was worth it.
Now today has been one of those days, getting the jeep was very hard. The guidebook said 90 rupies per person, we spoke to a lot of different people. The guidebook lies. It was 200 in a packed car (10 people in a jeep) or 1800 or 2500 (depending who you asked) for the whole jeep. We negotiated a whole jeep for 200 each after walking around and nearly giving up the will to live. There was 6 of us, one American and three Koreans. Two of the Koreans spoke a little bit of English and one no English but fluent Hindu. Now once we had negotiated the fee to 200 each and the bags were on top the man decided he wanted the money first, that wasn't happening. Fortunately from that conversation we managed to find out they were charging us 1800. Alot of uproar proceeded and we decided to wait to fill the car, during the wait we found the pricing scheme on the back of the car, it was 150 each to darjeeling. We decided to ask the man about this discretion... After he conveniently forgot English he then told us it was from 2010. Now the Koreans were not happy, and started shouting lier at the man... After a few lier chants he ejected our bags and told us he wasn't going to darjeeling...
Now Jess and I had lost the will to live and I think if pushed we would of hired a jeep ourself. Thankfully a friendly man came over and offered us the whole jeep for 250 each, no more passengers and he wasn't rude or creepy like all the other jeep drivers. We jumped at the offer. It took over three hours, on cliff edge. The man drove like a nutter, overtaking on blind bends next to the cliff edge and generally being mentally deranged behind the wheel. He did play 90s pop the entire time which soothed us slightly. Until the fog, he didn't slow down, he didn't stop overtaking. Jess and I were vocal with our fear. It was the thickest fog I've seen, we couldn't see anything. We finally got to darjeeling and went in search of the hotel I'd found on trip advisor. It was 100 rupees more than our budget, so we went searching for a cheaper alternative. It was cold rainy and dark, we didn't get far and decided the price wasn't too bad! Darjeeling is lovely, the mega rain has stopped but it is cold enough for jumpers and doc martins so makes use out if our heaviest items and its lovely to be wrapped up! We are excited for a few days of being able to eat chocolate that isn't melted, eating without sweating and drinking tea!
We got our first night train! The booking if the trains was extremely stressful. After queuing for hours we decided when we were at the front desk too book all our trains until darjeeling. It was so hard to get out of vrindavan because of train availability we decided it was best! It's nice to have them all but we do like to be free. We ended up staying an extra night in the ashram. Jess and I did not feel very well, we needed some rest and not a night train, we felt alot better for it the next day. The Krishna's gave us some leaving presents, it was so nice of them! We got some sashes which had their embalm on and were given to important people, some literature for us to read about the vrindan group, vegetarianism, non smoking and meditating. The also gave us a lovely necklace which was Krishna's weapon and some meditating beads. Very kind of them!
The train station was a nightmare, we could only get to delhi and they would only give us a general class seat. Now I'm not trying to be all posh and conceited but until you have seen then general class carriages go past you can not judge. I did not want to spend 3 hours being hot, sweaty, crammed and groped. All at the same time, we managed to change it for a sleeper class on the train, which was fine. Our neighbours were a family if Indian women and one young boy who I had a funny face wore with, he started picking his nose while sticking his tongue out. He won hands down.
The first thing we did in Delhi was get some fried food! The food was so healthy in the ashram and we were in need of some grease! We also stocked up at the pharmacy, Jess got sun cream, I got steroid and antibiotic cream for the mental Indian mosquito bites. All essentials you see! The night train was at 10 so we just chilled out then got a tuk tuk. After a 10 minute panic that we were at the wrong station we found our train and settled in.
The 3 tier night train was lovely. We were sharing with a mother father and son, and then a old lady from another group (we let her have the bottom bunk!) we were asleep quickly and the train was so smooth I didn't wake up till 5:30! We feel a bit silly about booking the 2 tier for the other two long journeys now!
Trains only go from haridwar to rishikesh at silly times. Thankfully we got there at a silly time and we boarded our third train in well under 24 hours! I have forgotten to mention the fact we have taken two three tiered trains and two sleeper trains. on both sleeper trains deag queens randomly walked down either asking for money or holding money. When asking for money they were quite aggressive, we declined! It was a nightmare trying to find the guesthouse we had emailed so we gave up and did some expert (accidental) haggling and got a hotel for the same price as the other one.
Rishikesh had a very peaceful atmosphere and the Ganges were beautiful. At one point there is even a beach but because it is made out of rock it was glittery. Everything was very peaceful apart from hitler yoga 101. The man barked and shouted positions, wasn't for me and reminded me of school pe lessons! We tried to do some meditation but the first time we napped too long and missed it and the second time we turned up but no one else did... Not even the teacher! Dipping our feet in the clean Ganges that was still ice cold from the mountains while on a sparkly beach was defiantly a highlight! We did our normal exploring and a bit of jewellery shopping too, We are now the proud owners of toe rings and Steve transfered me some money so I could get a beautiful Indian (same same but different) emerald ring. Rishikesh had a lot of South Indian cuisine which meant dosa's yum yum! We took to taking our leftovers and feeding them to the cows, only calfs though as they were not scary like the adult ones! People did look at us strangely. One day we tried to walk to a waterfall, we managed it to a small one after three hours walking, alot of it uphill and then got a taxi back! One day we will learn that guidebooks lie and waterfalls are up high!
We were sad to leave rishikesh but decided to spend the last night in hardiwar as our train was at 6am the next day! Hardiwar was different! It was so loud and with cars everywhere. We went to see the Ganges again, there were lots of vendors selling all sorts of crap plus a few men with tattoo guns. Don't worry guys he wiped it with his grubby towel between uses! We were amazed! There was three middle class Indian women getting Hindi symbols tattooed onto their hand while we watched. They then tried to get us to get outs done by saying it doesn't hurt... I didn't have the heart to tell them it was the HIV and various other diseases I would be worried about... And not the pain! We managed to find out it was 10 rupies though, 15p. Infection thrown in free. Jess and I had a new game too, it was called dodge the bindi girls, and as I'm sure you can imagine it involved dodging women and young girls trying to put bindis on you without you realising so they could then charge you rupies. It was quite hard, the women were stealth like! We watched the sun set ceremony on the ganges which was lovely and on a scale that we hadn't seen before, with lots of noise and fire. Well it was lovely until the prayer nazis took over, they stood at the front and barked orders to what you had to do next... They then went around demanding 100 rupies for firewood. We declined as they ruined the experience for us. It was probably the most un spiritual, spiritual experience we have had. The whole ganges scene reminded me of Disney land esque. After the ceremony Jess and I (Jess more than me) got mobbed for photos with Indian family's. It was mental, I thought I'd lost Jess for ever! Our hotel in hardiwar was depressing and dirty but it was cheap and train station adjacent so we couldn't complain. We got dinner while lost and then took a cycle rikshaw back as we couldn't see any autos. Felt bad having this man cycle us home while we ate ice creams so we tipped him greatly!
The morning train was lovely (air con chair) but not suitable for backpacks. We had no space for them and as we were trying to squeeze them in our foot space people got angry waiting... Indians don't like to wait, ever. We were back in Delhi on our favourite road. We went back to the cafe we always do as it has wifi, has an okay toilet and is close to the train station. Though its bad points do include a friendly mouse than runs around the cafe, and waiters who wouldn't know politeness of customer service if it slapped them in the face. One man gives off the impression that he doesn't speak English, he does. Quite well. Our two tier night bus was the same as three tier though missing one bed. They did come round with face towels though. The family we were sharing with were lovely and amused by jesses and I's foot jewellery. We are not sure why.
So now we are in Varanasi, we have splurged on air con. It is too hot. We have had a walk by the Ganges, been offered numerous boats and talked too by people 'not wanting money but'. We saw the lower caste crematation area today, I'm sorry to be crude but it smelt like BBQ. Thankfully you couldn't see much but fires, no body's sticking out. It's too hot to do anything from 11-4 so we are going to go and see the sunset ceremony tonight and maybe get up at sunrise tomorrow to explore the Ganges some more as we only have one full day here till we are off too darjeeling
So here we are, the last night at the ashram and its someone's birthday. We are excited to party like Krishna. We have had a very busy week! We've been painting, cooking and gardening (gardening is not fun in the 40+ heat). We have done yoga at 6am on the roof top and on other days sat by the Yamuna river at 6am chanting the maha-mantra while counting our meditation beads.
The food here has been really good, really light and pure good food. Just what I needed after the overdose of palak paneer and butter nanns! They do a warm milky drink in the evening with natural sugar melted in which is literally to die for!
We have had many guided tours round temples. It's nice to actually have everything explained to you, we normally just take a wild guess! The people here are very friendly and are happy to answer all of our questions! We just feel bad we haven't had any more! This religion looks very happy, and I honestly don't think I've seen so many happy people in one place before in my life, but I don't think it's for Jess and I. There is a lot of rules and they get up at 4am! It's been a lot of fun staying here though. It is also very cultured of Jess and I to find a South American Hari Krishna ashram in India!
We are off to Varanasi (hopefully) tomorrow. We thought we would be able to get a train ticket today for tomorrow. We were wrong, we are hoping to get one tomorrow if they have any going spare at the tourist centre at the train station. We are learning a valuable lesson, book all trains in advance!!! We won't be spending too long there, we are off to darjeeling to try and escape this bloody heat! Even at night we are sweltering, and the Mosquitos have eaten us alive.
Now the story of the monkey attack, it's not that interesting, though they may be quite common, people are very scared of the monkeys and walk around with big sticks, and dont eat on the street! Now I was walking around the ashram minding my own business and the next thing I knew I had a monkey attached to my leg, scrabbling and trying to bite its way through my trousers, completely ignoring my bag. Did he not know we were in an ashram? That sort if behaviour is unacceptable. On a serious note I managed to shake him off, walk back to the office and tell Jess and leila that a monkey had ' bitten my bum'. Now following three female Hari Krishna's expecting my rear and decided it was a scratch not a bite. I retreated to my room to put some antiseptic cream on and to calm down! I was pretty scared and freaked out! My bums fine now, it's all healed, and that's the story of why monkeys are foes and not friends.