INDIA AT LAST + THE 3 MONTH ROUND-UP ...
Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
62Trip End Jan 01, 2008
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Its taken 3 months of venturing about the middle east (a trip in itself) but alas, the feet have landed on the streets of Mumbai. They say that with any trip to India the first thing noticed is an 'asault on the senses' and i can see where they are coming from. But having been on the road through the M.E. it less an assault than 'another pinch'. The last 3 months (seems like a year already) have been great, a trip unplanned, a trip that started really with an aim of going to Egypt for 10 days (Enda reckoned 7 was enough) to see the country and book flights, which we knew would be quite inexpensive onto India. It didnt quite happen that way.
Not having any further plans or booked flights we were free as much as we wished. We met numerous people on our path, and the path is there from Egypt to Jordan to Syria to Turkey. It is route well travelled in either direction by the lonely planet huggers
Along the way we met more people who directed us towards Jordan , and two places in particular Petra and Wadi Rum. Im not going to describe them just look at the photos or better still get your ass over to see them, they are a hickers heaven or a painters paradise. Two weeks were spent in Jordan, also including the dead sea, some craic. Amman was a disapointment, just another city. We trailed forward up towards Damascus, hitting a couple of towns along the way including Jerash an ancient Roman city.
We were not sure about visas going into Syria, but all was OK as the Irish visa has quite a good rep around the world although Iran have recently put us in the same boat as the US & UK, unfortunatly. During the 4 weeks in Syria the following months plans changed like (knickers after a Vindaloo) quite frequemtly. We blazed a trail across syria in 3 weeks catching most of the country, (and what a country) a mass of intermingled historical ruins, that will blow your mind, none as awsome as Petra, but the sum of all parts was incredible. We passed within a whisker of Iraq 10km which was too close for comfort, as some of the local kids, started to say 'lets sacrafice the american' who was with us. We made a swift departure and hitting a few more ruins along the way at Dura Europas and Palatial Palmyra