We felt like Rockstars!!!
Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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Well aurangabad is as we keep saying, truly Indian - a world apart from the Mumbai that we saw, so much so that it was curry for breakfast this morning, we thought why not, but these are the places that are maybe the most interesting to see, just to watch and the people are as usual friendly, for no reason other than to talk they just come up to you, shake your hand, welcome you to India and jabber away.
A very large Muslim population here so Claire has for the last two days been dressed from neck to toe in black trousers and my black check hooded shirt and hasn't been able to smoke in public (one man kindly pointed out Indian women dont smoke looking at me annoyed don't think he quite got the fact I'm not Indian) so we didn't get any unwanted attention and so she wasn't viewed as a prostitute basically!!
When people keep asking Phil questions about me when I'm stood there does get a little annoying after all I'm not invisible.
So out of empathy I've been in shirt and trousers too and we have been cooking from the inside out!
The meals we have had at the .... were divine darling! navratan kurma, cheese angoori, dal fry, paneer butter masala, paratha, tikka and more was TO DIE FOR!!! seriously good grub!
Apart from the power cuts and painfully slow internet we didn't really get wound up , but we nearly lost it with the cyber cafe, we spent a good four hours trying to book tickets to get away from here and it was the most frustrating thing we've done I think, I was ready to launch the computer but we got there in the end!
There aren't a lot of trains that pass through aurangabad so either don't be in a hurry or have your onward journey booked. plus the destination has a lot to do with it, there are lots of luxury coaches but most headed towards Mumbai or south
We got our route to Varanasi planned, 4hr bus northwest to Jalgaon, 3am train to Bhopal, then 3am train to Varanasi, phew!
Anyway headed down to central bus stand thinking we would get our bus but watched something pretty spectacular, as groups of hustling bustling what we come to know as fairly calm Indians suddenly turn into almost primate animals, seriously fifhting, pushing grabbing as the buses turned up, and these ate people of all ahes, men and women, fighting - not even letting the people on the bus get off it, unreal. with two massive bags and a guitar we really couldn't be dealing with it so bit the bullet and hired a minivan to take us, bit of an extravagance but was it worth it! 4hrs, we could smoke, stretch out and pretend we were in a limo so it turned out to be a nice change.
Saw some wonderful sights on route which included a man pooing on the side of the road, two men on a motorbike the back one holding onto a fan unit the size of a fridge, 9 people squashed into a tuk tuk, one man hanging out the back of a vehicle holding the door as there clearly was not enough room for him inside, a truck on its side - all the people just worried about getting the wood from the back, a whole gypsy family in one van with all belongings (15 people) leg hanging out the back!