Southern India

Trip Start May 23, 2007
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Trip End Dec 21, 2007


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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Hope everyone is ok. Another update for you.

We ended up staying in Goa a little longer than planned - We dint do much
after the 1st week in Goa just shopped, ate, drank and got food poisioning -
delightful!!!! Our original plan was to go to Rajasthan but there was
trouble there, riots etc so we decided it wasn't worth the risk!

From Goa we went to Bangalore. Again we had trouble getting there. The
monsoons started so Arnold our taxi man said it wasn't worth getting the
train because they were unreliable. Then we had a nightmare booking flights
- some airline decided to go on strike so about 100 flights were getting
cancelled each day. Luckily they didn't last long and we got to Bangalore
eventually!!!

Bangalore was shoppers paradise! - it was really westernised! We even had a
KFC & Mcdonalds there.  Our hotel was right in the centre of it all & even
had a round bed.  When we got there it was early evening so we just wondered
round the shops & got stuck into some juicy chicken @ KFC.

2nd day we got a rickshaw to take us to a few sights.  The driver was a
right scammer - it only cost us 50p for the morning but he kept taking us to
shops that gave him tokens everytime he got people in. We went to Bangalore
palace, which had a real elephants head on the wall & had stools made from
elephants feet! We got a great picture to show of the guide!!  We also
visited the Bull temple, which literally was just a huge bull inside a
temple & went to Tipu's Palace - He was some bloke who hated the British &
got a toy made especially of a tiger eating a british soldier!!! In the
evening we went to see their equivalant of House of Parliement & got some
food from the stalls on the street. We must have been feeling generous cause
we gave 2 tramps some scraps.

The next day we got a taxi to Mysore - about 3 hours away & went to the zoo
- It was huge & had white tigers which we had never seen before.  We also
went to the Cathedral, Tipu's tomb & his torture chambers.  After we went up
Chumdni Hills - it was amazing, lots of wild monkeys everywhere munching on
coconuts - they were so close to us!  Then we went to Mysore palace which
was unbelievable inside - unfortunately we weren't allowed to take our
camera in. There was amazing paintings on the ceilings, animal carvings on
the doors & it was so colourful. On the way back we stopped at a place
called Brindhaven Gardens which had lots of coloured waterfalls & a musical
fountain with a light show! Again another dodgy taxi driver - he stopped on
the side of the road in the pitch black, left us in the taxi to get a cup of
tea - half hour later he came back. Bearing in mind 5mins before he stopped
he kept asking if we were hungry and we said no. Cheeky bugger prob had a
three course meal!!!!!  We booked the taxi through the hotel but they
wouldn't give us an exact price.  We played them at their own game & left
the hotel the next day without paying for the taxi (saved us about 40 quid).

On our last day in Bangalore we went ot Bannerghatta National Park - again
another zoo but we also went on safari through the jungle & we were
literally a metre away from a group of tigers. It was amazing.

Next we went to Hyderabad - Monsoons really had started here, driving to our
hotel half the roads were flooded about a foot deep! In Hyderbad we went
some monuments which apparently was a must see - It was complete crap!!!!!
We also went on a boat to Hussian Sagar (a huge lake with one of the biggest
statues of a buddha in the world). The most fun part of the day was when we
went to Snow world. It was brilliant. They gave us socks, a jacket, gloves
and we were reunited with a pair of wellies!!! It was basically a huge room
and when we walked inside it was minus 5 degrees and there was snow
everywhere. It had ice sculptures, snow machines, ice slide etc. After that
we went to ''Living dead'' (like a walk around haunted house with real
actors) It was hilarious a person who worked there was like ''sir this way
please'' cos it was pitch black. 2 seconds later he turned from guide to
scary man and started shoutin raaaaaaaaaaaa in our ears!!!!!!!!!!!! In the
evening we we to Golconda Fort for a sound and light show telling the
history of the fort which was really interesting and imaginative.

Now we're in Mumbai. There is lots of poverty here. When we landed its was
crazy how many little hut houses we could see. We haven't really done alot
here because the monsoons have hit the place bad. In some areas the water is
waist high, luckily where we are is ok. Tomorrow we leave fo Singapore - we
can't wait.

In India we have seen and experienced so many different things. People seem
to be one extreme ior the other. Really nice and kind or really rude & just
out to make money no matter what.Shame there is alot more of the latter!!!

To sum up India - Some of the most amazing and beautiful sights ever, crazy
driving, annoying touts, and lots of gays!!!! We 've had an wicked time
though but are looking forward to moving on!

Keep in touch - its nice to hear what's been going on
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