Thursday, May 31, 2012

It’s been a while since I ranted

Things are pretty wild over here in New Delhi. The temperature crossed 46°C (114.8 ºF) today, I don't even remember the last time I went to a bar and it's not because Delhi bars suck or there isn't any bars in Delhi but because am almost broke. But again my salary was transferred while writing this post (don’t you just love salary day), so I can see me getting hammered this weekend.

It’s been a while since I ranted; today I’ll just do a random post on what's going around me and what I am going through in bullet points. Come on bullet points are always better!

  • If I can take food from your plate without you noticing it, I can also put things in your plate. Stop with all the blah blah on your cell phone while having lunch because you ruined my lunch yesterday. I saw you gleeking in my plate while you were busy chatting and even if it was unintentionally, it was bad. One day you might even swallow the spoon by mistake.
  • Generally people who are bald or upcoming bald seems to have problem with my long hair and I can understand why. The thing with hair is, people who are bald normally tend to envy people with hair but people with hair don’t envy people who are bald. I guess this is among one of those rare situations where the grass is greener only on one side and am glad am in the greener side not in the bald side.
  • Being vegetarian is by choice so don’t force me to become a vegetarian.
  • If an International heavy metal band is going to play in India, don’t book your airline tickets, hotel rooms and the concert tickets before two weeks to the scheduled date. Anything can happen in India. First the government will forced to change the venue like the Bangalore Open Air which was suppose to happen at the Palace ground was forced to change location in some god knows where and then government denies visa to the headlining band like ‘Iced Earth’ was denied entry just two weeks before the show, so much for the Iced Earth concert in Bangalore.
  • I always believed that no matter how screwed up a person is there is always a way to deal but I’ve learned my lesson. Being a genuine asshole runs in the blood and no matter how hard you try, you can never deal with them. Best way is to ignore them.
  • Imagine you have three wives and all of them are always ready to fulfill your every desire. Come to India! But make share there is a drought where you are planning to settle because a certain dude did that just a few days ago and his reason was to deal with the drought in his village. Don’t believe me, click here.
  • Recently I was watching ‘The Office’ and I heard one of the most hilarious quotes from Michael Scott ‘It’s not the Horniness, it’s the loneliness’, and Dwight Schrute quote 'I grew up on a farm. I have seen animals having sex in every position imaginable. Goat on chicken. Chicken on goat. Couple of chickens doing a goat, couple of pigs watching’, almost peed in my pants.
  • Last but not the least, Megadeth is any day better can Metallica but Slayer can kick Megadeth and Metallica’s ass any day, period!!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Mini-vacation In Haridwar part 3

This is my last post of my Mini-vacation in the Land of the gods and goddess, Rishikesh and Haridwar.

Am not much of a religious guy and visiting religious sites does not interest me even the slightest and if you are like me you should not give more than half a day to explore Haridwar. If you are visiting Rishikesh, Haridwar is unavoidable, especially if you are traveling by train. Honestly the only thing that excited me in Haridwar was Har ki Pauri and to watch the evening Aarti. The Evening Aarti is a soul touching scene where devotees float earthen diyas (lamps) in the River Ganga but I missed it because I lost my patience to wait.

Though I missed the most important spectacle of Haridwar but I did managed to shoot some really amazing pictures of Har ki Pauri.

My Travel Guide on Rishikesh and Haridwar

  • If you are coming from Delhi, forget the bus its too tiring. Take a train. A train ride from Delhi to Haridwar is around 5 hours and the ticket cost around 450 to 500 Rupees. From Haridwar you can take a Vikram which will take another 20 minutes to Rishikesh and cost around 30 to 40 Rupees.
  • Unless you are planning to stay in an ashram to learn yoga and meditation, three days is enough to see Haridwar and Rishikesh. Spend two days in Rishikesh, One day for hiking in the nearby area and another day for rafting in Rishikesh. Give it a day to explore Haridwar's many temples and of course the Evening Aarti in Har ki Pauri.
  • Most hotels in Rishikesh are located near Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. If you want something different, Tapovan has some really good resorts and cottages with view of the River Ganga. Camping in Rishikesh is also another fun experience.
  • I did not bother to do any advance research on hotels in Haridwar. In Haridwar, you will find tons of hotels just outside Haridwar Railway Station. I stayed in a place called Hotel Sachin International and it was quite good. The hotel was clean, comfortable and very reasonably priced.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Riding The Toy Train in National Railway Museum Delhi

Have you ever been to the Railway museum in Delhi? It’s not that astonishing but it’s worth a visit. I’ve been there before but last Sunday, I was cruising the streets of Delhi in my look alike, wannabe cruise bike aimlessly like always so I decided to give it a visit. Surprisingly it was the same as my last visit, am glad at least something has been constant in this fast changing world. Over all it was a nice Sunday, something different from what I usually do every Sunday, getting hammered in a cheap Delhi Bar.

The Toy Train: Yeah I rode the train and it was fun. Totally worth the R.s 20.

Vintage engine on Display. I don't know a shit about trains but it was nice checking out those century old rail engines.

There is also an indoor museum where they have many exciting miniature trains, tracks and bridges on display but pictures are not allowed in the building.

I almost forgot this one. Don't even think about visiting the gift shop. It is the lamest gift shop of any museum i have ever been to. The stuffs are over priced plus they hardly have anything related to Railway except for those super expensive toy trains.

Location: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Timing: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Closed on Monday.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Mini-Vacation in Rishikesh - part 2

This is the part 2 of my mini-vacation in Rishikesh. Most visit Rishikesh for rafting and the temples but I’ve never been a big fan of water sports (ok, I’ll admit it, I can’t swim and it’s perfectly rational to avoid water sports if you can’t swim) or religion. For me an ideal vacation is doing nothing or hiking, because these two things come naturally to me. Hiking in Rishikesh is so easy because it’s surrounded by hills which are easy to hike yet rewards you with amazing view of the area.

The hike was easy but the trail was kind of dangerous. One slip and i could have landed straight in Ram Jhula.

It was an half an hour hike, but the view was amazing

View of River Ganges From Ram hula

Soul Cleansing in the River Ganges

My Travel Advice on Rishikesh:

  • Head to the river banks and enjoy the sunset with you feet dipped in the cold water of the River Ganges.
  • Most of the stuff in the handicraft markets are made in china. I got a wooden curved train and a dagger, which I later discovered the 'Made in China' sign on the backside. Overall, the prices are very reasonably compared to other travel destinations in India.
  • The price of hotels will increase as you go further up hill. I found that, on an average, hotels near Ram Jhula were less expensive than the hotels in Laxman Jhula.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Trekking in McLeod Ganj

Hell yeah, I am back from a weeklong vacation doing nothing but trekking in the hills around McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh and I’ve never felt so alive. If I have to describe how amazing this place is, I won’t be doing justice so I’ll let my pictures do the talking.

Way to Bhagsunag Falls

Bhagsunag Falls is just 10 minutes from McLeod Ganj Market

Bhagsunag Falls: Some hippies told me that if I hike twenty minutes more from the fall, there is a cafe called the Shiva Cafe where you will get kick ass herb. Unfortunately i don't do the herb. Thought some of you might wanna know.

Way to Triund, located around seven kilometers from McLeod Ganj.

The trekking trail to Triund. From Triund one can see the first peaks of the Himalayas.

Fellow trekkers up to Triund giving way to Goats.

The way up to Triund.

This place is located around 90 minutes before Triund. There is a stall here and its suppose to be a tea stall but you will find possibly everything, from tea and biscuit to soft drinks, beer, rum, vodka, sunscreen and so on.

Half an hour before Triund.

Finally Triund after three hours of trekking.

Triund: The view, the fresh air and the serenity was worth the trek. A joint and some Pink Floyd would make the whole experience even more memorable.

The view from my hotel balcony. The hotel was freaking cheap. Just Rs. 550 for a night with hot shower.

What did I learn from this Trip:

  • Never Drink the beer and vodka which you've brought to celebrate at the top of the peak before reaching the peak. It will mess up your body.
  • Drink the local wine. Its just Rs 200 for a bottle and it is strong enough to keep two guys buzzing.