Itinerary of North Trip

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Bathing in the Ganga as the sun rises on another day. . . . . .

People have asked where we visited., so here you can see the itinerary. We went to the north first, which was a mistake. When we went on the south trip it was extremely hot. If we go again, David will reverse the order of the trips.

The following is the itinerary for the north which began in  late February. Our journey north was  filled with sacred and secular architecture.   I wasn’t  able to post while we are travelling.  DBell leaves very little downtime and internet was spotty along with electricity.  Google the places and see some wonderful pictures, and I have included images of just a few of the major sites.  Professor worked with a travel agent who made the reservations. We stayed in * * * hotels because the last group stayed in * * hotels and there were rats in some of the rooms. Our hostel is * * * and quite comfortable. Hotels provided guides which was very beneficial for getting around and overcoming the language differences mostly lack of English and our lack of Hindi or local languages.

We did not go  to Allahabad, but there was  a festival going on there for 55 days.  It is when Hindus from across the world come to bathe in the Ganges. The festival is called Maha Kumbh Mela.maha-kumbh-mela-concludes-today-in-allahabad The opening weekend, there was an estimated crowd of 30 million.   This year the estimated attendance for the complete festival will be 110 million which is 1/3 of the population of the United States. It was  the largest gathering of humanity in a single place in history. Already, 275,000 people have gotten lost from their family.  I have no idea how they reconnect. I cannot get my head around these numbers.

AHMEDABAD

PROPOSED ITINERARY FOR FIELD TRIP FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 10, 2013 FOR 13 PEOPLE (SELF, WIFE, 11 RENSSELAER STUDENTS)

REQUESTING 1 COACH, ROUND TRIP FLIGHT DELHI TO VARANASI (COACH IN VARANASI), TRAIN FRPM FOR 13  PEOPLE, TRAIN FROM DELHI TO AHMEDABAD

FEBRUARY 23

Depart at 6:00 am from Presidency Enclave, 7 Darshan Society, Samved Hospital Road (near Nidhi Hospital), Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009

2 nights in Udaipur (February 23 & 24)

Visit: Jag Niwas (Lake Palace), City Palace, Mor Chowk

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This is the site of filming of Octopussy, a James Bond film.  City Palace in Udiapur.

Depart for Jaipur on February 25 at 7:00am

Visit either Kumbhalgarh Fort or Chittogarh Fort on the way to Jaipur

 

2 nights in Jaipur (February 25 & 26)

Visit: Pink City, Jantar Mantar, Jami Masjid (mosque), City Palace Museum, Jawahr Kala Kendra (20th c.,             Charles Correa) The Amber Fort

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Amber Fort and elephant rides on the outskirts of Jai Pur, the Pink City.

Depart for Agra on February 27 at 7:00am

Visit Chand Baori step well near Abhaneri on the way to Agra

 

2 nights in Agra (February 27 & 28)

Visit: Taj Mahal, Fatepur Sikri (Jami Masjid complex), Mathura

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Depart for Delhi on March 1 at 7:00am

 

2 nights in Delhi (March 1 & 2)

Visit: Chandini Chowk, Jantar Mantar

Depart for Amritsar on March 3 at 7:00am

 

2 nights in Amritsar (March 3 & 4)

Visit Golden Temple, Guru ka Langar (free kitchen), Border closing ceremony

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Sikh Golden Temple

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Wagha Border Closing with Pakistan

Depart for Chandigarh on March 5 at 7:00am

 

1 night in Chandigarh (March 5)

Visit: Le Corbusier buildings

Depart for Delhi on March 6 at 1:00pm

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 India Gate in New Dehli 

 

1 night in Delhi (March 6)

Depart by air for Varanasi on March 7 before noon, coach for 18 picks us up at Varanasi airport and we will have the coach available while we visit Varanasi

 

2 nights in Varanasi (March 7 & 8)

Visit: Ghats, Jantar Mantar, Vishnawath Temple, Dhamek Stupa

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Depart on morning flight to Delhi on March 9, coach for 18 picks us up at Delhi airport

Leave Delhi on overnight train to Ahmedabad (March 9)

 

ARRIVE IN AHMEDABAD ON MORNING OF MARCH 10

Oh just looking at this images now, brings back such wonderful memories!

Google Images. . . . public domain

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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10 Responses to Itinerary of North Trip

  1. lauramacky says:

    Very interesting! I’ve always wanted to go there.

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  2. OyiaBrown says:

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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  3. AngieG9 says:

    So beautiful. I once had a boss from India and was invited to her apartment several times for dinner, apparently a huge no-no in Indian culture, since she had no furniture yet, and we sat on the floor to eat and to talk. I taught her to drive and actually lived through the experience, but developed a great love of the hot, spicy Indian food. I’m not sure any more what province she was from, but somewhere in the southern part. Since I was the only one who could understand her accent, we went to meetings together so I could “translate” for her. She had some difficulty with our southern accents also. I would love to visit India, but it has to be vicarious visits now. So thank you for taking me there Anne.

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  4. Taj Mahal is my dream.

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  5. jmays7 says:

    Wow – the other posts I have read didn’t let how quickly you were moving from city to city! My aunt was at the Kumbh Mela. She is a photographer, and her talent and ability to sense and seize opportunity have taken her to many exciting places, people, and events. Seeing her photos is like reading your blog – it’s like I get to experience it, just a bit!

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    • annetbell says:

      I am so happy that you enjoyed my blog. Writing is to be read. Your aunts photography sounds wonderful. Actually, it seemed to me, that in India everywhere you looked was a photo! We were in India from the first of January through the first week in May of 2013. We were headquartered in Ahmedabad because of the university. We traveled to the north for 14 days and then 10 days to the south, as well as quite a few field trips in Gujarat, the state in which we were located. If you have questions, I would be most happy to try and answer them, Smiles!

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      • jmays7 says:

        Ah, that makes more sense! I knew you were there for an extended period of time, and I can’t imagine keeping a constant busy itinerary like that. 🙂 I love that you put pictures in a lot of your posts, too! Your pictures compliment your words the way Aunt Gail’s blurbs and verbal explanations compliment her pictures!

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      • annetbell says:

        Thank you for such a strong compliment. That is my goal! Smiles . . . . .

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