January 26, 2001 GMT
Amritsar Golden Temple

A party of four bikes left Islamabad Campground for Lahore, Connor (XT600), Angela (Dominator), Oliver (Transalp). We enjoyed walking the bazaars, the old fort and riding backwards in the Tuk Tuks as the traffic aimed at our toes!!

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Time to leave Islamabad Campground

Had a laugh when a Christian Movement paraded past our hotel in peak hour traffic. It was Ramadan in Pakistan!! They created a huge traffic jam. We stayed at the Menora Hotel across the road from the Lahore Hotel. Safe parking was found at the Lahore Hotel for 10Rs a day, absolute bargain.

Crossing the border into India saw the officials mess up our Carnet by taking a page three past the next one to be used. I like to watch this procedure after experiences in Africa but was instructed to sit down by the official. German friends travelling in a Unimog had two pages removed for the one vehicle. Beware the crossing at Wagah/Attari Road.

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Oli takes over from the rickshaw driver Amritsar

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Fun on a rickshaw Amritsar

Amritsar will always be remembered for the Golden Temple. We have not seen the Taj Mahal yet but it will need to be good to beat this. The people there, the workers, the hostel attached to the temple - a must for every traveller.

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Carol at the Golden Temple

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Local ladies at The Golden Temple

Our party broke up on departure with Oliver heading south to the deserts of Rajasthan. Today was our first real taste of the Indian traffic, preparing us for the onslaught to come. Overnight in Ambala saw Angela's bike have a flat tyre and topple over. No damage, just a broken pot plant inside the hotel passage way.

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Interesting men

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Carol washing her feet before entering The Golden Temple

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Foreigners room in the Pilgrims Hostel The Golden Temple, with Connor and Angela.

Our party dwindled again as a quick repair of the puncture saw Angela head north to Nepal. Connor and ourselves headed to Delhi to organize our tickets/transport to Bangkok.

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Karol Bagh motorcycle area New Delhi

We achieved much in Delhi with few hassles. Our transport and flights were organized. Connor replaced an ailing battery, Carol got sick so rested in bed while the boys played with the tuk tuks.

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Gandhi Guest House New Delhi, it was better on the inside than it looked from the street.

Departing Delhi on Sunday was a breeze. Connor headed south to join Oliver and we rode to Agra to see the famous Taj Mahal. We thought the US$20 or Aud$40 per person too expensive. They will not get our money at those prices.

Left Agra taking minor roads towards Bareilly. The route had far less traffic but the road condition was very poor - potholes, rough surface, livestock and bicycle riders not prepared for a motorcycle as large as ours.

Posted by Carol Duval at January 26, 2001 03:12 AM GMT

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