July 03, 2009 GMT
Chandigarh / Amritsar

It's been a few days since i have been able to get on the internet.
Stayed only one night in Delhi and headed to Chandigarh, wow what a fantastic city.
It was built after partition and is beautifully designed big wide tree lined streets set out on a grid, it's the only city so far where i haven't had to ask for directions to get to my hotel. even though I only stayed one night i had a good look around before I left. Lots of gardens and sculptures, very modern as are the people also I couldn't get over how quiet the city is compared to others (no traffic noise).
Arrived in Amritsar 2 days ago, I have always wanted to visit the Golden temple here (couldn't in 1984 as Indian army attacked sikh militants held up in temple...Mrs Ghandi's sikh bodyguards killed her). Anyway I have been to the Temple, fantastic experience and yesterday went to the famous closing of the border ceremony at the India/Pakistan border crossing... think ministry of silly walks. Very interesting time crowd chanting and dancing, qreat time had by everyone. Took Video and stills. A few people have asked why I'm not posting photo's one reason is that internet cafes here don't want us to download and also it takes a bit of time to edit and upload. I intend to make a DVD of video and stills on return and will give to those who request it.
I spent yesterday servicing the bike (oil change, topping up fluids etc) in prep for crossing into Pakistan tomorrow morning.
Information is pretty limited here on the situation in Pakistan at the moment, I was hoping to catch up with bikers coming from Pak.but I haven't seen anyone. The hotel manager tells me that no one has been there for some weeks.
I understand that apart from Lahore internet access is pretty limited so posts may be not as regular.
Really looking forward to the KKH and a new country for me as I have never been there before.
Will post when possible
Kia Kaha

Posted by Ross MacDonald at July 03, 2009 09:09 AM GMT
 


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