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June 21: To Calcutta, India

We spent the first week of June in Kathmandu getting our visas for India -- once gotten, off we went... It took a couple of days to get to east Nepal due to transport strikes and a bus accident that was pretty bad. Once in India, we went up to Darjeeling, but there was also a stirke ... a pretty bad one. The state of Darjeeling wanted to be a separate entity. We had to leave being that we didn't want to sit around idle waiting for the indefinite strike to be over in order to catch a ride out. So we went to Calcutta -- a crazy, chaotic city stuffed to the brim with people and rubbish.




From Kathmandu, we went east making our way towards Calcutta in Inida. Yellow is our path in Nepal and Green is in India. Darjeeling is in the north (top of Green line).



Here's where Calcutta is in the overall map of India. Arrow indicates our direction after Calcutta. Being that it's summer and monsoon season, we're going to go north up to higher elevation where it's cooler and hopefully more dry. Eventually we'll be up in Ladakh.



Here's our path since Nov 1st 2007 starting in Bangkok, Thailand.



In Calcutta, there are many forms of transportation... here's one.



A taxi... pretty cool model.



Or an auto-rickshaw (very similar to tuk-tuk's in Thailand).



The best way... human power!



Truly human-powered! Wonder how they'd do with running shoes.



This is one of the ways to get around Calcutta....


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2008

2008


January
  • 10: China Part I
  • 16: China Part II
  • 26: China Part III

    February
  • 6: China Part IV
  • End: China Part V

    March
  • 5: China Part VI
  • 9: China Part VII
  • 12: China Part VIII
  • 24: We Make it to Tibet

    April
  • 2: We Arrive in Kathmandu
  • 25: Back in Pokhara, Nepal
  • 29: A Hotel in Pokhara

    May
  • 4: Back to Kathmandu
  • 31: Trekked to Everest Base Camp

    June
  • 21: To Calcutta, India
  • 25: More of Calcutta

    July
  • 12: Quick Trip to Thailand

    August
  • 8: Back to India
  • 10: The Golden Temple
  • 12: In Dharamsala, India
  • 21: Marijuana in Manali

    September
  • 9: Northern India
  • 22: More of Inida

    October
  • 3: Aswan & The Pyramids
  • 4: Abu Simbel (Egypt)
  • 7: Onward to Luxor
  • 13: White Desert in The Sahara
  • 20: Egypt's Awesome Beaches

    November
  • 30: 40 Days in the Desert

    December
  • 13: Jordan & Syria
  • 18: Then Turkey