Goa – from Old Goa to Arambol Beach

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor. – Unknown

Just five days after I came back from my trip to the North Dustin and me decided to go to Goa spontaneously – taking a sleeper bus Friday evening and heading back Sunday night, in order to arrive back in Pune Monday morning with enough time to take a shower and go back to work again.

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Heading North VII – Amritsar and Wagah Border

At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy and your eyes sparkling. – Shanti

My last stop was Amritsar, where I reached after another exhausting 17 hours journey, including two different sleeper trains, until I finally arrived at my hostel around 6 or 7 pm. Amritsar itself is famous for the so called Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), considered as the holiest religious complex of the Sikh religion that is surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar lake, in which pilgrims take a bath. Continue reading

Heading North V – Jaisalmer, the Golden City

This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought. – T. E. Lawrence

Sunrise in the desert
Sunrise in the desert

I arrived in Jaisalmer around 11.30 pm, waved goodbye to my dearest French train companions that I would meet two days later in Jaisalmer itself as well as on the platform again and got picked up by a local guy who I found on Couchsurfing and who organised a nice place for me to stay, namely the hotel The Golden House (best place to sleep I had during the whole trip). Apparently, Couchsurfing in India is often not about staying at someone’s home, but at the hotel or guesthouse that a friend or relative owns. Looking back this is an awesome system, but I have to admit that before coming there, I was a bit worried that they would charge me loads of money afterwards, which was not the case. Thumbs up for Indian hospitality! 🙂 Continue reading

Heading North IV – Jodphur, the Blue City

If you’re not lost, you haven’t traveled far enough away from home. – Frank Lenz

I arrived in Jodhpur after a six hours ride in a sleeper bus, which is always exciting in the sense that usually neither the driver nor the conductor will speak English, combined with the fact that you never know the point where they’ll drop you off in advance – and even the announcements of the next stop are Continue reading

Heading North III – Udaipur, City of Azure Water Lakes

Water is the softest thing yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness. – Lao Tzu

Once I arrived in Udaipur I had to say goodbye to my unexpected train companions and found myself lost at the train station. I was supposed to meet a friend of a friend, Yogesh, who would help me to get around in the city, but somehow he overslept a little so I started walking towards… the city palace? At least towards the point google maps was indicating me as such. 😀 However, this adventure lasted about 10 minutes until I received a phone call from Yogesh who came to pick me up a few minutes later – and as it turned out he was a super funny, nice guy and the best company I could have wished for during my short stay in Udaipur, a city famous for its history, culture, scenic locations – and voted as the best city in the World in 2009 by the Travel + Leisure magazine. 1 Continue reading