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Route in North India
Date GPS Location Story
26 June 2003 N3138'0.4"
E7452'36.4"
Amritsar
(229 m)
As a goodbye to India we made a second visit to the Golden Temple. The hospitality of the Sikhs is a step in the direction of Pakistan, making the transition a little bit smaller.
Dutch: "Mijnheer, Uw Carnet is verlopen."
25 June 2003 N3033'49.3"
E7717'39.4"
Nahan
(914 m)
Just a stopover on our way to Amritsar, but Nahan appeared to be a fairly nice village.
21 - 24 June 2003 N307'38.3"
E7819'6.7"
Rishikesh
(432 m)
The Beatles went to Rishikesh to visit their guru Maharishi Makesh Yogi, we went to Rishikesh to do some laundry and to clean the car.
Sikh on his way to Hemkund ----------- A dip in the lake of Hemkund
19 - 20 June 2003 N3041'57.1"
E7936'53.0"
Hemkund
(4185 m)
Sikh guru Gobind Singh is said to have worshiped at the high altitude lake of Hemkund. And therefore this lake is a major pilgrimage site for the Sikhs, especially during holiday time, which is... now. So together with a zillion Sikhs we queued up to climb to the lake.
17 - 18 June 2003 N3032'18.8"
E7933'56.2"
Auli
(2656 m)
This is Indias premier ski-resort. It has one very long cable car, one chair lift and one drag lift. Officially there is 5 km of slopes, but according to our GPS measurements 3 km is a more realistic value. The skiing season is from December to March.
A French chairlift in India.
Dutch: Opdracht 10 - Skien in India.
16 June 2003 N300'14.8"
E7934'10.0"
Gwaldam
(1946 m)
Bad government or water shortage for the hydropower plant, anyhow the area around Gwaldam lacked electricity already for several days. Which is actually only slightly worse than the other areas in Uttar Pradesh were the power cuts often occur during the most crucial moments: in the evening.
15 June 2003 N2935'40.8"
E7939'16.1"
Almora
(1591 m)
It should be a drive of a few hours from Nainital to Almora, but a Hindu festival caused an endless trafic jam. It was actually not the festival itself that resulted in the blocked road, but the simple fact that about 100 cars had to leave the village at the same time. With the non-cooperating "me first" mentality of Indian drivers this is an almost unsolvable puzzle.
13 - 14 June 2003 N2925'16.2"
E7926'13.5"
Nainital
(2202 m)
This English hillstation is situated around the lake Naini. June is holiday time for the Indians themselves so Nainital was packed with local tourists, resulting in a colourfull parade of people at the boulevard of Nainital.
Dutch: Welkom terug in India - nog voor de grens betalen graag...

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