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Incredible India

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My cake, a gift from the Radisson Hotel, Shimla

Bill and I are back from an unforgetable trip to India, my surprise 60th Birthday present from my great husband! I did not know about the trip until a week before we flew so the packing was a little haphazard!

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Shopping in old Delhi

We flew to Delhi and spent a day touring the city and wandering the streets. We travelled on the underground trains and then had a ride in a rickshaw. I think my whole life flashed before me as we missed lorries and people by a whisker!

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My favourite form of transport in India, a Tuk-Tuk

We then travelled by train to Amritsar and stayed in a very old and quaint hotel from the days of the Raj. Just lovely! Our brilliant guide, Vikram took a few of us to see the Golden Temple at night and to watch the Holy Book being carried to its night time resting place. A magical evening РI felt priviledged to be one of the very few Europeans  in the crowd and made feel very welcome РI do not know how many people came to shake hands with us.

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Vikram and yours truly

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The Golden Temple at Amritsar

Before travelling to Shimla, we visited the monastery at Dharamsala where His Holiness the Dalia Lama has his residence and the offices of the exiled people of Tibet.

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The peaceful garden at the monastery

After Amritsar, we travelled by train to Shimla in the foothills of the Himalayas. This so-called hill station has a population of 250,000 without the tourists and must be one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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Towards the Himlayas

I am afraid the pictures do not give you a clue to the magnificence of the scenery, and you do not want to imagine the excitement of the drive on single track roads with hairpin bends…….

Now my problem is a very simple one – where to find the time to use the inspiration of the trip and to create all the designs in my head!

Date posted: Monday, May 17, 2010

Comments

Comments (18)

Trip looks great. Glad you had a good time. Love to you and Bill and Hope you Birthday was memorable. Fi x

Comment by Fiona Dunbar on Monday, May 17, 2010

Trip looks great. Glad you had a good time. Love to you and Bill and Hope you Birthday was memorable. Fi x

Comment by Fiona Dunbar on Monday, May 17, 2010

What a fab cake!! It all looks so interesting & love the view to the Himalayas. Looking forward to some stitching ideas! J x

Comment by jane herbert on Monday, May 17, 2010

What a fab cake!! It all looks so interesting & love the view to the Himalayas. Looking forward to some stitching ideas! J x

Comment by jane herbert on Monday, May 17, 2010

Looks and sounds like you had an amazing time.

Comment by Fiona on Monday, May 17, 2010

Looks and sounds like you had an amazing time.

Comment by Fiona on Monday, May 17, 2010

Hi Jane
Glad you had a great holiday!
We used to have the Tuk-tuk’s in Brighton!
I hope you had a good Birthday!
Love,
Suzanne

Comment by Suzanne Spenecer on Monday, May 17, 2010

Hi Jane
Glad you had a great holiday!
We used to have the Tuk-tuk’s in Brighton!
I hope you had a good Birthday!
Love,
Suzanne

Comment by Suzanne Spenecer on Monday, May 17, 2010

Great to see you back in one piece. Thanks for the lovely report.

Comment by Brigitte Gant on Monday, May 17, 2010

Great to see you back in one piece. Thanks for the lovely report.

Comment by Brigitte Gant on Monday, May 17, 2010

Now, when is that Cross Stitch Guild trip planned for India? What an experience. Looking forward to the designs. Love Sue

Comment by Sue Fisher on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Now, when is that Cross Stitch Guild trip planned for India? What an experience. Looking forward to the designs. Love Sue

Comment by Sue Fisher on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It looks really lovely, glad you had a great time, you deserve it. Love Barbara

Comment by Barbara Stone on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It looks really lovely, glad you had a great time, you deserve it. Love Barbara

Comment by Barbara Stone on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lucky you to see Shimla! Can’t wait to see what designs result from this trip and those lovely Indian fabrics!

Comment by Kathy on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lucky you to see Shimla! Can’t wait to see what designs result from this trip and those lovely Indian fabrics!

Comment by Kathy on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So glad you had an amazing trip and birthday to remember. Looking forward to seeing more pictures. Love Joan

Comment by Joan Fraser on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

So glad you had an amazing trip and birthday to remember. Looking forward to seeing more pictures. Love Joan

Comment by Joan Fraser on Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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