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Forum: Scams and Annoyances in India Mar 18th, 2015, 21:49
Replies: 138
Views: 34,471
Posted By Darmabum
Scams. I add a percentage to my budget just to...

Scams. I add a percentage to my budget just to accomodate them ;)

Had one a road trip . . . somewhere Out There, west of Khajuraho, east of Agra - in a very rural/wild area - we came upon a...
Forum: Delhi Mar 18th, 2015, 03:43
Replies: 29
Views: 6,354
Posted By Darmabum
Look into Majnu-ka-tilla, north Delhi. It is a...

Look into Majnu-ka-tilla, north Delhi. It is a Tibetan settlement, with many guest houses, hotels, etc.

As to safety . . . I'm getting pretty tired (no offense to you, at all) of this "Delhi is...
Forum: Forum Help Mar 17th, 2015, 04:54
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Posted By Darmabum
I think you have to use this site a little more,...

I think you have to use this site a little more, first. As in post some messages . . . maybe it's just a matter or time . . . you're a newbie here, it takes time to have Full Privileges ;)
Forum: Health and Well Being in India Mar 16th, 2015, 21:43
Replies: 61
Views: 6,185
Posted By Darmabum
While Hep C can be carried for some time by a...

While Hep C can be carried for some time by a host, the fact that the host displays no symptoms does not preclude them from being a carrier, and possible transmitter. Hep C is also not the only...
Forum: Humour - It Only Happens in India Mar 14th, 2015, 23:39
Replies: 14
Views: 2,781
Posted By Darmabum
So, marriages will now be arranged by math...

So, marriages will now be arranged by math professors ;)
Forum: Delhi Mar 14th, 2015, 21:00
Replies: 11
Views: 3,312
Posted By Darmabum
What I say is: Find a local with a truck, wrap a...

What I say is: Find a local with a truck, wrap a shawl around your head, plug in your favorite CD . . . step on the gas and go!
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Mar 12th, 2015, 23:02
Replies: 14
Views: 3,005
Posted By Darmabum
But Gypsy Moth, while it is ten years . . . is it...

But Gypsy Moth, while it is ten years . . . is it not still six months at time? . . .

P.S. I too am a US citizen . . . with a ten year visa
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Mar 12th, 2015, 22:29
Replies: 14
Views: 3,005
Posted By Darmabum
As six months is the most you'll get anyway, plan...

As six months is the most you'll get anyway, plan for six months . . . in short, plan for the max, adjust as you see fit.
Forum: Varanasi Mar 12th, 2015, 21:14
Replies: 2
Views: 1,519
Posted By Darmabum
The Haifa Hotel/Restaurant (very close to Asi...

The Haifa Hotel/Restaurant (very close to Asi Ghat) is always full of travelers at meal times
Forum: Money Issues and India Travel Mar 10th, 2015, 21:23
Replies: 14
Views: 3,005
Posted By Darmabum
Many Indians that can, "head for the hills" in...

Many Indians that can, "head for the hills" in summer, as the British learned to do. The plains in summer will slowly poach you ;)
Forum: Scams and Annoyances in India Mar 9th, 2015, 09:40
Replies: 7
Views: 2,036
Posted By Darmabum
Never had that problem. I do know, however, that...

Never had that problem. I do know, however, that the police would often prowl my own guesthouses, checking up on the foreigners staying there.
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 7th, 2015, 08:40
Replies: 5
Views: 1,865
Posted By Darmabum
Mancityman . . . the unrest in Kashmir is not...

Mancityman . . . the unrest in Kashmir is not "recent" . . . in '82 (my first trip to India) I skipped it because of "unrest" ;) It is a unrestful place. I too would skip Nepal, too much in India...
Forum: India Travel News and Commentary Mar 7th, 2015, 06:15
Replies: 32
Views: 6,307
Posted By Darmabum
"Spice" . . . kind of an ambiguous word. While...

"Spice" . . . kind of an ambiguous word. While there is certainly spicy-hot, my love of Indian food stems from the savory aspects of spice. I see so many posts about people not liking "spicy" food,...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 6th, 2015, 22:31
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By Darmabum
aarosh - I should have patented it then ;)

aarosh - I should have patented it then ;)
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 6th, 2015, 21:49
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By Darmabum
aarosh, yes, my avatar is me. Drawn four days...

aarosh, yes, my avatar is me. Drawn four days after returning from a six month stay in Varanasi. Art, by a Disney artist-friend.

The time difference between this photo and the drawing is 18 years
Forum: Varanasi Mar 6th, 2015, 02:10
Replies: 2
Views: 1,682
Posted By Darmabum
"wannabe" . . . maybe . . . but definitely not...

"wannabe" . . . maybe . . . but definitely not French, trust funded or (I like to think) a dirtbag ;)

And as for the alleys . . . all the "stuff" in them . . . leave it ;) . . . helps me to Be...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 6th, 2015, 00:53
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By Darmabum
My first Holi in Asia . . .

. . . this, on a lake outside of Pokhara, Nepal . . . many, many full moons ago . . .

Happy Holi, Everyone!
Forum: India Travel News and Commentary Mar 5th, 2015, 21:44
Replies: 32
Views: 6,307
Posted By Darmabum
So many from the West, I think, are overwhelmed...

So many from the West, I think, are overwhelmed with physical India for the reasons they are overwhelmed with Indian food - there is just so much happening . . . All. The. Time. And as the West...
Forum: Delhi Mar 4th, 2015, 22:04
Replies: 14
Views: 1,854
Posted By Darmabum
For my last Holi in Varanasi I specifically...

For my last Holi in Varanasi I specifically bought a new white t-shirt, just for it. Went out, got shellacked! And at the end of the day, had a white(ish) commemorative Holi shirt ;) (I let the...
Forum: India Travel News and Commentary Mar 3rd, 2015, 23:41
Replies: 32
Views: 6,307
Posted By Darmabum
Yeah, it's 'about' food, but (metaphorically), so much more . . .

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/03/a-scientific-explanation-of-what-makes-indian-food-so-delicious/?tid=sm_fb
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 2nd, 2015, 23:07
Replies: 10
Views: 1,154
Posted By Darmabum
"Isn't Mumbai the cultural capital of the...

"Isn't Mumbai the cultural capital of the country" . . . depends some, I think, on what 'culture' you're looking for . . . and yes, there are "a lot of things to do in Mumbai" . . . and as for...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 2nd, 2015, 22:42
Replies: 19
Views: 3,766
Posted By Darmabum
I make it a plan to book my first night or two...

I make it a plan to book my first night or two before arriving. The flights I'm on usually arrive @ 2 A.M., no time - for me - for bargaining about anything. This room is just for these nights, and...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 1st, 2015, 21:48
Replies: 2
Views: 2,257
Posted By Darmabum
For myself, I couldn't get enough of Jaiselmer...

For myself, I couldn't get enough of Jaiselmer while any time spent in Jaipur was too much . . . Jaipur just didn't do it for me. Certainly some fine things there to see, just didn't work for me. I...
Forum: Introduce Yourself Mar 1st, 2015, 10:07
Replies: 7
Views: 1,314
Posted By Darmabum
Jacquelyn, :namaste: and Welcome. There are a...

Jacquelyn, :namaste: and Welcome. There are a lot of sites out there about India, but this one is the Real Deal. I've been here for over a decade and have found that while other sites are filled...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Mar 1st, 2015, 08:08
Replies: 10
Views: 1,154
Posted By Darmabum
Meditation Scmeditation ;) . . . go see some...

Meditation Scmeditation ;) . . . go see some India :) You can meditate at home . . . ;) Not sure about Chennai-Mumbai, but Mumbai-Varanasi by train is around 26 hours or so (depending on your own...
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