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Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Mar 19th, 2018, 21:45
Replies: 18
Views: 878
Posted By atala
"This is why airlines have a nickname for dead...

"This is why airlines have a nickname for dead bodies, so that they can fly undetected — they’re called “Jim Wilson"....

American Airlines even have a dedicated help desk for funeral homes that...
Forum: Indian Railways Feb 24th, 2018, 13:50
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By atala
I have asked Raj from Trainticketplease...

I have asked Raj from Trainticketplease (https://m.facebook.com/trainticketplease/posts/351534338636404); he still buys tickets for foreigners without a problem (General Quota and Tatkal). He has...
Forum: Crossing the Border Feb 22nd, 2018, 19:38
Replies: 40
Views: 1,805
Posted By atala
Just to give you the proper perspective about...

Just to give you the proper perspective about Swiss cities. Luzern used to have a little more than 30.000 population, now has officially 80.000 because of the incorporation of some surrounding...
Forum: Crossing the Border Feb 22nd, 2018, 14:50
Replies: 40
Views: 1,805
Posted By atala
From the two months Nov and Dec. I would choose...

From the two months Nov and Dec. I would choose December. Both months are cold for sure ( but normally not too cold i.e. not much below freezing point if at all, as is sometimes in February). But of...
Forum: Crossing the Border Feb 22nd, 2018, 14:36
Replies: 40
Views: 1,805
Posted By atala
Cool i think you should get your Italy information...

i think you should get your Italy information from Tripadvisor or general online research. We don't have many Italians active here, and probably no expat who lived there recently. I have studied in...
Forum: Crossing the Border Feb 21st, 2018, 15:01
Replies: 40
Views: 1,805
Posted By atala
Is November the only time window you can travel...

Is November the only time window you can travel in? It is not such a great month to travel through your destination countries. September would be okay for second half of the year.

As far as the...
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Feb 16th, 2018, 17:50
Replies: 8
Views: 832
Posted By atala
The best website to post in is the forum of...

The best website to post in is the forum of www.thaivisa.com because it covers the countries in South East Asia mentioned above and is widely read by frequent travellers to and from there....
Forum: Indian Railways Feb 4th, 2018, 18:08
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By atala
There is also a direct flight from Varanasi to...

There is also a direct flight from Varanasi to Jaipur with Spicejet, in case this is of interest to you.
Forum: Indian Railways Feb 4th, 2018, 16:23
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By atala
In Varanasi you also get the Foreign Tourist...

In Varanasi you also get the Foreign Tourist Quota, in case this helps (besides getting it online also).
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Feb 4th, 2018, 12:59
Replies: 4
Views: 515
Posted By atala
Awareness on its own accord, that is without the...

Awareness on its own accord, that is without the intention of creating or producing it, is natural awareness as we have it all the time in ordinary life. It touches its object only slightly and...
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Feb 4th, 2018, 09:55
Replies: 4
Views: 515
Posted By atala
Hi Rajeev Nice to read you again. It is...

Hi Rajeev
Nice to read you again.

It is possible to be like that; but if it is really so spiritually evolved is a different question. If we assume that we are talking about people like you and...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Feb 4th, 2018, 06:57
Replies: 36
Views: 1,683
Posted By atala
The autos in Thailand are wide open vehicles,...

The autos in Thailand are wide open vehicles, while the ones in India are claustrophobically narrow, and worst of all, you don't see outside while on the road. So take them only where absolutely...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Feb 3rd, 2018, 04:40
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By atala
Back to some points for OP, for whom I hope she...

Back to some points for OP, for whom I hope she will come back to say how she feels...

Homestays: can be expensive if AirBnB type. Other than that: Being hosted by traditional Indians in rural...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Feb 2nd, 2018, 17:57
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By atala
Under 5K for a room in New Woodlands. That...

Under 5K for a room in New Woodlands. That shocked me quite a bit as I paid 2000 for a Standard Double in 2012; so i checked on booking.com. There it is available for Rs 2300, in February, outside...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Feb 2nd, 2018, 07:37
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By atala
For people on a low budget Chennai is awfully...

For people on a low budget Chennai is awfully expensive. There are not many inexpensive reasonably good quality guesthouses, besides Broadland. And transportation adds to the bill as well....
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Feb 1st, 2018, 16:43
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By atala
Thanks for the suggestion, Nick, but I am not...

Thanks for the suggestion, Nick, but I am not using Tapatalk any more. I find it easier to open IM in Chrome. Even if i did use it I would be scared I could lose what I wrote so far, if I clicked...
Forum: India Travel Itinerary Advice Feb 1st, 2018, 08:28
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Posted By atala
Hi and welcome to Indiamike Since you are in...

Hi and welcome to Indiamike

Since you are in an early stage of travel planning, you best start by getting a good travelguide book like the Lonely Planet and take a good look at it.

The obvious...
Forum: Travel Photologues Jan 11th, 2018, 19:01
Replies: 6
Views: 686
Posted By atala
Nice photos. The word is Panorama. A Mod please...

Nice photos. The word is Panorama. A Mod please change the spelling error in the thread-title.
Forum: Spirituality and Religion in India Jan 5th, 2018, 19:43
Replies: 1
Views: 579
Posted By atala
The monasteries at Bodhgaya are representative...

The monasteries at Bodhgaya are representative ones, not meditation monasteries per se. Occasionally outside teachers come to Bodhgaya to give meditation courses, but there are none scheduled right...
Forum: Agra Jan 5th, 2018, 18:48
Replies: 20
Views: 1,504
Posted By atala
I understand your misgivings. I did not mean that...

I understand your misgivings. I did not mean that poor people have no sense of aesthetics, but that their economical situation does not allow them the luxury of enjoying existing objects of art, let...
Forum: Agra Jan 5th, 2018, 11:35
Replies: 20
Views: 1,504
Posted By atala
While this statement honors you, it is not really...

While this statement honors you, it is not really thought through. Which poor are you talking about? The poor of Agra? Because the others do not have the funds to travel, let alone spend time with a...
Forum: Agra Jan 4th, 2018, 18:56
Replies: 20
Views: 1,504
Posted By atala
Em, yes, I agree, the respect that this monument...

Em, yes, I agree, the respect that this monument deserves is that at least there should be a plaque commemorating the untold suffering cast on its actual builders, all the suffering that the people...
Forum: Agra Jan 4th, 2018, 18:34
Replies: 20
Views: 1,504
Posted By atala
Here the same story in the Guardian....

Here the same story in the Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/03/indians-visiting-taj-mahal-cap-day

I am no huge Taj fan, but I know from other sites where Indians get in...
Forum: India Travel Partners Dec 31st, 2017, 16:32
Replies: 183
Views: 9,405
Posted By atala
It is sogenannte, to be precise. (Past participle...

It is sogenannte, to be precise. (Past participle of German nennen: name, call, designate)
Forum: Varanasi Dec 30th, 2017, 20:09
Replies: 4
Views: 617
Posted By atala
Varanasi is definitely a lot safer than any place...

Varanasi is definitely a lot safer than any place in the Philippines. You should relax your expectations, and just take it as an adventure which will not harm you, but enrich you.

Expect to pay Rs...
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