Finally we find a decent internet connection with no power cuts!!So you can rest your worried minds - we're still alive and well and have a moment to get the blogging going.Hopefully we will have mastered the photo upload by the time we clock off this evening as well!
So our destination after arriving in Delhi was Amritsar (thank you Polly for the recommendation).Sadly our journey to Amritsar was delayed due a day spent on the toilet with 'The Belly'.Note to self - don't eat meat in India.Become a vegetarian.We promptly got on our way a few loo rolls later however and were soon speeding throught the lush Punjabi landscape on our first of many Indian trains (went fancy class with free newspapers, meal and everything - it was a one off - the remainder have been in cattle class since).
Upon arrival in Amritsar, we were recommended to go to the Wagah Border to see a piece of pure theatre.It's the only open road link between India and Pakistan and every sunset crowds gather (on the Indian side in their thousands) to watch the ceremonial closing of the gates between the two countries.Essentially just picture crowds similar to that at a football match gathering to watch the tallest men in India (and Pakistan), employed as the Border Security Guards, effectively have a dance off.Add in thousands shouting 'Hindustan Zindabad', waving flags and the guards shouting until the breath ran out and marching silly walks that deserve a place in Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks and you're there.And if this computer can cope with uploading our short video of it, check it out for yourself.Totally random, especially to see the opposing guards performing in such harmony considering the fact that India and Pakistan don't really like each other.
Onto Amritsar - famous for two reasons.The massacre of 1919 of thousands of Indians by the 'Evil British' (quote from a plaque in the memorial garden) and the sacred holy place for all Sikhs - the Golden Temple.The memorial garden definitely kept us quiet so no one would ask where we were from and the Golden Temple kept us even quieter as it was simply stunning.It has such a calm ambiance about it and we just sat and watched thousands of Sikhs pray and wash themselves in the holy water. Definitely felt like a world away from the hectic polluted city beyond the Temple walls.Was great to be photographed with holy men with massive head gear and spears.That's one for the album.