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Old 15th September 2014, 14:45   #31
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Israel = ISREAL.
Awesome narrative and simply awesome photos. Something different from all the Leh-Ladakh and roadies type of travelogues.
I have been to seaports of Ashdod and Haifa in recent times but never got passes to venture into respective cities. But rightly mentioned by you that Indians will feel at home in Israel.
All in all beautiful place and equally beautiful people.

Raab rakha.
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Chandrda,

Daring Travelogue, I would say.
Got guts Man! To visit around, when nobody ventured out.
My company would not allow the visit itself and if they allow me to visit with some international security agencies, those guys would not allow me to move any where out of my hotel and customer building.

We could not imagine the place to be some calm & peace looking. Its the newsmakers who do all the tricks.

Thanks for giving us the insight.
Thanks, but I want to say that its not at all what the news channels show. The country is very peaceful within and you would feel at home. I had no security agents and I was travelling in public transport. Also I don't think you need security agents, as there is military presence everywhere and also many carry automatic weapons around.

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First thanks for this wonderful peek into a country which is either known through news or Zohan. Secondly, your pictures are pretty good even though most are from moving bus or car. I must say the company you work for is pretty business minded sending its employees during war. Looking forward to further updates.
I remember the movie 'Don't mess with Zohan', but its nothing like that. Most of the photos from the moving bus or car is from places where I am not allowed to get down/stop. About the company, what can I say.

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Israel = ISREAL.
Awesome narrative and simply awesome photos. Something different from all the Leh-Ladakh and roadies type of travelogues.
I have been to seaports of Ashdod and Haifa in recent times but never got passes to venture into respective cities. But rightly mentioned by you that Indians will feel at home in Israel.
All in all beautiful place and equally beautiful people.

Raab rakha.
I wanted to travel to Ashdod, Ashkelon and Haifa, but the situation never allowed me. I am going back again, may be this time I will cover south and north Israel.
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Temple Mount

Temple Mount is easily the most visited place in Jerusalem. The temple mount area consist of Western Wall/Wailing Wall, Dome of Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque.

The Temple Mount is in Old City which is part of East Jerusalem and is a major religious center for Judaism and Islam. Both Israel and Palestine claim the area, but is now controlled by Israel. The Temple Mount area is heavily guarded and riots is very common.

Western Wall, Dome of Rock on Left and the Al Aqsa Mosque on right
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Dome of Rock
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Minorah, Symbol of Judaism
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Excavation still going on in the area
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Jewish Quarters
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Cars of Security Personnel
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Remains of the Temple, supposedly being built by Kind David and destroyed by Romans
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Western Wall square and the Jewish Quarters
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Jewish Quarters
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Jewish Quarters
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Jewish Cemetery, view from Temple Mount
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More unmarked cars
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Temple Mount Bus stand and more Police Cars
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Western Wall Square
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Western Wall
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Western wall Men and Ladies Section
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City being built literal on the Old City
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Western Wall
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View of Israeli Arab area from Temple mount
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Al Aqsa Mosque from the Distance
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Riot Police getting ready
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Excellent travelog - due to the destination and its historical significance! The energy and mood of the place is very well captured.
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When I was visiting the Temple Mount area for the first time, it was also the day when Israeli Forces started ground offence in Gaza. The environment was a bit tense in the area and I could feel that something is about to happen. Soon enough the riot started behind the Temple Mount area, there was tear gases, rubber bullets, live firing and stun canon being fired. The sound was unbelievable and all the people started running towards the Jewish Quarters.

There was a Military guy who came to me and said not to worry, that its normal and the riot should be over in about 30 minutes. So I stood there and captured some videos and photos. No sooner the riots started there were security forces all around and they started arriving from different places.

A large American student group was visiting the Temple Mount. When the riot broke out the student panicked, started running around and crying. The group was accompanied by two Israeli Security Forces personal. You can see a guy and a girl with blue caps and automatic weapons comforting the students
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Mt Olives Area

Mt Olives area is one the most sacred places for Christianity. There are many important sites and churches around the area with huge significance. Mt Olives the right next to Jewish Cemetery, which is in turn right next to the Israeli Arab Town.

I covered the entire area by foot. It was a lonely and scenic walk I can say.

Road to Mt Olives from Temple Mount
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View of the Jewish Cemetery
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Israeli Arab town next to Jewish Cemetery
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Road to City of David
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But entry is restricted and there is security at the corner
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Temple Mount outside Wall
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another shot of Israeli Arab town
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Jewish Cemetery and Israeli Arab town
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Another photo
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Entire Jewish Cemetery
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The Last Path taken by Jesus
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The Last Path and Tomb of Zechariah
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Last Path and Church of Mary Magdalene in the back ground
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Last path, Olives orchard, Mt Olives, Church of All Nations, Garden of Gethsemane and Church of Mary Magdalene
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Tomb of Zecharia on the right
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The last path
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Another shot of the Last Path
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Olives orchard and the entire Temple Mount from behind
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Church of all Nations
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Another Church at a distance
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Inside the Church of All Nations
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Stone of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane
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Garden of Gethsemane and very old olive tree. It is supposed to be 1100 years old
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Admin - Posting the remaining photos in the new post as reached the 30 photos limit

The road to Mt Olives
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The road to Mt Olives
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View of the Dome of Rock from the road to Mt Olives
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I was stopped midway through the Mt Olives by the Security Forces and was advised to go back as they were expecting riots. So I din't get a chance to go on top, may be next time

Church of Assumptions (Mary's Tomb)
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People walking to Al Aqsa Mosque for Friday Prayer
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Church of All Nations and Church of Mary Magdalene on top
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Wowza brother. I thought I will get a quick sneak peek at Jerusalem, what I found was a treasure trove. This is really beautiful. daily, street side view of a part of world we are not so exposed to. Rated well deserved 5 stars, and marked for reading at leisure ! cheers !

Btw, on the visa, did you get visa stamped on passport or separate page ?
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Hey Chandrda,

You have beat me with this , I thought living in Mexico was a challenge and I have started a thread on the same as well. Wow Israel and that too during a sensitive period , I should admit you are one strong fella .

Thanks a bunch for sharing.

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Outside the Airport there were young boys and girls (not more than 21-22 years old) in uniform with heavy guns slung on their shoulder.
Israelis have a mandatory military service. They are drafted into the military service at the age of 18. Normally men will serve for 3 years and women for 2 years.

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By the way, I thought Tel Aviv was the capital, not Jerusalem. Can you please correct me?
Even I thought that Tel Aviv was the capital. But this travelogue has sharpened my general knowledge a bit.

BTW, one of my classmates had lived and studied in Jerusalem for 5 years. He loved the place so much, he wants to settle there (though not possible for him). Rated 5 stars. Nice pics too.
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Dear Chandam,

Hats off to your courage to have visited Israel during troubled times. Your writing and photography skills are worth praising. Thoroughly enjoyed reading and watching the photos. I'm glued to this thread for further updates.

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Chandrda, I really appreciate you taking time out to narrate your experiences in Israel. You must really be brave (or crazy) to visit the country at a time where no one else would think of going. Anyway it was lovely seeing Israel through your photographs and I must say that they have come out very good (even the ones taken while moving)
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This is my first Travelogue in Team-BHP and I am not a good writer as well. But this is one trip I couldn't let go without writing.

Work profile requires travelling for months together, but usually to Financial Capitals & western Countries. This time it was a destination with a difference - Jerusalem, Israel. I had to travel for 2 months somewhere around 1st July and start working on the project.
Thanks for sharing you Israel experience chandrda.

Loved reading every bit of the Travelouge. Loved the pictures. Its a beautiful country. Hope the peace prevails soon.
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There was a thread already about Israel and this is very detailed. Was there any interaction with the Arab Israelis and how was it?
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Btw, on the visa, did you get visa stamped on passport or separate page ?
Visa is stuck to the passport, but the entry and exit stamps is issued on a small visiting card sized paper. But it doesn't matter as the exit and entry stamp is fixed by the Indian Immigration Officers

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Hey Chandrda,

You have beat me with this , I thought living in Mexico was a challenge and I have started a thread on the same as well. Wow Israel and that too during a sensitive period , I should admit you are one strong fella .

Thanks a bunch for sharing.

cheers mate ,

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I am not that strong, but I should admit that I have seen my share of tough times in other countries. Compared to that this was easy.

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Israelis have a mandatory military service. They are drafted into the military service at the age of 18. Normally men will serve for 3 years and women for 2 years.

BTW, one of my classmates had lived and studied in Jerusalem for 5 years. He loved the place so much, he wants to settle there (though not possible for him). Rated 5 stars. Nice pics too.
Yes, thats correct. Everyone has to serve in the military, but there are few exceptions to this rule. That's why you see young boys and girls with guns

I met few Indian Student, especially from Kerala who were doing Phd in Israel. But the rules doesn't allow them to settle there.

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Dear Chandam,

Hats off to your courage to have visited Israel during troubled times. Your writing and photography skills are worth praising. Thoroughly enjoyed reading and watching the photos. I'm glued to this thread for further updates.

Regards,
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Chandrda, I really appreciate you taking time out to narrate your experiences in Israel. You must really be brave (or crazy) to visit the country at a time where no one else would think of going. Anyway it was lovely seeing Israel through your photographs and I must say that they have come out very good (even the ones taken while moving)
I am definitely not stupid, but not very brave as well. But to be frank I couldn't miss the chance to visit Israel

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There was a thread already about Israel and this is very detailed. Was there any interaction with the Arab Israelis and how was it?
I did interact with the Israeli Arab in the Old City Market. Most of the shops are owned by them. In fact they called me out as Salman Khan Shahrukh Khan. I was happy though. They are friendly and talk well.

Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan is very popular with Israeli Arabs. Most of the movies are dubbed into Arabic and viewed widely in the Arab world.
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I was always curious about this country and I am still. Thanks for this hatke TL. Always wondered how normal life would be in this country since the only thing which one reads about Israel is rockets and bombings. Good to see it being tourist friendly, specially Indian tourists, though I doubt an exclusive tourist person would be a rare sight there.
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