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Old 16th April 2008, 12:43   #346
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The price for each room/mahal is different. Some as low as 2000/- a night, some as high as 17000/- a night.
You can claim a BIG discount LOL, given the free of publicity you have given them though this excellent travelogue.

I am familiar with some part of route (have to travel to BITS Pilani in Rajasthan from Delhi Airport 2 - 3 times every year). So if things turns out right then I might be able to club such a visit with a tangent to Neemrana
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OFF TOPIC: Just looking around at the members list and , this is what i found hehe

Oh we have one more addition from Jenny's family hehehe
Jenny: if i am not wrong is this you brother!!

Sam: You future BIL is here hehe.
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Hahahaha I had no idea he joined, thank you for that spot Sohail.

Please don't miss his signature.

Gott schütze uns vor Sturm und Wind
und Autos, die aus Frankreich sind!!

God protect us from storm and wind and cars that come from France.

So Thomas, The Brother®-wo bist du? Are you reading this travelogue as well? How about an introduction thread?
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wow the next travelogue can be one of a Family... lolz but i am sure it will be worth reading too..
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Gott schütze uns vor Sturm und Wind
und Autos, die aus Frankreich sind!!

God protect us from storm and wind and cars that come from France.
Hahahaha nice signature there Thomas! Like Sam said, how about an intro?

So Sam I guess it's just a matter of time before we have the rest of the siblings joining in?? I'll await the signing up of the The Sister®, The Other Sisiter®, The BIL® etc. etc.!!
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Hahahaha I had no idea he joined, thank you for that spot Sohail.

So Thomas, The Brother®-wo bist du? Are you reading this travelogue as well? How about an introduction thread?
Lol, neither had I. I just forwarded this link to him so he can already read about our holiday - seeing we had no real time to speak when I got back.

Welcome here Thomas! Though I am sure you will be found mostly in the car-specific threads later.

And as Sam pointed out, an introduction thread is actually a MUST!

Btw, to answer your question Sam: this young man is currently in school at this time, so I guess we will hear from him later today! lol

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Well-spoken though this is a topic for another thread.
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God protect us from storm and wind and cars that come from France.
Am sure I'll soon find Thomas on the Logan thread!
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Am sure I'll soon find Thomas on the Logan thread!
Which is essentially a Romanian car, but what the hey...

Let's get on with the story. Write the driving story Jenny, it's driving us nuts.

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India is Freak'd. It is a fascinating place.This is a very nicely written travelogue.
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I'll await the signing up of the The Sister®, The Other Sisiter®, The BIL® etc. etc.!!
I am waiting for The Father® / The Hunter®
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The the Yeti = The Hunted® and will go into the endangered species zone.
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The the Yeti = The Hunted® and will go into the endangered species zone.
The Yeti is already in the endagered species zone. He's the only one surviving. The next zone is that of extinct species.
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Default Day 9 - first driving experiences and back to Mumbai

We have to leave early, our flight back to Mumbai is in the afternoon.

We put an some good music and start the drive. After half an hour or so I feel like driving myself. This street doesn’t look as bad as many others I have seen, there are two lanes on each side. Traffic seems okay (at least I still thought so at that point).

Sam, how about I drive?
You want to drive?
Yes, lets try.
Are you sure? I can see the doubts in his face.

However, 1 minute later he pulls over to the side and we change sides.

Okay, I wait for the moment to get back onto the street, aaaah lets go. I stay on the left side for the first few minutes. But I get tired of moving so slowly pretty fast so as soon as I see an opportunity I take over from the right.

JENNY, use the horn!
What, why? I used the blinkers.
No no, you have to honk!
Honk? You mean hoot?
No, it is HONK hahahaha.

I look at him, he is laughing and shaking his head at the same time. I can see him thinking if it was really such a good idea to let me drive but he does not actually say it. I decide not to look at Sam’s face anymore, haha, I will not let him confuse me! However he doesn’t shut up! I am not even changing lanes but just drive by a truck and he is again shouting:

Jenny, honk please!
Sam, I did not even do anything, I was just driving by. Why should I HOOT?
PLEASE Jenny, just do it.

I am confused now.

But they have rear view mirrors and side mirrors, so what is the problem?
That does not count – nobody makes use of them.
What?
Yes, you drive by and want to make sure somebody else doesn’t pull over while you drive by, you HONK. You want to overtake, you HONK. You want to tell someone to move away, you HONK! Why do you think all those trucks say “Please use horn” in the back?
Good Lord, this is crazy.
This is India, haha.

Okay okay, I go on driving. A few seconds later I pass a truck again. Murp murp!!!

Yes, there you go! Bravo.
Hm, it feels strange to do that. I think it is stupid.
No no, that is super.
Hmmmm…. Are there also different ways of hooting? Means, if I do one long muuuurp instead of murp murp – that will be fine as well?
No, that would mean you are annoyed with someone.
Jesus, so there are even rules for using the horn?
I shake my head, Sam is laughing.

I go on driving, overtake to the left, overtake to the right, passing a truck here and a car there – using my decent-sounding horn all the time, a bit diffident in the beginning then with more and more emphasis.

Doodledeedoo doodledeedoo doodledeedoo!!! Some truck is pushing from behind!
Hey, I exclaim just because your horn sounds nicer and is louder, it doesn’t give you any special rights!
Sam bursts out laughing!
I am about to take over another truck. Deedle dee deedle dee deedle dee… No way, murp murpI will go first, forget it!

Ha, I finally get the idea of all this “use the horn business”.

Toot toot, somebody telling me he is driving by. Okay!
Muuuuuuuurp! Oooops, how did that happen?
Arrey, what did you do that for?
Eh, I didn’t do it on purpose. I carefully press the steering wheel again, a thought has crossed my mind. A small little murp can be heard.
HEY, the entire steering wheel is a horn, no matter where I press? I only pressed the sides of it before.
Hahahahahaha – that is all the answer I get.
That is crazy, in Germany the horn is to be pressed on the sides or in the middle, not all over the steering wheel. I had no idea, that’s why I just hooted by mistake!
Hahahahahaha, Sam is shaking with laughter, again Jenny: welcome to India!

I go on driving, I am kind of enjoying it now that I got the hang of it. Doodledeedoo doodledeedoo, murp murp, toooooooot, deedledee. Horns in all different varieties, some silent, some louder, it is a mad world lol!
Sometimes I manage to make 120 or 130 km/h but every time I finally make it I need to slow down again a couple of seconds later, so annoying! I like driving fast. Finally, I end up behind this one colourful truck, the driver must be mad. He is almost constantly hooting, overtaking like crazy. Hmmm, I follow him. Off we are. Left, right, left, right, …

Jenny, you know you can overtake him?
Why should I? He is making things so much easier. I just need to follow him, he makes way for us everywhere. It is fun and I can speed a bit. Lol
Sam is shaking his head.

Finally, I do overtake him. We get close to Delhi again. Hmmm, I actually did not plan to drive IN the city but now it get pretty inconvenient to stop the car anywhere. Okay, so I go on.

Aaaaaaaaah, Jenny. What the heck? Didn’t you see that scooter? That was close.
Hey, I am on the main street, he is coming from that little side street. HE needs to watch it, not ME! It wasn’t my fault.
No no, in India you must not only think for yourself when driving but for all the others as well. You must see the unexpected and be prepared for it.
Oh God!

However, I manage all the way back to the shopping mall where we are to meet the driver who is to take us back to the airport. I finally park the car in the underground parking. Done! Yeah.

What to say? It was scary, exciting and fun – all at the same time. One thing though is for sure: whereas in Germany I can almost drive in my sleep, driving in India needs a loooooooot of attention!

To bring this day to an end: After that we drive to the airport, our flight back is a bit late. After arrival in Mumbai we go shopping for fruit and veggies. I have my first chicoo (God, I hope this is spelled right?) – lecker!

Before going to sleep we happily chat away with Sam’s dad over dinner, telling him about those awesome past days!

End of day 9!!!
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Jenny,

It was very different to hear the views of you on Indian Driving.Rightly as Sam said,in India you need to put yourself in other's shoes and drive.


Anyway,Congrats for Acheiving the drive!!Hail TheOne!!
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Hope you enjoyed the drive Jenny; Sam is right No Horn No Drive. It becomes diffcult without honking, people respond to blinkers more aggressively.

So what's coming up next, the trip to South India starting from Bangalore, I assume.

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