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Old 06-07-2012, 09:08 PM   #3181
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Jumpy Video

FYI: the jumpy I was talking about was not a function of camera instability or mounting but of internet connection/transmission speeds so that on my computer, even on UTube the videos do not flow in smoothe continuous motion but rather jump like a collection of still images... obviously other readers are not experiencing this and I will have to view at a future date on a more powerful machine...simply providing a report on what I saw, not the quality of the video, use of the camera, mounting of the camera I think it is a freaking miracle that I am seeing moving pictures taken a world away on a small digital camera and edited on a laptop similar to the one I am writing this on. Last time I filmed in India I had a crew of four and twenty cases of equipment plus an Indian crew of three and 2 mini vans with two drivers. The dolly grip had to travel on the train for 24 hours with his dolly.... but I digress. Great stuff. Thanks.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:39 AM   #3182
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June 7-8th, 2012 in McLeodGanj

The Dali Lama was teaching here for 3 days, so I attended one of the sessions. I really do not know anything about Buddhism so it was an interesting experience.

My friend posted this on her Facebook page: Just some basic info......

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm

He looks likes this in person as he entered right where I ended up standing. Like many people that you have seen in the Media it was interesting to see the entrance and how people reacted.



The Lines to get in through security were long. No camera's, Cell phone, etc.



A huge mix of people coming to hear him speak







Note the cow wander right through the crowd. So normal to see Cows, Goats, Sheep etc wandering through the streets all around.



The Temple he was speaking in is just under the white tent areas. You had to have a radian to tune into the translation in English.



Down the Temple road there are plenty of vendors selling all kinds of stuff to the visitors. This guy was cooking corn over some coals



These ladies were hauling pots full of sand on their heads, taking them up to some building project



No exactly sure what this means..... Dressed Chicken



I am riding to Amritsar which is the city with the Golden Temple (Sikh) tomorrow Morning. riding down into the plains where the temps will be hot but wanted to see this and the Indian / Pakastan border closing ceremony before heading back into the mountains!

India is an amazing place to experience. The cultures and people are truly amazing. So glad that I made this part of my trip!
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:41 AM   #3183
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I know a little about Buddhism..
Some of the beliefs..
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:16 AM   #3184
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I know a little about Buddhism..
Some of the beliefs..
And tomorrow will check out Sikhism at the Golden Temple
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Old 06-08-2012, 08:16 AM   #3185
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And tomorrow will check out Sikhism at the Golden Temple
For some reason...I'm not at all suprised that while you were in India, you were able to see the Dali Lama.


Mark....this is just "SO YOU"!!

...and it couldn't happen to a more deserving individual!


Now you're gonna learn about Sikhism too??? WOW!! I think all of this would be absolutely fascinating!!!!


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Old 06-08-2012, 04:48 PM   #3186
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #3187
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:32 PM   #3188
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Man, what a ride!!!

I couldn't get off the computer for 3 days now to catch up the story since the begining! Good thing that we're on holydays here in Brazil.

Is China still on plan?
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:58 PM   #3189
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Hi Mark.......... glad to see your doing well.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:37 PM   #3190
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June 9-11 McLeod Ganj to Amritsar, India

I left McCleodGanj and the Dali Lama to ride down into the plains to Amritsar. Decided that since it was "close" I should go see the Golden Temple and also the India / Pakastan border crossing ceremony. But I also knew that leaving the Himalaya Mountains means it will be hot. The weather was 45C (113 Degree F) in Amritsar Too hot for me...



As I ride through the countryside It is interesting to take in the scenery but mostly the way of life here. Building materials stacked on the side of the road to be hand carried to the project. Roadwork done by hand mostly. Lots of laborers working in the hot sun to build, repair by hand. Amazing



And as always, people on small motos carrying all kinds of goods.... Looks like Milk deliveries today



Riding in the Punjab now....



Love the signage in India!!



Riding through the heat...



The hay trucks are fully loaded....



The moto is a basic mode of transport. You see families, with 3-4 people and No gear on.



I arrived into Amritsar just afternoon, and took a tour out to the border ceremony. On the way we stopped at the Mata Temple. "One of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites of the state of Punjab, the Mata Mandir Temple is a prime Amritsar Tourist Attraction" It was strange and interesting at the same time.



One of the girls in the group from Australia is Blond, and so many times people wanted photos with her....





It went on and on, with many corridors and shrines set up...







Then off to the Border crossing Ceremony at Wagah



List of things at the border. Note #7



This is a very popular tourist site for Indians..... I was told 80 thousand come each day



It was a crazy rush of people...

The Soldier on Horse back was separating the crowd. Woman on the left and Men on the right to pass through Security. You could not have any bags with you at all. The boys expression in the photo sort of says it all....







People everywhere....



Warnings...



Once up to the gates.... It is a stadium of seating on the India Side of the border and also the Pakastan side.
As westerners, we could go to a VIP section nearer the front.



As the time to start draws near.... They have India's from the crowd come down to wave the Indian flag and run up to the border to the cheers of the crowds!





Serious hats for some soldiers..... Checking in VIP guests.



And the ceremony starts....





It is a great show as both sides have there marches and posturing. The crowd Loves it!



Then the High Step....







It is a gate closing ceremony, so all the marching, and posturing of the soldiers is created by great cheers. They also take down the flags. Note the guys with Guns on either end of the gate.



Flags coming down...



Then the flag is down, border is closed... It was quite the show.



We head down.... The rest of the crowd cannot come to the front of the gate.



Here is the India gate, and just behind it is the Pakastan gate. Both painted in the colors of their flags.





Heading back to the car, and then back into Amritsar.





We then visit the Sikh's Golden Temple.



When you walk into the temple you must do a few things.



Take your shoes off



Walk through the water to cleanse your feet.



And cover your head with a covering




It is huge and very interesting. Photos just do not capture the size of things....



This was the group of people I did the border crossing and the Golden Temple. 3 from Australia, one from England, One from Germany, One from Calcutta India... We had fun together!

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Old 06-10-2012, 06:47 PM   #3191
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Love it Mark!

I can feel the heat. CJ will tell you, watch out for LOO!!!! (no not the loo)...it's what they call heat exhaustion. :) :)

Have fun, looks GREAT.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:36 PM   #3192
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Something like this.....

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As always Mr. Mark......you keep us sitting on the edges of our seats waiting to see what'll come next!!
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:43 PM   #3193
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WOW Wish I saw this sooner took me all night to read. What a great report and what awesome pictures and videos. Bill are you back now I got to hear some of your stories and see your photos. Looks like once in a life time adventure
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Something like this.....

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Old 06-10-2012, 09:42 PM   #3195
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We head down.... The rest of the crowd cannot come to the front of the gate.



Here is the India gate, and just behind it is the Pakastan gate. Both painted in the colors of their flags.



How did you manage to get so close to the gates?
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