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Day Twelve

Early start and porn

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Khajuraho temple.

If you believe that everything happens for a reason then yesterdays delays were so that I could visit these temples on my own, in peace without anyone else, no hawkers , no holly men no one trying to sell something. It was magical.

I have said on many occasion awe-inspiring - well these temples really were.
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The carving are so magnificent and the erotica is what people come here for. However, not everyone is porn.
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It took 2 hrs to visit the site and I could have spent longer -
The last part of the audio tour said "All you need open mind cultural spirit and a comfortable pair of shoes".

As I left the site the hawkers were just starting getting out of their pits to sell tat to the tourists:
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No I did not get this book - I got a bigger one and some playing cards. Looking forward to playing poker with these.

Now the long journey to Varanasi: Note the start km and start time:
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The roads were as bad as I have seen in the last 2 weeks. But now add fog to make it just that little bit more exciting. There were still cows, sheep, cars and trucks with no lights - and elephants:
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and ducks:
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Our drive was through green a colourful area I cant explain its own beauty as that id in the eye of beholder - and it was foggy.
Through the jungle area of the Panna Tiger Reserve.
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No Tigers but plenty of monkeys:
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There weren't many restaurants en route so we stopped small roadside Café -
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The light started to fade, and Dhasmendre stopped the car and asked me to wait 2 mins. He came back with 2 large bottles of cold Kingfisher.
Very kind of him. Well I think he wanted to relax me before the next experience ahead / night driving in India. Driving on the Indian roads are bad, they get worse fog, but at night is something else!!! There are still cows, sheep, bikes, cars and trucks very few with any lights or reflectors.
I have done a lot of scary things at night on foot, in helicopters, Land Rovers, Airplanes and nothing compared to this journey. But we made it.
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439 KM took 11 hrs - If you take 1 hr off for breaks that's an average of 43 Km/hr or 26 mph.

A very long day for Dhasmendre he did very well.

Posted by woody1 18:41 Archived in India

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