There is nothing guaranteed more to bond you with fellow travellers than a 15 hour bus trip! The trip from Dharamshala to New Delhi was much the same as the first bus trip except for the fact that we decided to have more fun with it, this was mostly thanks to a great chick we have met on this tour called Kat,she has a great spirit,a cheeky nature and had us in fits of laughter the whole trip well for the first 12hours after that you are running on hysteria. Still India is endlessly fascinating and it was great to get to know some of the group better, we told stories listened to music, napped and in between had a couple of breaks at some very funky roadside places. We got to know our tour guide Norbu a bit better too and he is loads fo fun and a great source of information, I think he likes to hang with us because we have a laugh and give him cheek..oh and we usually have snacks :-)
By the time we got to our hotel I was so tired I was shaking and i had vertigo from being on the bus and we were hungry so we noticed the hotel had their little cafe open with a buffet and so just headed in and loaded up a plate only to be shocked by the bill 1000 Rupees now keep in mind this is only about $18 Australian but in India this is soooo expensive, lesson learned ask how much first and try not to eat at hotels as they are more expensive.
After dinner I just crashed this was the most tired I had been since coming to India and we had to be up at 6.30 to catch a flight to Patna.
We woke up a bit before the alarm, I could have gone back to sleep but that couldn't happen so off we went to brekky and then back in the bus for the tri to airport. To get into the airport you need to have your passport and plane ticket for that day, so the only people in the airport are travellers. Kim and i got some more cash out from the ATM and went to the toilet where an attendant opened the cubicle door, flushed the toilet and wiped the seat - yes I tipped her as it was the cleanest tlilet I had been in since arriving.
To get through security ylunhave to put all your bags through the screening like Australia but you then go to a different line, one for ladies and one for gents where you go into a cubicle and a female security guard does the wand thing. On the plane we are all seated all over the place and i end up sitting next two Indian ladies in full sari's who were lovely. The flight is only a 2 hour flight but they fed us, gave us ice cream and a cup of tea! Fastest flight I have ever been on which is good as the 1 1/2 hr bus trip ended up being 5 hrs lol
On the way we took a detour and saw the mighty Ganges we had to walk about 500m to get there and they obviously don't get a lot of westerners as we had quite a crowd joining us and they all wanted to take photos of us with them on their mobile phones, we felt like rock stars although they were a bit shocked when. I asked them for 10 rupees for the photo until I told them I was joking :-) the walk was quite confronting as the smell was horrendous and we were side steppkng human faeces and god knows what else.
The Ganges is truly awe inspiring even with all the rubbish and filth on the banks and i am grateful we got to see it.
We finally arrived at bodhgaya at about 6.30 and put our bags away and headed done for a delicious dinner. We are staying at a Guesthouse that is run by Tibetans and it is primitive but fairly comfortable we are for the rest of the trip. The photos below are frlm the road trip...