Rishikesh

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we spend a lot of time fighting during our trip, this picture illustrates this ;)
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after zeljko's visit to the open-air barber a whole bunch of people want to say good-bye
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The first other motorbike-travellers we met "in the wild" out on the road.

he is from England, and met the french girl up in Leh(Ladakh) when it was still warm enough to drive at 6000m.

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the second word on this sign is the important one ;)
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a "laptop-snake" in rishikesh
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the impressive bridges across the ganges in rishikesh are ment to be for pedestrians only (the term "pedestrians" includes 2-wheelers and cows as well ;)
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more space to ride on this bridge
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at least on temple-like picture in this collection ;)
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the holy waters of mother ganga meet zeljko's dusty feet
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which one has more attraction to flies ?
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Zeljko's family roots lie in the heart of punjab, which is here ther roma-tribe emerged more then 1000 years ago.

Wherever we go, indians always think that zeljko is indian becaus he looks a bit like the locals. This Picture illustrates the similarities
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Some Austrian guy with his motorbike, who left Linz 6 months ago, and will travel along for several years.

His licencse-plate is a masterpiece of gifted pakistani printers.
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When travelling for longer distances we started quite early in the morning (6am) when the roads are still empty (indians usually start their day at 10am)

This is why we wear our "be-seen-in-the-dark-euro-style-warnwesten" in this picture.

this outfit gives us an enormous official-looking effect, people think we are some kind of special-police-forces.
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the whole river ganges is directed into the "ganga canal" in haridwar, leaving the big ganges-riverbed almost empty.

this picture shows the full part just at the beginning of ganga-canal
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on the way we stopped at kind of "sugar-factory".

sugar-cones are squeezed (just like in the smaller lemonade-machines on the roadside) to reveal their sweet sirup, which is collected in big steamy pools of sugar-liquid.

notice the power-transmission-belts in the top left of the pictiure.


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breakfast with parantha (stuffed indian bread) and tea.
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trucks like this are common for every agricultural area of india.
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"at the mechanics" #5

in the evening, near delhi the throttle-wire on zeljko's bike got broken. We had a spare-one which manfred could mount, but still, it was the wrong version and the throttle did not work well.

We had the whole thing fixed (now throttle-grip, new wire, new meterbox for the speed-meter) at the mechanic of our choice (just joking, the only one nearby ;)

took 1h and cost 7 EUR