Hobo TRAVEL TIPS -  Sewagram, India - Don't Hide the Candles


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DATE:  January 23, 2004
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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Sewagram, India - Don't Hide the Candles
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LOCATION: Sawagram, State of Maharashtra, India

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS -  Sewagram, India - Don't Hide the Candles
Issue 138 Hobotraveler.com – January 23, 2004
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A Hobo trip around the world. Year 7
Write Andy a HoboTraveler.com

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~ HOBO STEW (A Dish of Meat and Vegetables)
     Location of Hobo and opinions
       Sawagram, State of Maharashtra, India
~ HOBOGUIDE.COM (Go this way)
      HAMPI ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS
 ~ TODAY’S TIP
       DON’T HIDE THE CANDLES
  ~ EXTREME HOBO TRAVEL
       Scott’s Bike Trip Around World
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HAMPI INDIA Vijayanagar - Sanskrit: “City of Victory”

Monolithic Elephant and Monkey God - Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi01_02.shtml
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple and Underground Siva Temple - Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi02_01.shtml
Elephant Stables and what you see when you pay to enter: Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi02_02.shtml
Stone Chariot - Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi02_03.shtml
Stone Chariot and the Kings Balance - Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi02_04.shtml
The River of Hampi India -Tungabhadra River
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi02_05.shtml

PHOTOS ALONG THE WAY
How to get robbed in your room - Hot Water Showers Travel Hotel
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi01_01.shtml
Puri and Chetnee Coconut My favorite food of India - Andy HoboTraveler.com
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi02_06.shtml
Rangoli for Hindu New Years - Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi02_07.shtml
Hooks - Sunset in Hampi and Food of India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi03_01.shtml
Rangoli - British Poster Child - Making Hooks - Hampi India
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi03_02.shtml

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Sawagram, State of Maharashtra, India


Hello,
I read the Autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi in Hampi and
decided to stop and see the Ashram he founded in Sawagram,
India. Located about 15-20 hours north of Hyderbad by slow bus or
more. I am not really sure how long it took to get here, and it would
never be the same as in India they say,
“expect the unexpected.”
Or as an India boy studying at a University here in Savegram said,
“India people are regularly, irregular.”
I left Hampi and went by train to Hyderbad, collected some money
from the ATM machine and took off by local buses for the north.
Stayed in Karinmanagar for a night, then another bus to Sirpur for
a couple of night before leaving by train to Sawegram. I for the most
part am using the transportation that I can just walk from the Hotel
and hop without a reservation. I do not travel with an Itinerary.

Map of my journey:
http://www.hobotraveler.com/1template_country.shtml

So my Footprints guidebook, and my Encyclopedia Britannica
in my computer spells the name of the city “Sevagram,” but the
sign at the train stop and the one on the very modern post office
spells the name, “Sewagram.” So is it important how to spell the
name of this village? The Ashram is very nice, but for the most
part deserted and part of a different time and era.
I have not found Mr. Gandhi here.

MY MORNING WALK
I am in rural India and fewer people, so I can walk down the road
and see Cotton Fields, and other crops, and am able to avoid the
madness of the people of India, and thus avoid lots of the problems.
I do not believe India is a poor country and many of the countries
of South America have a lot less.

Walking down the road today toward a small grouping of houses
that is part of the village, but separated and off on it own, I was
expecting a clean little group of homes, and the ever curious children
walking around and asking me my name, and where I am from, but…

I do not know what to say, is it necessary for a man to sit along the
road and defecate? Do I have to watch every disgusting bodily
function in the world? It this a good reason to travel? Is this what I
am searching for in life? To watch a man take a crap along side a
country road. The little village was the same just the same.

GANDHI - AHIMSA
I am trying to learn from Gandhi, but I am not sure what to learn.
I so far have only sort of grasped his idea of “Ahimsa”
the Hindu and Buddhist doctrine of refraining from harming
any living being. I suppose when I go next time to kill the cockroach,
the question I must ask is,
“Is this necessary?”

Gandhi had a dream for India,
"Cleanliness is next to Godliness."
Mahatma, Gandhi

"They did not even hesitate to desecrate the sacred water of
the Ganges. It filled me with agony to se people performing natural
functions on the thoroughfares and river banks, when they could
easily have gone a little farther away from the public haunts."
Page 362 - M. K. Gandhi
Book Name:
"An Autobiography or The Story of my experiments with truth"

People tend believe that corrupt countries that the rich are corrupt
and the poor poor people are are good. This is not true, normally it is from
the top to the bottom and everyone in between. This is why I would definitely say
that India has small amounts of corruption. I can walk down the street
in safety and I do not have to worry about them constantly cheating me.
So for on the honesty and corruption level this is an extremely safe
country. I have paid no bribes.

Culture is wove into the minds of people and is part of the rich and
the poor with very few exceptions. Culture is the cloth made by the
actions of the people.

So should I say what I think about India or am I causing harm by
saying what I think? To travel in India is very easy, this has to be one
of the safest countries I have every entered, and if you wish there
is no problem to visit and see India. It is quite simple.

But I have had enough of living outside, and wish to move inside
couple levels of cleanliness so I will slowly work my way towards
Katmandu, Nepal or maybe Calcutta and exist stage left. I cannot
think of many reasons to return, but there are a few.

Most countries are great for the first month, then you start to learn
the reasons to leave, and if you are lucky to stay. Contrary to
common opinions you do not need to learn about any country
and you do not need to understand any country of the world. This is
talk of naïve people. (Plus it is impossible.) I try to focus on having a
wonderful life, which in the end is best achieved by walking away from
misery and choosing the path of happiness.

I sometime pick up a piece of cloth and see how it was made.

Today's go this way is on:
HAMPI ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS

Today’s tip is on:
DON’T HIDE THE CANDLES

Just another day in Paradise!
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HAMPI ARCHEOLOGICAL RUINS
Or
Vijayanagar - Sanskrit: “City of Victory”

This is one of them special places to visit in the world, where the
air seems a little cleaner, and the world a little newer, plus all
the problems seem to be on the other side of the planet. I visited
Hampi just before Christmas 2004 and it took a month before
I was able to leave, although most travelers came and went in
1-5 days I lingered on for a month to learn about Hampi and to
enjoy the beauty.

This is a the land of Hindu Kings or Ramas that build a Kingdom
on the Tungabhadra River and fought over the region with invading
Muslims from the North for a rein in their dynasty of approximately
200 year starting around 1296-1336.

The river ran along the side of the Kingdom and small canal were
created for irrigation, and to serve the homes. Out of granite they
 have carved large slabs of stone to use as walls that surrounded
the old empire.

Hampi is a beautiful river setting where you can watch the sunset
from rocky cliffs or wander aimlessly through interesting and often
too mysterious areas of an old world. The local speak very little English
and I found it extremely difficult to find accurate information from anyone,
so more or less I reveled in the natural beauty, and tried not to ask too
many questions.

To visit Hampi in serious terms I would enter to Hospet the small city
located approximately 10 Kilometer from Hampi, and look for tour guide
there, as I could nobody qualified in the Hampi area. I would however
strongly recommend you base your stay in Hampi so you can enjoy
the wonderful beauty of the ruins. I have found the Rickshaw drivers to
be of little value from a guide point of view and would recommend renting
a motor scooter as one of the ideal ways to see the site that covers
around 26 Square kilometers. There are also bicycles available for rent.

The minimum time to even begin to understand Hampi in my opinion
needed is 5 days and to me 10 days would be best. Book your train
tickets in advance or your buses, as there is a problem in India presently
for train reservations. There is NO ATM or Bank Machines in the area so
bring cash or travelers checks.

In Kalamapura there is a museum that has a model of the whole site.

Suggested way to visit Hampi:
1. Come to Hospet by Train or bus.
2. Take an Auto Rickshaw for 50 Rupee or the bus for 7 Rupees to Hampi.
3. Find a Room for somewhere between 50 and 200 Rupees per night.
4. Walk around and enjoy the Bazaar and buy a small map and handbook
of Hampi for 20 Rupees from any of the ever-present boys saying.
“You want postcard.”
5. Take a Rickshaw or bus to Kalamapura to visit the museum and to
see the model.
6. For the very serious travel to Hospet and look for guides or maybe
inquire at the Hospet Tourism office. 50 Rupees, 1 Dollar U.S. or 1 Euro
will take you anywhere one way in the area.
7. Up the hill from the Bazaar on the road to Hospet is a man that sells
various books about Hampi and there is also a bookstore in Hampi
that may be of use.
8. Do a combination of Guide, Bike, Motor scooter, and walking of the area.
9. Arrive lost to Hampi and depart lost form Hampi.
10. Hampi is a small village of people with rooftop restaurants and curio
shops. It is impossible to get lost in Hampi for long, but it is possible to stay
confused for days.

Again, bring plenty of cash money or traveler checks as the use of
Credit Cards; ATM, Bank Debit Machine Cards is not available.

This link has the complete story and all photo links of Hampi.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138hampi.shtml

I have made a small map of maybe some help.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/138maphampi.shtml

Thanks

Just another day in Paradise!
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Have you ever wonder how I (Andy Hobo) decide on what tips to
write about? It is normally quite simple. I write about my most
current problems. So… being the lights just went out in India as
they do daily and I am sitting in the dark typing on this laptop
computer I will tell why you “Don’t hide the Candles.”

I wonder if India would like to hire a few Engineers from Europe
or the USA to fix their electrical problems? The Electrical problems
of Iraq are nothing in compared to India.

But… The tip.

DON’T HIDE THE CANDLES

There are two ways in life to communicate.
There are 2 sides to every coin. I could have said,
“Choose a place to keep your candles.”

But I know when the lights go off you’re going to say to yourself,
“Where did I hide them candle?”

Now that I got you real curious, full of questions, and impatient
let me get to the point, this is really a simple tip, but very important
and one you may appreciate when you find yourself alone, in the
dark, cold, in the middle of nowhere and alone.

There are countries where you should carry a candle, flashlight,
lantern, torch, or some form of light. I choose candles as the best
type of light, and maybe back them up with a flashlight. I find that a
candle will always work, while a flashlight is not so dependable.

But what do you do when the lights go out?
You go look for your candles or flashlights.

So the tip is this.
KEEP YOUR LIGHTER, CANDLES, AND FLASHLIGHT IN
THE SAME PLACE ALWAYS. Choose a designated location to
store your candles and lighters, and then when the lights go out and
you get tired of groping around in the dark you can find the light.

These are heavy items, and I do not carry candles in all countries,
but you can always tell the countries where there is an electrical
problem. They sell candles in all the small stores…. Hehehe.

I always carry or try to carry 2 cigarette lighters, and I have
stopped loaning them to people that smoke… A lighter is a
more expensive version of a candle. Matches are a pain, and just
never seem to be dry when you really need them. The whole world
smokes cigarettes so you will always find a lighter.

My priority levels:
1. Always carry a lighter.
2. Most of the time candles.
3. Sometime, but not that often a flashlight.
4. Never carry matches.

I have on occasion in really remote place purchased small kerosene
or the local oil wicker lamps to read. These are extremely efficient,
but just impossible to carry in my backpack.

Do not worry about light; they sell all this stuff anywhere in the world,
and those fancy lights and gear you purchased will probably end up
in the trash.

Note: I wrote this whole tip while in the dark thanks to Lithium
Rechargeable Battery in my computer.

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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Life is good.
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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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TODAY’S TIP FROM THE
“Peanut Gallery”
Fun tips - Here's a little tip from me, to you,
as an experienced traveler.

Don't complain or be choosy in restaurants about
the food, it only tells the world you are spoiled.

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about how I chose, or maybe more correctly why I did
not choose his webpage for one of the Top Travel Sites
of 2003?
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Because of the numerous electrical and internet problems
this week in India I am not able to work on the questions and
answers part of newsletter. I will address this question and
maybe make into a tip in next issue.

Sorry
Andy HoboTraveler.com

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If you go to the squat toilet. Use your right hand.
That may encourage the world to use western
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