Water pump play

Guess I was over confident in Palomina’s self healing capabilities. That’s why I added tap water to the cooling system every time it needed topping. After some time, the minerals and other impurities in that kind of water ground the shaft to the extend that it started leaking. So I had to spend one afternoon replacing it. Biggest problem was keeping the bystanders away, which suddenly became wannabe mechanics.

Can’t be too proud when I am having the same problem for the third time! (1,2)

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Red Fort; Qutb Minar

For some reason I forgot to attach this picture explaining Humayun’s journey to my previous post. Very interesting I would say! Click image for higher res.
The Red Fort in Delhi is (today) not quite a fort but a group of not-so-old buildings surrounded by a wall. Inside the buildings there are some museums, focused on the India’s struggle for independence.
Most buildings and gardens are not so well maintained. Piles of rubbish everywhere. Made us wonder what are they doing with the ticket money.
At first we got surprised to see many Indian men holding hands in public. But since 90% of the people on the street (as well as inside every place we go, such as shop or hotel or museum) are men, we think man holds another man’s hand just because there is no woman nearby.
Qutb Minar is an impressive XII century tower. It’s purpose is not clearly known. We arrived there after sunset. We paid full ticket price and only after entering we found out that more than half of the architectural site was off limits after 6PM. We asked to be allowed to return the next day to see the rest (without paying new ticket), since there was no way we would have known about this limitation prior to entry. We were denied. Yet another quality Indian service!

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Humayun’s tomb

After losing his Agra throne in 1540, the Mughal Emperor Humayun (together with his wife and few followers) seek refuge to present day Pakistan. Forced to retreat even further, he went to present day Iran. There he was impressed by the architectural work of his ancestors. With the Persian’s help he fought back and regained control over parts of present day Afganistan, Pakistan and, 1555, of Northern India. He died in 1556 and in 1562 his wife began work on his tomb, inspired from Persian architecture. This was the first of the Mughal buildings in India, preceding, among others, his son Akbar mausoleum and his son’s wife mausoleum – the Taj Mahal. Other structures followed, so that upon the discovery by the British in the 1860’s around 160 tombs were located in the Delhi area
Various stages in tomb’s recent history
Simmetry is one of the features of the Mughal architecture. Also unusual, the Crescent together with what appears to be David’s star (but it’s actually Shatkona, a hindu symbol)
Restration work in progress
And the rectangular garden, also common for the Mughal architecture

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Back to the drawing board

At this moment we learned that the Pakistan visa will be ready in an unspecified amount of time, which could exceed our limit. Being optimistic, we decided to go North towards Kashmir and hope by the time we are done visa will be ready. If not, there is a problem.

Since two unconnected but knowledgeable persons advised us never to ship to/from India (or else face problems that would dwarf the issue I had with the guys in Los Angeles – with whom I am having a lawsuit right now btw 🙂 ) we shall head back to Nepal and ship the bike to Romania from there.

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National Rail Museum, Delhi

First day in Delhi we visited the railway museum. It has a toy train ride and also an indoor exposition. It is the only museum we found in India where foreigners pay the same ticket price as Indians – USD0.40.
Unfortunately most rolling stock is poorly maintained. Wood is rotten and steel is rusted. Explanations are never available.
Still, many interesting items can be found, such as this engine with unusual rod design….
or a self propelled crane….
and especially the steam monorail. Unfortunately, the engine was out for repairs 🙁
I always thought rubbish was a problem in India. But I guess it’s actually a pride, since they decided to capture it in the photograph and show it in the museum 🙂
For railway enthusiasts, full photo archive is here.

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