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A Hairy Road Trip Through Jharkhand and Bihar

INDIA | Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 | Views [1381]

Against the odds, considering Ranchi’s aversion to foreigners, by 10am we’d checked out of our hotel, scoffed a good breakfast and were in a private car embarking on a mini trip.  The travel agent mentioned in the Lonely Planet actually ... Read more >

A Dreadful Travel Day

INDIA | Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 | Views [340]

We left Chandipur early due to the unfriendly and unaccommodating 8am check-out time.  In actual fact those adjectives nicely sum up the people working in the Asha Nivas guesthouse too.  We proceeded to spend the entire day catching rickety, ... Read more >

Photos: Is This Chandipur or Southport?

INDIA | Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Is This Chandipur or Southport?

INDIA | Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 | Views [382]

The 10.55am train from Puri to Balasore that we’d initially been told was sold out (but we eventually managed to buy some tickets) was in fact virtually empty.  So we headed back up the tracks on a train that was only running 30mins late by ... Read more >

Photos: Chasing the Sun in Odisha

INDIA | Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Chasing the Sun in Odisha

INDIA | Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 | Views [368]

We didn’t get a great deal of sleep in Kolkata as the city maintained some level of noise and commotion throughout the night.  Plus, we’re not used to feeling warm; being buffeted by a fan instead of being cocooned in covers, felt odd.... Read more >

Darjeeling to Kolkata

INDIA | Wednesday, 10 Apr 2013 | Views [384]

We splashed out for a private jeep (Rs1500) to take us down to the airport at Bagdogra near Siliguri; a journey that only took 2 ½ hours.  The road between Darjeeling and Kurseong was as rough and congested as ever below that there’... Read more >

Coming Up with Plan D in Darjeeling

INDIA | Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | Views [341]

The first jeep Yuksom to Jarethong only included one barfing bairn and the second jeep from Jarethong to Darjeeling was mercifully vomit free!  Jarethong has a very well organised jeep park where we popped to the loo, grabbed some short-eats for ... Read more >

Photos: Seeking Snowy Peaks in Sikkim

INDIA | Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Seeking Snowy Peaks in Sikkim

INDIA | Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | Views [619]

Our 7am jeep to Yuksom set off pretty much on time and initially we had plenty of space.  It wasn’t long before there were 4 of us sharing the back seat.  Being slightly squashed in meant you didn’t get thrown around so much as ... Read more >

25 Hours to Gangtok

INDIA | Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | Views [371]

This latest epic journey, and in fact our longest non-stop, started with it taking an hour just to reach Kathmandu’s outskirts.  We had to pull into a couple of places to collect more passengers and in between time we crawled and stuttered ... Read more >

Kicking Back in Kathmandu

NEPAL | Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | Views [345]

Back in Kathmandu again after the spectacular and scary flight from Lukla, however, I can’t really tell you much about Kathmandu as we didn’t venture very far but I’m sure if you look in our worldnomads archives you’ll find our ... Read more >

Photos: From EBC Back to Lukla via Gokyo Ri

NEPAL | Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Gokyo Ri Trek

NEPAL | Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | Views [2797]

Lobuche 4910m > Shomare 4010m > Upper Pangboche 4000m We awoke in such painfully cold conditions that we didn’t hang around.  I was feeling rotten again but in a different way – I thought I’d had an allergic reaction to ... Read more >

Everest Base Camp Trek

NEPAL | Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | Views [1592]

Kathmandu 1400m > flight to Lukla 2840m > Phakding 2610m > Monjo 2835m We weren’t entirely convinced this trek would ever happen as the agency we used in Kathmandu didn’t fill us with confidence.  The lady in Metro Everest ... Read more >

Photos: Lukla to Everest Base Camp

NEPAL | Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Pokhara to Kathmandu

NEPAL | Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 | Views [424]

The tourist bus station in Pokhara has a beautiful mountain backdrop and this nicely set the tone for the scenery along the way; paddy fields and banana palms leading up to 7000m peaks.  The journey was smooth and enjoyable until we were within ... Read more >

ABC ........... Easy as 123?

NEPAL | Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | Views [1261]

Following a few months of very little exercise and 3 weeks socialising in England would ABC be as easy as; 1, 2, 3, doe, ray, me, as the song goes?  Mind you, I’ve a sneaking suspicion that The Jackson Five weren’t singing about the ... Read more >

Photos: ABC Trek (Days 4-7)

NEPAL | Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: ABC Trek (Days 1-3)

NEPAL | Friday, 8 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

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