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SACH PASS

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TANDI AND UDAIPUR At Keylong we turn to Tandi and thence to Udaipur. The road is reasonable and we come through a very rural area, which extends into an ever-narrowing gap. As a Dutchman, you would get claustrophobia.The people there…

SACH LA PAS

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TANDI AND UDAIPUR At Keylong we turn to Tandi and thence to Udaipur. The road is reasonable and we come through a very rural area, which extends into an ever-narrowing gap. As a Dutchman, you would get claustrophobia.The people there…

Overstroming Kashmir

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LEH CONTROLES Regelmatig worden we gecontroleerd op paspoort, visa, autopapieren en het overbekende waar ga je heen, waar kom je vandaan? From here to there, zoals we in Afrika veel invulden, lukt hier niet. Maar met name Ronald wordt er…

SPITI VALLEY

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VAN MANALI NAAR SPITI VALLEY Alweer worden we uitgenodigd voor een paar overnachtingen, dit keer in een hotel/kasteel in Manali. We krijgen een topkamer voor een sterk gereduceerde prijs, maar zo langzamerhand wordt het tijd weer te gaan kamperen, want…

Northern India Offroad Club

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I’ll never drive it again Als ik een oproep plaats om het adres van een goede tandarts in India, weten we niet wat we meemaken. De leden van de Noord-Indiase Offroad Club laten in grote getale van zich horen. We…

India on my Mind

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I dream of travel. My nights are spent luxuriating on the beach in Mexico, eating my weight in SE Asian street noodles, being awoken long before dawn by the roar of an African lion. Sometimes my dreams aren’t quite as…

VAN NEPAL NAAR KASHMIR

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SWAYAMBHUNATH Beter bekend als de Monkeytempel en een toeristische trekpleister. Waarom is ons absoluut een raadsel. Nog nooit hebben we een dergelijke bende bij een tempel gezien. De spiraaltop is afgedekt, waarschijnlijk als bescherming tegen de duiven, die in grote…

NEPAL

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TERUG IN INDIAWe zijn koud de poort van Bhutan uit en zijn onmiddellijk in een totaal ander land. Een aanslag op al onze zintuigen: chaos, een kakofonie van geluiden, krakkemikkige winkeltjes met onduidelijke waren en uiteraard de warboel van…

Embracing Serendipity

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I sat in the rickshaw, trying to think of anything cool, sweating profusely in the mid-afternoon heat of Southern India. Jim was in yet another seedy hotel, searching for an acceptable room, a dismal possibility, even according to Lonely Planet.…

WELKOM IN BHUTAN

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EERSTE BUITENLANDSE AUTO DOOR BHUTAN? Bhutan is een vrij gesloten land, dat massatoerisme wil weren. Toeristen krijgen alleen een visum via een reisagent in Bhutan, die verder alles regelt. Het tarief hiervoor is 200-250 US dollar per dag per persoon!…

NOORD-OOST INDIA

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Een gedeelte van India, dat er als het ware een beetje bijhangt. Hier komen eigenlijk nooit westerlingen. Een enkeling die vanuit Myanmar komt, zoals wij. Bij de grensplaats Moreh is het een zoekplaatje: als we eindelijk de immigratie-officier gevonden hebben,…

My Fascination with Doors

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Doors are my favorite photography subject. I am fascinated, not just by the doors themselves, but by the stories I imagine they could tell if only they had the words.  Some of my all-time favorites call Zanzibar home. This…

Go Go Goa!

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About a year and a half ago we got an email from someone in Pakistan inviting us to Islamabad when we passed through the Middle East. He was with the VW club of Pakistan, and had been following our trip…

Cowboys and Indians

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At last we arrived in Mumbai, the planned termination of our Indian adventure. Lo and behold, as we wound our way into town, we were pulled over by a cop. Indian cops are nothing more than common criminals, and this…

The Big Fat Indian Wedding

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The Big Fat Indian WeddingAs seems to happen to us from time to time, we have fallen grossly behind on our blog. As the days and weeks pass, the interesting things keep piling up and eventually we become as…

Welcome to the Jungle

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We stood at the water’s edge in our shorts and flip flops along with a horde of other Western and Asian tourists. Six massive elephants rested on their sides in the cool river water of the Rapti. Every day the…

Langtang Phooey

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A while ago in the Andes mountains of Argentina we passed through a place called Uspallata, and thereafter began our ill-fated international food smuggling debacle, which saw us retreating to Uspallata. Uspallata, as it turned out, was the home base…

Holiday in Goa

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Any long term traveler knows that if you have been on the road for any length of time, standards shift. Standards in hotel rooms, safety concerns and, well, it has to be said, personal hygiene. While we have never been…

The Maoist Revolt

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You may recall a reference that I made a short time ago regarding Nepal’s turbulent recent history involving the fall of the monarchy, the rise of the Republic, and the persistent problem with those rebellious and violent communists, the Maoists.…

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Tiger

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It was harvest season in Pokhara Valley. During our trek of the Annapurna circuit the rice fields surrounding our camp had changed from neon green to gold. Harvest season was the most time critical event of the year and everyone…

Around Annapurna, Part 3: Little Tibet

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<< Read Part 2 We stood atop the roof on the edge of Muktinath and hung our laundry from the lines, glad to have put the grueling Thorong La behind us. A chilly wind cascaded down the canyon from the…

Around Annapurna, Part 2: Snowbound

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<< Read Part 1 For the second consecutive day in Braga the rain continued to fall. Plan A had been to make a three day diversion to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at over 16,000 feet. The…

01/26/2014 – 206 days/18725 miles

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Here’s just a couple more photos from my last couple days in Kathmandu…and I’m off to Bangkok in the morning! Himalayas from a plane…             That’s Everest            Boudhanath Temple…one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world                   …