Travel Blog Part Thirteen: The Annapurnas, Nepal

The Annapurna region is one of the two great trekking areas of Nepal (the other being the Khumbu where Everest is located). Pointy mountains, magnificent valleys and pretty villages have made it popular with trekkers for many years but a new road penetrating as far as Muktinath has kind of changed the game... Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Twelve: Kathmandu, Nepal

It's with a sigh of relief, as well as sadness and a rather nasty chesty cough that we bid goodbye to India and head to Nepal. Three months in India is about as long as I can take in one go these days. It's been great, it's always great, but it takes it's toll in so many, many ways.... Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Eleven: Uttar Pradesh, India

It's north again up to Uttar Pradesh (UP): Hindi heartland of India and home to some of its most famous sites including the Taj Mahal and the bathing ghats on the Ganges at Varanasi. Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Ten: Rajasthan, India

Pushkar, IndiaIt's a fair old way from northern Karnataka to southern Rajasthan but we decide to get the travelling over with as quickly as possible, so 2 nights (in Mumbai and Ahmedabad) and 2 long and very crowded train journeys later we find ourselves in the Land of Kings (the literal translation of Rajasthan). It's starting to feel like we're living on train food these days - samosas, pakoras, unidentified taboule-like stuff and chai. In fact I was going to name this blog entry 'Snacks on a Train' - a rather cheesy pun on that dreadful film starring Samuel Jackson that you feel compelled to watch purely on the name alone... Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Nine: Karnataka, India

blog9mainHeading north we enter one of the most interesting and photogenic regions of India and I've got very high expectations. There's always that 'you're only as good as your last photo' feeling I sometimes have so am feeling a little pressure to get something good here. Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Eight: Kerala, India

Varkala, India Travelling west we cross from Tamil Nadu into Kerala, with our first overnight train journey of the trip. Geographically it's not that far but there are so many little differences, you can see why people describe India as many countries in one... Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Seven: Tamil Nadu, India

Sri Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, IndiaGoodbye Sri Lanka - Hello India! We've got our 3 month visas, topped up our patience tanks in laid-back Sri Lanka and put on our game faces. We are now ready and eager to face the craziness...come on India - give us your best shot! Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Six: Farewell Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

As our time in Sri Lanka comes to an end and we look forward to the delights of India it's time to cast my mind back over the past two and a half months and sum up my impressions of this friendly and beautiful country. Please bear in mind that this is only my opinion here and personal opinion is highly subjective 🙂 Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Five: The Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Ella Gap, Sri Lanka

Moving on from the Ancient Cities we took some time out from the hurly burly of life on the road with a week on the quiet and lovely Mirissa Beach. Hey, travelling's hard work  sometimes...! Continue reading »
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Travel Blog Part Four: The Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya

North of the hill country are the Ancient Cities - a collection of historical sites including the 'face' of Sri Lanka: Sigiriya, whose picture appears on almost every travel brochure and advertisement for the country. Does it, can it ever, live up to the hype...? Continue reading »
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