Tag: Himalayas

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On tea and trains in Darjeeling

We got to Darjeeling from Kathmandu by almost all modes of transport. We took a plane to Bhadrapur, then a taxi to the border town. After getting departure stamps from an immigration shack, we crossed the 1km international Nepal/India border bridge on foot (!) and hunted down another unremarkable immigration shack for international arrival stamps. We then took a shared…

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On Nepali misadventures: rain, rhinos and rowing // photo diary

Our time in Nepal was one of Plan Bs. Remember when I said that monsoon season that is ‘just a bit of water‘? Well I shot myself in the foot a little bit there. We were in Nepal for plus or minus 10 days. Five of those rained non-stop. I’m not exaggerating in the tiniest bit. Non-stop. And preceding our…

On Leh, the adventure capital of the Indian Himalayas

On Leh, the adventure capital of the Indian Himalayas

At a staggering 3,500m, the ‘Land of High Passes’ literally takes your breath away. After an unquestionably stunning flight from Delhi to Leh, located in India’s north west, nestled in Jammu & Kashmir, the first thing you’ll notice is how thin the air is. It certainly takes some acclimatisation. Its high season is July and August, as snow covers the…

On a spectacular flight into the Himalayas: photos

On a spectacular flight into the Himalayas: photos

I used every fibre of my being to get a window seat on the commercial flight from New Delhi to Leh, Ladakh, situated in the north west of India in the Himalayas. It was even better than I could’ve hoped for. The range first cropped up as snow covered peaks above the clouds, which cleared to give a breathtaking panroama…

On beginners' Vipassana Meditation in the Himalayas - Bhante Rahula

On beginners’ vipassana meditation in the Himalayas

I have never meditated before, but for some reason – I don’t even remember how or why – I thought doing a meditation retreat was what I should do when in India. I had planned to visit a beautiful area called Ladakh in the north west in the Indian Himalayas and thought there’s probably not a better place to start…

On the Dalai Lama, exile and Free Tibet

On the Dalai Lama, exile in India and Free Tibet

The dream trip began with my first stop in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. When I say Dharamshala, I actually mean the villages of Upper Dharamshala, that being McLeod Ganj, Dharmkot and Bhagsu. What took me there was a fantastic 5 day yoga course that I’ll write about in my next post. The subject of this post is actually something that occurred…