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The MV Mahabaahu On Sunset- The View From Peacock Island

The Brahmaputra River Cruise: An Out-There Adventure

The Brahmaputra River Cruise as you'll see when you read this guest post by my friend Judi Cohen, is truly an out-there adventure kind of adventure. For those of you who don't think of yourself as cruising types, this post might change your mind. Cruise ships have a reputation for being predictable. While fixed itineraries and tight schedules appeal to some travelers, neither are deal breakers for me. Fortunately there are cruises that are adventurous…

Trekking in Northern India: Day by Day Highs & Lows

While I've written several posts about my trekking trip through the Zanskar Valley in northern India, there is still much that I've yet to share. This post will give you a day by day account of the trek - including the highs and the lows along with one photo from each day from the time we left Leh until we returned. I think it will provide a better overall explanation of what you can see.…

The Hilarious Road Signs of Northern India

You've got to hand it to the Indians. They know how to use humour to address bad driving habits in a way that I haven't seen in other countries. I used to drive to Seattle from Vancouver quite often and the first road sign you'd see entering the US was a threat - Litter and it will hurt. I much prefer the use of humour. Certainly the Indian drivers are still crazy - coming up…

What a Day Looks Like on a Multi-Week Trekking Expedition in India

I've done three multi-week treks in the mountains - two guided trips in the Himalayas (Nepal and India) and one that was self-guided in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru. The guided trips definitely follow a daily pattern. While on our 18 day trek with World Expeditions through the Zanskar Valley the landscape changed but the routine did not. Our day would start with tea being brought to the tent. Depending on the day that…

Highlights of 3 Days of Trekking in the Markha Valley

Our trek in northern India from the Zanskar Valley to the Indus River with World Expeditions was for the most part well off the proverbial beaten path for all but the last three days. We ended our trek trekking through the spectacular Markha Valley. Beauty here comes with a price; a lot more people and the tea-house culture. There's nothing wrong with that but it requires an adjustment after a couple of truly remote weeks.…

20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Trek in Northern India

Visiting India has never been on my travel wish list - mostly on account of the noise, the huge population and the sheer amount of effort just to get there. But then I thought back to a film I saw about a dozen years ago from the Best of Banff Film Festival. It showcased a teacher from the west living in a remote village in the Zanskar region of northern India basically cut off from…

What You’ll Want to do if you Have 24 Hours in Leh

The city of Leh, located due north of Delhi, via an 80 minute scenic plane ride or a hair raising almost 24 hour drive is the gateway to the Ladakh region. Ladakh which means 'land of high passes" (and I climbed 12 of them so I can attest to this fact!) is a region in northern India and an awe-inspiring place to visit with dry, desolate mountains in a rainbow of colours, occasional villages and…

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