27 Feb 2017

Gwalior Fort: The Perfect Day Trip from Agra, India

In travel, as in life, not all things are created equal. We took two separate day trips from Agra and they couldn’t have been more different. The first, to Fatehpur Sikri, was a major letdown. The popular old Mughal city was disappointing in every sense, but the trip to Gwalior

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23 Jan 2017

Hiking in the Pin Valley: One of the Best Things to Do in Spiti, India

If you’ve been following my travels in Spiti you’ll be well aware of what a scenic little corner of the world it is. Postcard worthy views stretch out in all directions from pretty much every inch of high altitude earth. One of the best things to do in Spiti is a

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11 Dec 2016

Walking from Kibber to Tashigang: One of the Best Day Hikes in Spiti, India

If you’re looking for a scenic day hike in Spiti then you won’t do much better than the walk from Kibber to Tashigang (and back again). The path takes you up over rocky hills, past a tiny village, through crops, above tiny ponds and eventually to an ancient hillside monastery

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28 Nov 2016

Hiking to Ki Monastery, Spiti: The Long Way Round

Chances are that if you’ve seen photos of Spiti, the remote, high altitude region in northern India, Ki Monastery would have caught your attention. It’s the largest monastery in Spiti, housing over 300 monks. The stacked white buildings stand out amidst the sharp serrated edges of the surrounding hills, while a

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30 Oct 2016

Tabo to Kaza via Dhankar Monastery: A Short Road Trip in Spiti, India

My first stop in Spiti (after a week in the equally awesome Kinnaur region) was Tabo, a midget of a town surrounded by rocky cliffs and distant snow-capped mountains. I arrived on a bus from Nako, an ancient village in the bordering Kinnaur province, and it was a rugged ride.

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13 Oct 2016

Walking Through the Ancient Lanes of Nako, a Small Village in the Indian Himalayas

If you’re travelling from Reckong Peo to Spiti you’ll pass by Nako. Some people breeze right by without sampling what this little town has to offer, but that would be a big mistake. Nako is surrounded by amazing scenery (most villages in this region of Himachal Pradesh are), but it’s the traditional

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18 Sep 2016

Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh: Off the Beaten Path in North India

Travelling by bus from Reckong Peo to Chitkul is about as frightening as modern motoring gets. Narrow gravel roads, cut into the sides of mountains, wind their way thousands of feet above the rivers and valleys below. I genuinely feared for my life at some points, especially when the bus I was on

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02 Sep 2016

15 of the Best Ancient Temples and Ruins in Asia

For me, one of the highlights of travelling in Asia is seeing history embodied in elaborate ancient temples and ruins. Here are some of my favourite temples and ruins in Asia, including Angkor Wat, the erotic temples of Khajuraho and the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma) Do you

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