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Dêgê Gompa
Dêgê Gompa
An eventful day’s journey with changed travel plans, arrival in Dêgê and we spent the next...
Self-Drive China – Xinlong to Dêgê
Self-Drive China – Xinlong to Dêgê
We had a good rest at the Danxia hotel in Xinlong and were raring to drive the 300 km to Baiyü....
Dêgê Gompa

Dêgê Gompa

An eventful day’s journey with changed travel plans, arrival in Dêgê and we spent the next morning in the Dêgê Gompa. Gonchen Monastery Dêgê Gompa or Gonchen Monastery is one of the most remarkable monasteries we have seen and deserves special mention, hence I chose to devote a blog to it. The Gonchen Monastery is […]

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Road Trips in India – Leh Manali Highway

Road Trips in India – Leh Manali Highway

Road Trips in India – Leh Manali Highway Introduction The Leh-Manali Highway in North India is one of the most treacherous yet ruggedly picturesque highways probably in the world. As the name suggests, this highway connects Leh, Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir to Manali in Himachal Pradesh. The highway spans about 500 km (490 km precisely) […]

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Ankarana Reserve and Amber Mountain National Park

Ankarana Reserve and Amber Mountain National Park

  Ankarana Reserve and Amber Mountain National Park in North Madagascar feature in all tourist itineraries. One requires a moderate level of fitness for trekking through the Tsingy, crawling into the Caves and hiking through the National Park. We stayed two nights in Ankarana Lodge, a night in Amber Mountain Nature Lodge and a night in […]

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Twyfelfontein

Twyfelfontein

Introduction Twyfelfontein is the first UNESCO world heritage site in Namibia with an astounding collection of rock art and rock paintings. Locally, also known as Ui-Ais or Jumping Waterhole in Damara language. San or Bushmen art can be seen in Twyfelfontein and Brandberg in Namibia thought to be 28000 years old! Damaraland is ruggedly and […]

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Self-Drive China – Xiangcheng to Xin long

Self-Drive China – Xiangcheng to Xin long

A cozy night’s sleep at the Grand Zhaxi hotel in Xiangcheng and invigorated for our journey to Xin long. Drive to Xin long Today was a big driving day to Xin long and crossing several Tibetan villages on the way like Qingde village. The drive was about 360 km and we would cross through the […]

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Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

Introduction There is a saying among fellow bird enthusiasts in Indian vernacular which means – “You have not seen anything if you have not been to Eaglenest”. Eaglenest or Eagle’s Nest Wildlife sanctuary is a major birding location in India. Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is unique because of the unusually high bird density and more than 450 species […]

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Road Trips in India – Monasteries in Ladakh

Road Trips in India – Monasteries in Ladakh

Introduction Debarshi writing on our Road Trips to Ladakh inspired me to write on the Monasteries in Ladakh (the ones we visited). We have driven to Ladakh twice in 2012 to the Zanskar Valley and in 2014 to Nubra & Turtuk. Ladakh is one of the prime tourist areas in India in the state of […]

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Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park : Home to “MORT” We saw him for the first time while visiting Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in Madagascar chewing a cicada’s eggs. Mort in in the scientific community is known as Microcebus lehilahytsara, commonly called Goodman’s Mouse Lemur is nocturnal in habit . Andasibe -Mantadia National Park is also home to other species […]

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Tadoba & Nagzira – Winter Drive to the forests

Tadoba & Nagzira – Winter Drive to the forests

Debarshi & I have been fortunate enough to view a lot of endangered species in the wild – Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Rare birds in Eagle nest, Lemurs in Madagascar. Of course, we have seen the Royal Bengal Tiger in Nagerhole, Kanha, Bandhavgarh, but the sightings in Tadoba are truly incredible. In December 2019, the […]

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Self Drive in China

Self Drive in China

Debarshi & I have been driving across Africa, Americas, and Oceania for years. So in April 2019 we thought of driving closer home. We wanted to drive from Kolkata in our Ford Endeavour, but were faced with a logistical nightmare. The travel formalities for entry through Nepal and then into China through the Zhangmu border […]

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