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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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Self Drive in China – Kunming to Lijiang

Self Drive in China – Kunming to Lijiang

Continuing from the last log , this one chronicles our Self Drive in China – Kunming to Lijiang. Kunming is the Spring City or City of Flowers. The weather was balmy with a slight nip in the air in the early morning. Driving out from Kunming We started on the drive to Lijiang from the […]

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Self Drive China – Lijiang to Shangri-La

Self Drive China – Lijiang to Shangri-La

Lijiang to Shangri-La A splendid time in Lijiang. Today we planned to drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La. A hearty breakfast in the Liwang hotel and we were ready to travel the 200 km to Shangri-La . Kevin had already planned for us to stop at the Tiger Leaping Gorge and Dongba Water terraces en route. […]

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Self-Drive China – Shangri-La to Xiangcheng

Self-Drive China – Shangri-La to Xiangcheng

Debarshi and I had a couple of relaxing days in Shangri-La and were travelling to Xiangcheng today. The Drive The plan was to drive through Daxue Shan and Xiaoxue Shan mountain passes on some gravel roads and enter the Kham Tibet region. The drive is about 220 kilometers and through zigzag mountain roads winding beside […]

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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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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. Alas! destiny had other plans. Breakfast in Xinlong Before that I will narrate a breakfast story. We arrived at the breakfast buffet; there was no one. Meanwhile, the chef was busy at work and […]

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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 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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Self-Drive China – Dêgê to Garzê

Self-Drive China – Dêgê to Garzê

A change in our travel program brought us a day earlier in Dêgê; we spent the next morning in the Dêgê Gompa. I have written separately on it. A welcome co passenger We loaded our luggage and set off after breakfast for Garzê. A lanky young gentleman approached us and started speaking. Kevin translated he […]

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Self-Drive China – Garzê to Tagong

Self-Drive China – Garzê to Tagong

A change in our palates with the hotpot dinner, stunning landscapes on our road trip, a well spent evening in Garzê. Breakfast in Garzê Garzê is at an altitude of 3475 meters and at breakfast we saw that it had snowed in the mountains through the night. Today the plan was to drive to Tagong […]

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Self-Drive China – Tagong to Jiaju

Self-Drive China – Tagong to Jiaju

A cozy evening in the comfortable Akezhuoba suite warmly lit by the faux fire place. Today morning after a made to order breakfast, we set out to visit the two main temples in Tagong – Lhagang Monastery right in the heart of the town and the Ser Gyergo Nunnery & Golden Temple, a drive away […]

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