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Rugezi Swamp

Rugezi Swamp

The Rugezi Swamp is a protected high altitude wetland area in North Rwanda and covers about 16000 to 17000 acres. About the Rugezi Swamp Rwanda joined the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 2006; thus, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA) labelled the Rugezi marshes as a protected Ramsar Wetland Site. Today, Rugezi Swamp hosts more than 40 […]

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How to prepare your car for Ladakh Road Trip

How to prepare your car for Ladakh Road Trip

Before embarking on a road trip to Ladakh, it was very important to prepare my car for the trip. Based on my experience from various self-drives to the Himalayas, I am sharing my views on how to prepare your car for a Ladakh self drive journey. How to prepare for car for Ladakh – The […]

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Road Trips in India – Kolkata to West Sikkim

Road Trips in India – Kolkata to West Sikkim

Road Trips in India – Crossing a waterfall Being a self-drive enthusiast, we always seek opportunity to sneak out from our day jobs and take a long weekend for road trips in India. We took a similar opportunity during Diwali 2017 and did a self drive in India to West Sikkim. Frustrated by the road […]

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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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Self Drive New Zealand

Self Drive New Zealand

Self Drive New Zealand is a great experience . Having driven across the length and breadth in India , we have acquired a passion for self-drive trips. We enjoy the sense of individuality, independence, adventure, quest for the unfamiliar, certainty and uncertainty alike. I am a 4WD enthusiast and seek out prospects to take vehicle off […]

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Travel Permits for Bhutan Self Drive for Indians

Travel Permits for Bhutan Self Drive for Indians

Self-drive through the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is a good vacation from Kolkata. Debarshi, our travel partner Dr Asok Majumder and I drove to Bhutan in December 2013. In this post, I have written about the process of getting travel permits for Bhutan self drive for Indians. Of course I will write about our […]

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Road Trips in India – Kolkata to Lava and Charkhol

Road Trips in India – Kolkata to Lava and Charkhol

Introduction to ‘DRIVEN’ series How we fell in love with road trips in India and abroad… The qualities of a quintessential “Bengali” gene pool started showing up pretty early in our life when both of us were in our twenties. We wanted to see and experience the World as much as we could. Soon we […]

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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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Etosha National Park

Etosha National Park

Etosha is the oldest and most visited National Park in Namibia. The word Etosha literally means “Great White Place” referring to the Etosha Salt Pan. As the travel bug bites us often , in June 2017, Debarshi & I drove across Namibia. Needless to mention, Etosha National Park was one of the main highlights of […]

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