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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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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 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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Experience of Driving in Bhutan

Experience of Driving in Bhutan

Red Rackham on the roads of BhutanIt has been a lifelong passion and aspiration to drive through the Himalayas West to East. In the winter of 2013, driving in the mystical Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan realized our dream partly. Indians are allowed to drive in their own vehicles into Bhutan with Indian Driving Licenses. We have […]

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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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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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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 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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