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TW(&W)M - 5 - Tashiding, a Step Too Far?

INDIA | Thu, 21 Jan 2016 | By davidford | Views [336]

Another long night of unbroken and dream rich sleep over, a bowl of runny porridge (part) consumed, Mafa and I started on another, of course, steep climb up stone encrusted paths and concrete steps to Tashiding monastery, the most sacred of all Sikkimese ... Read more >

Tags: farewells, monasteries

TW(&W)M - 4 - It's a (relatively) Long Way to Tashiding

INDIA | Thu, 21 Jan 2016 | By davidford | Views [316]

After a comfortable and warm night and a copious Rani breakfast of Millet porridge and fruit, buckwheat pancakes and tea I set out with Mafa for a mooch around Yoksum starting with a visit to a(nother) local gompa. Gompa having been bypassed we continued ... Read more >

Tags: forests, monasteries, mountains, trecks

Travels with (and without) Mafa - Pelling

INDIA | Wed, 20 Jan 2016 | By davidford | Views [359]

I'm sitting in an internet cafe in Namchi called Frets. Unsurprisingly it has pictures of Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler et all on the wall and rock music is playing. The owner is called 'Jerry', his father, David, is a minister somewhere. I'm in friendly ... Read more >

Tags: jeeps, monasteries, walks

The Day After the Day Before

INDIA | Mon, 4 Jan 2016 | By davidford | Views [313]

I've just reread my previous blog and even I got bored. Too much navel gazing, so apologies to those who went through that. Today I shall, despite the title, recapitulate the last few days as I've got behind. So, right now I am listening to what sounds ... Read more >

Tags: farewells, monasteries, monopoly, parties, snooker

'Live Young and Free'

INDIA | Sun, 27 Dec 2015 | By davidford | Views [277]

Live Young and Free is just one of many 'slogans' you can see around here stuck to the top of the windscreens of lorries, jeeps and the small people carriers that are so popular. Others read like 'Jai Ganesh', 'Om Mani Padme Hum', 'Siddartha' and so ... Read more >

Tags: hospitality, momos, monasteries, mountains

In Kalimpong a day too long?

INDIA | Fri, 25 Dec 2015 | By davidford | Views [316] | Comments [1]

I am probably at my lowest ebb yet on this trip. Nothing terrible but I'm feeling a bit lost and lonely.  I could have titlled this blog Facing Mount Kanchenjunga but fear it lacks originality. Yesterday I took a taxi (300 rupees) to the top ... Read more >

Tags: gompas, loneliness, monasteries, mountains, panoramas

Lhasa's Palace. Monasteries and Temples

CHINA | Sat, 20 Mar 2010 | By bundynbeaches | Views [1208] | Comments [4]

I only had a five day break between jobs so it was always going to be a quick trip. The travel agency was nervous about getting the required Tibet Travel Permits for us because in the last few years a Tibetan religious festival at the end of the ... Read more >

Tags: lhasa, monasteries, monks, tibet, yak

Meteora monasteries

GREECE | Thu, 25 Oct 2001 | By stowaway | Views [1938]

A 9 hr ferry ride took us to Greece. Greece was fun and we camped everywhere, being the only people in every camping site we went to. The weather is getting colder & there are very few tourists about which is fine by me - you get to see most sites ... Read more >

Tags: greece, james bond, meteora, monasteries

 

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