Maha Shivaratri, Kathmandu

Maha Shivaratri or “Great Night of Shiva” is an annual Hindu celebration dedicated to the god Shiva, destroyer of evil, unusually solemn with all night prayers dedicated to overcoming darkness in life. In Nepal hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flock to Pashputinath. Pashputhinath, sitting on the banks of the Bagmati River, is one of the... Continue Reading →

The Jalori Pass, Himachal Pradesh

The Jalori Pass is an infamous pass in Himachal Pradesh, in north-west India, between the Beas and Sutlej river valleys. It seemed like a good idea to attempt it with my fully laden touring bike, Reggie, while I was cycling my circuitous route from Amritsar to Kathmandu. I set out from a lovely, little town... Continue Reading →

In Kathmandu

I find myself sitting in the same café in Thamel, the tourist district in Kathmandu, nearly a year after I was last here having a phone call with my manager back in UK finding out that I’d just lost my job. I’d been travelling in India and Nepal for six months and was not looking... Continue Reading →

Mission Amritsar

I’m not sure which was the hardest bit initially – asking my boss for a six months holiday, deciding what to pack for a six months holiday involving cycling and trekking in temperatures from -11°C to 43°C, or the logistics of transporting all my gear from my flat in London to a hotel up a... Continue Reading →

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