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  • The Mountains of Uttrakhand Part 1

    26th Oct 2019 by

    Day 1 For the week we spent in Rishikesh we couldn’t see very far into the mountains, but we knew they were out there lurking behind the clouds. So at 5:30 AM on Sunday morning we straddled our trusty motorcycles and zoomed off into the murky morning light. For those who have never seen Indian… Read more

  • Rishikesh Chapter 7

    11th Oct 2019 by

    A relaxing few of days have been spent hanging out at the beach. Rishikesh has a backpacker scene that is really quite huge. We have made so many friends from so many different places; namely Australia, England, and Israel. The last few days have been blazing hot and the Ganga river has been a lovely… Read more

  • Rishikesh Chapter 6

    9th Oct 2019 by

    Bank run finally successful! Accompanied by a luxurious breakfast, the afternoons walking sessions were taken in stride and we avoided the midday heat. Today we went into details on the itinerary for next weeks trek. We leave on the thirteenth and we will be back on the twenty second. First, Valley of Flowers; then to… Read more

  • Dusshera

    8th Oct 2019 by

    On our return to Rishikesh the streets were packed. As the sun when down we began to see the festivities of the holy day that had trumped my bank expedition. Justin and I raced back to the hotel to get changed before we jogged back to the main road. There was a huge parade pushing… Read more

  • At the Secret Beach

    8th Oct 2019 by

    Nitin knows the area well, and brought us to a beautiful secluded beach on the bank of the Ganges. White sand, rocks and blessed cool air from the river make it very idyllic. After all the crowds and dust and car horns this place feels very very, relaxing. To be somewhere with no one else… Read more

  • Rishikesh Chapter 5

    8th Oct 2019 by

    Early this morning I woke up to try the bank once more, but as luck would have it today was Dusserha, a Hindi holy day. It’s a public holiday so even the banks are closed. More on that later. So with yet another fruitless morning walk under my belt, I returned to meet Justin, Graeme… Read more

  • Rishikesh Chapter 4

    7th Oct 2019 by

    Despite today’s failures at the bank its been wonderfully relaxing. Justin, Graeme and I went out and got dosas for lunch; the food here continues to amaze. We were all tired from last nights festivities. Krishna Cafe, has been acting as a little internet haven with masala chai tea and dahl makhni on the side.… Read more

  • Morning in the Misty Mountains

    7th Oct 2019 by

    Woke up early again and payed a visit to my favourite little bench on the Ganges. Justin was with me and we were still searching for a working ATM. It was too early though and none of the banks were open yet. The ashrams were already lively, the sounds of music and prayers spilling out… Read more

  • Rishikesh Chapter 2

    6th Oct 2019 by

    After a relaxing morning at the New Krishna once again Justin and I went for a walk around the city. This city is filled with activities and we are beginning to scratch the surface of a very rich scene. We were invited to three events through the city in one day. We have met a… Read more

  • Rishikesh Justin Is Here!

    6th Oct 2019 by

    I woke much later today, thank goodness and took a walk to the ATM; it’s the hottest day yet and the sun was beating down. The ATM is up a maze of streets and also all uphill. as I’m strolling up the main street on the west side of the river Ganges. I look up… Read more

  • Rishikesh Chapter 1

    5th Oct 2019 by

    Walking out the door of the hotel and stepping onto the street is a reminder that you really are on the other side of the world. The streets are narrow and crowded, animals, people and vehicles all pushing to keep their feet, wheels or hooves on whichever cobblestone they have claimed. The streets are lined… Read more

  • Waking up

    5th Oct 2019 by

    The jet lag got the better of me; I was up at 5:30. No regrets as I got to watch this town go from a quiet sleeping maze to what seems to be one huge bustling market. Out to go walking and get more pictures, more posts soon.

  • First Day in Rishikesh

    4th Oct 2019 by

    The first night was difficult, the day after was simply peace. Arrived in Rishikesh around 8 o’clock AM. After a gruelling yet painfully beautiful foot trek through most of Rishikesh we landed on a cosy hotel called Musical Mushrooms. Our room set, we headed out into the village. Mission one: Food, Water, SIM card, Internet.… Read more

  • Good Evening India?

    4th Oct 2019 by

    Our goodbyes finished, our parents waved us through the gates, “Big steps were taken”, Quentin Kline and Graeme Sproule were feeling good. For a while. It started off smoothly at the Ottawa airport… Toronto was fine… Delhi was a beast. Everyone warns you about scams, but nothing really prepares you like going through it once.… Read more

  • The Journey Begins

    27th Sep 2019 by

    Welcome to my journal. This blog will act as a logbook of my events as I set out on a journey across India. I leave on October 2, 2019 at 18:00 from Ottawa YOW and eventually land in the massive city of New Delhi… With no return ticket booked. Follow me and my travel companions… Read more

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