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End of year accounts

End of year accounts

Filing my end of year accounts from Kolkata.  Yes, JKH Communications is a truly global organisation.


Worth their weight?

Worth their weight?

After giving much thought to the packing list for this trip, I eventually crammed 10kg of kit into a 65 litre rucksack. At the end of the India leg, here is a list of the items I’ve found most useful. Worth their weight Sleeping bag liner – although on the whole the hotel bedding has […]


Pants and a panda

Pants and a panda

Some of you have remarked on the fact that I look thoroughly miserable wrapped in blankets and a woollen hat in recent pictures. Thoroughly miserable I was not, but I can safely say that by the end of the trek, I had grown rather tired of the cold and primitive conditions, and was hankering after […]


Darjeeling Himalayan railway

Darjeeling Himalayan railway

The last couple of thousands of miles of the trip were all about this. The Darjeeling Himalayan ‘toy train’ railway.  I’m more excited than I can say.


Snapshots from West Bengal

Snapshots from West Bengal

180 degree mountain view comprising the world’s first and third tallest peaks Intensively farmed slopes around Darjeeling A party of Australian school girls learning leadership skills The unbridled joy that a hot water bottle can bring Clear star filled nights Nepal to the left of me, Bhutan to the right A two year old child […]


High on a hill

High on a hill

We are in Yaksum in the west of the restricted state of Sikkim – up near the Chinese border. It wasn’t our original plan to come here but we found ourselves unable to get straight to Darjeeling because of strikes affecting all infrastructure and services in the area. The strikes support a move to create […]


Trekking

Trekking

Finally back online after six days of trekking in the Indian Himalayas. Fantastic scenery, excellent walking, and all very nourishing for the soul. Very glad that our next stop, Thailand, is hot though. Enjoy the pics…


Sheila

Sheila

This song has been the soundtrack to our entire trip. Cracking track!


For my grandma

For my grandma

Great expectations

Great expectations

I knew how it would be at the Taj Mahal. I’d be sitting elegantly on a bench (à la Princess Di but without the tears); enjoying the spectacle of the the world’s most romantic building under clear blue skies; wearing a floaty little number and carrying at least half a stone less in weight.  Oh […]


Snapshots from Rajasthan

Snapshots from Rajasthan

Mile upon mile of marble mines in the Rajasthan desert A tuk tuk negotiating a perilous incline in sub-zero temperatures Paying off priests in return for the ‘Pushkar passport’ Potatoes in a spicy sauce from a Tibetan market Staying warm with portable bowls of hot coal A Jain ceremony in Udaipur More Thali than we […]


Bhang lassi

Bhang lassi

Well, a new year is upon us, and one of my first experiences was a slightly odd, yet thoroughly satisfactory few hours last night, after a short stop in a backstreet cafe to sample a ‘bhang lassi’. Lassi is a delicious drink made from beaten curd, and is drunk either sweetened with sugar, salted, or […]


Pushkar

Pushkar

Some photos from Pushkar, an oasis town in the Rajasthan desert. Beautiful sunny days, but freezing at night.


Udaipur

Udaipur

A few photos from Udaipur – apparently one of the most romantic cities in India.  Certainly doesn’t disappoint, although a little colder than we expected.  We didn’t think we’d be sitting huddled in blankets at New Year!


Recipes from Rajasthan

Recipes from Rajasthan

Meenu gave us a cooking lesson in a small corner of her kitchen in Udaipur. Basic masala (for two) Ingredients ‘five spices’ (* see below) 2 tsp peanut oil 2 pinches cumin seeds 2 pinches mustard seeds 1 chopped onion 2 cloves garlic 1 cup lentils Steps Heat peanut oil Fry cumin and mustard seeds […]


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Udaipur!  If you’re wondering about the attire…it’s freezing up here. [hdplay id=4 ]


Lakes and palaces

Lakes and palaces

Last night we arrived in the Udaipur – a beautiful sixteenth century city of lakes and palaces that combines the romance and decay of Venice with a healthy dose of Indian enterprise. This is the place in which the Bond movie Octopussy was filmed – as a result of which, almost every guest house and […]


Lake Palace lights go on

Lake Palace lights go on

I was shooting a little video of the view from the City Palace in Udaipur around sunset, and suddenly, the lights on the Lake Palace Hotel (where they shot some of Octopussy) came on. [hdplay id=3 width=590 ]


Facebook

Facebook

I watched ‘The Social Network’ on a flight to Udaipur yesterday. For those of you who haven’t heard of or seen the film, it’s about the creation of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg whilst he was at Harvard, and its rapid growth from a networking site for college students at Harvard to one of the most […]


A dark day

A dark day

Stuart’s Kindle is broken


Our route to date

Our route to date

Well, Christmas Day was a bit of a non-event, to say the least. I spent most of the day lying in bed or being sick (food poisoning), finally managed half a chicken wrap to accompany the sunset around six, and was then asleep by half past eight. Much better today though, and have finally got […]


Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas!

Unfortunately a dog ruined our artwork…


Some pictures from Hampi

Some pictures from Hampi

I was intending to write a nice long post about Hampi, but have food poisoning, so some pictures will have to do for now.  Enjoy!


Snapshots from Goa

Snapshots from Goa

Bounty bar beaches Red and gold sunsets Hired scooters A hike in prices Cappuccinos and Earl Grey tea Trance music Persistent beach side traders Food poisoning Ex-pat and summer-residents



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