Category Archives: India

Delhi 1

Tuesday May 7th c.5.30pm Hotel Natraj From the airport to this hotel, jetlag slept off, and a short venture into the street. I’m now showered, naked on the bed and still feeling over-dressed. I had forgotten such heat. Everything dries … Continue reading

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Delhi 2

Suddenly it’s Sunday May 12th, 9.30pm Hotel Sanpa Travelling is a way of escaping from one’s rut. New people and new experiences lead to a new awareness, not only of those people and their cultures, but also and inevitably of … Continue reading

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Letter to Son No.1 – Delhi

Note: Before setting off on my circumnavigation of the world, I promised to send a monthly letter to my then 9 year old son. This would be photocopied by his mother and sent on to other family members and friends. … Continue reading

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Letter to Son No.1 – Delhi Interlude

Houseboat ‘Winsor’ – Srinagar 20th May Delhi Interlude Shortly before I left London, a friend asked me to visit some friends of hers in Delhi and take them a present of some baby’s clothes. I got to see Achil and … Continue reading

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Srinagar 1

Friday May 17th Houseboat ‘Winsor’ From the Delhi Hell-hole to Srinagar Shangri-la (video). We – Christian, Jane, Brett, like me from South London, and Graham, originally from South London, but now Perth, Australia – were knackered when we arrived in … Continue reading

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Srinagar 2

Houseboat ‘Winsor’ Saturday May 18th Today’s highlight was a bike ride round Dal Lake and across the causeway currently being upgraded to take buses. It was bone shuddering and skin burning from the overhead sun, with everywhere green or mud. … Continue reading

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Letter to Son No.1 – Srinagar

Houseboat ‘Winsor’ – Srinagar 20th May I’ve got a temperature and am on a hot tea fast to overcome my trots. My sprained ankle is slowly on the mend, but I now have contusions on my right leg because I … Continue reading

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Ladakh 1

Friday 14th June Notes in my diary which do not give rise to many memories. Ho hum. Italics denote comments written in 2014. June 1 Bus to Leh, Ladakh, (A class 90/-) 2-6 Tak Guest House (8/-) in Leh Old … Continue reading

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Letter to Son No.1 – Ladakh (i)

Tak Guest House Leh, Ladakh, June 3rd There are many people who, like me, are travelling the world for a year or so. The secret object is to discover a place to stop, a place which is both relaxing and … Continue reading

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Ladakh 2

Tak Guest House Sat 15 June I’ve started the slow process of acclimatising to life at 4,000 metres by climbing to the gompa (monastery) above the old Palace. My lunch of a honey-filled brown bread roll produced instant trots. The … Continue reading

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