How to Visit the Ram Ghat, Kathmandu Nepal

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How to Visit Ram Ghat, Pashupatinath Temple This is a quick overview of logistical requirements and facts as well as links to a full written narrative, photos and videos. This is a self-guided cultural experience on a shoestring. Follow the links to dig deeper into the article.   Difficulty Level: Costs Total Cost Range of […]

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Chamba Valley Trek, India

Chamba Valley Trek Photo

Himachal Pradesh, Bhagsu to Lamu, India  Chamba Valley Trek Dam it! How long can it possibly take to walk down a slippery slope in a cold rain shower? What on earth was taking Eli so long? It was getting late, the temperature was dropping, my clothes were soaked, we were still at least 4 hours […]

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Langtang Motorcycle, Trek & Summit – Narrative

Langtang Trek

Nepal, Langtang National Park Rocky Road to Langtang They say that time slows and that you see your life flash before your eyes when death approaches. I can’t vouch for the abridged version of life flashing by in slideshow fashion, but I can vouch for time slowing down as death began knocking at my door […]

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Shivapuri Mountain Biking

Shivapuri Bike Ride

Shivapuri National Park, Nepal Ride to Nowhere I felt a stinging pain and then something wet behind my ear. I tried to reach around to confirm my suspicion but the constant bouncing and swaying of the bus made it impossible at that moment. I was currently on top of a Nepalese bus that was careening […]

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Rara Lake Trek, Nepal

Rara Lake Trek

Nepal A Long Walk in the Woods The shared tuk-tuk careened to a halt in a dust cloud that hung motionless in the hot air. I got out carefully and pulled on my backpack as I paid the driver 20 IRs (40 cents), and looked around. I was finally in Luxman Jhula (aka Rishikesh), India […]

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Pilgrimage to the source of the Ganges – Narrative

Ganga Pilgrimage

Uttarakhand, Gangotri, India Indian mythology In Indian mythology, the Ganges River was brought to earth from heaven by a rishi (sage) named Bhagirath. The rishi endured a long penance so that India could have a perennial water source. However, the force of the Ganges was so strong that Shiva had to break her fall on […]

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Burning Ghats, Nepal

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Pashupatinath Temple Hindu Death There is one thing that is certain in this lifetime: eventually we all die. In the Ram Ghats death is viewed as a natural aspect of life. A dead adult Hindu is mourned with a cremation, while a dead child is typically buried. The last rites are usually completed within a […]

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Manali to Leh Expedition – Narrative

Manali to Leh

Himachal Pradesh to Ladakh, India Manali to Leh Expedition Ok, how complicated or adventurous can a simple jeep trip from Manali to Leh be? I wasn’t searching for an overland expedition, just a ride. Actually I had made the trip before, but in the other direction so knew that the route is pretty rugged in […]

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Ride to Lamayuru Monastery

Lamayuru

Ladakh, India Lamayuru Ride Lets rent a motorbike and ride to Lamayuru, Cristina stated. I looked up from my eggs on toast breakfast and frowned. She continued to stare at me expectantly while I chewed my toast much longer than necessary. We were in a holding pattern. She was playing the persistent Italian girlfriend and […]

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Search for the Digar La Pass Trek

Diga La Trek

Ladakh, India The Mysterious Digar La The objective was simple. It was the Nubra Valley to the north of Leh, in Ladakh, India. Actually there were a few details that I neglected to consider. Primarily that there was now a road from Leh to the Nubra that crossed over the highest motorable pass in the […]

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