Jeori – Tapri

30th June, Jeori – Tapri Day 8 riding Distance: 44.9 km, Average Speed: 9.7 kph, Total: 358 km On the road at 8:30, after a hotel breakfast of parantha and chai. Climbing on a good surface. There is more evidence of hydro-electric projects. These projects are criticised by the authors of the standard travelers’ guidebooks …

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Chail – Theog

I left the hotel at 7:00 am and rode (wobbled, more like, now that I had a load again) up to Chail, where I stopped for two cups of chai at the first place open. There were a few people about and the town had a pleasant relaxed feel to it. Setting off again, I …

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Up to Chail

Day 1 riding: Chandigarh – ? Wednesday June 18th, 30.9 km, 8.5 kph (impressive, eh?) It was hardly a crack of dawn start but I’d been making use of The Altius’ wifi until the early morning and wasn’t ready for a five o’clock alarm. I started off riding, the first time with a full load, …

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Delhi and Chandigarh

Arrival in Delhi and entry to India was pretty smooth after my saran-wrapped bike showed up. Immediately outside customs was an ATM that worked, and a Costa coffee shop that provided a good and necessary latté. I went to the Aircel counter and actually got a SIM card installed and working – something that is …

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taxi to ladakh

My share taxi was due to leave at 5:00 am from about 40 minutes walk from the hotel so it was an early start with the alarm going off at 3:45 am. I had a quiet, dark walk through the back streets before heading out to the ‘Boulevard,’ the main road along the lake. There …

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kangra valley railway

9:30 am Sitting on a bench at Baijnath Paprola (again) I had a relaxed, although early, start to the day. I left the Hotel Uhl at about 6:30 and walked halfway to the station before a young man on a motor cycle stopped and offered me a ride. I was in no rush but why …

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joginder nagar

From Macleodganj, I got a taxi to Kangra Mandir railway station, the nearest point on the narrow gauge railway line from Pathankot to Joginder Nagar. More precisely, I took a taxi as far as it could get down narrow lanes until it could go no further, then walked across a suspension bridge and through more …

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macleodganj

  21 May 2013 Back here again, after only 23 years. It is a much busier place than I remember, the central square (the size of a small roundabout) clogged with four or five cars and trucks everyone leaning on their horn. Shops with bright lights all around the ‘square.’ Not a great first impression. …

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triund

Triund 23rd-24th May 2013 I have only vague recollections of a day hike I made from Macleodganj in 1990. If it weren’t for the old and deteriorating slides I have in a box in my basement in Canada, I might have misplaced the memory altogether. Fortunately not. I do remember it was a special day, …

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on the bus to dharamshala

                        Back on an Indian bus. Nine hours to Dharamshala (245 km) for 274 Rs. ($5.50). And 250 Rs. ($5.00) for the 5 km taxi ride to the bus stand! Ramshackle, rudimentary bus. Glad I didn’t try it at night – no chance of any sleep on this machine. Hair-pinned bumpy mountain roads. You’d pay …

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s(h)imla

After all my efforts to get a train ticket, I almost missed the train! The Indian Railways website shows that the Kalka Mail is, on average, more than two hours late arriving in Delhi. I was a bit late getting dinner but I didn’t need to worry, the train would be late. I got a …

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scammed

Back in India, and part of me is wondering why! I was having a lovely, relaxed time in Thailand, could have easily stayed for a few more weeks in Prachuap Khiri Khan, relaxing and working on some programming projects. And my return to India felt a little unwelcoming… My flight to Delhi was good, and …

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