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Triund – India – August 2009

Triund is seasonal pasture land located about 1000m above Mcleod Ganj and is where I spent six days just wandering around the surrounding hills, meadows and valleys, eating Maggie and drinking too much instant coffee. Initially, I was planning to trek Indrahar Pass but decided that I would rather spend my last few days in […]

Mcleod Ganj – India – August 2009

Situated below the the Dhauladhar mountains (outer Himalaya range), the former British colonial outpost of Mcleod Ganj is now more famously known as the seat of the Dalai Lama and home to the Tibetan government in exile.  It is also somewhat of a must-see destination on the Northern India circuit.  Full of westerners seeking enlightenment […]

Jamia Masjid Mosque, Srinagar – August 2009

I placed this into a separate entry because I’ve never been inside a Mosque before and the mosque that I choose happens to be the largest in Asia and in the Kashmir (I visited the day before I helped polish off a bottle of whisky…I don’t know what that means).  I was hesitant about entering […]

Srinagar – Houseboats – August 2009

Srinagar is in the north-western corner of the Indian Kashmir and that special geography creates another kind of fortress city with check-points and armed troops everywhere.  Srinagar is substantially larger that other cities in Jammu-Kashmir (clocking in at around one million) and is situated in a depression surrounded by Himalayan foothills.  This, of course, creates […]

Leh to Srinagar – August 2009

India is a very godly country with equally ungodly transportation schedules.  While it doesn’t have the crazy early morning departure times of it’s Manali-Leh contemporary, the road through the Kashmir along the Line of Control with Pakistan is about as long and includes it’s very own set of peculiar oddities.  Leaving at a more sane […]

Stok Kangri IV

Morning on the final day. Heading back down with the help of gravity. Looking back. Back to Stok. 6121m – a new altitude record for me.

Stok Kangri III

Obvioulsy, no photos exist of the first 5 or six hours of the climb, but this one was taken at around 6:30am.  Base Camp is behind the low cloud formation in the center of the photo.  Our route took us over the glacier in the bottom of the photo and straight up a bowl on […]

Stok Kangri II

Breakfast on day two.    Looking south toward Stok Kangri (top right) from camp one.  Base camp is actually to the left of the ridge in the centre of the photos. The approach was somewhat different than I initially expected.      Camp one – looking north toward Stok Village.     Marmot boxing on the […]

Stok Kangri I – August 2009

6121m above and behind the picturesque village of Stok is Stok Kangri and the main reason I ventured into this part of the world.  I like culture, but I prefer views.  On a good day the summit offers vies of Mt. Kailash in the TAR and K2 in Pakistan. Initially, I was going to attempt […]

Leh – August 2009

Having officially been declared H1N1 clear and suitable for transit, our convoy moved into the Ladakh region of Jammu-Kashmir province, India.  Sharing and uncanning resemblance to the TAR plateau in both landscape, architecture, and culture (it is an extension of the plateaus, being on the ‘Chinook’ side of the Himalayas) Ladakh is the trekking/outdoor enthusiast […]

Manali to Leh, India – August 2009

Into the Ladakh. Only on the highest highway in the world does ones jeep depart at the silly hour of 2am.  Actually, that is when I arrived at the local bus station.  The ride didn’t actually begin until around 4:30am. Unfortunately, the early morning start meant that I would miss the opportunity to shoot Rohtang […]

Delhi, India – August 2009

If urban planning were to have a ‘worse- case scenario’, it might be called Delhi.  One might also be inclined to create a new adjective for a serious planning of the infrastructure variety.  “We have a Delhi of a problem here” translates to “our streets have been paved once.  Fifty years ago” or “don’t worry […]

Getting a Indian Visa in Shanghai III

  Part of obtaining an Indian visa in Shanghai consists of navigating a series of flooded streets in a torrential downpour.  Only upon successfully completing this daunting challenge is an candidate considered worthy for the responsibilities of holding said visa. How is the Indian government expected to look out for their foreign guests if they […]

Getting an Indian Visa in Shanghai II

The Guangdong Development Bank Tower at 555 Xu Jia Hui Road is a rather unassuming building. A typical, early 00’s 35+ floor Chinese modernist piece.  The stained white square tiled landscaping, the water/dust tarnished exterior stone material,  the marble encased entrance, the marble flooring, the bored security guards, the empty and abused floor space, the […]

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