Photo Friday: Son of a Sonamarg Shepherd

Indian shepherd boy

On our trek through the Kashmiri Himalayas we saw lots of hardened youngsters, punching well above the weight in maturity. This young shepherd was one of the toughest though. He was helping his father lead their herd of goats through the valley, wearing shoes 4 sizes to big & a heavy sack slung over his shoulder. It … Continue reading

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Our Top 10 Indian Experiences

Blue Skies, Snow Peaks, & No Worries!

Our Top 10 Experiences in India   10. Floating on a small canoe past the burning bodies at the crowded ghats of the mighty Ganges River. 9. Taking our first steps onto the luxurious houseboat, floating on beautiful Dal Lake surrounded by mountains & silence. 8. Jungle Johnnie’s slice of paradise, indulging in western comforts,visiting the … Continue reading

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Himalaya Trekking in Kashmir

Walking through Sindh Valley

DAY 1 Due to the strikes & rioting across Kashmir we had to leave the luxuries of our houseboat at 4am to avoid army road blocks on the way to our starting point, Sonamarg. After a few hours on the windy mountain roads we arrived bright & early to set up camp at the foot of … Continue reading

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Kashmir: Spoiled or Unspoiled?

Kashmir Conflict Graffiti

It would be easy to describe Kashmir as an unspoiled natural beauty. Huge peaceful lakes reflecting the striking summits of the Himalayas & an abundance of greenery & wildlife. Kashmir provides a picturesque panorama from every angle, each seemingly more beautiful than the last. Unspoiled. However, the words to describe the political strife of the region … Continue reading

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Life on a House Boat

Boat on Dal Lake

Life on a House Boat SLOW. 9:00am: Rise & Shine. Awe at the morning dew on the mountains and lake. Laugh at the mamma duck running away from her ducklings. Read for 20 minutes. 9:30am: Eat eggs & toast. Your choice of jam, butter, or honey. Drink tea and read more. 10:00am: Shower & lay … Continue reading

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