18 Reasons India Is Always A Good Idea

18 Reasons India Is Always A Good Idea

incredible india It’s Crazy. But In A Good Way. Yes, India is crazy.  But in a very good way.  The colours, the sights, the sounds.  Not to mention the smells – in my mind the smell of India is a mixture of car fumes and sweet incense with just a hint of sewage. In parts India […]

Things To Do In Leh: 48 Hours in the Himalayan Town

Things To Do In Leh: 48 Hours in the Himalayan Town

Arriving in Leh by plane will take your breath away – literally. The main town of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya sits at a high altitude of  3524m. And that means less oxygen and breathing air as dry as powder.  Signs at the airport warn of the dangers of high altitude, giving arriving passengers advice to avoid exertion for […]

Tso Moriri: In the Land of the Nomads

Tso Moriri: In the Land of the Nomads

tso moriri Located on the Changtang Plateau in Eastern Ladakh, Tso Moriri evokes images of a by-gone era. Here you are transported back to the ancient world of Silk Road traders, reclusive nomads, archaic traditions, mystical rites and fluid borders.  This really is a land that time forgot. This area is essentially a part of Western Tibet despite a heavily militarised border dictating […]

Snow Leopard Diaries: Chasing Ghosts

Snow Leopard Diaries: Chasing Ghosts

A QUEST TO FIND THE RARE AND ELUSIVE SNOW LEOPARD Day #1 – 22 September Chris and I are sitting in the courtyard of our guesthouse in Leh, the high altitude capital of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya. It’s 2pm and we should have been on the road by now.  But all tourists require a […]

Things to Do in Delhi (Not Another Bloody Fort?)

Things to Do in Delhi (Not Another Bloody Fort?)

Nope, I’m done with forts and palaces and tombs.  I’ve visited the  impressive terracotta coloured tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, a trial run for the  building of the Taj Mahal.  I’ve viewed the tallest brick minaret (73m) in the world at the Qutub Minar. And have fought the tourists crowds at the place the Mughal Emperors called home […]

Street Photography Workshop: Delhi

Street Photography Workshop: Delhi

It’s only 7 o’clock in the morning and already the damp heat  of Delhi’s  late summer is steaming up my eye-glasses. Sweat trickles down my back and my t-shirt is clinging to my clammy skin. I fan myself with some errant piece of paper found in my bag with the hope of some relief from the incessant heat. Around me […]

Snow Leopards: In Search of the Grey Ghost

Snow Leopards: In Search of the Grey Ghost

Three years ago I climbed a 5000m pass in the Indian Himalaya looking for snow leopards. I struggled with the altitude and each deep breath I took felt raspy on my throat as I drew in the cold, arid air of the high altitude desert that is the Markha Valley in Ladakh. The higher I went the more difficult […]

Khardung La: Driving the World’s Highest Motorable Road

Khardung La: Driving the World’s Highest Motorable Road

The Khardung La: “Surely the gods must live here, this is no place for men.” Rudyard Kipling We have reached an impasse.  Neither of us can move forward. The large, camouflage patterned army truck will not and cannot retreat. Our driver puts our car in reverse and, without breaking a sweat, slowly backs it up […]

Urban Tribes: Street Photography India

Urban Tribes: Street Photography India

“If there is one place on the face of this Earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when Man began the dream of existence, it is India. “ Romain Rollan, French Philosopher On my last trip to India in 2013 we visited the Amber Fort just outside […]