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Asia » Burma » Mandalay Region » Bagan June 6th 2016

We spent four days in Bagan and I could've easily spent another four. Regarded as one of the best “lost” ancient cities in Asia. Some even say it's better than the lost temples of Angkor in Cambodia, one of the wonders of the world. Before we arrived we'd heard it was a $25 entrance, a kick in the teeth if you're travelling on a budget. To be honest the entrance fee was justified...there's 2000 temples in (I think) a 25 square mile radius. We paid $6.60 for the temple in Yangon and there's only really one temple there... Had the temples in Bagan been in a city and had separate entrance fees etc then it wouldn’t have been that good. Both me and Dave aren't really temple people (are there any?), as far as I'm concerned ... read more

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon June 3rd 2016

First impressions of Myanmar...the people are SO! Nice. The nicest people I've come across so far, or at least on a par with the mountain people in Nepal. Such a change from India to see strangers smiling...and they actually laugh when you make a joke (not that my jokes are bad, but that Indians barely smile). Given that Myanmar only opened it's borders to foreigners five years ago I expected the development level to be similar to India or worse. How wrong I was, it's clean, they have garbage disposal, there's a “fashion”. The thing that's impressed me so far is the plug sockets! You could literally put any plug into them. We were off the plane and through the airport in less than an hour. I think these are the only immigration officers in the ... read more

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Varanasi May 31st 2016

After a long day of travelling and waiting around...which seems to be the only thing we've done recently, it was nice to wonder around somewhere generally interesting for a change. My first impression of Varanasi, on my last trip, wasn't a good one. It's like India 2.0! There's more traffic, more salesmen, more scams, more thief’s, more Sadhus...etc the list goes on. Oh and it stinks. Built on the shores of the famous Ganges (Ganga to locals) by Shiva (the god of destruction) it's one of the oldest living cities in the world. People have lived here for thousands of years none stop...and I can't imagine the way of life has changed too much. Everything centres around the Ganges, or more specifically the Ghats (steps) that are situated all along the riverbank. Ghats are used all ... read more

Asia » India » Punjab » Chandigarh May 27th 2016

We ended up staying in Srinagar for a few days longer than we planned when we got back from the trek, partly because we were tired and partly because we were dreading the 12 hour jeep journey back to Jammu. If it was 12 hours of driving it wouldn't be so bad, but most of the time you're sat still in traffic. Which again wouldn't be so bad if there was a reason for the traffic, other than Indians not being able to drive. The road is a windy one, through the mountains, at sections it's a few hundred metres drop from the side of the road to the river below, and people think that overtaking is acceptable. There's enough traffic on this road to fill a motorway back home, lined up on both sides of ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Srinagar May 19th 2016

We originally planned to spend around two months in the mountains, but we've overran in other places and four months isn't as long as it sounds. Kashmir is the most northern state in India, bordering both Pakistan and China. Given the past tensions there's a very heavy military presence, there's literally soldiers with guns stood on most street corners in the capital, Srinagar. For those who don't know, Kashmir is one of the most dangerous geopolitical flashpoints in the world. It's the reason India and Pakistan have been enemy’s since their independence. It's location makes it's a prime strategic location, militarily speaking. I'm not sure on all the technicalities, but in 1947 when India and Pakistan became independent there were some states which were undecided on which country to join. The Indian government sent officials to ... read more

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra May 15th 2016

Agra, the home of India's main attraction the Taj Mahal...and one of the hottest places we've been so far. Getting the train there from Khajuraho was a bit annoying, since there's only two trains that run per day, one leaving at 9.10am and arriving around 5.30pm or one that leaves at 6.20pm and pulls into Agra at 2.20am...the latter being fully booked every day. If we went to the train station to get the ticket it might have been possible, but there wasn't a chance on cleartrip, so we ended up getting the morning train. The first day we'd spent (other than on the ship to Andaman) actually travelling from one place to the next....a waste of a day and the train was super hot. After about nine hours of a sitting on a train we ... read more

Asia » India » Madhya Pradesh » Khajuraho May 10th 2016

Having finally got the ticket from Mumbai to Satna after a week of trying, it was only a short 20 hour train journey. We got on the train at 9.30pm and we didn't arrive until after 5pm the next day! I won't be rushing to do it again. It wasn't too bad until power ran out on all our devices... We arrived in Satna, which is apparently not a common route for foreign tourists judging from the reaction we got when we walked out of the station. A group of tuk-tuk drivers or just random blokes...I'm not too sure...were stood shouting and asking where we wanted to go, laughing and all yelling various information on where to go etc. No one could speak a word of the Queens and the guide books weren't any help. Some ... read more

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai » Colaba May 7th 2016

As the title suggests we weren't overly impressed with Mumbai. I've been here before on my previous trip and only stayed one night because it's that bad. The train station is in the top 10 things to do! Followed by a park...etc you get the picture. Already knowing there wasn't much to get up to other than spend money, we'd planned to be in and out in a day. We arrived from Pune around 11pm and headed to Colaba, the tourist district. This is home to the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, and for just £400 per night you can have a royal experience. Of course, if you're on a budget you could always stay in one of the cheaper £200 per night rooms situated OUTSIDE of the actual palace. I'm fairly certain (The internet had gone ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Gokarna April 23rd 2016

Me and Dave have split up for a few days while I go to see a friend, and he goes to see some things that I’ve already seen. I was going from Chennai to Pune, which as one train journey would probably be around 33 hours! So I decided to make two stops on the way to break the journey up, Mysore and Gokarna are where I'm going to stop. When we got back from Andamans I'd arranged to meet Raja in Chennai. It was Thursday when we landed back on the mainland. Dave said he wasn't spending anymore than one night in Chennai, which is fair enough! I wish I'd done the same. I spoke to Raja who's currently in police training, who said his only day off is Sunday. Fair enough, I don't mind ... read more

Where to start with paradise?! I don't think I’ve ever been happier than when I was living on Havelock! The perfect beach, the perfect beach hut... It's an absolutely amazing place and I urge everyone to go...or don't go actually, keep the tourists down. When we arrived we didn't know what to expect, we assumed we'd be sitting around in hammocks reading all the time, having early nights and spending the days on the beach. We thought we'd spend a few days on Havelock, the most developed island, and then head to some of the other islands. We had no interest in diving because it was too expensive! We stayed on Havelock for about 30 days, and we could've stayed way longer if we had the chance. Down to bad luck and poor organisation on behalf ... read more

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