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Travel map and Photo Blog - India (इंडिया)

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Traveling to Northern India, arriving in Amritsar, (Punjab), (India) via Singapore... then traveling to/through Amritsar, (Punjab), Chandigarh, (Plains), Shimla, Sainj, Sarahan, Rakchham, Pooh, Nako, Dhankar, Kaza, Tabo, Pooh, Kalpa, Theog, Shimla, Manali, Darcha, (Himachal Pradesh), Leh, (Ladakh), Chandigarh, (Plains), Amritsar, (Punjab), (India) and back home via Singapore...

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North Clock Tower
The colourful, and recently refurbished Clock Tower, on the north entrance to the 'Golden Temple', Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Sikh Devotees
Walking around the famous 'Golden Temple' lake, Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Golden Temple
Finding your inner calm, inside the impressive Sikh Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Alley Maze
Exploring the lively maze of alleys, that run through the old town, Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Aqua Alcove
A rare quiet corner, in the busy alleys of the old town, Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Himachal Pradesh Route

Shimla Stairs
The old English hill-town has multi-levels built into the side of the hill, these levels are connected by a warren of narrow stair-ways, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Shimla Mall
Victorian architecture, surrounding the famous pedestrian-only Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

The Hills are Alive
Rampant and rapacious development, in the surrounding hills, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Bhimakali Temple
Carved portal in the significant, maternal, 800 year old, 'Bhimakali Temple', Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Mystic Mountains
The mystical mountain gate-way, to the Kinnaur region, Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Enfield High
The trusty Enfield, high in the mountains, Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Harbinger of a Landslide
Landslide is an ever-present risk, while traveling through the Himalaya, this one on the NH5 taking many hours to clear, Bhabhangar, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Rakchham Village
The small picturesque town of nomadic villagers, in the Sangla Valley, Rakchham, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Cliff Road
The notorious, but exciting to ride 'Cliff Road', one of the most dangerous in the region, Sangla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Village of Pooh
This small Tibetan mountain village, sits above the Sutlej River, in the Sutlej Valley, Pooh, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Shaman Door
Villager taking advice from the local Shaman, in the last Tibetean town of the Kinnaur Valley, Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Dhankar View
The convergence of the Pin and Spiti Rivers, at the base of the small 3894m Tibetan town, with a 1000 year old Gompa perched above, Dhankar, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Golden Prayer Wheels
Prayer wheels at the the 'Tabo Buddhist Monastery', considered the second most important... in the World, Tabo, Himachal Pradesh, India.

High Mountain Riding
Riding through the dramatic high mountain roads, in the Spiti Valley, Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Spiti River Road
The treacherous NH505 carved out of rock, along the Spiti River, between Nako and Pooh, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Monastery Doors
Ornate temple doors, at the entrance of the small monastery, in the centre of the village, Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Kinnaur Kailash View
Stunning views of the 'Kinnaur Kailash' mountains, during the warmer months, Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Anshu Dhaba
Punjabi Dhaba, at the local bus station, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Vashisht Temple
Local temple, in the clan and alternative lifestyle town, Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Ski Village
Popular, local ski village, during the warmer months, Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Manali to Leh Route

Rotang Pass
View from the road after the monsoon season, Rotang Pass, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Breakfast at Sarchu
Trucks stop for breakfast at first light, in the small frozen, 4290m tent village, on the 'Manali to Leh' road, Sarchu, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Taglang La Pass
At 5860m, India's second highest Indian road pass, on the 'Manali to Leh' road, Taglang La Pass, Ladakh, India.

Cafe Lala
Cafe in the Old Town, at the base of the Palace, Leh, Ladakh, India.

Kings View
View of the town of Leh, from the impressive and omnipresent Palace, Leh, Ladakh, India.

Shey Buddha
Palace Shrine Buddha, founded by the 'King Deldan Namgyal', in the 15th century, Shey, Ladakh, India.

Thiksey Monastery
The spectacular 15th century Buddhist Gompa, Thiksey, Ladakh, India.

Phyang Village
Picturesque rural Tibetan village of Phyang, that also houses a renowned Gompa, Phyang, Ladakh, India.

Prayer Wheel
Prayer wheel, at the gates to the famous 'Likir Monastery', Likir, Ladakh, India.

Indian Coffee House
Branch of the famous 'Coffee Worker's Co-op', Indian Coffee House, established in the 1930's, Chandigargh, Plains, India.

Corbusier's Chandigarh
A friendly local, riding his shiny black 'Royal Enfield', on the uncongested 'Le Corbusier' streets, Chandigargh, Plains, India.

Border Celebrations
Cheering Indian fans, at the evening India/Pakistan border ceremonies, Wagah, Punjab, India.

Golden Temple
The spectacular 'Golden Temple' complex, Amritsar, Punjab, India.

Other travels to India include;

North India 2004 - Traveling through mountainous Himachal Pradesh.
Sikkim 2001 - Traveling into the mountains of West Bengal and Sikkim.
West India 1999 - Traveling up the west coast of India and Rajasthan.
Subcontinent Adventures 1990 - Traveling through Nepal and India.

Other Indian photos from my travels;

Indian (इंडिया) Photos - (PhotoStream)

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New Zealand

Travel map and Photo Blog - New Zealand (aotearoa)

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Traveling to South Island, New Zealand... arriving in Christchurch (South Island), (New Zealand), then traveling to/through; Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, (Canterbury) Queenstown, (Otago) Haast, Franz Josef Glacier, Maruia Springs, (West Coast) Nelson, (Nelson Bays) Kaikoura, Christchurch (Canterbury), (South Island), (New Zealand).

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Regent St Tram
Tourist tram, in the 'Spanish-styled' New Regent street, post earthquake renovations, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Lake Tekapo
Late afternoon autumn view, of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, Lake Tekapo, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Mt Cook Village
Established in 1884, within the National Park, and services a quarter million visitors each year, Mount Cook Village, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Mt Cook - Tasman Glacier
Mount Cook or 'Aoraki', the country's highest (3724m) mountain, and the 'Tasman Glacier' and lake, Mount Cook, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Remarkable Arrival
Flying pass the 'Remarkables', before descending and landing at the local airport, Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand.

Bob's Peak
View of the 'Remarkables' and 'Lake Wakatipu', from 'Bob's Peak' (accessed via the 'Skyline gondola'), Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand.

Kawarau Bridge
Home of the World's first bungy-jump, opening in 1988, on a bridge first built in 1880, Kawarau Gorge, Otago, New Zealand.

Dudleys Cottage
Old gold mining company cottage, built in 1880, and home to an interesting historic Chinese settlement, Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand.

Lake Hayes
Picturesque lake, between Arrowtown and Queenstown, Lake Hayes, Otago, New Zealand.

Lake Hawea
The stunningly scenic, 141 km² hydro lake, that parallels Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Otago, New Zealand.

Blue Pools
Spectacular blue pools, accessed via a beech forest board-walk track, in the 'Mount Aspiring National Park', Makarora, West Coast, New Zealand.

Cray Pot
Famous local seafood train-carriage cafe, in one of the remotest parts of Westlands, Jackson Bay, West Coast, New Zealand.

Haast Beach
The rugged, and isolated Westlands coast-line, Haast, West Coast, New Zealand.

Up Ship Creek
Walking the 'Kahikatea (NZ tallest trees) Swamp Forest Walk', along 'Ship Creek', Haast, West Coast, New Zealand.

Maruia Hot Springs
Japanese created, outdoor hot springs and spa, Maruia Springs, West Coast, New Zealand.

Nelson Markets
Catching a meal, at the lively local weekend markets, Nelson, Nelson Bays, New Zealand.

The old 'Janie Seddon' ship wreck, just off the foreshore, Motueka, Nelson Bays, New Zealand.

Marlborough Vines
Rows of autumn coloured vines, in the famous white wine growing region, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Kaikoura Views
Majestic mountain views from the shoreline, on a cold and blustery morning, Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Catching the Sun
A local seal catching the warmth of the early morning sun, Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand.

Other New Zealand photos from my travels;

New Zealand (aotearoa) Photos - (PhotoStream)
New Zealand (Google) photos

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Travel map and Photo Blog - Indonesia

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Traveling to Maluku... arriving in Jakarta (Java), (Indonesia), then traveling to/through; Jakarta, (Java), Kota Ternate, Kupa Kupa, Jailolo, Kota Ternate, Kota Ambon, Banda Neira, Kota Ambon, Netsepa, Kota Ambon (Maluku), Ujung Pandang, (Sulawesi), and back home via Jakarta, (Java), (Indonesia).

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Ternate and Halmahera Route

Ternate Port
View across to Halmahera, and one of the most active volcanoes... in the World, Kota Ternate, Ternate, Maluku, Indonesia.

Independence Day
Fishing boats decked out with flags, celebrating 'Independence Day', Kota Ternate, Ternate, Maluku, Indonesia.

Leaving Ternate
Leaving the comforts of Ternate behind, on the Halmahera ferry, Sofifi, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia.

Legacy of the 1999 communal violence, where Christian churches and villages were razed, around the lake, Galela, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia.

Queen of Spices
Local nutmeg drying, on the village road-side, Gamtala, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia.

Puncak Jailolo
Riding the verdant mountain roads, around 'Gunung Jailolo', near, Idamdehe, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia.

Desa Saria
Floating debris, inundating the traditional coastal fishing village, Saria, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia.

Fishing Blues
Early morning fishing, on blue waters of Jailolo Bay, Jailolo, Halmahera, Maluku, Indonesia.

Kalamata Fort
'Kalamata Fort' was built in 1540 by the Portuguese, as defence against the Spanish on Tidore, later taken over by the Dutch in 1610, Kota Ternate, Ternate, Maluku, Indonesia.

Kapal Kayu
Small local wooden ferries, used to transport people and spedamotors to Tidore, Kota Ternate, Ternate, Maluku, Indonesia.

Tidore Pier
Colourful pier at the 'Air Panas' (hot spring) park, on 'Ake Sahu' black-sand beach, Tosa, Tidore, Maluku, Indonesia.

Ambon Travel Route

Australian War Cemetery
The meticulously maintained, 'Australian War Cemetery', on the site of the original internment camp, Kota Ambon, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.

Ikan Pasar
Fresh fish, at the bustling 'Ikan Pasar', Kota Ambon, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.

Grand Mosque
The great Dome of the 'Al-Fatah Grand Mosque', Kota Ambon, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.

Banda Islands Route

Banda Harbour
Beautiful Banda bay, from my hotel balcony, Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

Banda Pasar
Fresh fish, at the Banda Ikan markets, Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

Warung Saung Kuring
Small local warung, in the markets, Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

Kapal Pelni
The KM Leuser, one of the more reliable Pelni ferries, docked at port, Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

Hatta Beach
Hatta Island beach, famous for it's underwater marine drop off, Hatta, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

Kampung Lautaka
The small seaside Desa, only accessible by water, Lautaka, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

Benteng Holandia
View of 'Desa Lonthoir' and 'Gunung Api', from 'Benteng Holandia', Lonthoir, Banda Besar, Maluku, Indonesia.

Kapal Bensin
Local wooden vessel, that transports up to 100 barrels of petrol from Ambon, twice a week, Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

Benteng Belgica
A cannon rampart, on the iconic UNESCO listed 17th century Dutch fort, involved in the exchange of the Banda Islands for Manhattan, Banda Neira, Banda Islands, Maluku, Indonesia.

SusiAir Cessna
Disembarking the 12 seater SusiAir Cessna Grand Caravan from Banda Neira, Kota Ambon, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.

Benteng Amsterdam
The unique 'Benteng Amsterdam', or 'Blockhouse', built by the Dutch in 1637, Hila, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.

Rumah Asli
Traditionally constructed village house, Seit-Kaitetu, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.

Morela Bay
A hidden gem, on the north of the island, and a great place to snorkel, or just hang out, Morela Bay, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.

Ikan Merokok
Delicious smoked fish-on-a-stick, at the bustling 'Pelabuhan Pasar', Kota Ambon, Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.

Masjid 99 Kubah
Construction of the unique Mosque, for the new 'Citraland City CBD', being built on 157 hectares of land, reclaimed from the sea, Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Other travels to Indonesia include;

Flores 2022 - Traveling on motorcycle through Flores.
Sumbawa 2018 - Traveling on motorcycle through Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa.
Sumatra 2016 - Exploring Western Sumatra on motorcycle.
Nusa Tenggara 2015 - Traveling through West Timor, Lembata, Flores and Sumba.
Madura 2012 - Exploring the rarely visited island on motorcycle.
Bali 2010 - Getting a fill of Balinese food and beaches.
Pulau Weh 2010 - Exploring the tropical under-water paradise.
Sulawesi 1996 - Traveling North to South on this amazingly diverse island.
Indonesian Adventures 1993 - Wandering through Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok and Kalimantan.
Asian Adventures 1988 - Getting a taste of Bali and Java on my SEA sojourn.

Other Indonesian photos from my travels;

Indonesian photos - (Photo Stream)

Indonesian Travels Map

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