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Travel Map and Photographs

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Travelled to Northern India, arriving in Amritsar, (Punjab), (India) via Singapore... then travelled 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 Facade
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The colourful Clock Tower under refurbishment on the north entrance to the Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab, India.





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






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





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





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




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





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






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






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





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






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






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






Shaman Door
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Ornately carved door of the local Shaman, in the last Tibetean town of the Kinnaur Valley, Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India.






Dhankar View
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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
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Prayer wheels at the the Tabo Buddhist Monastery, considered the second most important... in the World, Tabo, Himachal Pradesh, India.




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






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






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




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






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






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






Ski Village
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Local and popular ski village during the warmer months, Solang, Himachal Pradesh, India.






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






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






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






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






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






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






Phyang Village
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The picturesque rural Tibetan village of Phyang also houses a reknowned Gompa, Phyang, Ladakh, India.






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







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





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






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






Golden Temple
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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 photos





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Italy

Travel Map and Photographs

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Travelled to Italy... arriving in Rome, (Italy) via (Abu Dhabi) and (Singapore), then travelled to/through; Rome, Siracuse, Palermo, Trapani, Castellammare del Golfo, (Sicily), Bologna, Cesenatico, Rimini, (Emilia-Romagna), San Marino, Perugia, Tuoro, (Umbria) Rome (Italy) and back home via (Abu Dhabi) and (Singapore)...



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The Colosseum
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The Colosseum aka Flavian Amphitheatre on a typical spring afternoon, Rome, Italy.







Piazza San Pietro
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The famous St Peter's Square, where people ridiculously wait in a queue over 1km long to gain entry, Vatican City.






Spanish Steps
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The surprisingly popular Spanish Steps, which connects Piazza di Spagna with Piazza Trinità di Monti, Rome, Italy.






Fontana Di Trevi
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The extremely popular and renovated Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy.






Roman Nights
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Walking the back-streets of Via del Boschetto, Monti, Rome, Italy.







Golden Arches
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The Colosseum hauntingly lit up during the evening, Monti, Rome, Italy.





Sicily Route Map
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Mount Etna
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Spectacular view of Mount Etna, Catania, Sicily, Italy.






On the Streets
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On the picturesque baroque island streets, Ortigia, Sicily, Italy.






This Old House
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Traditional coloured house on the Mediterranean foreshore, Ortigia, Sicily, Italy.






Romantic Ragusa
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The irrepressibly romantic baroque town, Ragusa, Sicily, Italy.






Magical Modica
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View of the baroque hillside town from the main street, Modica, Sicily, Italy.






Siracuse Blues
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The alluring blue waters of the Mediterranean coast-line, Siracuse, Sicily, Italy.






Cattedrale di San Nicolò
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Restored to it's former baroque glory, the imposing Cattedrale di San Nicolò, Noto, Sicily, Italy.






Cappuccini Catacombs
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The macabre Cappuccini Catacombs, where people pay to be embalmed and hung in the monastery crypt, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.






Piazza Pretoria
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View to Quattro Canti along Via Maqueda from the Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.






Sicilian Artichokes
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Fresh Sicilian artichokes at the Mercato Vucciria, Palermo, Sicily, Italy.






Corner of Paradise
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Originally a local fishing village, now a stunning and popular tourist beach, Mondello, Sicily, Italy.







Street Art
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Ceramic lemons on the walls of the Kasbah (ie. old Arab quarter), Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Italy.






Golden Beach
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Reputedly, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean coastline, San Vito lo Capo, Sicily, Italy.






Smugglers Cove
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The stunningly beautiful old tuna fishing and smugglers bay (and Ocean's 12 backdrop), which now has much sought-after, but basic sea-side accommodation, Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily, Italy.




La Stanze
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The ornate and atmospheric 16th century lounge, formerly Palazzo Bentivoglio, of the Le Stanze bar, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.






The Morning After
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After a big night out, in the historic and now famous hipster 'eat and drink' street of Via Del Pratello, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.





Fresh Sardines
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Fresh sardines for sale at the Via Pescherie Vecchie markets, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.






Two Towers
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The famous Two Towers, (ie. Asinelli and Garisenda family towers), Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.






Italian Portico
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Typical Italian portico or porch built on the front of buildings, Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.







Da Vinci Canal
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Old-style boats on the canal surveyed by Leonardo Da Vinci, Cesenatico, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.







Baptistery Ceiling
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The intricate mosaic roof of the Battistero Neoniano or Baptistery of Neon, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.





Cesta Tower
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Cesta Tower (aka De La Fratta) on the highest peak Monte Titano, San Marino.





San Lorenzo's Steps
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Italians love to sit on steps and drink, in this instance the steps of the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo in the Piazza IV Novembre, Perugia, Umbria, Italy.





Spello Streets
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Life on the cobbled streets, Spello, Umbria, Italy.





Vino Rosso
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Late afternoon in the vineyards in the Umbrian country-side, Bagni, Umbria, Italy.






Orvieto Views
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View of the red-rock Etruscan city, Orvieto, Umbria, Italy.





Palazzo dei Consolis
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Entrance to the Museo Civico in the old Palazzo dei Consoli on a wet and rainy day, Gubbio, Umbria, Italy.



Other Italian photos from my travels;

Italian photos





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Sumatra

Travel Map and Photographs

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Travelled to Sumatra... arriving Pekanbaru (Sumatra), (Indonesia) via (Singapore), then travelled to/through; Pekanbaru, Bukittinggi, Lake Maninjau, Bukittinggi, Pekanbaru (Sumatra), (Indonesia) and back home via (Singapore)...



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Gardens by the Bay
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The spectacular Gardens by the Bay, lit up during the evening light and sound show, Singapore.






Bored in Bukittinggi
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End of a long day in the shops off Jam Gadang, Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.






Serenity
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Early morning on peaceful Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia.







Volcanic Crater
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Cloudy day on the volcanic crater, Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia.





Old Wood House
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Charming old wooden house on the road around Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia.





Minangkabau House
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Traditional Minangkabau roof on a foreshore house, Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia.




Clouds on the Horizon
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The recent influx of fish farms on the lake has raised environmental concerns over water quality into the future, Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia.




Life on the Lake
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Digging for clams on a misty morning, Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia.





Puncak Lawang
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A view of the northern end of the lake from Puncak Lawang, the para-gliding launch-pad, Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia.





Minangkabau Paddies
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Newly planted rice paddies at Kelok 28 on the way out of Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia.





Bendi Drivers
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Bendi drivers or local 'horse and cart' taxi's, parked at Jam Gadang waiting for customers, Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia.





Other travels to Indonesia include;

Flores 2020 - Traveling on motorcycle through Flores.
Maluku 2018 - Exploring the stunning but remote tropical Islands.
Sumbawa 2018 - Traveling on motorcycle through Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa.
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





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