Travel Shot | Mount Kailash Kora in Western Tibet

The circuit around Mount Kailash in Western Tibet is 52 kilometres in circumference. Physically fit Tibetans can complete this distance in one, very long, day and many will do this multiple times. However, it took us 2½ days to complete our single kora...

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Twelve Forts and Castles from Around the World

A photo essay featuring twelve forts, castles and palaces that we have explored on our travels There are forts and castles of some description in many countries the world over. We are never going to see them all but when we know there is either a castle or fort nearby...

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Travel Shot | Young Pilgrim at Mt Kailash in Western Tibet

Mt Kailash in the far west of Tibet is the holy of holies for Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bonpos. Thousands of pilgrims from all of these religions (plus an ever growing number of trekkers) circumambulate the mountain every year. Hindus and Buddhists walk in a...

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Backpacking in China and Tibet in the mid ’90s

Travelling independently in China and Tibet twenty years ago Travelling independently in Tibet these days is (depending on your nationality) currently either illegal or very difficult but what was it like backpacking in China and Tibet in the mid '90s? I am sure...

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Five Years of Travel: Our Top 5

Five of our most memorable experiences from five years of travel Today, 30 November, marks the 5 year anniversary of leaving the UK. When we boarded our flight at Heathrow on that grey winter morning I don’t think either of imagined that we’d still be travelling 5...

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My Top 5 Himalayan Mountains

We don’t experience extremely cold weather very often, but when we do I start wondering about where I was the last time I was that cold. It doesn't take me very long to come up with the same answer every time – up high and in the Himalayan mountains. So I thought I...

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Travels Through Tibet

28 July to 13 August 2010 OK, once again playing a bit of catch up but we need to fill in the gaps, so this may end up being a mostly pictorial blog; no, not a cop-out as a picture tells a thousand words! ...... After a few days in Beijing refuelling on decent food...

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