Monthly Archives: January 2018

It’s all up hill from here. This is the Teesta River just as it meets the Rangpo River. The air is wonderfully crisp and clear. This was my second big climb in a couple of days. The bike was beginning to show signs of fatigue. It’s a rare thing indeed to snap a chain on Tibet Road. I wheeled the bike into the hostel and took rest for a few days. #teesta #rangpo #sikkim #india #bikefailontibetroad #richeststateinindia

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“Between every two pines is a doorway to another world”, John Muir. Lava Bazaar sits at a smidgen under 2,200m altitude and is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow. The forest became remarkably Alpine and fragrant. A beautiful scene and one reminiscent of the mountains of Austria earlier in the journey. #lavabazaar #kalimpong #westbengal #india #biketravel #cycling #adventure #travel #indianalps #smellmytrees #wisdomwednesday #johnmuir⠀

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A brace of aspiring monks at the Kagyu Thekchen Ling Monastery in Kalimpong, close to Lava Bazaar. These two chaps could be practising Acharyas in higher Buddhist philosophy for up to 13 years. In 2001, His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited to open the community temple for lay devotees. Only serious meditators need apply.. #lavabaar #kalimpong #westbengal #india #biketravel #cycling #adventure #travel #buddhacalling #youngmonks #traveltuesday⠀

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Tea pickers picking tea in the Assam. It’s hard to comprehend the size of the tea estates in North East India, but suffice to say the area is massive. The smell is incredible and the taste is hard to beat. This is the place where most of the tea consumed in the UK is grown. The Assam is famous for it’s strong black tea. Brew up! #assam #india #biketravel #cycling #adventure #travel #timefortea #nomilknosugar

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I love this photo. Just as I left the Diana tea estates of the Assam I ran into these two ladies on their way to a wedding. At this point the road is super close to Bhutan, consequently the region is a wonderful culture clash where Bhutanese tradition meets modern India. I stopped a while to enjoy a chai and watch the local people potter about their daily lives. A beautiful moment in an unusual place. #assam #india #biketravel #cycling #adventure #travel #weddingdaystyle

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