Three short weeks in India – Kerala, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Mumbai
Most days the journey is just the journey, but get lucky and the journey is the destination. The Great Andaman Trunk Road, a skinny singletrack line of tarmac bisecting much of the archipelago, fits neatly into box number 2.
Varkala Beach is a traveller cocoon, with bikinis on the sand and cookie-cutter multi-cuisine restaurants, while South of the Helipad it's all saris for swimsuits and Indian families en vacance.
If you're looking for upmarket street food in Mumbai, then Bademiya is the place to go.
3 weeks' mountain biking in the Indian Himalaya. We travelled North from the former British hill station of Manali across the Rohtang Pass (3898m) then followed the Manali-Leh road for a day, turning off at Tandi and following the Chandrabaga River Northwest up the Pangi Valley towards the Himachal Pradesh / Kashmir border. At Killar, we turned SouthWest, crossed the river and climbed Sach Pass (4450m) dropping down the other side to the regional capital, Chamba, then over one more sub-pass (2650m) to finish at Mcleaod Ganj, the home of the Dalai Lama
Walking into an Indian railway station at a quarter to five in the morning is an evocative way to finish a journey
A 36 hour mini adventure – from Pathankot to Golden Temple fun in Amritsar, then back to Delhi.
Decompressing after the ride in India's most famous hill station.
Dropping down to the Ravi River and back to warmth, people and traffic.
In our trip plan, this was an easy day – sliding “down” the foothills of the Himalaya, except there’s no such thing as “down” around here...
Cycling up and over a stunning 4420m pass in the Indian Himalaya.
The big one – a hard day's cycling and awesome hospitality at the end of civilisation.
Remote village, friendly humans, scary dogs...
Soaking up the atmosphere of this remote, winter-isolated mountain valley.
A chai-fuelled odyssey up to 3600m at Marhi, just below Rohtang Pass.