Inside the sanctum of a temple in Khajuraho
My main mode of transport at this time was the Indian Railways Sleeper
cars. The trains are a very comfortable mode of transport. Usually my
train trips were done over night. It's very convenient to finish your
day in one place, go to the station in the evening, sleep in the train
over night and arrive at a new place the next morning. The only thing
that makes train travel difficult is the long procedure to buy the
ticket. It can take up to half a day of queuing and filling in forms to
buy a ticket.
Varanasi - the holy city on the river Ganges. It's a celebration of colour, of incense, of music 24 hours a day.
The fires in this depiction are woodfires to cremate people. It happens
here just next to the river in public. It is to a degree disturbing for
western eyes seeing dead bodies arching up in fires on a public place
like this. There are literally hundrets of bodies being burned in the
city in a 24 hour rotation.
Early morning sunrise over the Ganges River adds even more colour to Varanasi.
Bathing in the Ganges is a way to cleanse your body and your karma.
This is the view from my hotel in Darjeeling in the Indian Himalayas. I
absolutely loved the area and it is in fact the area of India where I
spent the longest time in. Enjoying the cool fresh air and going on a 5
day hiking trip into the depths of the Himalayas.
This is the world's third highest mountain, Mt Kachenzhunga.
Our small team of backpackers who met randomly in Darjeeling
Detail of the Japanese Pagoda in Darjeeling
The first day of our Himalaya Trek. There would be six of us, a team
backpackers randomly meeting in my hotel in Darjeeling and deciding to
do the hike together. Two of us are from France, and one each from
Thailand, Canada, Portugal and Australia.