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India 2013/14 - Page 2

Khajuraho Temple

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.

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