Naggar to Manali (Old Manali)

Thursday 24th March 2011 [singlepic id=9 w=320 h=240 float=left]Looking forward to breakfast this morning I was greeted by the host and shown to a table on the balcony where the menu was already in place.  He put on an apron and returned with the order book. Cheese omelette – no cheese.  OK plain omelette.  Sorry…

Mandi to Naggar

Wednesday 23rd March 2011 The men in the green turbans delivered tea, toast and omelettes for breakfast sitting in the garden, while the sun blazed down and it was only nine o clock. [singlepic id=14 w=320 h=240 float=left]I passed the rest of the morning wandering round Mandi. As well as the huge double-decker market arranged…

Dharamsala to Mandi

Tuesday 22nd March 2011 A day behind now I’m trying to recall the trip from Dharamsala. I decided to leave after waking up early to the sound of a broom sweeping the path outside. I haven’t mentioned the path yet as I was trying to make McLeod Ganj sound nice, at least while I was…

Bhagsu and Dharamkot

Sunday 20th and Monday 21st March Still here in McLeod Gang. Sorry if that a bit boring but its been really nice to chill out here without rushing off somewhere else all the time. Sunday was Holi, not quite as crazy as I thought it may be, but it was really good to see everyone…

A relaxing day in McLeod Ganj

Saturday 19th March 2011 I think todays blog is going to be a bit shorter – “thank goodness” I here you say.  Mainly because for the first time I’ve had a chance to unwind and take in the spectacular views and do very little else. Breakfast of cheese omelette and tea on the terrace was…

Delhi to Dharamsala

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March 2011 Welcome to Dharamsala. Or to McLeod Gang to be precise – the upper town which is home to the Dalia Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile.  It is therefore a major attraction for both Tibetan monks and buddhists from all over the world, as well as being…

Dubai to Delhi

Thursday 18th March 2011 Well I guess this is day two already after a hot and dry night on the plane. So much for Economy – this is the Business!  Yes I got upgraded with not only Business Class on the next flight to Delhi, but full access to the Emirates Lounge in Dubai.  Doesn’t…

Newbury to Dubai

Wednesday 17th March 2011 Seat 80B rocks! Where am I? What the hell am I doing here? Its like a dream. This morning I woke up to bad karma – a neighbouring boater had died in his sleep and the police were everywhere. Just after I left to catch the express bus to Heathrow airport,…

Getting ready for India

Welcome to the first post for four years! Four years ago I was “obliged” to give up blogging from Globetrotter, the narrowboat which has been home for the last seven years.  But now I am back, mainly to start a travel blog for my latest solo trip to India, which will start in only three…