Author Archives: Jax

We interupt these ramblings…

…for a real-time update! Now, as you may or may not realise, my blog entries are not contemporary with the visits they describe, indeed I am currently running about four months behind. And you might well have noticed that there … Continue reading

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Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

After flying back from my side trip to Nepal, I had two more world heritage sites in India to visit before finally moving on eastwards. To get to this one from Delhi took two flights, a train, one night in … Continue reading

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Paragliding in Pokarah

With neither the fitness or equipment for trekking, the standard traveller activity in Nepal, I thought I should find another way to enjoy the Himalayas whilst I was there. So I took a bus to the small lake-side town of … Continue reading

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Kathmandu Valley

I had planned to take the overland route from India to Nepal, but with train tickets so hard to get and the World Heritage Site close to the border (one of two cultural ones in Nepal) sounding quite dull, I … Continue reading

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Khajuraho Group of Monuments

These are a group of Hindu (mainly) and Jain temples in a small town eight and a half hours by train from Agra. Well, that’s what the timetable said. We arrived two and a half hours late and I was … Continue reading

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Fatehpur Sikri

A 40km day trip by bus from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was  a short-lived late sixteenth century capital of the Mughal empire. It was built by Emperor Akbar on a site foretold to be the birthplace of his son. What is … Continue reading

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Taj Mahal

And so, at last, we reach India’s most famous monument, star of cheesy tourist adverts and symbol of romantic love (with a  side-order of polygamy). I was both looking forward to visiting and dreadfully worried that I would be disappointed, … Continue reading

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