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Author - The Old Bloke

What’s not to see?

Rivaling the Sydney Opera House for architectural beauty the Taj Mahal definitely doesn’t disappoint it’s thousands of visitors. Starting at first light, then all throughout the day, they’re herded through check points, with a search for weapons, food, chewing gum and anything else that might be considered harmful to this amazing white marble memorial to Shah...

What a difference a day makes

A hot shower, a great meal, clean clothes and I’m a new man.  I made it into Agra early in the morning, not long after Lynne arrived on the train from Delhi. Great to see each other as it seems like I’ve been on the road for a month. The Heritage Homestay is just what I needed – a family guest house which makes a wonderful change from half star hotels and noisy...

A night sleeping rough

The highlight of the last two days was crossing the border from Nepal to India. The immigration officer sent the tea wallah for tea while he processed the carnet, then sent him back again for biscuits. Since the border I have probably only met 2 people who could speak English! I couldn’t find the hotel in Gorakhpur because everything is written in Hindi and no...

The long way down

Just when you think you’ve got the hang of riding on the top of the world, it pisses down with rain. I mean rain that goes on for eight hours non-stop. My gear stood up to the elements for about four hours then it gave up the ghost. Even the waterproof boots decided to call it a day. While I don’t mind riding in the rain, I have to say this downpour...