Kathmandu Highlights

Aside from purchasing enough prayer flags to sanctify the air in a mafia strip club and trying to stop "Om Mani Padme Hum" from crawling round your braincells like an earworm on crack, there's not huge amounts to do in Kathmandu itself unless you're particularly fond of temples and stupas and knock off outdoor gear [...]

This Is My Last Resort

So back in 2009, me and my sister did our very first bungee jumps together in Queenstown, New Zealand. Since then I've needlessly thrown myself off various structures in the name of adrenaline but Nat hasn't and as soon as we'd confirmed that we'd be meeting up in Nepal to walk up a massive fucking [...]

Heaven On Earth

So these living root bridges we'd come to see are actually located in a valley which is easily accessible from Cherrapunji. You can do it in a day and domestic tourists from Shillong do indeed do this, but we'd heard you should really spend a night or two down there to get the most out [...]

Dipping Into The North East

I'd first heard about the Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunji on Atlas Obscura's website and tucked that little nugget of awesome away in the back of my mind for when I finally made it to India. It's one of those places that folks either haven't heard of, or know of it and desperately want to [...]

Just When You Thought Tea Was Just Tea

I love tea which is slightly stereotypical given my nationality, but then again I'm lesbian with short hair, several P!nk albums and a penchant for Superdry underwear so stereotypes are kinda my thing. I was totally thrown by chai when I first arrived in India though. When I was handed a tiny plastic cup of [...]

The Queen Of Hill Stations

Seriously, Darjeeling. You better be worth the Hell Train I endured to get to you. Okay, actually the train only went as far as New Jalpaiguri, affectionately known as NJP because New Jalpaiguri clearly has way too many syllables, then it was a shared jeep from there to the town itself. That's fine though, that [...]

Holi Hai!

When I was planning this trip I planned the timing around two things; the Nepal trekking season and Holi. Initially I thought, Varanasi. Yeah. That seems like it'd be a cool place to celebrate Holi, and indeed it is. Unless you're female because it all gets a little bit rapey. One bloke I was in [...]

Varanasi – Part 2

I'm not entirely sure that my body clock loves Varanasi as much as I do, especially since I dragged myself out of bed for a second sunrise. It's so worth it though. A few of us wanted to head down to Assi Ghat to watch the morning aarti which is much smaller than the main [...]

Varanasi – Part 1

"Meh. Varanasi. No strong opinions either way..." ...Said no one ever. I braced myself for Varanasi, I'd been told that you either love it or hate it, there was no in between in one of Hinduism's holiest cities. Varanasi was where one Danish bloke I met concluded that you don't come to India to enjoy [...]