Kathmandu

Kathmandu (Nepal), 14.07.2013

After several days of early bird mornings, today we took it easy. Reading and blogging at breakfast, we planned what to see in Kathmandu. There are plenty of sights in and around the city, and many Unesco listed places. What we had seen the night before didn’t impress us, but we were tired and the air was filled with smog. So we wanted to find out the real face of the city.

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Namaste Nepal!

Kathmandu (Nepal), 13.07.2013

The hassle and delay checking out at the hotel were quickly forgotten as we started our day driving through the fields around Lumbini in the early morning. We still didn’t totally believe the peace on the road, but the Nepalese do indeed drive normally, quietly, in a civilised way. At Siddharthanagar we entered the Siddharta highway, that soon after started its ascent into the hills. We were amazed by the countryside. The mere sight of hills and mountains was so refreshing, the temperature dropped to 25 degrees as we climbed up slowly.

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To the Birthplace of Buddha

Lumbini (Nepal), 12.07.2013

We reached Nepal today, after two days instead of just one, due to the terrible slowness on the roads of India. Yesterday morning we left Agra at 09:20 and began with a good dose of Indian city traffic. It didn’t get a lot better during the following hours on the road. The same ordeal of driving in India we have already seen so often now. It was a day lost, through flat and unexciting land. We drove without interruptions, just the occasional gas stop. No food on the road, we ate from our reserves in the car. Heat and humidity outside were brutal.

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Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Agra (India), 10.07.2013

The former capital of Hindustan, Agra, is the location of one of the world’s most impressive constructions, the Taj Mahal. This Unesco listed site is an ornamental masterpiece, a perfect exercise in geometry and a jewel of Mughal and Muslim architecture. But Agra also has another amazing site to offer, the Agra Fort, another Unesco listed site. Today we went to see both. Continue reading “Taj Mahal and Agra Fort”

Out of Delhi

Agra (India), 09.07.2013

New Delhi has been our third major milestone on this journey, after Istanbul and Tehran. We’ll have to skip the next two, Bangkok and Beijing, due to the changes in our route we mentioned in our last post. In New Delhi we got the Evoque finally checked by a Land Rover service station, where it stayed for over a week. In the meantime we headed for the beach and relaxed. Continue reading “Out of Delhi”

Changes

New Delhi (India), 08.07.2013

On a journey like ours there are a lot of factors that can influence the entire project. So far, we handled lost IDs in Serbia, missing visas in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, two broken tyres, our car’s problems and breakdown, terrible heat and freezing cold, terrorist threat in Pakistan, a Tajik lake that found our car so nice it wanted the Evoque to stay in its mud, and other small and not so small hurdles. In order to keep going flexibility and adaptation are everything, but we need to balance tradeoffs v staying true to the intention of the trip. Unfortunately, some events force us to change our plan for Eurasia 2013 and alter the initially planned route. These changes give the entire project a slightly different touch, but still allow for a completion of the trip through Asia and back to Europe. The new route will lead through some unplanned Asian countries at the expense of others. They will also see the car being exchanged for planes on part of the route unfortunately. Below we explain the reasons for these changes and the new plan.

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Sri Lanka

Koggala (Sri Lanka), 07.07.2013

These last few days I spent in Sri Lanka, an island that would have deserved a week or more of exploration. But I simply was too lazy, and opted for some days of intensive doing nothing, sleeping, reading. So everybody expecting insights on this place will not find them here. Continue reading “Sri Lanka”

Sweating in Delhi

New Delhi (India), 02.07.2013

Having spent countless nights in them all over Europe, we must admit that we are no big fans of hotels. And also this journey has brought us to see plenty of them across the countries we have passed that were far from perfect, in the better cases. The Imperial in Delhi is a noteworthy exception, and for various reasons. The most apparent one is historical, since this place transmits the splendour of British imperial times to present day. The opulent decoration, never cheap, contrary to so many fake antique hotels we have seen particularly in the US, amazed us. We walked through the corridors to admire the various rooms, bars, restaurants and lithographs on the walls. Continue reading “Sweating in Delhi”

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