Amritsar to Dharamsala: mountains and monks

I had decided to spend a rest day in Amritsar so I could see the Golden Temple properly and at different times of the day.  Which was well worth it as it was especially beautiful at twilight. Earlier in the day I also got to have a nice chat with some locals who were interested…

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Brief guide to cycle touring in Central Asia (in winter)

Having cycled pretty much from one side of Central Asia to the other I thought I would write a post with some hopefully useful and possibly interesting information on the region.  The areas within the area I have experience of include Western Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, South Central Kazakhstan and far northern Kyrgyzstan. Sections: Sights Roads Drivers…

Delhi to Amritsar: flat out

After  a couple of days getting acclimatised in Delhi it was time to head out and start riding round India. It is hard to describe how nervous I was about riding out through Delhi.  The driving I had experienced in the city had been crazy thus far and I was not looking forward to experiencing…

Becalmed in Bishkek

I have ended up staying in Bishkek rather longer than I had expected.  Initially I thought I would be here for a couple of weeks to pick up a new Kazakh visa and an Indian one.  At the time of writing I have been here nearly three weeks and this is the longest time I…