Seychelles backpacking 7
“The most interesting stories are found between the pages of one’s passport”   Well, I am being repetitive, because I said that already. In this previous post about the 5 most interesting visas on my passport.   But in the same post, I had also mentioned that visas are different from entry/exit stamps. A visa is what you need to enter a country, and it may be obtained in advance, upon arrival, or as an Electronic visa. On the other hand, an entry/exit stamp is what the immigration officer gives you, to mark the date that you entered/left the country. […]

5 Interesting Entry and Exit stamps: On my Indian passport

Rinpung Dzong in Paro, Bhutan
26th November 2014 – Paro, Bhutan The cold had taken its toll, and I surrendered rather meekly. To the single digit temperatures of Bhutan, I said a silent good bye. But not before I meandered out to the side of a silent stream, And gazed my eyes on one last dzong. Neither afraid, nor shy. It has been nearly a month in the cold Himalayan regions for me, beginning with Nepal and then heading to Darjeeling in India, and now in Bhutan. And despite all the layers of clothing that I had on me, and all the Druk/Gorkha/Kingfisher beers that I was downing, […]

Project 365: Day 148 – I can’t take this cold anymore!

Paro, Bhutan
25th November 2014 – Paro, Bhutan The nest beckoned, and grudgingly, I acknowledged. Like a warrior with a target, I trudged ahead, Past prayer wheels, returning horses, and bewildering steeps, but when I finally reached a rip-off restaurant, my tracks stopped dead. So, last evening in Paro, I met an Aussie teacher who was living in Bhutan and working with the local school kids. And she took me to the Drukgyel Dzong, which is one of the oldest dzongs in Paro. A dzong is basically a fortress, and the Drukgyel Dzong was built in memory of a Bhutanese victory over a marauding […]

Project 365: Day 147 – The tiger’s nest. Almost.

Thimphu Bhutan
24th November 2014 – Thimphu, Bhutan The capital carried no charm, and a bronze statue, no interest. Maybe its the chilly November, but nothing could warm me up here. So, I rode out to another valley, hoping for respite and lower altitudes Turns out that the weather is persistent in Bhutan, both far and near. I know many people are dying to get to Thimphu, but I am so far unimpressed here. The capital bears a very lacklustre look, and does not carry a vibrant character to go along with it. Last night, I met a British traveller in my hotel, who has […]

Project 365: Day 146 – Prayer chants and preying cold

Thimphu Bhutan
23rd November 2014 – Thimphu, Bhutan The road curved and stretched again, for miles and hours, And at a crucial junction, I bit the bullet. I went weak, you could say. So, now I rode to the capital, that den of cute little kids with Kira and kho. And of men who played with huge bows and arrows all day. I left Tsimasham early in the morning today, braving the morning mist. I had to, because I knew that the ride was going to be long, with me stopping every 5 KM or so to warm up my hands. At a place called […]

Project 365: Day 145 – Let’s ride to the capital

Tshimasham Bhutan
22nd November 2014 – Tsimasham, Bhutan I first had a date today, with bureaucracy. It was all smiles though. And then I had a date, with some of the highest altitudes I have seen. This must be true love, because I am not even close to finishing I don’t even know where i am, but I am stopping while the view is still green. So, I had to wait till 11 AM today, doing nothing. If anything, I kept going back to the Indian side of the border, so that I can have another last cigarette. Oh, didn’t I tell you? Bhutan is the […]

Project 365: Day 144 – Little bit of Bureaucracy, little bit of bliss

21st November 2014 – Phuentsholing, Bhutan I had enough of google maps, and went with the local swell. They guided me through roads like baby’s bottom. Steep, but a safe bet. But I am my biggest nemesis, as the delay today had taught me. I was in the land of the thunder dragon. But wait, not completely yet. I don’t know what’s with me and border crossings! Everytime I have to cross one, I somehow end up crossing it late at night. It happened before in Nepal, and it happened again today. So, I should have left early in the morning today, […]

Project 365: Day 143 – Land of the thunder dragon!

This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning