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Lost in Time

Hilly, sparsely populated and severely lacking in infrastructure the villages on the banks of the Lemro river ,Chin province , Myanmar could well be stuck in their own time warp. These villages are only reachable by boat , which takes a few hours from Mrauk U, once one of the richest cities in Asia . But that…

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Floating Villages

Nestled between two mountain ranges  Inle Lake in Myanmar  features a unique ecosystem & rich traditions that have changed little from generation to generation. This vast body of water ( 22km x 11km) is home to 17 villages, all on stilts. There are no main streets or cars as the lake does not actually have a continuous shoreline;  and as a…

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The Legacy of Opium

The British Industrial revolution in the 1700’s radically changed international consumption and trade patterns. Sometimes for the worst.. Cheap manufactured goods (first cloth, then weapons other mass produced goods) became staple exports from Britain while raw materials, foods and luxury items were imported from her colonies and China. As a result,two important ‘triangles’ of trade…

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The Head Hunters of Nagaland

Right on the edge of India and Myanmar lies Nagaland, often refered to as the wild west of India where until recently 16 odd headhunting tribes valiantly fought off any intruders.             Long feared for their ferocity in war and fierce independence , Naga tribes considered head hunting a sign…

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Mending Borders

Every afternoon just before sunset members of the Indian and Pakistan military meet at the border post between Attari & Wagah to engage in a display of military showmanship. Officially the purpose of the ceremony is to lower the national flag and close the borders but what really happens is a mix of formal marching,…

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The Tibetan Government in Exile

                                                        In Dharamsala we visited the Tibetan humanitarian museum to gain insight into their side of the story as exiles. Spare a thought for the plight of Tibet and…

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The last of the Tibetan highway

Kaza is one of only 2 villages in the Spiti valley and sits on the eroded flood plain of the Spiti river. It is also a spring board to the Ki Gompa. Perched on a hillock at 4116m , it is one of the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. In Spiti there is a…

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The Buddhist village of Tabo

Tabo, hemmed in by scree slopes is one of only two villages in the Spiti valley. It is a windblown place riddled with caves once used by local hermits as meditation cells. The Tabo Gompa, a world heritage site was established in AD 996. Behind its mud walls are said to be some of the…

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The Hindustan Tibet highway part 4- The Spiti valley

As we travel west we enter the Spiti valley, one of the most sparsely populated regions in the world. The landscape is one of rugged interlocking river valleys and high altitude deserts ,hidden in the shadow of the Himalyas, a stark contrast to the Kinnaur valley from where we have come. A chunk of Tibet…

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The Hindustan Tibet highway part 3- the medieval village of Nako

Nako (at an alitiude of 3600mm) is a small remote village in the Kinnaur valley, Himachal Pradesh. It lies in the sensitive restricted zone along the border with Tibet and is said to date back to the 8th century, when Buddhism was first introduced here. The extraordinary difficulties travelling to Nako were already reported by…

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