Around The World - 1977

by Mike Newman with help from Bill Garsden

Route Map - India

The place everyone wanted to visit in India was the Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir state, not far from Tibet. We entered India from Pakistan and headed north through Amritsar and Jammu and on to Srinagar.

Route Map - Jammu and Kashmir State

We spent several days in Srinagar and then headed east hoping to get to the city of Leh in Ladakh.

First view of Leh

On the way we ran into a wedding party. The archery competition is part of the ceremony. I didn't do well.

I did demonstrate my ability to drink barley wine/beer.

Street musicians

We had a meal here. They guys are deep frying papadams.

Main street in Leh

Street market in Leh

Many of the Buddhist religious structures are high above the valley

Prayer flags are everywhere

Inside a Buddhist temple

This young, probably novice monk beckoned me to follow as he left this temple.

He took me to see this one.

As I walked away, I heard a small bell ringing in the distance. I followed it to this temple where I sat for a long time just listening to the monk chant and ring his bell. He never gave the slightest indication that he knew we were there. The town is full of old temples like this all crammed with an amazing array of tankas (the Buddhist scrolls) and other religious and decorative items. Everything looks very, very old.

Another view of the valley

Note the Buddha image carved into the cliff behind this temple.

On the way back to Dras we came across this crew paving the road. They had barrels of tar which they melted with file and then ladeled onto the road. Slow going

Headed back to Dras

Lots of snow left even in July.

The Sind River

We didn't spend much time in Delhi. I spent an entire day trying to mail my down sleeping bag back to the US>

Canopy and India Gate, New Delhi

From Delhi we drove to Agra to see the Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Agra Fort near Taj Mahal

And then on to the madness that is Varanasi (Banares) on the Ganges River in Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is a very holy city for Hindus and played a major role in the development of Buddhism. It is also home to the ghats (embankments on the Ganges) which are used for religious rites and the cremation of human remains.

People bathing in the sacred (and very dirty) Ganges.

I'm not sure I'd want to brush my teeth here.

I believe this is the Manikarnika Ghat where cremations are done.

Everywhere you go are flowers, holy men and tourists.

The Kashi Vishwanath Temple. One of the most important in Varanasi.

Kaal Bhairav Mandir - One of the oldest Shiva temples in Varanasi

Kaal Bhairav Mandir

Animated statue of Hanuman. I don't know the temple name.

Hindu temple in Varanasi. Don't know the name.

From Varanasi we drove north toward Nepal. Yes, there were elephant rides.

We camped just south of the border with Nepal and were awakened by this crew loading logs onto a truck.

I believe that these terraced rice fields were in India, but they may have been in Nepal

Terraced rice fields

Introduction England Scotland Europe
Turkey Iran Afghanistan Pakistan
India 1 India 2 Nepal Burma
Thailand Malaysia/Singapore Indonesia 1 Indonesia 2
Hong Kong Macau Japan Korea