Kyrgyztan - India mar-jun.o17
Kyrgyztan - Delhi - Rishikesh - Kausani -
Manali (old Manali) - Parvaty valley (Jari, Kasol, Kalga) - Chandighar - Srinagar (Kashmir) - Jammu - Delhi
facts n figures
Travelling India okt.013 - june.014
Route de journe:
Delhi - Mac Leod Ganj - Parvati valley - Rishikesh -
Kumaon - Kausani - Kosi river - Almora - Delhi - Goa -
Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ellora - Kolhapur - Vengurla - Goa -
Mumbai - Goa -
Nepal june 2o14
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Naudanda - Pokhara - Kathmandu - Varanasi
(shedules for east Russia, L.Baikal- or Amur river drainage, got changed for
Mac Leod Ganj
..... only parts (Unfertig) ... unfinished.
more to come ...
most special places and regions ..... The home to the gods, there magnificant Kosi river, who made me
crazy of moods, imressions, nat. observations, embeded local fishermen and river
basin swimmers. Further holy and powerfull massage spending
at Rishikesh, just too much
to swimm, refresh, play with currents and
enjoy the heat after, on rocks or sand dunes.
- Morning couple
It s just too much of natures power coming down the mountains, nearly everyday i was roaming river banks, beaches n cliffs
along of the holy river and took a swim here n there, powers unmeasurablke and cant put to words ...
dippings and if you can read river currents as a raft-guide
you can dare to swim n dance in currents like a River Otter or King Salmon.
Some go there for Yoga, some for Ganga pooja, some 4 Beatles nostalgia, I go there for enoying river
currents n full massage by it, also nice people to be met, verandas, shopes, Sadhus and river beaches,
the gate to the high Himalayan peaks, Kumaon and Panch Kedars,
the five sources of the river Ganga.
Ganga i miss you, my tribute,
you are a power i never want to miss in my life !
- Mt. Trishul from Kausani
Left for Kumaon
, a special and quite unknown and remote region in the
corner between Nepal, Tibet and India, also called
"The home of the gods" what gets quite close to reality.
Stopped on way from Rishikesh to Kausani via Karanprayag by gov.bus at Gwaldam for 1 night, a small village,
hill station and mil. camp at about 1800m alt.
It was cloudy n very fresh all day there after hot n dry Rishikesh (400m alt)
during late autumn in the hills (nov).
So next day left for the allready once, 14 years ago, visitied by Mountain bike
, a secret and magnificant, only by
well informed volks known, quite touristic and with some at main season open and
well equipped hotels, i prefer
open terrace family run guest houses and my guest house owner across
the street over the hotel with 3 rooms did
best service over weeks with little morning chat,
even with cookies and breakfast to bed, embeded backside within morning monkey roaming
terraces. Goodies and breakfast by his shop with TV below attached and the new coffee mashine, but inside
the more complex chai kitchen.
- With Kosi river going nuts
Staied there for 1 months overwhelmed day by day of the fantastic view
on a mountain range of about 200km of 6- and 7000ders, just too much for open eye meditation.
Backside steep and botanicalley very interesting hills
for roaming during sunsets and afternoons.
Some winding stairs and shortcuts below the nice and unfaked village
with typical open mountain kitchens
for dailong Samosas and Chai, the Sewer across the stairway
and the marcet with stores,
fruit and veg. sellers a centro with Jeeptaxi and busstand, the street leading
to Kosi river
with nice restaurants, not fancy ones, can recommend Yogi reste.
Nearly everyday i hiked up the hills
for sunsets, special light at that altitude and time of the year
dry and stable (okt-nov),
during spring fast n extreme changes (april)
During afternoons hill research for Botanic
mixes specialamentshi, Rhododendron, Deodar (Himal. Cedars) and Larch n more growing togather, some meters further Eukalyptus,
Kastanie (Maronen - Edelkastanien can be
roasted and eaten i like very much, also good for french crepe creme de maron ... hhhmmm-)
and specl himal. Kumaon i miss you, ...
The mountains, the skies ohhh
i want to sing a song ....
- Daily Soundmaster
like Sparrow Hawks (and related bigger ones), vultures,
one time Tawny eagle (lazy and low flyer), Common Thrush, even coming into room what is not untypical
but also Babbler coming into, Woodpeckers, Bulbuls funny morning couples doing morning laundry and
welcome togather like the daily roaming monkeys for breakfast check around rooms.
Also Mahatma Gandhi
spent some times and meditated here in the years of getting free
from royal brit. Kolonialistas.
Kausani can be reached from Delhi by bus via
Nainital (changig buses at villages), some may go direct
to Kausani as buses leave from K. to Delhi early mornings, by Travel agency buses direct or from
Rishikesh via Karanprayag and Gwaldam en route, by Share
or Jeeptaxi(costly) on way from Rishikesh.
Other places more well known around are Almora
(alt 1600m, 2hrs by bus
from Kausani, district capital), Kasar Devi
(10min from Almora), Nainital (1hrs from Almora, alt 1900m),
Baijnath (half hour from Kausani), Corbett nat.park (120km 4-5hrs from Almora),
Kosi river along route between Almora and Kausani.
check Kumaon map
Wild hot and shaky as always ... parties, beach and girls, houses with evranda anbd balkonie for
Hills for relaxing during Siesta and sunset for hillrocks.
Good reste with flexible , changeable TV progs via manual handed over (! BBC - DD-news) in
often great settings, interiör de restes, good food.
Roamed northern territories to Vengurla (Maharshtra) on scooter for friends and WBSeaeagle
to be watched dancing in sky (another skymaster)
Goa you are wild, wild as me,
wild dancers n lovers, in the seas, in the skies, in the nights
i never want to miss your smooth hills during sunset from a cliff
during night dancing wild under palm trees
under the stars and heavens
Goa i miss you
i kiss your fresh misty mornings
after darkness in which the peacocks welcomed me
after rainy days while eagle owls screaming
more Goa infos
you fascinated us while roaming, mum and me, too much for both of us, overwhelmed in
your dry hills backside of the caves, up the hills along magic nalla, touching stones, following dragon flies watching
nearly impossible to be seen and where the Black Eagle comes by some rare afternoons.
(Maharashtra) north of Goa, about 2 hrs by scooter from northern territories,
visited friends there with mum, she staied some days longer, i needed my space roaming on scooter ...
Had good walks along vast stretches of beach during hot days afternoons and sunset
while the White Bellied Seaeagle showed up, turning 3 times (volts) with seasnake in claws
and left around the cliff in powerfull moves, red sky glimmering over rough seas.
Next day a couple WBelliedSeaeagles dancing skywards, spiralling in powerful moves,
story of Skymasters
revival rent house Chap hill relaxing...
try to trekk .... sys kapitalo commercialismo
... weather conditiones fast changing at that time of the year (april-may),
weather can change dramatically within hours, very powerful thunderstorms some aftrenoons during spring
Mac Leod Ganj
roaming at 1800 - 2200m Shiva temple, crow sprinkling water,
Leopards ravine, Palagan village Dharamkot, much construction hotels etc last 15 years.
- Madrid wanted to fly cent.America from there - instead i took time out in nice
Maroc (no appropriate flights to cent.Amerika by free marcets tickets)
Valle de Oureka
Staied about one and half week in the so Beautiful Valle de Oureka (1hrs south of Marrakesh by taxi)
had two rooms one very small but excellent because with good hooks on wall, some storage cases and the bed
direct under the window, so i was able to watch eagles and mountains in changing colors
during dawn and sunset.
Was roaming the deadly steep mountains
second day so excited i was, had a rest up under the
oak-trees (Steineichen) and wacholder bushes after i hiked up from the village about 500m and had to cut-sharpen
my shoes profiles not to slip down the deadly steep slopes in case of slipping, dry and easly
moving gravel mixed with thorn bushes so i imagined the way down rolling with gravel over thorn bushes,
not too amusing.
A good challenge for adventurers, but know the risks. Climbing up you get through apple orchard fields, passing
huge old walnut-trees, some opuntia cactus growing (Ohrwaschlkaktus) other side of the valley (southern slopes),
quite moist areas by the small streams coming down the dry hills and the biotops and its vegetation
changing within meters to dry. During
winter it even snows sometimes there at alt 1500m (village level, ich war so überwältigt von der Szenerie dass ich d
Hänge u Hügel bespringe ... u mich ewig nicht satt sehen hätte können ... !!
seltene Spechte-rare woodpeckers/ Zwerg u Schlangenadler-eagles/
einge wenige edle Araber-arab horses, bestens gepflegt u gesattelt/ Kamele-camels/
Wasserfrösche-frogs/ junge Fischlein-young troutas/ Walnussen-walnuts/ Feigen-figs/ Salbei-salvia/
Minzen-menta/Weiden/ Kakteen etc
The first days after arrival every evening, so at around 7 - 8 time, an eagle was showing up over Sete Fatma,
the village at top end where about the street ends, i could watch from bed through the open
window over the walnut tree just too much ...
As it was during Ramadan families took sofas along the main stream while
sunset n preparing for dinner, looked very
funny and relaxing, for me the contrary between the stones, river gravel, some huge rocks and in between many sofas
and comfort places was special. Here and then i took a sofa and a little snack totally amused by the arrangments -
rocks and sofas (french futons) in good mix for children, patriarchs and wives, brothers n sisters happy looking
foward to get the meals after sunset.
After one week the family running the guest house told me i d have to leave because next day they d start painting the
house ... so i got into a strangely stiled kind of **hotel (most were closed), shower attached
and with big veranda facing main street,
decorated it with my goan.in bedsheets. During mornings i had cofee out there and did maintainance
of my travel gear some days.
- Quarzazate - Marrakesh - Rhabat - Tanger -
- Gibraltar - Algesir.sp.eu
(many many Dolphins
everywhere around the ferry enjoying and jumping for welcome while
crossing to Europe) -
denia - Mallorca - Barcelona (instead of Korsika/ fatal rob story
- Perpigno - Nimes
(nice overnight stay along canal and morning owl - Camargue) -
Aix en Provence
(www.indianforest-aix.fr - best climbing garden with relax platforms for resting
with best crew) - Marseille - Ventemigla
(falcon peregrinus rocks n
possible nesting locations) -
- paradise garden
National parks -
Special for seeing Nilgiri Thar, which has its related specie in the Himalyas
(Himal Thar) but there it has a lionlike neckhair there. It lives up in the
old vulcanic Nilgiri and Whestghat mountains at the borderlines of djungles
to the Sholas
(high altitude grasscapped hills spread with trees). It can be reached from Munnar (12km)
by bus, rikshaw (45min), bikes n the more. Bustrips into the park can be booked at the gate,
often long rows umbrella proofed, or tourist office in Munnar (dec015)
Peryar - Kumily
One of Indias biggest national parks, sat along the Whestghats at about 1200m alt sourrounded
by halfopen rocky peaks with djungle and a big lake flooded.
Tours of variouse kind can be booked in Kumily
the main village close to the park,
also cycles can be rent there cause streets are often busy.
Tickets get sold at park gate, from the village by cycle it takes about 15min, by car depending on
traffic rush. From Kumily a street leads 4 km inside the park to an half island,
where there are info points, a restaurant, the ticket house for boat trips near the boats,
park ranger huts, infos on trees on way etc etc. Dont take anything but sweet memories, passed by cycle.
Peryar is good for seing Tigers, Deer, Elephants if lucky on a trip,
swamps, all kind of biotops and djungle trees, hills and sourrounding rocky mountain ridges.
Kumily has nice guest houses, bus stand with satdish and timetable, all kind of
little and big shopoptions and even a modern street
going through the village which looks a bid strange at night.
Peryar can be reached from Allepy or Khottayam at the coast side
by bus or jeep (6.hrs) or from Madurai at the Tamil Nadu side (dec.015)
(Bird sanct.) Nice stretch of land, partly spread with streams, canals
and swamps, some rocky hills and djungle. Habitat to the Changeable Hawk Eagle, Herons, Frogmouth,
Blue Beeater, Mallards etc
It can be reached from Kerala southern coastal cities by bus or cars within 3-4hrs.
is special, its boundaries are not yet clear defined on many maps,
but it is habitat to Tigers, Elephants roaming, the Grey more common and Great Ind. Hornbill and special
it s getting a megalopolis Djungle adjoining the outskirts of Shivaliks,
Landsdown, Panch Kedars, Pauri, Nandas and peak Trishul, so to say the
souhern hills bordering the lowlands. Tours can be booked in Rishikesh, untried.
India 014/ 015
Route de journe:
Delhi - Rishikesh - Kausani - Almora - Bareilly - Nagpur - Bhopal -
Ellora - Hampi - Goa - Mumbai - Rishikesh - Dharamsala - Dharamkot - Delhi
India - Mid East - Italy 2015- 016
Route de journe:
Delhi - Rishikesh - Kausani - Almora - Pushkar - Agra - Mumbay (mumbuy)
Mysore - Thekkady - Munnar - Nilgiris - Peryar/ Kumili - Trivandrum - Varkala -
Cochin - Gokarna (Om beach)
- Goa (northern territories, Chapora,
Morjim, Vagator, Anjuna)
- Delhi - Mc Leod Ganj -
Dharamkot (Dhauladar range)
- Delhi -
Abu Dhabi - Istanbul - EU:
Bulgaria - Grece - Italy,