Those who know me well are aware of my deep passion for mountains. Whilst perched high up in Shimla of the Himalayan foothills, the capital of the Himachal Pradesh state, I contemplated this notion as I sat gazing out at the distant, majestic, snow peaked summits of the Himalayan range proper. The seed of this … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 3: The Ride to Shimla & A Woods Philosophy
During our first week in India I developed a sense of frustration, I felt that I had lost the enthusiasm for the cycle tour. We had been sedentary for some time, however, it should be said that much of this was unavoidable due to the processing time for my Indian visa in Islamabad. The preceding … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 2: To McLeod Ganj.
The next stage of our cycle tour was underway, we cleared customs at the Pakistan, India border with relative ease. Immediately after leaving the border we amusingly passed signs of roadside stalls advertising “English Beer and Wine“, quite a shock after almost three months alcohol free (we shared a bottle of red wine whilst dining … More Cycle Touring India. Chapter 1: Amritsar
During the planning phase of the cycle tour, even before I had purchased my bike, if I was asked where I was most looking forward to visiting, my answer was undoubtedly “Northern Pakistan“ and at the time I didn’t know a friend or family member who had visited the infamous country. This meant that to … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 12: Pakistan, Final Thoughts
Islamabad is a relatively new city, designed by a Greek architect, it was built in the 1960s to replace Karachi as the capital of Pakistan. The city is situated on the Pothohar Plateau, bordered by the Margalla Hills to the north and the Rawalpindi District to the south. Islamabad is the political seat of Pakistan … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 11: City Life
Our bones and joints reverberated as a result of the rugged roads of the Deosai National Park, but as a releif, we were back cycling along the asphalt comfort of the Karamoram Highway, but only for a short time. We were making our way south, further from the relative safety of Gilgit-Baltistan, and ever closer … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 10: The Final Leg of the Karakoram Highway & The Fairy Meadows
Jacob, I and our trusty touring bikes had been put through our paces, we were in dire need of rest, relaxation, recuperation and a wash. Skardu provided the perfect opportunity to achieve this with a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, shops and even a bakery that emanated the sweet scents of freshly baked goods, situated … More Cycle Touring Pakistan. Chapter 9: The Skardu Dairy Milk Massacre & Returning to the Karakoram Highway