Heading for the Hills
07.09.2015 - 08.09.2015 12 °C
The next chapter in my Asian Adventures is going to be a bit different, as I'm heading for the hills! Actually, the mountains, to be precise.
Starting off in Bangladesh, I'm excited to be going from one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world, to the most densely populated. There I'll be enjoying taking a look at life on the rivers, ancient cities, lots of temples and clearly - lots of people. I'm also expecting to be blown away by the food.
Crossing into India, and straight up into the hills of West Bengal, I might be lucky enough to catch my first glimpses of the Himalayan peaks if the weather is clear enough. This region, and the Sikkim area, have long captured my imagination from various books I've read. From that point of view I guess it's fitting that they will be my introduction to this vast country. Even just the names of the towns/cities I'll be visiting - Darjeeling, Pelling, Kalimpong and Gangtok - sound so foreign and yet so familiar.
Finally I arrive in Bhutan for the highlight of the itinerary, and the reason for choosing this trip, the annual Thimphu Festival. I'll actually be spending 2 days at the festival, which gives an indication of how important it is to Bhutan and its culture.
I'm not really sure what the internet access will be like, so I will try to post in real-time but can't make any promises. It might end up being a deluge at the end!
But for now, I'm enjoying my last night at home in Melbourne. I leave tomorrow night.