10 things to do in Darjeeling

Darjeeling, the old favourite hill station in India's Northeast region, is a popular place to escape the maddening chaos of the rest of the country. It's most well known for two things, namely, tea and Himalayan vistas. However, the smallish town also has plenty of other attractions to keep you entertained for days. From browsing … Continue reading 10 things to do in Darjeeling

Midyat old church

Eastern Turkey: what you need to know before you go

Eastern Turkey is a somewhat unknown and a mystery for travellers. Istanbul's minarets, Cappadocia's rock formations and the blue water of the Mediterranean coastline, is the Turkey most people know, with the Far East of the country seeming like a vast no mans land between continents. However, this is far from true. From the plains … Continue reading Eastern Turkey: what you need to know before you go

Mardin

Southeastern Turkey’s old towns of Mardin and Midyat

After crossing the border from Iraqi Kurdistan, I arrived in Mardin, an incredibly picture perfect town overlooking Mesopotamia. I really hadn't known much about Mardin before arriving there, other than Lonely Planet declaring it was worth a stop, but it simply took my 20 minute hike up through the town from where the bus had … Continue reading Southeastern Turkey’s old towns of Mardin and Midyat

Erbil main square

Iraqi Kurdistan: what you need to know before you go

If you're contemplating travelling to Iraqi Kurdistan and wondering what you need to know about going there as a tourist, then look no further. In this post, I have covered all the important practical things anyone would need to know before travelling to Kurdistan based on my experience. Leave your preconceived ideas, assumptions and misconceptions … Continue reading Iraqi Kurdistan: what you need to know before you go

Erbil main square

Erbil: a guide to Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital

Everyone had raved to me about Sulaymaniyah. However, it was actually Erbil that I came to really like.  The city is Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. The central citadel has been continuously lived in for 7000 years, and is now a built up, manmade hill … Continue reading Erbil: a guide to Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital

Mosque Iran

Iran: what you need to know before you go

Iran is not really a country that you can just book a flight and go without having done any prior research or knowing anything about the country. From safety to visas to food, this post breaks down everything you need to know before going to Iran, so that you'll be fully prepared once you arrive.

Sulaymaniyah city

Sulaymaniyah: Iraqi Kurdistan’s cultural capital

I was really unsure what to expect in Iraqi Kurdistan. After crossing the border from Iran, my first destination was Sulaymaniyah, the region's second largest city. I had heard that Sulaymaniyah was a very modern, almost European-style city... whatever that really means. However, I can see how people would describe it in this way, with … Continue reading Sulaymaniyah: Iraqi Kurdistan’s cultural capital

Nubra Valley

Travel Guide for exploring Ladakh and Spiti

North India is home to perhaps some of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring landscapes known to man. It is something straight out of a traveller's fairytale with high altitude barren deserts, snow capped mountain ranges, fluorescent blue lakes, ancient Buddhist monasteries, epic road trips, remote villages and friendly people. There's nothing more you could possibly want for an adventure. Here's my experience and guide to exploring the regions of Ladakh and Spiti.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu: a guide to the chaotic gateway to the Himalayas

Despite what people say about it, Kathmandu deserves more of your patience, love and time. The chaotic streets, traditional architecture, friendly locals and delicious food makes it one of my favourite cities in Asia. This is my experience in the city, including a guide to exploring it for yourself.

Nepal immigration

Crossing the India-Nepal border at Panitanki-Kakarbhitta

My experience and guide to crossing the India-Nepal border at Panitanki-Kakarbhitta or the eastern side near Darjeeling.

Tawang Monastery

A photo story of an epic road trip to the world’s second-largest monastery

There aren’t many places left in the world where you can truly feel like you’ve stumbled upon a hidden gem off the well-traveled path. Places where, for a split second, it seems as if you’re an early explorer, discovering something new for the first time. Arunachal Pradesh in India’s wild northeastern region may just be as close as you can get to such a place... Written for Passion Passport + a travel guide

Inside the Angh's house

Nagaland: the land of fierce warriors, bumpy roads and opium addiction

Nagaland may just wear the crown for the worst roads I've ever travelled on and I've travelled on a lot of bad roads. But for all the bruises and inhaled dust, travelling in the state was truly rewarding as I got to spend time living in a Konyak village and meeting old headhunters. Read on for my story and travel guide of Nagaland.