After a memorable night in an inn which was originally a Silk Road caravanserai, we explore ancient Yazd and its rich Persian, Islamic and Zoroastrian heritage.
Being an avid fan of belching, erupting active volcanoes, the Kyushu volcano of Sakurajima has been on my to-visit list for a while. Being Japan’s most active and one of the world’s most active, I just have to see it. Soon I find myself making my way from Tokyo, via Kyoto, all the way to Kagoshima, the city at the western end of Japan’s main islands, right in the shadow of Sakurajima itself. Then we backtrack to visit beautiful Nagasaki and industrious Fukuoka.
We leave Shiraz for Yazd, with stops at the spectacular ancient ruins of Persepolis, Naqsh-i Rustam and Pasargad. Then a long desert crossing before reaching our caravanserai lodge south of Yazd at sundown.
We explore Shiraz in southern Iran, the capital of Persian art, culture and literature. Highlights are Nasir-ol-Molk or Pink Mosque, Eram Garden, the epitome of Persian gardens, and Vakil Bazaar.
A most wonderful trip to the scenic Pangong Lake, through spectacular mountains and valleys full of fascinating flora and fauna.
We travel to Nubra Valley, to experience the beauty of Ladakh wilderness, a part of the former Silk Road, which now borders Pakistan and China.
Today we decide to visit interesting spots along the Leh – Srinagar Highway while gawking at the spectacular Indus River and avoiding rockfalls along its gorges.
Still acclimatising to the high altitude, we spend the day exploring spots in the beautiful Leh valley.
Arrival at Leh in northern India and getting our altitude acclimatisation and orientation done. The place is almost 11,000 feet above sea level, and at the risk of altitude sickness.