"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Aftermath

We had spent two amazing weeks travelling from Kerala, our home-state, to Delhi, Agra, Sikkim and North Bengal.
It was now time to return.

Sanjeez drove us from Darjeeling back down into the plains of Badogra.
From there we flew to Delhi, then Cochin.

Our journey had taken in some of the greatest and most iconic sights of India:
The Red Fort;
The Taj Mahal;
The Himalayas.

I had celebrated my 59th birthday during this trip
and it was one of the happiest and most fascinating holidays I’ve experienced in all those years.

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The disaster struck just three days after we were safely back in Kerala.
The Himalayas were hit by an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale.
Its epicentre was Gangtok, where we had spent the first three days of our Himalayan adventure.
The devastation wreaked on the mountain communities and roads was immense.
Well over one hundred people died.

 

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6 responses

  1. Your photos are beautiful!

    October 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    • Thanks Kate. Like you, I am surrounded by colour and I culture that I don’t always understand. But the experience is amazing…

      October 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

  2. Happy belated birthday, J.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    • Thank you, Glynn. The Himalayas was a great place to mark the passing of another year.

      October 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm

  3. Toffeeapple

    I don’t recall hearing anything about the earthquake on the radio here. It’s a sad story and I am glad that you missed it.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    • There was quite a lot about it on BBC World Newsreports but perhaps it got relatively lost in the economic crisis.

      October 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

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