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Over the hill - Exodus’ Olly Leicester tuks into Kerala

Cycling brings you much closer to the action than sitting on a bus looking through a window and in Southern India there is no shortage of action along high streets, back-roads, highways and backwaters.

Although there were many, the main highlight for me was the incredible climb up to Ooty. It is a tough ride, but a great challenge that rewards your efforts with some stunning views and an enormous sense of achievement at the end.

Floating on air

Over the past two weeks, I have journeyed through three countries on an Exodus overland truck. It had hauled its way up and over a volcanic national park, carefully negotiated primitive hillside roads, slalomed perpetual potholes and weaved around myopic cattle.

I have sat beside a family of mountain gorillas, enjoyed precious moments with orphaned Rwandans, jet boated at the source of the Nile in Uganda, straddled the equator in the pouring rain and watched dumbfounded as a hippo strode past camp at midnight.

Haute Cuisine

There was a sticky area on the white dusted top, a treacherous crust and the sides crumbled easily. But enough of the chocolate cake. High altitude trekking in Ladakh shouldn't just be about food, but somehow the rarefied air heightens one's appetite and as ever food eaten after exertion, especially alpine food is particularly rewarding.

Eye for a bargin

The ground pitches and rolls beneath my foot. I capitulate precariously, grasping a rough knotted rope to maintain my balance. Fortunately it is stretched taught and holds my weight, allowing me to steady myself and clamber onto dry land with an undignified lurch. A week on the waves has clearly given me sea legs. Satisfyingly perched on a weather beaten mooring, I watch the others stagger drunkenly across the wharf.  The traditional Turkish gulet bobs on the tide, varnished wooden cabins gleaming in the Mediterranean sun.

Tourism - A Force for Good? Chris Haslam's View

Chris Haslam is an award-winning journalist, and currently the Chief Travel Writer at the Sunday Times. This article originally appeared in an Exodus brochure. 

There's a school of thought that suggests we should be taking fewer flights, travelling less and spending our holidays at home. Its proponents say that travel for its own sake is both selfish and self-destructive, but there's a counter-argument. Responsible tourism is an overwhelming force for good for the planet, and I've seen the effects, first hand.

Staff review - Cycle through Rajasthan –

Like many people, India was one of the places that I had always wanted to travel to. I had read the books, seen the movies - and now I was sat on an airplane ready to go.  The gentleman I sat next to on the plane (who turned out to be heir to a large rice empire, he assured me!) even gave me some top tips, one of which was to always pay 10% of the price you are quoted in the markets.

 

I arrived a day early, before the rest of the group, and decided to test my plane companions advice, and headed out into Delhi.

Tibet: The Highlights

Tibet, known as the roof of the world, is for many travellers one of the most culturally exciting and rewarding destinations.

The flight from Kathmandu into Tibet is one of the most spectacular in the world with awesome views of the Himalayas throughout the journey. Arriving at Gongkar Airport (3600mtrs) your lungs will certainly notice the thinner air, however we take it easy on the first couple of days and you will soon become acclimatized to the altitude.

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