The Golden Temple in Amritsar. Spectacular by day...
...and even more stunning at night!
A visit to the Hindu Mata Temple - it's a bit 'kooky'!
We're not doing this for fun (although, it is fun!) - you have to go through all this to get to the main temple!....
Do you reckon James thinks it was worth it?! It does seem to have made him pregnant though...
A bicycle taxi into town is a life-affirming experience!! As you can see, we really bonded with our driver...
A return visit to the Golden Temple, if only to get away from the mayhem out on the streets and soak up the chilled atmosphere.
No, James has not gone 'gangster', you can't enter without covering your head.
Em stops for a photo with some fans. We are always amused by the photo requests as they'll never see the results!
Communal daily cleaning of the marble floors sees all worshippers join in and very efficient it is too!
Chillin' with my gnomies....
Em, it turns out, is the first person to ever ask for a photo with one of the guards....ahem
Leaving Amritsar. 'Safe' at the front of the line of traffic at the lights.
A much needed break on the Pathankot road to escape the constant near-death experiences...
Our camping plans are put on hold when massive troupes of monkeys appear at the side of the road!
Crappy hotel, crappy beer but it's hard not to laugh when the waiter makes you write out your own order 'cos he can't be arsed.
After driving in India, it's not hard to see why there's lots of this. He was one of the lucky ones - a swerve in the other direction would have seen him launch off the cliff!
Climbing up the mountains to get to the Kashmir Valley.
'Safe' in Srinagar. Normally we're grubby faced because of dirt roads, in India it's just pollution.
Our guesthouse in Srinagar is also a garden nursery. (I'm back in head-scarf mode as Kashmir is a Muslim region).
One of the colourful shikaras (water taxis) on Dal Lake - a lovely way to get around.
Taxi rank, Srinagar style!
A stroll by the lake.
The lake is always serene but really comes into its own at sunset.
The locals don't have a lot of use for cars (and this way avoid the military checkpoints!)
The dusky light of breaking dawn and the vegetable market is already in full swing.
Traders manoeuvre deftly into the melee.
Protected from the morning chill under our cosy blanket!