Chayan Khoi: world traveller 

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Iranian photographer, painter and video artist, Chayan Khoi explores the world by photographing it.

An ideal traveller, he evokes his adventures with the sensitivity of a Saint-Exupéry and the inspiration of the good sages. Wanting to share true human stories, Chayan Khoi travels hundreds of kilometers on his motorcycle for a number of weeks, crossing little-known places seeking a civilisation, a region, a landscape, with a view to transmit to us all the emotion that emanates from his distinctive experiences. For Acumen, Chayan Khoi delivers considered one of his fabulous journeys.  

I have been to India 18 occasions, and what I like most is the Ladakh region in the Indian Himalayas. This a part of India is religious and adventurous. A few of the routes are dangerous, as they don't seem to be very accessible, but they are value it. And above all, discovering breathtaking mountain landscapes is something you need to earn! India is just magical and its individuals extraordinary.

The interval from the top of June to the top of July is right, as it's the opportunity to participate in several conventional festivals such as the Hemis pageant within the Ladakh region. This pageant takes place yearly on the anniversary of the delivery of Padmasambhava, the founding father of Tibetan Buddhism, at the ‘Hemis Gompa’, the most important monastery in Ladakh. For 2 days, the locals gown of their greatest traditional clothes and the lamas – academics of Tibetan Buddhism – perform masked dances generally known as ‘Chaam’, accompanied by music and the sound of horns and cymbals. 

You can too take part within the Yuru Kabgyat pageant in Lamayuru, one among Ladakh’s most picturesque villages, or the Phyang Tsedup pageant, one of many largest in the area.  

I don’t prepare my trips much, as I all the time depart something to probability and instinct. As an alternative, I'm going by way of local brokers to get border passes and lease excellent automobiles, like a motorcycle in my case.

Once I get there, I ask a number of inquiries to specialists, as some guides are usually not aware of the evolution of the street circumstances. 

I take a provide of petrol and meals and plan my route in response to the state of the roads and the weather. You need to know that when it rains, you may be stuck for quite a long time, as the roads are actually not passable in rainy climate. This is the only hazard in India.

In regards to the accommodation, during your journey, the perfect is to sleep in visitor houses for $10 an evening. It's unattainable to e-book, you must rely on luck or plan forward of your trip via businesses. You can even discover lovely resorts resembling lodges with distinctive views, but for my part, it is best to save this kind of lodge for the top of your trip, as it may reduce into your rhythm and the journey facet of your experience.

On the culinary aspect, the food within the Ladakh area could be very totally different from the remainder of India, mainly because of the geographical location and the predominantly Buddhist inhabitants. Ladakhi delicacies is instantly influenced by Tibetan tradition.

With a cold and very harsh climate for greater than six months of the yr, Ladakh doesn't have very numerous agricultural crops. In winter, Ladakhis are sometimes on a pressured food regimen as food is restricted, quite totally different from the food out there in summer time. Roasted barley made into flour is used as the idea for a lot of hearty dishes. Vacationers often come to Ladakh in the course of the summer time season and are stunned by the recent greens that flourish in Ladakhi gardens. Thus, organic farmers will probably be delighted with the scrumptious and various food, as they'll eat only good issues, like spinach salads or apricots with yak cheese.

On the subject of handicrafts, I recommend you shop on the Delhi Bazaar, the most important bazaar on the planet, where you will see that all the local craftsmanship.

Having began travelling in India over thirty years in the past, I have witnessed the environmental impression of tourism on the planet. In my early experiences, I travelled on dust roads up to 3m extensive between the mountains. There have been typically rock falls that made access to cities and villages troublesome. It might take two days to journey 50 km, and only the really adventurous would go there. 

At the moment, in these similar towns and villages, there's the Web, nearly all of individuals have cell phones and there are vans that ship shopper items daily that didn't exist before. The roads are virtually all paved and motels have replaced houses. Mass tourism is causing a real drawback, particularly when it comes to growing the amount of waste. 

Nowadays, if you wish to be an adventurer and discover villages which might be nonetheless untouched by tourism, it's a must to go further and particularly larger in the Himalayas. 

I feel that in twenty years’ time, journey travel will not exist: there might be airstrips in all places (there are already airstrips at 4000m and 5000m), entry to this beauty might be at a price, and excursions might be made in luxurious consolation.

I feel that my era has lived via the golden age of journey travel, even if after 18 experiences in the Indian Himalayas, I'm nonetheless as keen about this nation as ever.


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