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20 spectacular travel photos we’ve taken so far

From Germany to the Seychelles, and from all across India, here are 20 spectacular travel photos we’ve taken during our travels so far.

We first started really travelling in 2007, with a trip to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Since then, we’ve been to quite a few places, seen quite a few things and had quite a few experiences.

The view from O’Land Plantation’s estate house

View from OLand estatate house, Nilgiris, India - travel photos
This is what the tea estate life must have been like

The view into the misty valley from the courtyard of the O’Land Plantation’s estate house, in the Nilgiri hills. Our holiday there was peaceful and relaxing, spent soaking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding tea estate and its resident wildlife.

Read more: A getaway in the clouds: O’Land Plantation in the Nilgiri Hills

The breakwaters on Nieuwpoort beach

Breakwater at Nieuwpoort, Belgium - travel photos
Gulls on the breakwater

Seagulls take a break on one of the many breakwaters at the beach-side town of Nieuwpoort in Belgium. Our day trip here was part of a quick visit to my aunt in Brussels, before we began our road trip through Germany.

Read more: A road trip through Germany, and other ways to pass the time (part 2): Brussels and Nieuwpoort

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The hills surrounding the Rhine valley

View of the valley from the hills above Gau Algesheim, Germany - travel photos
Few views get better than this

The incredible view of a neighboring village from the hills around Gau-Algesheim in Germany. We took it easy in the Rhine valley for a few days, before heading off on the next leg of our road trip.

Read more: A road trip through Germany, and other ways to pass the time (part 3): The Rhine valley

Sunset in Bavaria

Sunset at Ainring, Bavaria, Germany - travel photos
Sunset at Ainring from the Rupertihof parking lot

The sunset over a meadow in the village of Ainring, Bavaria. This little village on the border between Germany and Austria was the base for our visit to Salzburg, a day before we headed off to Munich.

Read more: Ainring, Salzburg and the Jenner: A road trip through Germany and other ways to pass the time (part 5)

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The old lighthouse on Ross Island

Old lighthouse on Ross Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India - travel photos
Watch out for the rocks!

The old lighthouse on Ross Island, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. We visited this abandoned penal colony, with it’s overgrown ruins, during our first real beach vacation.

Read more: How we lived the island life for a few days in the Andamans

The impossible Tiger’s Nest monastery

Taktsang 'Tiger's Nest' Monastery, Paro, Bhutan - travel photos
The perfect place to feel spiritual!

The spectacular Taktsang Lhakhang—the ‘Tiger’s Nest’ monastery—near Paro, Bhutan. It was our first real vacation together, and the sight was undeniably one of its highlights. It took us three hours to hike up here, but it was worth it!

Read more: Eight great things to eexperience while visiting Bhutan

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Ladakh’s Martian landscape

On the Leh-Srinagar highway in Ladakh, India - travel photos
Shall we begin?

The seemingly endless Himalayan foothills beckon. This was taken from the Leh-Srinagar highway, during a trip to Ladakh, India—supposedly the highest desert in the world.

Read more: Eight things we learned in Ladakh, the highest desert in the world

Biking on Mandarmani beach

Beach at Mandarmoni, West Bengal, India - travel photos
This is how a biker enjoys the beach

A sunset ride on the firm wet sand of Mandarmani beach, about 170 kilometers from Kolkata. We treated ourselves to two days at the beach at the end of our road trip up India’s east coast.

Read more: What you experience on a 7-day, 2000-kilometer motorcycle ride along India’s east coast

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Dolphin-spotting at sunrise off Bird Island

Sunrise on Bird Island, The Seychelles - travel photos
Sunrise on Bird Island

Robbie the conservationist drags a dinghy into the water on Bird Island, the Seychelles. Our three days on this island gave us some of the best memories of our holiday in this little island nation.

Read more: Six amazing discoveries we made in the Seychelles

The tranquil backwaters of Aldona

Down the Mandovi river in Goa, India - travel photos
All rivers lead to the sea

A fisherman’s house (presumably) along the banks of the Mandovi river near Panjim in Goa, India. We decided to take a slightly unconventional holiday in Goa that time, and saw and did things most visitors wouldn’t.

Read more: An off-the-beaten-path Goa holiday

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An endless salt desert of Kutch

Salt desert in the Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India - travel photos
Trudging through the salt desert

Walking in the Great Rann of Kutch, the vast salt desert in Gujarat, India. While our trip to the Kutch district was mainly to take a look at its rich handicrafts, we turned it into a holiday to remember.

Read more: The colours of Kutch

Sunrise across the Tungabhadra

Sunrise over the rice fields in Hampi, Karnataka, India - travel photos
South Indian sunrise

The sunrise reflects off rice fields near Hampi, India. During one of our trips to these ancient ruins, we decided to stay on the other side of the river from the village, in a tiny guesthouse next to a lake. This was the view from our door.

Read more: Magical sights of Hampi that you many not even know exist

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Old houses from a bedroom window

Wuppertal, Germany - travel photos
A room with a view

This was the view from our attic room at my uncle’s house in Wuppertal, Germany. Cologne, with its famous cathedral, is a half hour’s drive from here, so we just had to visit.

Read more: A road trip through Germany, and other ways to pass the time (part 1): Wuppertal and Cologne

A baroque palace in Munich

Nymphenburg palace in Munich, Germany - travel photos
The palace and its pond

The Nymphenburg palace and the pond on its vast grounds make a pretty picture in Munich, Germany. Since the dates of our roadtrip through Germany coincided nicely with those of the legendary Oktoberfest here, we couldn’t help but take part in the revelry ourselves.

Read more: Munich and the Oktoberfest: A road trip through Germany and other ways to pass the time (part 6)

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The Teesta river flowing through the mountains

View of the Teesta river from just outside Kalimpong, West Bengal, India - travel photos
The world at one’s feet

The Teesta river flows through the valley between the states of West Bengal and Sikkim in north-eastern India. One of the things we did during our short visit to Kalimpong was drive down the mountain to the river, admiring the view all the way.

Read more: Six great experiences to have when you’re in Kalimpong

Cable cars in the clouds on the Jenner mountain

Cable cars in the mist on the Jenner mountain in Bavaria, Germany - travel photos
Mysterious journeys

A cable car floats through the clouds on the side of the Jenner mountain in Bavaria, Germany. We visited once we were done with Salzburg and Ainring, and when we got to the top, we found that the views were amazing, despite the clouds and the drizzle.

Read more: Ainring, Salzburg and the Jenner: A road trip through Germany and other ways to pass the time (part 5)

Across blue waters to Bangaram

Boat ride to Bangaram island, Lakshadweep, India - travel photos
Onward, towards Bangaram

The shuttle boat transfers us from the ferry to Bangaram island, one of the Lakshadweep Islands off India’s south-west coast. Though expensive, this was one of the most memorable beach vacations we’ve had so far.

Read more: Our incredible holiday in mysterious Lakshadweep

The glorious Himalayas from above

The himalayas seen from the flight to Leh, Ladakh, India - travel photos
So close, yet so far away

The Himalaya mountain range, as seen from the flight out of Leh. The colossal size of these mountains made them seem almost close enough to touch, constantly confusing us plains-dwellers during our holiday in Ladakh.

Read more: Eight things we learned in Ladakh, the highest desert in the world

Blue houses from Mehrangarh

The ramparts of Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India - travel photos
The blue city

Jodhpur, India and its typical blue-painted houses as seen from the massive Mehrangarh fort in its center. This invincible fortress was one of the many wonderful things we saw during our trip through Rajasthan, India.

Read more: Eight great reasons why you should visit Rajasthan, the ‘land of kings’

Vineyards and churches in Wuerzburg

View down the side of the Marienberg castle in Wuerzburg, Germany - travel photos
One of the many churches in the old town

A view of the town and the river Main from the walls of Wuerzburg’s Marienberg fortress. Wuerzburg was our first stop on our journey down Germany’s ‘romantic road’, a route lined with evocative medieval towns and villages in Bavaria.

Read more: A road trip through Germany, and other ways to pass the time (part 4): The ‘romantic road’

 

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