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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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The Bay of Bengal: India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar
September 27, 2018
Blog Post

It’s the largest bay in the world, and at its widest stretches some 1,000 miles, from Myanmar in the east to India in the west. Maritime traders and migrants created a colorful tapestry of cultures. Rivers, including the sacred Ganges and legendary Irrawaddy, empty into the bay and create dramatic landscapes and wildlife habitats for migratory birds and even swimming tigers. With ports of call ranging from remote villages and nature reserves to bustling cities and vast Buddhist ruins,...

November 1, 2017
Blog Post

The Himalayas is a majestic mountain range in every way. One of the youngest mountain ranges, they are home to many of the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest.

At 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), Everest is the highest mountain on Earth—and also one of the most mystical. It seems to compel thrill-seekers...

Dharamsala, India
June 22, 2017
Blog Post

In March of 1959, a young, bespectacled Buddhist monk born under the name Lhamo Thondup secretly escaped from his home among the snowcapped Himalayas. Leaving “the rooftop of the world,” he disguised himself as a soldier and, along with a retinue of supporters, traveled through the rugged mountain terrain towards freedom and safety.

For two weeks, the world wondered and waited, not knowing whether he was dead or alive. On March 31, he reached Arunachal Pradesh in...

Mumbai, India
February 9, 2016
Field Report

Saturday & Sunday, November 28 & 29, 2015 - Mumbai, India / Embark Island Sky

Mumbai, the Bollywood capital of India, is a bustling city of 22 million people. We assembled at the Hyatt Regency, conveniently located near the airport, for our overnight stay. After our long journeys, we were able to refresh before an early dinner and much needed sleep....

India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives
August 27, 2015
Blog Post

Exotic figures striking Kathakali poses grace the famous frescoes of Kochi’s Mattancherry Palace, and appear among the stone carvings in Kerala’s many temples, as well. Indeed, colorful Kathakali images adorn everything from travel posters and guidebooks to T-shirts and coffee mugs, and have become the de-factor symbol of this southwest Indian state.

One of the world’s oldest theater forms, Kathakali—which translates to “story-play”—is rooted in Hindu mythology, particularly...

Baa Atoll, Maldives
February 17, 2012
Field Report

Monday, December 19, 2011 - Chennai (Madras), India: Time to hit the ground running! Arriving into the Chennai Airport, one has no other option than to immediately give in and acclimate to the beautiful organized chaos that is INDIA. We convened at the gorgeous Taj Coromandel Hotel, before embarking on a tour of Chennai that included the National Art Gallery, introducing us to bronze statues of Hindu gods Pavarti, Shiva, Ganish, created in 10AD. From there we visited...

Trivandrum, India
July 20, 2006
Blog Post

I cannot imagine a more wonderful introduction to the people and places of my homeland than a journey to India by ship. As you stop to explore the cities and villages, you will have many rare opportunities to witness the oldest living culture in the world—and to see it both from a historical perspective and as a nation with a strong future and global vision. Traveling by ship will also allow you to experience the diversity that is India—enhancing your understanding of how a single country...

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