Speaking this month we have:
Malcolm Arthur – A short but very exciting trip in southwest Mongolia
Mongolia is a country of great beauty with a range of landscapes including desert, steppe, mountains and lakes. Its people are friendly and incredibly hospitable; it’s in their nature but it’s borne out of necessity. When the journey in to town is a day or two’s horse ride away, it’s good that people whose homes you pass on the way welcome you for refreshment or an overnight stay. The countryside is clean and the air is fresh. The water in the vast Lake Khovsgol in the north, said to contain between 1% and 2% of the world’s fresh water, is so pure that local people drink it directly from the lake. And there’s a good chance you will be a long way from a mobile ‘phone signal; heaven on earth. Is there any wonder that cancer is almost unheard of in this beautiful country?
Malcolm and his wife, Jacqui, have travelled extensively in Asia and, in particular, have explored several parts of Mongolia where they have witnessed and experienced many facets of the country and its people. However, this talk will concentrate on a short trip they undertook in southwest Mongolia, down towards the border with China. It became one of the most memorable they have undertaken but to find out why, you’ll have to come to the talk.
Alan Palmer – Travels in India’s North East Frontier Agency (Part 2) – The Tribal and Buddhist Landscape of Western Arunachal Pradesh
Alan previously presented for us at The Globetrotters Club in September 2016 when he talked about his encounters with the headhunters of Nagaland in Travels in India’s North East Frontier Agency (Part 1). In this, the second part of his ventures in India’s former North East Frontier Agency, he visits Western Arunachal Pradesh.
Nestling at the eastern end of the Himalayas, the remote mountainous Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh> is home to a breathtaking kaleidoscope of traditional tribal cultures unique to this small corner of the world. In his talk, Alan takes us with him on his recent journeys, undertaken by 4×4 and on foot, through unique donyi polo villages, engaging with local tribesmen and participating in their festivals, before reaching the stunning Tawang Valley, close to the borders of Bhutan and Tibet, where he explored the world’s largest Buddhist monastery outside Lhasa.
Alan is author of “Moroccan Atlas – The Trekking Guide” (Trailblazer Publications 2010, second edition 2014), He has also contributed to Pakistan and The Silk Road (both by Insight Guides). In 2012 he formed his own company, Yak Travel Limited, planning and organising fully personalised treks and 4×4 tours for individuals and small groups in Morocco and North East India.
London branch meetings are held at The Church of Scotland, Crown Court, behind the Fortune Theatre in Covent Garden the first Saturday of each month, unless there is a UK public holiday that weekend.
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