The Kirkbys begin the first leg of their 13,000-mile journey to India.
The Kirkbys begin the second leg of their 13,000-mile journey to India.
Adventurer, guide and photojournalist Bruce Kirkby is taking his entire family on a 13,000 mile journey from their home in British Colombia to a remote monastery in the Himalaya, all without taking a single plane. They face 600 challenging miles as they move into the India Himalaya. Departing Chandigarh, India, the family boards a narrow gauge train, also known as a 'toy' train, making its way up the foothills of the Himalaya towards the picturesque mountain town of Shimla. In Shimla, the family visits the Jakhu Temple, affectionately known as the Monkey Temple. The town holds a special place in Kirkby family history-Bruce's grandfather was stationed there during World War 2. Bruce schedules a meeting with the remaining members of India's Royal Family, in hopes that they can share some insight into his grandfather's time here more than 60 years ago. While in Shimla, Taj (3) becomes sick and Bruce and Christine have no choice but to call a local doctor. With only days until their trek to Ladakh, Taj's health is their number one priority. A dose of antibiotics and he's back and raring to go. From Shimla, the family drives 8 hours to Manali, the last sizable town they will visit on their journey. The drive takes them along twisting and turning Himalayan roads, susceptible to rock and landslides, whose aftermath they witness firsthand. In Manali, the Kirkby's meet their guide and pick up supplies for the final leg of their journey. They camp at Palamo, a remote basecamp in the Himalayas, and the trailhead for their 10-day trek. Bodi enjoys a spicy paneer for the first time. They're 12,900 miles from home. 100 miles to go.
The first and second leg of the Kirkbys' 13,000-mile journey — from their home in British Columbia to India — takes them to South Korea and Beijing.
The third leg of the Kirkbys' 13,000-mile journey — from their home in British Columbia to India — starts in Beijing, where they dine on Peking duck and walk along the Great Wall.
The fourth leg of the Kirkbys' 13,000-mile journey from British Columbia to India continues in China and includes a 27-hour train ride, Mount Everest and meditation. They must race to reach the Tibetan border before their visas expire.
The fifth leg of the Kirkbys' 13,000-mile journey from British Columbia to India takes them to Nepal. They get to touch a Hindi goddess, bargain for presents and ride elephants. Chocolate cake and tigers create a birthday surprise.
The sixth leg of the Kirkbys' 13,000-mile journey from British Columbia to India involves scorching heat on the Ganges River, sweet treats, snake charmers and the burning ghats. They race to make a train to the Taj Mahal.
The seventh leg of the Kirkbys' 13,000-mile journey from British Columbia to India begins at the Taj Mahal and takes them to a 5-star hotel, a Bollywood dance class, a spice market and a rock- and water-filled adventure park.