Big Crazy Family Adventure Legs 5-9 Pictures

During the second half of their 13,000-mile journey, the Kirkby family traveled from the mountains of Tibet and into the heart of India. See their pictures from the road, including Bodi’s sketches!

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

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Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: GURMEET SAPAL

Photo By: Bruce Kirkby

Photo By: GURMEET SAPAL

Brotherly Love

A little brotherly love between Bodi and Taj Kirkby as they rest at the base of Kathmandu’s famous Boudhanath stupa.

Get on the Bus

New adventures are ahead for an excited Taj Kirkby as he and his family prepare to depart on the local bus from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park in Nepal.

Cooling Off

Mother Christine Pitkanen keeps her cool in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park as the elephant she’s riding bathes after their morning safari.  

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's sketch of riding elephants and swimming in Chitwan National Park.

Twilight on the Ganges

Twilight along the revered Ganges River, where the Kirkbys’ chartered boat moors for the evening as the family rests inside. 

Making Lassi

The chief lassi maker at the Blue Lassi shop in Varanasi, India, entices Taj Kirkby to make his very own version of the drink. Taj eventually gets into the action and mixes pomegranates and yogurt into his handmade creation.

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's journal sketch of the Taj Mahal and the horse and carriage that he helped steer to get to the landmark. 

Visiting the Taj Mahal

“A pinch of perfect!” Bodi gets his hands on the very top of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's journal sketch of the Kirkby family’s experience driving from Agra to New Delhi, India, during a rainstorm at the start of monsoon season. 

Riding in Style

The famed Hindustan Ambassador, an Indian-made car that, even though outdated and no longer in production, remains a ubiquitous icon of the country’s automotive industry. For this leg of the journey, the Kirkbys hire an Ambassador driver to take them from Agra to New Delhi, India. 

Fresh 'Ink'

The Kirkbys show off their henna tattoos at the Dilli Haat market in Delhi, India. 

Train Games

Bodi and Taj Kirkby enjoying a little game time as they travel through India, from Shimla to Manali, on a narrow gauge train. 

Woodville Palace Hotel

The main entrance into the fabulous Woodville Palace Hotel, which was formerly the home of an Indian maharaja. The hotel boasts old-world style and character, coupled with modern amenities for travelers looking for a place to rest in Shimla, India. At the hotel, Bruce Kirkby explores family history and enjoys visiting with the royal family of Shimla.

Under the Stars

As night settles, the Kirkbys enjoy another restful sleep under the Himalayan stars before continuing their 10-day trek into the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh, India.

Walking the Ridge

Bodi takes the lead with Christine and his younger brother, Taj, while trekking across a ridge through the Zanskar Valley in Ladakh, India. 

Zanskar Valley

Bodi looks over the Karsha village and Zanskar Valley from his new temporary home at the Karsha Gompa monastery. Over the past 3 months, Bodi has grown personally and spiritually in his journey to this remote outpost.

Gompa Monastery

Lama Wangyal stands against the famed Karsha Gompa monastery, where he has lived his entire life, in the heart of the Zanskar Valley of Ladakh, India. 

Playtime

Bodi and Taj Kirkby play with one of the student monks at the Karsha Gompa monastery in Ladakh, India. 

'We Made It!'

The Kirkbys rejoice after they finally make it 13,000 miles, from their home in British Columbia to the tiny room where they will stay for the next few months at the Karsha Gompa monastery in Ladakh, India.

Bodi's Journal Entry

Bodi's journal entry depicting the cliffside Kasha Gompa monastery in the Zanskar Valley, the final destination in the family’s 13,000-mile journey.