Rowing the Ganges: A boat, a goat & three chickens

During one of India’s greatest festivals I embarked on a River Ganges adventure to Varanasi in a little wooden boatwith a goat and three chickens.

me11_bwBy Chris Raven

It’s a beautiful day in St Tropez and I’m relaxing on the deck of my luxury Benetti super yacht named Serenity. Today sees the last regatta of the season on the French Riviera and I have a sneaky suspicion it will kick off in style this year. Les Voiles d’Automne is a demanding, high level competition for ultra talented sailors so I will be a very skilled spectator.

My girlfriend Cinderella appears carrying a small tray of fresh bread, cheese and a bottle of Romanée Conti red wine from Cote de Nuits in Burgundy. A former Playboy bunny and successful model from St Tropez, Cinderella’s striking features resembles that of a young Brigitte Bardot. I noticed her three days ago at the opening of the new restaurant at Le Byblos, while I was eating Bouillabaisse and talking travel with a bearded man from Aruba. It was love at first…

…my eyes flick open. I’m lying on a bed fully clothed in a dark room in Allahabad. The sweet smell of apple molasses is heavy in the air and I can hear the busy street life outside the window.

‘Time to go!’ My brother Simon sings, throwing his rucksack over his shoulder.

‘Go where?’ I mumble, rubbing my tired eyes.

‘To find a boat. To row to Varanasi!’ Continue reading “Rowing the Ganges: A boat, a goat & three chickens”


New Book in the Pipeline (May 2019)


Celebrating 16 years of travel and adventure, the Raven Brothers’ new book is a collection of articles and travel stories detailing some of their favorite journeys, hikes and journalistic investigations from countries as diverse as Colombia, India, Russia, Macedonia and deepest Peru.

With their unique brand of humor, hilariously truthful observations and in-depth journalism, the Raven brothers have been noted by Lonely Planet for their talent to portray an “accurate view of what to expect”.

Publishing date: May 2019