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”


In search of the Greater One-horned Rhino

Elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park.

Chris Raven travels to India in his search for the Greater one-horned Rhino

By Chris Raven


After a long and bumpy bus journey from Guwhati, the capital of Assam, we arrive at the Kaziranga National Park. Our mission is to ride on top of an elephant and catch a glimpse of the greater one-horned rhino. Located on the banks of the River Brahmaputra, in the far north east corner of India, the Kaziranga National Park was first established in 1908 and is listed as a World Heritage Site. There are over two-thirds of the world’s one-horned Indian rhinos living here, and the park also has the highest density of tigers and large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo, swamp deer and over 200 species of birds.

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