Archive for April, 2012

After Dark

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2012 by stevemccurry

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
- Vincent Van Gogh

Afghanistan

Tibet

Hong Kong

India

The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds
at midnight has been present like an archangel at the
creation of light and of the world
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mumbai, India

One moon lights a thousand forevers…
– Meng Chiao
New York, NY
There is something haunting in the light of the moon;
it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and
something of its inconceivable mystery.
- Joseph Conrad
 Sava River Valley, Slovenia

It seemed to be a necessary ritual that he should prepare himself for sleep by
meditating under the solemnity of the night sky…
a mysterious transaction between the infinity of the soul and the infinity of the universe.
- Victor Hugo

New York, NY
Night, when words fade and things come alive.
When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again.
When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Mumbai, India

Day, like a weary pilgrim, had reached the western gate of heaven, and
Evening stooped down to unloose the latchets of his sandal shoon.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion

Mali
Afghanistan
Philippines
 Sri Lanka

O radiant Dark!  O darkly fostered ray!
Thou hast a joy too deep for shallow Day.
- George Eliot

Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma/Myanmar
Sicily, Italy

To me at least was never evening yet
But seemed far beautifuller than its day.
~Robert Browning, The Ring and the Book

India

 La Fortuna, Honduras

Morocco

Most glorious night!
Thou wert not sent for slumber!
~Lord Byron

India

India

Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it,
for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man,
there vanishes as well a religious emotion,
a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
– Henry Beston

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Sail Away

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 by stevemccurry

Burma

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Italy

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
- Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Tibet

I had become, with the approach of night, once more aware of
loneliness and time – those two companions without whom no
journey can yield us anything.
– Lawrence Durrell

Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan

Nepal

Earth’s crammed with heaven.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Kashmir

Philippines

Tibet

Go far. Stay long. See deep.
And may the sun rise twice before you sleep.
- Unknown

Kashmir

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
St. Augustine

Agra, India

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.
I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Croatia

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the
pleasantest sensations in the world.
-Freya Stark, Explorer and Writer


Howrah Mail Train going to Kolkata

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
– Moslih Eddin Saadi

Nepal

Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.
- Kurt Vonnegut 

Train to Peshawar, Pakistan

Tibet

Tibet

Kolkata

Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky –
forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.
The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.
-Mark Jenkins


River of Life

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KOLKATA TO KABUL

Kolkata/Calcutta

“Look! Brahmins and chumars, bankers and tinkers,
barbers and bunnias,pilgrims -and potters -all the world going and coming.
It is to me as a river from which I am
withdrawn like a log after a flood.
And truly the Grand Trunk Road is a wonderful spectacle.
Such a river of life as no where else exists in the world.”
- Rudyard Kipling, Kim

Kolkata

Howrah Bridge

For more than 20 centuries, travelers have walked, ridden, prayed, traded, invaded, escaped,
fought, and died along the 1,500 miles of the Grand Trunk Road which stretches from Kolkata to Kabul.

On the GTR in Bihar State, India

Here are some pictures of people and places I have taken along the route of the Grand Trunk Road during the past thirty years.

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

Agra, India

Near Agra, India

 Red Fort, Delhi

Allahabad, India

Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

 Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism all developed along the route,
and Muslims proclaimed their beliefs on their journeys along the road.

Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India

Amritsar, India

Amritsar, India

Sikh Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

 The Grand Trunk Road served as the two way escape route for
75 million refugees caught between Indian and Pakistan during Partition.

Lahore, Pakistan

Rawalpindi, Pakistan


Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Peshawar, Pakistan

Peshawar, Pakistan
Peshawar has been a haven for Afghan refugees during decades of war.

Outside of Peshawar, Pakistan

Peshawar is strategically located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia.


Landi-Kotal, Pakistan
Near the border with Afghanistan

 Khyber Pass connects Pakistan and Afghanistan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

This ribbon of humanity stretching Northwest from Kolkata, the city of culture and joy, to Kabul, the city of conflict,
has been moving merchants, buyers, conquerors, refugees, prophets, nomads and pilgrims through what is today
India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

Jalalabad, Afghanistan

On the road to Sarobi

Along this road, forged by conquerors and invaders,
the GT facilitated some of the most significant historical developments which affect us today.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul is over 3,500 years old; many empires have  invaded the valley for its
strategic location along the trade routes of Central and South Asia.

 Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Along the route of the GT there is a  struggle between secular modernity and the conservatism of ancient religions.

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