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By Photographer: B N Chagny – taken from en.wikipedia.org, there under CC 1.0, with descripton: Aerial view of the Nubian pyramids at Meroe Image owner: Francis Geius – Mission SFDAS 2001, CC BY-SA 1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=337509

Wikipedia tells us that Sudan has more than 350 pyramids grouped in five sites. These are called the Nubian Pyramids, Nubia being a region along the Nile river in the area between Aswan in southern Egypt and Khartoum in central Sudan. The above picture links to the BBC web page featuring underwater archaeologist Pearce Paul Creasman on video when he dives down and discovers a tomb.

Off the Beaten Track Travel Blog Againstthecompass.com tells us that these pyramids, which were built around 2,500 ago, served as tombs for the Nubian kings and queens of Napata and Meroë and, even though all this region had a strong Ancient Egyptian influence, they are quite different from the ones in Egypt, as they are narrower and taller. Follow the link on “How to visit the Nubian pyramids in Sudan.”

Gibbon Sanctuary, Jorhat, Assam

Also known as the The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, it is home to the only ape in India, the Western Hoolock Gibbon. This is now a small patch of forest, surrounded by tea gardens and villages, but the North East of India still gives a feeling of the wild and untamed.

The forest guard will quit whatever he was doing before you turn up and will take you around for a walk spotting the gibbons and talk about their habits. For better pictures your camera should have a telephoto lens.

You may fly from Delhi or Calcutta and then drive down from Jorhat airport. But more likely you have already checked in to one of the tourist lodges in Kaziranga and already taken a few rides on elephant back in this world famous refuge of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. That is one popular tourist spot where you can return from the elephant ride early in the morning and then grab breakfast before heading to the quieter Gibbon Sanctuary.

Later we’ll find out about more places to visit in Assam and elsewhere. Meanwhile, here is a book on Assam that I may pick up and review later but if you have already read it then you can give your views here.

This book, written by Major John Butler of the 56th regiment of Bengal Native Infantry in 1855, is in the public domain in the USA where you can freely copy and distribute it as no entity has a copyright on it. Read more here so long as this link survives. However if you prefer a hard copy to hold in your hands and to enhance your library then go ahead and order it from amazon using the picture link above.

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