Rafting on River Zanskar!

“Do you want to jump inside the water again?” asked my rafting instructor come guide come lead. My eyes lit up. I was excited. “What is the name of this river? The one we are rafting on?” I asked. “Zanskar”, he replied. “Let’s jump in Indus!” I screamed. He grinned and noded his head. We rafted for another 2 to …

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Prayers at Thiksey monastery

One of the best opportunities that I got in Ladakh was to visit the Thiksey monastery during the morning prayers. The chanting and the sounds of drums and horns by the lamas was a different kind of an experience that I had never witnessed. The youngest lama was 3 years old and it was a delightful sight to see this …

Doors of Ladakh

I am obsessed with doors <Period>. I have always had a habit of getting my pictures clicked with the colorful doors. In India, I feel the decor of the doors are a way of people showing their decorative aspects of their houses. They are just so beautiful and creative. Be it the design or the colors – each door is …

Thiksey monastery

Thiksey monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. It is situated about 20 kilometers from Leh. The monastery is also referred to as ‘Mini Potala’ as it is a replica of the Potala Palace in Tibet. The 12 storey monastery is situated on top of a hill and is famous for its 2 storey statue of Maitreya (the …

Picture perfect Ladakh!

I love everything about Ladakh! And its a no surprise as everyone loves Ladakh. The people, the culture and the breathtaking landscapes – everything about the place is magical. Ladakh provides an ample opportunity for photographs and any picture taken from any camera is picture perfect. These 32 photographs definitely proves that there is no other place like Ladakh and …

Postcard from Ladakh!

  As I watch the people of Ladakh I wonder! I wonder as to how life can be this simple? With such harsh climatic conditions And such minimum facilities! How can people be happy and contented? I then realize one needs to learn to be happy, the expectations or the facilities or the external surroundings do not matter, as long …

The Surahi Dance

On our first day in Leh, there was a cultural dance and music show performed by the Ladakhi localities. One of the dances, the dancers performed was the Surahi dance. The Surahi dance is also known as the Chang Rches. In this dance the dancers place the pots of Chang on their heads and dance. The Chang or Chhaang is …

Postcard from Pangong lake

I walk alone with a camera in my hand I walk along the banks of the lake I walk looking at a place where the heaven meets the mountains I walk wondering how anything can be this beautiful and yet so pure I walk alone enjoying the fresh morning air I walk being happy not being with anyone I walk …

Zor se bolo – Jai Mata Di!

Planning: One of my ex-colleagues visit Vaishnodevi every year. As soon as I heard she was planning, I immediately asked her if I could join her. We divided the planning – she took over the flights and the accommodation booking and I took over the research and places to see part. There are two entrances to Vaishnodevi Bhawan, one – …