Shey Monastery & Palace: The summer capital of the Ladakh

Beautiful views from the first level of Shey Gompa

Speeding away on the Leh-Manali road, my curiosity score kept going up. Whitewashed chortens dotted the green fields and lone wooden structures on the mountains made it obvious that this area used to be quite populated. A lone signboard is what doused some of my curiosity. However, it was my visit to Shey Monastery and … Read more

A Tale of the Last Aryans – Dah Hanu Villages in Ladakh

The plaits are typical of an Aryan woman

Long long ago, the Great King Alexander came to the Indus Valley to conquer it. From Indus to Beas, he spread his kingdom before turning back. He went home but left behind a few of his clansmen who settled in Ladakh. These men made this their home and lived a peaceful life in the Indus … Read more

Where Colors merge – Confluence of Indus & Zanskar in Ladakh

Mesmerized by the colors of the Confluence of Indus and Zanskar

Colors are such mood-enhancers and I still don’t know anyone who does not love them. Especially when they are thrown in by nature. Watching a stunning sunset merge with the waters of an ocean or myriad colors of the flowers that dominate a valley – it is just mind-blowing. A few places where I enjoyed … Read more

Lost and Found – Alchi Monastery in Ladakh, India

The Chortens at Alchi Gompa

My first visit to Ladakh took me to the Lamayuru monastery – one they say is the oldest monastery in Ladakh. When this fact was shared during this visit, it also, sparked off an intense debate. Was it really the oldest or was Alchi Monastery the oldest? While Google settled Lamayuru as being the oldest, … Read more

Scouting the Ruins of Basgo Monastery in Ladakh

Getting close to Basgo Monastery in Leh

Pretty landscapes cruised past my window Causing my gasps to be caught in my throat. Then came those Basgo monastery ruins Replacing those gasps with a racing pulse – like an antidote. I stared at the pretty landscapes as our van tackled the curves to Alchi Monastery in Ladakh. My gasps at the stunning scenery … Read more

The colors of the Naropa Festival in Ladakh

Musicians accompanying the relics as they go around the Naro Photang

If the vibrancy of Hemis Monastery left you enlightened with knowledge, it is time to experience the colors of a famed Buddhist Festival – the Naropa Festival that is celebrated here. In my last post, I left you with a glimpse of these colors. The huge Buddhist Thangka unfurled at the Kumbh Mela of Himalayas … Read more

Enlightenment at the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh

The main Buddha in the hall

Ladakh had stolen my heart the last time and left me with a feeling of incompleteness as I could not see it all. Placid landscapes, hidden ruins and the chain of Buddhist Monasteries –  there were plenty of quests that awaited me. As fate had it, I returned this year to find my lost heart. Naropa … Read more

A Ladakh Travel Guide: Explore the land of mountain passes

The Land of mountain passes – Ladakh is a mesmerizing destination with its varied and stunning landforms. An ultimate destination for backpackers, bikers and road trippers, this has now become a popular family and honeymoon destination too. However, Ladakh with its unusual terrain requires a fair bit of preparation before you visit it. This is … Read more

Saluting the Heroes at Kargil War Memorial at Drass

A Sculpture showcasing the victory of Operation Vijay at Kargil War Memorial

I have been saving this post since my visit to Kargil last year during the Ladakh trip. For one, this has been a highly emotional visit – not just for me but the entire troop. The Kargil War Memorial in Drass gets your emotions into a swirl and leaves you with a huge lump in … Read more

Surreal Beauty & Calming Reflections of Nubra Valley Ladakh

A glimpse of surreal beauty of Nubra Valley Ladakh

[lmt-post-modified-info] The soft tinkle of the singing bowl echoed across the valley adding to the mystic aura that I felt as I stared at the fluffy clouds floating in the blue sky. The brown, white, and black mountains framed the perfectly still landscape. Bewitched – I kept looking until the first ripple finally – broke … Read more

Bewitched by the 3 Idiots Lake – A Travel guide to Pangong Lake Ladakh

The famous 3 idiots lake aka Pangong Lake in Ladakh

[lmt-post-modified-info] The deep blue abruptly changed to bright red and then equally quickly became yellow.  The colorful canvas reflected the gorgeous brown and white mountains  Spellbound – I gazed on at the famous 3 idiots lake until finally … My stupor broke as the fluttering white beauties settled onto the perfectly still landscape Such is … Read more

Deciphering the Royal Leh Palace, Ladakh

View from the balconies of Leh Palace

Forced to flee, they had to abandon  Their highest royal abode in the hills. As time flew by, the Leh palace was forgotten And yet it stood tall – braving all of nature’s drills Most of us associate Ladakh with Buddhist monasteries, gushing streams, stunning landscapes and beautiful mountains. However, it has a fair bit … Read more

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