5 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Ladakh Off-Season

Winter is coming. A hackneyed phrase for a hackneyed destination? So why not explore this Himalayan land off-season, before things change. Here are five reasons. Reason #1 – Drive through constantly changing landscapes. The first thing one notices in Ladakh in winter is that here the landscape changes every day, every hour and just driving…

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In the Nomadic Settlement of Puga

Snow crunched under my heavy boots as I stepped out of the heated SUV, into the freezing winter of Ladakh. It was -16 degrees and we had just arrived in Puga, a little nomadic village in the Changthang valley. Located in the Eastern Ladakh Region of Jammu and Kashmir, Puga is a geothermal field and…

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Celebrating Life & Beyond.

The Ladakh Festival is an annual week-long gala organised by the Tourism Department of the Jammu & Kashmir Government every September in Leh and its surrounding villages. Local communities along with the district administrations of Leh come together to showcase the culture and traditions of this land of stunning landscape to the visiting tourists, for after all…

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Royal Ruins: Shey Palace

On the road from Leh to Thiksey, atop a hill, sits The Shey Palace and Monastery. It is by far the most picturesque of monasteries in India. Little surprise then that it was once the summer palace of the Kings of Ladakh. The views that the Shey Palace commands are like no other. Despite the persistently…

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In the Realm of The Passes: Khardung La

I have been to the Himalayas twice. Both times, my most memorable moments have been at the Lakes & the Passes. Their beauty is incomparable & my love for them is eternal. With the crisp mountain air in our face, listening to the Buddhist Morning Prayer, Khardung La or the ‘Pass of the Lower Castle’…

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Little Ones of Ladakh

I was never interested in shooting portraits, or so I thought! Standing still, on the sidelines, as columns of brilliantly dressed Ladakhis walked by to the Polo Grounds for the Opening Ceremony of the Ladakh Festival, I watched. The multitude of tourists and photographers clamouring to capture everything. It stuck me. I was just a…

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