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  • Himalayan Autumn Colours

    By Sanchita Chatterjee |

    04-04-2016 |

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    Between 8 and 14 November 2015, I trekked to Sandakphu and Phalut - west of Darjeeling, next to Nepal border. The claim to fame of these two places is they are respectively, the highest and the second highest mountains, in West Bengal and one can spot four of the world's five highest peaks from...

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  • Small Humour

    By Sanchita Chatterjee |

    04-04-2016 |

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    (This is about a small part of the Kashmir Trip.)

    Everyday humour can be comforting, helping us to deal with tricky situations in a better way. Sometimes all it takes is a small joke to lighten up a scene. Often it comes in an unexpected moment, from an unfamiliar source. I had one such moment in...

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  • A Himachali Village Fair

    By Sanchita Chatterjee |

    12-05-2015 |

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    Life in many villages in India revolves around fairs, which are organised annually around some religious festivals. Usually these fairs are held in open grounds adjacent to temples to honour deities of these temples. I have had opportunities to visit such fairs in recent months. One was a small fair...

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  • The Indian trans-Himalayan region is unique in multiple ways. Nowhere can we see such wide valleys carved by natural erosion, perfectly rounded mountains in various hues due to mineral presence. The climatic conditions are rigorous and challenging, human beings are like insignificant specs, while...

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  • Irresponsible tourism in Ladakh has certainly contributed towards growth in local economy but it has also successfully destroyed some very important unique features of the region. However, major area of Ladakh is still untouched by tourist invasion, free from noise pollution, littering and various...

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  • We wanted to venture into the Tibetan nomadic settlements next but if only wishes were horses, beggars could ride. It involved obtaining special permits and there was no guarantee that it would be granted. Rumours had it that permission for this year was discontinued after bad weather caused many...

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  • Ladakh -The Monastery Land

    By Sanchita Chatterjee |

    01-07-2014 |

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    My second post on Ladakh is on its monasteries. Ladakh has truly beautiful and magnificent monasteries. I saw only a few - six to be precise - in my nine-day stay over there. Someone I know had made plans to see 50 monasteries. She probably saw less than her target but many more than I did. I take...

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  • My last post combines bits of adventurous and cultural Ladakh. Though I did not indulge much in adventure sports, I realised this is a growing attraction of Ladakh. Trekking or hiking is the biggest attraction of all. There are a number of well-defined and increasingly popular trails including in...

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  • The Gompas

    By Navina Jafa |

    18-04-2014 |

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    The Gompas Go Himalayan

    It is important to make a selection of visiting Gompas. Almost all Gompas are situated on top of isolated hills and appear to be forts. The dominating sect of Buddhism in Ladakh is Vajryana or Tantric Buddhism headed by the Dalai Lama. The Gompas are institutions that own land, have a seminal...

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  • The House of Lamu

    By Navina Jafa |

    18-04-2014 |

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    The House of Lamu Go Himalayan

    The sensational dramatic essence of Ladakh has been much written off. This border district of Jammu and Kashmir has become an attractive destination not only for foreigners who throng to experience lived Buddhist culture, but also large number of middle class and upper class Indians. In most cases...

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