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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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  • The Trans-Himalayan Villages, PART II

    creata da Sanjukta Dey |

    01/07/2014 |

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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

    creata da 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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  • Ladakh: Different Worlds of Pangong Tso and Nubra

    creata da Sanchita Chatterjee |

    01/07/2014 |

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    My third article on Ladakh would cover two prominent and popular tourist spots: Pangong Tso (Tso=Lake) and Nubra Valley. The remarkableness of these two places was not just the places themselves but also the journeys to reach them - through mountain passes and spectacular landscapes.

    Journeys to...

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  • Ladakh: Glimpses of Adventure and Culture

    creata da Sanchita Chatterjee |

    01/07/2014 |

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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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  • Ladakh: Awed by Scenic Diversity

    creata da Sanchita Chatterjee |

    30/06/2014 |

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    Ladakh - the land of passes. Some people call it the land of high passes. And for good reasons: two of the three world’s highest motorable roads are said to be located there. You could also call it the roof of the world. To be fair, Tibet is known as the roof of the world. Surely Ladakh must be...

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  • My Infant Travelling to Ladakh

    creata da Himalayan Enfielder |

    18/04/2014 |

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    My Infant Travelling to Ladakh Go Himalayan

    Who so ever said- “To each, his own” –was so right.  It all began as a very casual conversation with Sumit (husband;) about doing a road trip. Not just a leisure road trip, but more specifically a Road Trip to the Trans - Himalayas (LADAKH) along with a friend couple from CHD in their new SUV.

    Now,...

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  • The Gompas

    creata da 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

    creata da 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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