Eternal Memories From Pangong Tso

My journey to Pangong Tso in late Aug '09 is filled with memories that I carry for the rest of my life!

Lend a Hand / Donate to help rebuild Ladakh

Contributed by Madhu Reddy (Madhu Reddy is doing her bit to connect those who want to contribute and those who need all resources to...

A Sanctuary for Donkeys in Leh, Ladakh

Donkeys (and their cousins asses and mules) are almost as ubiquitous in India as are cows and dogs. And subjects of hard labour and...

Indus River in Ladakh: How long will the Lion River roar?

River Indus, it is said, originates from the mouth of a lion in Mansarovar, in China-controlled Tibet. Thus it is also called Sengge Tsangpo...

Would I like to become a Buddhist Monk?

On a visit to the Phyang Monastery near Leh, I got an unexpected offer: of becoming a Buddhist monk, or Lama. I was sitting around...

Why is Zarina looking into my car like this in Ladakh?

What do the eyes in the image above say to you? Do they say ‘take me with you’ and show me the world beyond...

The Migratory Entrepreneurs of the Himalayas

A true entrepreneur will go anywhere to service his customers. This includes Hozer who runs a food shack at Deepak Tal (Lake), about 23...

Vying for Archery honours in Basgo in Ladakh

While visiting the Basgo monastery, I heard some drums beating from the village below. Curious, I followed these sounds through some village trails –...

Photo of the Day: Dancer at Hemis Festival in Ladakh

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Buddhist monks fear being killed in Srinagar, don’t wear robes

Buddhist monks (lamas) are supposed to be in their robes all the time, even when they are allowed breaks for some leisure. The exception...