Can lamas (Buddhist Monks) really fly?

If you walk up the mountains from Hemis monastery, you’ll reach Gotsang cave, about 2 km away. Buddhist monk Gyalwa Gotsangpa meditated there in...

Postcards from Ladakh: My new book is out

I am pleased to announce the launch of my new book, Postcards from Ladakh. A pictorial travelogue on Ladakh, it will be available in...

Photo of the day: Pangong Tso in Ladakh 1

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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...

7 Places in India to Write Your Next Book

Every author works best in a setting of his or her choosing. Stephen King may prefer a windowless basement where he can transport himself...

Pang in Ladakh: World’s Highest Army Transit Camp to the rescue

Everything in Ladakh is a world record. At least when it comes to altitudes. And the Army does not want to be left behind...

The Karsha Monastery near Padum in Zanskar in Ladakh

I am sure I have been present at monasteries around lunch time, but only at Karsha monastery did I hear a conch being blown...

Review: A refreshing coffee experience at Desert Rain in Leh

How many coffee bars do you know of where you are invited to sit around, read books kept on the shelves, even sleep off...

Photo of the Day: School Girls Gossiping in Ladakh

This image was taken at the Druk White Lotus School in Shey near Ladakh in the Himalayan state of Jammu and Kashmir in India....

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 –...