Hemis Festival in Ladakh: When a Buddhist monk kills a king

By the ninth century A.D., the rise of Buddhism at the expense of the Bon religion prompted the Bon King of Tibet, Langdarma, to...

Rain and Murphy’s Law at Hemis Festival in Ladakh

It never rains at Hemis Tsechu (festival). Why should it? The annual festival, uninterrupted since its inception in the 1730s, falls on the 10th...

The trance of the oracles of Matho Monastery in Ladakh

I went looking for the famed oracles of Matho gompa. I was disappointed to learn that they appear only during the annual Nagrang Festival...

Siachen Glacier in Ladakh: The shrine of OP Baba

When you are in a war or a potentially conflict zone, your best friend had better be God. That is why one sees a...

Views from Taglangla Pass in Ladakh

These are images I took from the 17,582 feet high Taglangla Pass in Ladakh. Hope you enjoy the views and feel the urge to...

On way to Pangong Tso in Ladakh: Welcome to the land...

As you descend the 17,586 ft high Chang La to get to Pangong Tso (‘lake’), you see a sign at Durbuk: ‘Welcome to the...

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...

TaglangLa Pass at 17582 Feet in Ladakh. “Unbelievable is not it?”

Ladakh literally means ‘Land of High Passes’ with ‘La’ denoting a high pass. And every time you cross one at an altitude greater than...

Photo of the day: Girl in Blue Scarf near Kargil in...

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How the Army promotes rural entrepreneurship in Ladakh

If you thought the Army’s job was only to defend the country’s borders, think again. They have also been entrusted with the responsibility of...