Hemis Festival in Ladakh: The Eight Forms of Guru Padmasambhava

The longest and most interesting dance at the Hemis Festival depicts the eight forms of Padmasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, who is credited with establishing...

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...

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...

Is this man the King of Ladakh?

The Great Tibetan Marathon, the annual marathon that takes place in Ladakh, was flagged off by the King of Ladakh when the 2008 edition...

Zanskar in Ladakh: One chocolate and lift please, ask village women

When driving around Ladakh, always have a spare seat in the car. And stocks of chocolates and sweets. Coming back from Zanskar, I stopped to...

The fame of Colonel Rinchen from Nubra Valley in Ladakh

India would have managed to get even territory from Pakistan during the 1971 war with its neighbour had Colonel Chewang Rinchen not taken a...

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...

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...

Photo of the Day: Amused Buddhist Nuns at Hemis Monastery, Ladakh

This shot of Buddhist nuns was captured during the annual festival of the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh. Click on the image for a larger...

Young Lamas at Karsha Monastery, Zanskar, Ladakh

Boys will be boys, even when they are being groomed to be Buddhist Lamas. When I started taking pictures of some young Lamas at...