Tea at Mohammed’s shack at Appati near Kargil

Coming down the 13202 feet high Hambotingla Pass on the way from Alchi to Kargil, I stopped for tea at a shack in the...

Naropa Palace in Ladakh: Where nuns run the show

Click on any images for a larger view It’s rare to see nuns conduct prayers at a Buddhist set-up. At Shey’s Naropa Palace, you’ll find...

Photo of the day: Lamas in Nubra Valley in Ladakh

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Kunzum Travel List #12: Zanskar – Remote but not regressive

The road from Kargil to Zanskar is one of the most trying you will drive on. It is either pot-holed, or just a rocky...

More Plains in Ladakh: A football field for Yetis?

I have covered thousands of mountain miles but never seen a plateau. When I came upon the More (pronounced ‘mo-ray’) Plains, they were much...

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...

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...

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...

Photo of the day: View of Tsemo Monastery from Shanti Stupa...

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Changthang in Ladakh: Where humans struggle to survive but wildlife flourishes

As you drive towards Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, you enter Changthang Eco Zone. It is an extension of Changthang, the Northern Tibetan Plateau,...