Playing with the Brown-headed gulls at Pangong Tso in Ladakh

If you see three Brown-headed gulls in a lake, how do you make add another fifty to give them company? Throw a few bread...

Ladakh: They still make schools like these…

Click on any images for a larger view Imagine a school where you’re taught how to succeed in the modern world but never at the...

Hotels in and around Leh, Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir

Planning a trip to Leh, Ladakh? Here is a handy list of hotels for you. Please note that this compilation is based on random...

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...

Interview with His Holiness, the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa

It is not very often that one gets an opportunity to meet someone of the stature of His Holiness, the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, head...

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...

Photo of the Day: Masked Dancer with Flag at Hemis Monastery,...

This photograph of the masked dancer was taken at the annual festival of the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh. It has also been selected for...

Muslims marrying Buddhists in Ladakh leads to violence

According to a senior and responsible army officer posted at the Siachen glacier, a point of conflict between India and Pakistan, the town of...

Review: Whispering Willows Hotel at Shey, Leh, Ladakh

When my travel consultant booked me at Hotel Whispering Willows for my stay in Leh (located in Ladakh in the Indian Himalayan state of...

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...