Ladakh: Karma will never abandon his goat, his cow

Karma’s life will never be easy. He lives in Spangmik village, beside Pangong Tso. At over 14,000 ft, summer is too short and barely...

The Ladakh Panorama

Bringing back few memories of wild Ladakh...

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...

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...

Ladakh: Learning to live to love

Click on image for a larger view For 800 years, the Drukpa lineage has been the most popular Buddhist sect. But now, it’s transcending its...

Ladakh: When faith makes it all possible

Click on any images for a larger view Faith moves mountains, they say. And if you’re a follower of His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa,...

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...

Hemis Monastery, Ladakh: Inspired by a vulture’s nest

His muse was a vulture’s nest. In the 13th century, Buddhist sage Gyalwa Gotsangpa (his name means ‘vulture’ ‘nest’ !) zeroed in on...

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...

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...