Ladakh: Buddhist Festivals Calendar for 2011 – 2013

Ladakh is great to visit any time of the year, and more so when any of its Buddhist festivals are taking place. Each of...

Nature calling in Ladakh? What a job it can be!!

When in Ladakh, finding and using a toilet can be quite an exercise. And if you are mentally and physically not ready when the...

Ladakh: All in the right spirit(s)

Would you go to Zing Zing Bar looking for peace? Many backpackers, especially from the West, certainly do. At ZZB, 34 km from Jispa, they...

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,...

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...

Pang in Ladakh: World’s Highest Army Transit Camp to the rescue

Everything in Ladakh is a world record. At least when it comes to altitudes. And the Army does not want to be left behind...

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...

Playing with the Himalayan Marmots in Ladakh

The Himalayan Marmots come across as just the right species you may want to cuddle in bed to stay warm in the cold climes...

Tso Moriri in Ladakh: A sacred gift for a living planet

Ladakh’s lakes should figure among the world’s must-see natural wonders. They stun you out of your senses. Tso Moriri is an unending expanse of...

Old Woman off to build roads in Jispa

I chatted up an old lady sitting by the side of the road outside my hotel in the early morning hours in Jispa, a...