5 reasons to visit Ladakh in winter

If you think Ladakh, you think snow-capped mountains and cerulean lakes and picture postcard scenes. But then, you also think summer months, the peak season between May and October when the world descends upon this region. Have you ever considered a trip to Ladakh in winter? Just before you begin to freeze at the thought,…

6 reasons to love Ladakh

You cannot visit Ladakh just once – the pull is so strong that if you have been once, you will want to go again. And again. perhaps every year. I have been to Ladakh twice, and every year in season, I think about going again. Ladakh is remote, bleak, for sure – but there is…

Hotels I love: Chamba Camp TUTC

There are those who, when they go camping, want to leave it all behind. And then there are those who want to take it all with them. And want to have it all when they get there. I belong to the latter group. Love and fresh air may be enough for some; I look for…

Friday photo: Monklings

From a morning at Thiksey monastery – monklings bustling about, mock fights, introspection, laughter and prayers… ~ Also see: Friday photo series ~ Read other posts from Ladakh here

Friday photo: Thiksey

Just back from a quick trip to Ladakh for review a fabulous new luxury camp – watch out for it in print soon. So, this Friday, a photo from my one of my favourite Ladakh monasteries – Thiskey. Just before the commencement of the morning puja… Also see: Friday photo series And more stories from…

Tso far tso good

When we reach Tso Moriri, it feels eerily quiet and desolate. No tourists, no locals. And then we hear a feeble sound from the distance. A group of children are playing cricket on the banks of the lake (‘tso’ in the local language). And we start walking towards them. There they are, engrossed in their…

Friday photo: Ladakh

It’s that time of the year when Ladakh is on everyone’s minds. And hell, who am I kidding – Ladakh is always on my mind. This Friday, an image from blue, blue Pangong, where we spent a night shivering against the two blankets and hot water bottle. All completely worth it, just for the way…

On the monastery trail in Ladakh

Have you ever thought monastery hopping could be wretchedly tiring? After the first three, the head begins to buzz, the eyes glaze over and all of them begin to look similar. And you know you want to see a few more. After all, Ladakh is known to have the highest concentration of Buddhist monasteries (gompas)…