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August 23, 2011



Welcome home.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Envious, envious, envious! (except for the "...filthy makeshift toilet...".

Bright colors assault the grey-brown of the landscape. Even the dark green of the terraces and the faint blue of the sky can smack down the stark drab.

Did 'scary' heighten appreciation for the art, architecture, people, culture, civil engineering, and landscape?

Three cheers! I'm sure you've carried back a lot of life-giving experience within yourselves. It's so good to get out of the "familiar terrain" to have scope to discover - may be - a new aspect of your own self. I always find the lofty mountains a humbling experience that can deconstruct one may start anew! New perceptions, new self or it can just be an experience of a kind of emptiness!

Thanks, Sukrita. Yes, I hope that Ladakh has had all of the effects on our jaded psyche that you describe.

Norman: The "scary" was one of the most important part of the experience. It did heighten the appreciation of everything you mention and generated a huge respect for the people who inhabit and cultivate this region. It was hard to imagine how the ancient monks built those sturdy and gorgeous structures on the harsh and precarious mountain sides. Ladakhis are hardy people. I guess the conditions there on the "Roof of the World" ensured that only the fittest of the stock thrived there. I forgot to mention the fearsome yaks, petite "Pashmina" goats, large squirrels and colorful butterflies we encountered high up.

Also check out the video I posted in the update above.


Just before I read your Ladakh post I was watching an IMAX movie on Mt. Everest. It is on Netflix for streaming.

Great photos Ruchira! Am really glad you experienced all this and made it back safely.

Lovely photos, and that was a truly amazing video. I seem to remember seeing reports about a similar phenomenon somewhere in Pennsylvania, as well :

Gaah, everybody seems to have noticed the earthquake, except for me! I was too busy chatting with a colleague to notice anything unusual at 1:55pm .

Sujatha, thanks. I made sure I had the right camera on this trip. Some of these are taken by Sudhir's iPhone yielding amazingly good quality photos. I posted some more on Facebook. See them when you go there.

As for missing the east coast tremor, be glad. When everyone else will be telling their bone rattling tales, you can breezily claim that you yakked through the earthquake of the century without batting an eyelash.

Maybe I should take pointers from Sanjukta on dealing with all this earthquake braggadocio, she must have tons of experience from being on the West coast.
'Earthquake, what earthquake? I thought that it was a passing 18-wheeler."
I was standing, and this, according to local TV pundits, explains why I may not have noticed. All those who did, were seated when they felt it.

But the Ladakh trip was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Are you going to put up some Kashmir photos as well?

I have a ton of photos from Srinagar and the surrounding places. The Kashmir valley is a very scenic place and we had a lovely time. Also, my human interactions in Srinagar were more interesting given the political climate. But somehow I don't feel like posting the Srinagar photos. They are a letdown of sorts after the drama of Ladakh - pretty, but kind of tame. I mean they are good for sharing with friends and family but not really for a blog post.

What a fabulous post! I have been thinking how to get to these parts since I was 7 and noticed the region was as far as you could get from Fort Worth, Texas, where I then was. How truly thrilling! I must get the aspiration up and running again. Many thanks!

Maybe one teaser photo from Srinagar? Google Images has some lovely ones...

Okay, Dean. Will sort through the album for a few interesting ones from Srinagar and Pehelgam. A photo log only -some time next week. (God knows that I have nothing more interesting to post :-)

Whether you travel independently or as part of a group, Ladakh has much to offer and many lessons to teach the casual or more studious visitor alike. It is a place of unparalleled beauty and tradition and is unmatched for the friendliness and hospitality of its people. This surely must be the place that Kipling had in mind when he wrote "Something hidden, go and find it. Go and look behind the ranges-something lost behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you. Go!"

Retracing one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilization, this remarkable tour follows in the footsteps of such legendary figures as Alexander the Great and Marco Polo.

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