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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh September 16th 2017

I fell in love with Leh before I’d even got there. The mountains, the views, the people, the air; its whole aura, somehow. If I lived in Delhi, this would be my bolthole from the summer’s heat. On a clear day, the view from the Delhi flight is phenomenal, snow-capped peaks and winding streams of glacier-flow, no apparent sign of human activity until you near Ladakh’s capital and spot the first signs of cultivated fields beside grey-green rivers, a stark contrast to the barren, unforgiving landscape around. As with Paro in Bhutan, it seems incredible that there’s any stretch of flatness big enough for an airstrip, and indeed the airport itself is up the hill from the planes. Too excited to remember to check my seat pocket before getting off the plane – you’d have thought ... read more
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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh September 10th 2017

The day of marathon has arrived. I am still not confident that I will make it, but there is never a question of turning back. After 4 days of relaxing, I am feeling strong. We started at 5:30 in the morning in taxi to get to our starting point. There were quite a lot of people, more than I expected. Many groups from Delhi, Pune etc. We did our usual pre-race preparation, bib, sunscreen. Then after seeing many groups warming up, I decided to join one of them to warm up. Then it was off on the course. Starting strong, I soon overtook quite a few people. Usually it is a sign that I am running too fast at an unsustainable pace. But I was feeling fine, so I carried on. Once slightly out of town, ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh September 8th 2017

Every year I try to find a nice exotic place to run a half-marathon (21.1km / 13.1miles is standard half-marathon distance). This year it was Leh, Ladakh in India. Sitting at an altitude of 11,000+ ft. (3,350m) where you have only 60% air compared to sea level, even walking is a challenge here. Add to that the fact that the run course had 1600 ft (480 m) cumulative elevation gain / loss, this became a perfect challenge for me. I had already run the Winterthur half-marathon, so I knew that I have the distance part nailed down, but elevation gain would require lot of training. The good part about that is, I can do that in gym on a treadmill. Continuing distance training in India was very difficult for someone used to running in the clean ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh July 5th 2017

Thukje to Leh The Indian Himalaya is made up of a series of parallel mountains ranges running from north west to south east. In order to get from Shimla to Leh you have to climb the passes over all of them. They are, in order starting from the south west, the Great Himalaya Range and the Zanskar Range, then just north of Leh there is the Ladakh Range, and finally, running along the border with China from Pakistan to Tibet there is the mighty Karakorum Range which includes near the Pakistan end as one of its peaks the huge K2. We left Thukje after breakfast outside the tents in the intense sun and road back along the single track road across the Moray plain and back onto the main road leading towards the end of the ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh December 14th 2016

Leh-ladakh in flat Rs 25k Yes, you might feel it unbelievable, but its practically possible.. We did it. Here we are a total of 6 happy go lucky members from Mumbai, I say so because we are travelers and not tourist, which in term would mean that adjustment is the name of the game. The plan started 3 months back from our actual dates of travel ( sept 10 to 18) , so the booking of flight tickets is the most important aspect. Plan the bookings as soon as possible. Sept, I assume is the best month to travel Leh, the reasons being, It’s an off season period, you can get things cheap , the ideal travel period being March to Aug. Though Sept has the same features as compared to the best travel period, yes ... read more
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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh October 2nd 2016

K2S: Katraj to Stok Quiet an unusual trek? For those who are not from Pune, K2S stands for katraj to Sihagad, a tiring 5 hours (at least) trek made famous by Enduro. What made me to name my blog after this trek name was because I did K2S (Katraj to Sihagad) twice, thrice rather. Once a straight K2S & then….the tiring S2K & return K2S, back to back on the same day! Itserved as a stepping stone, a foundation for the mighty Stok Kangri Climb. I thank my group members for being with me. The foundation of Stok Summit was rather laid many years back during my Harishchandragad via nalichi waat (makad naal) climb, which happened to be my first trek. Innumerable treks later, I was finally prepared by the Sahyadris for the mighty Himalayas. This ... read more
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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh November 4th 2015

Possibly the luckiest traveller in the world this year! I was the plus one on a competition prize to India! Not only do I love to travel, I love it even more when it doesn’t cost me anything! A dream come true! In early November, my friend Leisa and I flew from Hong Kong to Delhi, with a transfer to Leh, in the North of India, Ladakh - Kashmir. If I am honest, I did not know that this beautiful place had existed up until this point! Flying into Leh at 3500 meters altitude, there was not much of a descent but there was one hell of a view over the Himalayas. Plunging to minus two on landing, we collected our bags from the single conveyor belt at the baron airport arrivals and were met by ... read more
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Through the Lens
Prayer Flags

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh September 21st 2015

travel diaries…. my amazing experience of Leh Ladakh It all started with an idea of a getaway from the daily hustle bustle of city life and mundane routine which actually binds you with normalcy and leaves very little scope of newness to it. We continue to do the same stuff on a daily basis and take solace in the thought that we are living our life and it is moving on. With an impending travel plan in mind, me and RP decided to take some time off from the city and travel to Leh Ladakh, which was suggested to us by group of friends at various point in time, but we never really decided to travel considering it wouldn’t have been a short trip and would need at least a week’s time to visit various places ... read more

Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh August 8th 2015

How did I get Leh’d One morning at 10 AM, on my office table my phone rang, I was so excited to see my friend call, it was my bestie who called me, and he asked me to join him and bunch of other coolest friends to conquer the highest motorable roads. Yes, the trip was to ride over the foot hills of The Great Himalayas – The Manali-Leh Highway, where the only way is the Nature’s Way. The only place where you can get hit by a frost bite or the heat stroke at the same time. The Great Himalayas has it all. The wildest roads, Hairpin turns, Gushing rivers’ which flow through the roads, Streams, Snow, whether reads different every 10 minutes, hot sun to rain storm, cold deserts to dark mountains, the beautiful ... read more
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Asia » India » Jammu & Kashmir » Ladakh » Leh October 11th 2013

No, I don't have chapped lips... Indeed in this very dry area, with high altitude (all above 3000m) and blazing sun, even through the clouds; MY LIPS ARE COMPLETELY DRY! Leh is in fact a bit of a city in a desert. All around Leh it is rocks and sand. And only the city is a bit green. It's like that all over Ladakh. Very arid landscapes is sprinkled with little green valleys. As soon as there is a little river, usually glacier melting water, then the Ladakhi use them to build their villages around it. Through a smart and communal irrigation system they succeed at making thess high altitude deserts into fertile farmland. But so, water is a rarity here, and tourist like us form a threat to the environment. So it is very important ... read more




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