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Ladakh - Planning The Trip

Over 2000 Km by road, in around 10 days. Stunning landscapes, wonderful people. That sums up our Ladakh trip. But how did it actually work? How did we make it happen? Read on to find out!  Leh, the capital of Ladakh , is accessible by air and road. Flying into Leh is the easiest, and time-saving option, while the road is the time consuming one, but with the added advantage of driving past some of the most beautiful landscapes in our country. Each option has much to recommend it, and we chose the road for just one reason – altitude sickness. Altitude sickness was one of my biggest concerns, since I suffer from motion-sickness. Yes, I do travel a lot, but that is despite my condition, and, over the years, have learnt how to handle it. I struggled with it when we visited Nathu-La in Sikkim, and wondered if I would be able to manage a week at the even higher altitudes that we would encounter in Ladakh. This was the reason we stuck to a basic plan, of only 9 days in Ladakh, though we

The rains are here!!!!!


Ah! At last! I can hear the pitter-patter of the drops as they fall on my window pane….. When I open the window, the smell of wet earth fills my nostrils… how I have waited for this! Since the first week of June, we have been preparing ourselves for the monsoon, and every day that passed without rain was a depressing one. Then, we were hit by the water-cut, which only made things worse. All over, people are praying for rain. While some look at scientific methods, others perform havans. Some, like my mother-in-law and her friends, read slokas which are guaranteed to bring rains. Whatever the method, the aim is just one – a normal monsoon – not just for Bombay, but all of India. As the days passed, and July approaches, the hopes dipped, and all over, there was talk of a missed-monsoon and drought! But at last, there is hope!

Since the last two days, it has been raining here (at least in our locality). The Met Department says these are just pre-monsoon thundershowers, but whatever they are, they have raised the hopes of the monsoon coming, if not on time, at least, as they say “Better late than never!”

I remember the days when I used to walk to the bus stop wading through knee deep water, but never late to catch the bus! While some complained about the water and the incessant rain, for most of us it was a pleasure that we got just for 3 months in the year, and made the most of it. Today, neither do I wade through water, nor does Samhith, for is school bus picks him up and drops him right on our doorstep!

Yesterday, it poured so heavily that I waited downstairs for him with an umbrella for him, and thought of carrying my camera along to while away the time… Here are some glimpses from my neighbourhood in the rain……………

Here is the sky just before it began pouring.... I was fascinated by the beautiful shade of blue.....


And here is the same scene a little while later....





Drops of water....



On the road...






When I came down, there was this crow getting drenched just inside our building....



here's a closer look..



By the time Samhith came, it was totally drenched, and wasn't moving at all...... i wondered if it was alive...



10 minutes later, it flew away!!!!!

Let's just hope the rains come on in full force. If they do, I shall keep my camera ready for more photographs!!

Comments

  1. that crow looks soaked. poor him!

    we have snow here - in the middle of summer. crazy weather.

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  2. Anu, send the rain here too. Badly needed.

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  3. Enjoy the rain anu.....

    it is in rain -- the divine descends...


    cheers.... :)


    PS- Can U please take of the word verification option in the comments section. It makes commenting easy. :)

    (& trust me- there will be no spamming- I have experimented with my own blog)

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  4. it isn't raining here either after the premonsoon showers. It has almost stopped. Not even showers, normally, when there is monsoon and if it rains in Kerala, the showers will be felt here in Coimbatore. But it is dry here too. Wish it rains, for the crops, farmers and for then us..
    Cheers!

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  5. We too are waiting for the rains to come. The sky is cloudy and temperatures have gone down but the rain is being withheld. The crow in your building seems to be enjoying the rains.

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  6. Good to see it raining well in chennai Anu, Rain's playing hide and seek in Bangalore. If we don't get good rains we will have severe water and power shortage in Karnataka. I hope the rain god's show mercy...Thomas

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  7. yeppie..d rain has come, ur blog brot d joy bak.. In bengal though late, it came n especially aftr d sweltering summer its such a grt relief....
    Awesome pics...

    Happy monsoon..:)

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