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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

Navaratri 2009 - our Bommai Kolu

The most anticipated festival of the year is here at last, and we are all done with the preparations, and ready to make the most of the celebrations during the next nine days. Mornings are busy with all the work involved, but evenings are something to look forward to, with people coming home to look at our Bommai Kolu, and us visiting others’ houses for the same reason. The day ends with a visit to our local temple, where the celebrations are held on a grand scale, the highlight being a decorated tableau depicted some form of the Devi, either illustrating a story about her, or showing one of her many forms. Come; join me as I take you along with me through the navaratri festivities in my neighbourhood…..

We have worked long and hard for arranging our Bommai Kolu this year, a proceeding that was even more interesting, considering that we haven’t been able to celebrate any festival for the last two years. Here are the final results of all our hard work!


Here's the complete Kolu....


Take a closer look......





Take a closer look at some of the dolls......



The marapacchi..... The set on the right is a gift from my mom and aunt this year.... beautiful, aren't they??



Some of the gods and goddesses.....








Here's Shrek's son driving a cart full of sacks of grain!!




These are all wooden toys technically belonging to Samhith!



And here is the best part of our kolu - the arrangement for which we put in a whole lot of effort!

This is the first part - the city with the airport....





And here is the village with a jungle behind.....



And here's the railway line over the mountain which connects the two....




Take a closer look at the village.......right in front is the railway station....




and here is the village temple, built in the Kerala style by Samhith.... note the small Ganesha temple outside with a real idol inside.....



Here are more of Samhith's creations : a garden for the city......



...and another house, also for the city...



Here is the cliff overhanging the sea.. with sea creatures in it.....




And finally, here is Thomas the Tank Engine chugging along the mountain railway line.....



The preparations for this Kolu took ages, and led me to neglect most of my other duties, but the effort has been worth it! What do you think??????


Comments

  1. OH wow... simply superb!!! Both mom & son are super talented... Can you please ask Samhith to come help me or give me some tips now... :-)

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  2. very nice golu.
    simply superb.congrats to sanhith and you for this wonderful idea.
    KEEP IT UP SAMHITH.
    GOOD WORK.

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  3. Really appreciate you and your son. I felt so good looking at those pictures. took me back to my child hood. I too have written a blog on Navarathri and kolu on wordpress. when you find time go through it.
    thanks.

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  4. Patricia : Thanks so much!!!! both mom and son are thrilled with the appreciation, and would love to help you with whatever you need!!!!!

    Sandhya : thanks so much. .. samhith was thrilled!

    Chitra: thanks a lot! just went through your blog... god one!!!!

    ssstoryteller : thanks a lot..

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  5. Kudos to the Mother and Son duo. I simply loved the railway line connecting the city and the village. Very creative and very nice. :)

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  6. How I wish I had gone kolu-gazing with you! Wish I had the time! Had fun with yours tho and love the fact that a part of it is now at my place :P

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