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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

Earth Mela 2010 at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai

Here's an interesting event being held in Mumbai - the Earth Mela, 2010! I am planning to take Samhith along for part of it.... Here is their full schedule. All those of you living in Mumbai, try to make it for a while.... If anyone would like to come along with me, please do drop me a line! There is a registration charge of Rs.175/- per day, and the activities listed seem quite interesting..... Waiting to see what it is like...



Earth Mela 2010 – April 24-25 (7am to 6pm)
at Maharashtra Nature Park Society

Central Theme: Biodiversity – In with UN's International Year of the
Biodiversity

Day 1 - April 25th Schedule (Sunday)

Time                                        Activities

7:00am                                     Registration Desk Opens

7 am – 9 am                             Cycle Rally (12km)

9 am – 10 am                           Breakfast for Volunteers

10 am – 11am                          Inauguration (Registration starts at 9.30am)

11am – 12 pm                          Film Screening

1. Papiroflexia (Short Film) 3min

2. The Climate Change Mystery, by CERE (Short Film) 23min English

3. SPROUTS by Unlimited India 2min English

4. Hard Rain by Mark Edwards 20min English

12pm – 1pm                             Lecture
Important Trees for Cities & Rare Indigenous Plants of India,
by Dr. C S Lattoo

1 pm – 2 pm                             Film Screening -------- (Lunch)--------
Finding Nemo,
Walt Disney Pictures, Animation Feature Film, Hindi

2 pm – 3 pm                             Film Screening

1. Diminishing Resources
By Himanshu Malhotra and Sabina Kidwai (UK Environment Film Fellowship)
16min English

2.Once there was a Purple Butterfly by Sonya V. Kapoor
(UK Environment Film Fellowship), 12min English

3.Mi MasaBoltoi 8min Marathi

3 pm – 4 pm                             Film Screening
Nagarahole : Tales from an Indian Jungle by Eco Media
 (Shekhar Dattatri), 53min English

4 pm – 5 pm                             Key Note Lecture:
`Himalaya' – Then & Now
Mr. Harish Kapadia, Mountaineer & Writer


5 pm – 6 pm                             Film Screening
Ganges : Daughter of the Mountains by
BBC Natural History Unit, 50min,English

11 m – 6pm                              (Whole day activities)

- Adventure Sports Activities – Rock Climbing, Rappelling,
Burma
bridge, Zip-line crossing and so much more fun…


- Kids Activities – Face painting, poster painting &
Paper/Mache making.

- Photo Exhibition: Indigenous and rare species of flora and fauna

- Stalls & Exhibition of eco-friendly products and life-style ideas
– Matsya Crafts, Hide-Out, Daily Dump, Indian Adventures, Ecoexist,
RUR, BNHS, UTMT, Baker's Street, Excel Industries, Learning Fantasies,
SPROUTS…


Day 2 - April 25th Schedule (Sunday)

Time                                        Activities

7:00am                                     Registration Desk Opens

7am – 9am                               Nature Trail led by Dr. Parvish Pandya

9am – 10am                             Breakfast for Volunteers

10am – 11am                           Film Screening
The Private Life of Plants: Episode1: Travelling
by BBC 50min,English

11am – 12pm                           Lecture1:
Urban Biodiversity Research and Role of Communities
by Ms. Ovee Thorat (20mins)

Lecture 2:
What's Biodiversity for? by Anand Pendharkar (20mins) Good for Kids & Adults

12pm – 1pm                             Film Screening

1. The Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan, 4 min English

2. Dreaming of my Clean Creek by Enviro-Vigil, 15 min English

3. Goa Goa Gone 28min English, Konkani, Marathi

1 pm – 2 pm                             Film Screening (Lunch)
Madagascar, Animation Feature, English

2 pm – 3 pm                             Film Screening
Gaaz, call of the Ocean by Arti Kulkarni 50min Marathi/English

3 pm – 4 pm                             Film Screening
Planet Earth : Great Plains by BBC, 50min English

4 pm – 5 pm                             Guest Lecture :
Why do we need leaders in the field of Ecological Conservation?
Dr. Sudhakar Solomon Raj, Reader, Wilson College

5 pm – 6 pm                             Film Screening
Born Free by James H. Hill
Feature Film, 95min English

10am – 6pm                             (Whole day activities)

- Adventure Sports Activities – Rock Climbing, Rappelling,
Burma
bridge, Zip-line crossing and so much more fun…


- Kids Activities – Face painting, poster painting &
Paper/Mache making.

- Photo Exhibition: Indigenous and rare species of flora and fauna

- Stalls & Exhibition of eco-friendly products and life-style ideas
– Matsya Crafts, Hide-Out, Daily Dump, Indian Adventures, Ecoexist,
RUR, BNHS, UTMT, Baker's Street, Excel Industries, Learning Fantasies,
SPROUTS…

Comments

  1. wow.. sounds nice.. im sure there will be a write up, once u guys are back.. waiting for that and the photos :)

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  2. wow.. sounds nice.. im sure there will be a write up, once u guys are back.. waiting for that and the photos :)

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  3. wow
    envy you
    hope yu have a great time

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