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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

Rains at last.........and the birds are back!!!!

After the heat of the past few months, the rains are a welcome sight indeed......

Over the long summer months, what we missed most were the birds which thronged the trees outside our window... What with the leaves being shed in the extreme heat and the lack of water, the only birds we saw were crows, pigeons and sparrows! The crows finished up all the food and water we placed for the birds, not letting any other bird anywhere near..... The pigeons were the boldest, trying to grab a morsel while the crows were busy elsewhere..... as to the sparrows, they simply had to settle for the leftovers, since they were severely disadvantaged by their size!

When the Indian Laburnum (Amaltas/ Golden Shower) bloomed late in may right outside our window, we  were thrilled, for we imagined that the bright yellow flowers would attract some birds...but alas, the crows played spoil-sport, not allowing any birds anywhere near.... I hung around with my camera, trying to get some interesting photos, but all I could manage were some shots of the flowers and the sparrows......Not one other bird was to be seen!




And then, suddenly, the rains arrived, bringing joy to our hearts. For the very first time, Samhith ran down to make the most of the first showers of rain, thrilled at being allowed to get wet!


And finally, with the very first showers arrived the birds........

The first to be seen was the White breasted Water Hen... a regular monsoon visitor to our colony... He pottered among the puddles of water, giving me some nice chances to take pictures.....






And then came the bulbuls - both, the red vented and red-cheeked ones...... gamboling happily among the laburnum flowers.


The sight of water brought back the kingfishers, a white breasted kingfisher sat on the lamp post right outside, posing for a while.....


Finally came the sunbirds, but they were still wary of the crows and didn't stay for long. But at least they have returned.....



Amongst all these birds, a bee buzzed around, looking for some nectar, and to my surprise, I actually managed to take a snap of the little fellow....


And then, as we left for a class, we noticed a chameleon making the most of the sun peeping through the clouds.....


After the dearth of birds and animals through the summer, this was like a windfall, so many birds in just a day! And now, as Samhith's school starts, and we wait for the bus, the hunt has begun for the snails - our regular monsoon visitors.......

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  1. What a lovely set of birds and insects the rain brought out.

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  2. Thanks! Took me down memory lane!

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  3. :) Was missing my regular bird blog watching :)
    Nice pics :) and it sure must have been a great relief with the rains :)

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  4. Ok. Now I know what they are called!

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  5. A lovely post Anu, thank you.
    Enjoy the rains, and the birds and the bees.:)

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  6. Nice to see the birds next to the house!!

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  7. Lovely shots !!! I am amazed at the depth of your knowledge about the birds! not just from this post, but several others !
    Me, i can never distinguish a myna from anything else !

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  8. @Mridula: oh yes.... the place has come alive, all of a sudden!

    @Usha: how come u havent taken any photos at delhi yet???

    @Joy: absolutely!!!

    @Shilpa: thanks so much! as to the relief... thats yet to come.. the rains are playing peek-a-boo as of now!

    @mumai paused: thanks :)

    @indicaspecies: thanks, celine!

    @Aravind: oh, there are lots of birds where we live, not a common sight in bbay!

    @Lavanya: i didnt know much about birds either... this was an attempt at getting samhith to get interested in something other than TV and violent toys, and now I am the one hooked!

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  9. @Mridula: oh yes.... the place has come alive, all of a sudden!

    @Usha: how come u havent taken any photos at delhi yet???

    @Joy: absolutely!!!

    @Shilpa: thanks so much! as to the relief... thats yet to come.. the rains are playing peek-a-boo as of now!

    @mumai paused: thanks :)

    @indicaspecies: thanks, celine!

    @Aravind: oh, there are lots of birds where we live, not a common sight in bbay!

    @Lavanya: i didnt know much about birds either... this was an attempt at getting samhith to get interested in something other than TV and violent toys, and now I am the one hooked!

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