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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

A Slithering Visitor

We were returning from school and stopped by our compound wall to look at snails (as usual), trying to see if all of them were still around, when we spotted what we first took to be a rope, and only later realised was a snake! Both of us looked on, fascinated by the slithering creature which wove its way in and out of the holes in the wall, looking for God alone knows what! I realised that I had left my camera at home, and rushed up to bring it, wondering if it would still be around when I returned! It seemed to be a patient creature, for it was still around, and I did manage to get a couple of snaps, though not too good ones..... but at least now I have evidence that I have actually seen a snake in my yard!!!

It seems to be pure luck that I managed to get the entire snake in the frame for the very first pic.... Can you see its head and its tail?? and how it has managed to get in and out of the holes??


Here's a closer look at its head...... along with a lizard too... which hogs the limelight here....


But these were all the pics I could manage before it seemed to realize that it was being watched, and slithered into the undergrowth!  We barely had time to notice the greenish yellow underside before it disappeared, forget taking a pic! Neither of us had the guts to go looking for it again!!!

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  1. Hi, I wanted to see a snake last week , nice to see it on your post

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  2. anu
    congrats for the hillarious effort

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  3. That was quite brave of you!
    Great clear captures both.

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  4. I would have run away if I saw one! Great to see that both of you stood your ground.

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  5. @Lakshmi: You wanted to see a snake last week?? Why on earth?? I was so scared, but stood still only because I was fascinated and also sure that it wasnt poisonous!!

    @AswathiBabu: thanks :)

    @Indrani: not really, it was quite safe from where I was,, and I was close enough to run back inside our building :)

    @Mridula: I am sure you wouldnt have run away! you would have got much better pics with your camera!!

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  6. That was brave! And good you were able to click that picture! Nice one!

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  7. snakes gives me creeps.I don't think I would have taken a photo like that.

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  8. I love seeing those little creatures making there way around!

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  9. I really cherish yr comments...so promptly that you do leave them...
    interestingly..this post has a snake in it...and as yu know my latest too has one...
    i am sure we are destined to meet sometime in life...and figure out a connection that preexisted!!
    Take care

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  10. I like watching Snakes on tv.. Thats it!!!

    Seen one when i was small,hidden behind the bathrom door [me inside the bathroom]. and then again one slithering away when i had just brot Floppy[doggie] home as a pup...

    Wow, not only did u see one, but managed to click pics too...brave woman :D

    Lakshmi's been wanting to see one since last week..lolz..!!

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  11. Wow, that is some snake and some photo! How long it must have been, to go in all those holes and still be seen!

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