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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

Butterfly

The most natural thing to do when it starts raining is to go looking for shelter, especially when it pours cats and dogs....... Most of us prefer watching the rain from the safety and comforts of our homes, and I have seen the same instinct in many birds which huddle among thick leaves, attempting to find some sanctuary.... However, every now and then I come across something which makes me wonder if these creatures actually want to get away from the rain, or if they,unlike us, are equally comfortable even when it pours.... like the kingfisher which patiently awaited its prey even though it was drenched.....

And just a couple of days back, I happened to notice this butterfly flitting around a tree (incidentally, a curry leaves tree - does it hold a special fascination for butterflies???), while it poured and poured. At first, we thought it was trying to find a place to settle, but it simply refused to sit in one place, going round and round, from one branch to another, intermittently visiting other trees before returning to this one.....

We observed the butterfly for almost half an hour, and Samhith actually started worrying if its wings would get destroyed by the rain beating down..... but the butterfly seemed to be least affected by the rain.....

Here are some pics.....




Comments

  1. Very nice observation. Thanks for sharing. Yes, I guess few require shelter but kingfisher seems to be enjoying rain.

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  2. Lovely.... Butterflies i love, and can sit stare at em, or follow them around for hours!! :)

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  3. Good photos. You have a keen sense of observation.

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  4. I too love watching butterflies but have never observed the rain phenomenon.

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  5. Something to ponder about. Interesting.

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  6. it's always very pleasant to watch butterflies! i had a dragonfly at my balcony this week... i just uploaded the pic (http://pic-k-s.blogspot.com/) and stumbled on to your blog!

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  7. very well written
    nice shots

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  8. Butterflies hide under leaves when it rains, my mother told me so when I was a kid.

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  9. And monsoons bring in a lot of moths as well.

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  10. Great blog Anu..you've got some real useful stuff here. Visit my blog http://mybioscope.blogspot.com/ whenever you've got time. Some weeks back I had been to Maharashtra Nature Park where I had photographed lots of butterflies. Hope you like them!

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  11. Lovely pictures and a well written piece.
    I am always fascinated by rains.
    It makes one feel so romantic.

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