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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

More Ganeshas from Chembur

Here are a few more Ganeshas from Chembur.....

Usha, this one is especially for you, since both Samhith and I remembered you and wished you were with us for the Ganesha tour this year too..... and you will be thrilled to hear that Samhith didn't remember much of any of these ganpatis except that he saw them with you!

First on the list is the Duke's Ganesha....


The decoration was based on the story of a king and his cow herd who find the royal cow giving up all its milk  in an ant hill. The cow herd strikes the anthill with his axe, but is stunned to find blood. On digging further, they discover that the ant hill covers a Shiva Lingam. Usually, this set up is an animated one - kind of like a puppet show with a narrator in the background, and the characters move a little. However, this year, I elected to avoid the rush, which meant that the show wasn't on yet... much to Samhith's chagrin!


Next in line is the R K Ganpati (for those of you who do not know, this is the Ganesha at R.K.Studios, a tradition going back years... when Raj Kapoor and his entire family would turn up for the celebrations... To give due credit, part of the family still turn up for the immersion, drawing crowds galore!!)- which was simple, and just as usual. 


Next door to RK is another Ganesha - the pattern is always the same, but the decoration is usually good. However, this year they seem to have been a bit confused - I couldn't understand what Vitthala was doing, set against a backdrop of the Himalayas, with Shiva meditating on one of the peaks!! But then again, maybe they were just trying to re-use some of the stuff they had used last year... I distinctly remember the snow covered peaks and the image of Shiva from last year!!


With this, I am through with all the Ganeshas I can possibly see in my neighborhood. Going further to see some of the popular pandals is out of the question, especially thanks to the crowd! So lets see if I still manage to see any more!

Comments

  1. Very beautiful..
    And you are so true about the crowds!

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  2. Beautiful photographs. I have been visiting all these Ganeshas in Chembur successively for the last three years. I could not go this year due to my wife's sickness (thigh bone got fractured).

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  3. @Arti: thanks to all the crowds, i avoid all the popular ones... havent been to one since i was in college!

    @PN Subramanian : so sorry to hear about your wife. hope she gets better soon.. and next year when u come to bbay, you both have to visit us too... and see the ganesha we make next year :)

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  4. hi!!! i went n saw matunga n dadar ganpati. but m very disappointed by ur sudden change of plans :(

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  5. Hi, its really wonderful and colorful pics of Ganpathi. we saw few in koperkhairne and vashi.

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  6. Hey Anu! Thanks! I remember mentioning that trip to you on my comment to one of your new Ganesha posts! I remember Samhith being mesmerised by the puppet show on Putana at the Duke Ganpati and yes, I remember the theme at the Ganesha next to RK had a Kailash Parvat scene with Shiv and his family, including Nandi. And I think it is unfair to diddle poor Samhith out of a once-in-a-year puppet show when you can't really escape crowds in Mumbai!

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  7. Jai Jai Jai Ganesha
    Good Details and more coverage by you, Let Sri Ganesha gives everyone their wishes and more more and more happyness to all in this world.

    Regards
    Rajan Ramakrishnan
    For Sri Ganesha Sketches you can visit my blog
    www.rajandraws.wordpress.com

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