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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

Coconut Trees

They form an inevitable part of the coastal skyline in Southern India, and are certainly among the most useful among trees.



It is sometimes compared to the 'Kalpavriksha' - the celestial or wish fulfilling tree, since every part of the tree is used for the benefit of mankind. Yes, I am talking about the Coconut tree.





Every part of the coconut tree is useful. South Indian cuisine would be incomplete without the coconut, and summer would be that much more difficult to bear without the always cool and refreshing coconut water. Even the kernel is used, sometimes with the firewood, but mostly as a small container. These days, we even get jewellery made from it! As to the leaf, they are not just used for roofing, but for making the house too, as you can see in this pic!


This old hut has been decorated for a festival - with two banana trees next to the door (that's another plant which is likened to the kalpavriksha!), and a new banner-like thing made with the coconut palm leaf. This apparently not just signifies celebration, but is also useful, since it strengthens the hut by adding a new layer to its wall!

Here is a close look at the palm frond plaited to make the frame....


Simple, yet beautiful, isn't it? and eco-friendly too!

I can't help feeling excited about learning everything I can, even if it is 'just' about coconut trees. Hey, anyone can study abroad these days; with so many online universities to choose from, class can be wherever you are in the world. Online schooling is in high demand, since many people want the flexibility they both offer.


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