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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

Ganesh Chaturthi 2011 - The Festival begins!

This blog has been selected by Blogadda for the week's Spicy Saturday Picks, 3rd September, 2011! Click on the image or the link above to see the other wonderful posts on the list!






Ganesh Chaturthi is here and Mumbai is all set to welcome its favourite God. The most interesting thing about Mumbai's Ganesha's is their variety - we see all sorts of Ganeshas in all sorts of sizes - tiny to huge, Ganeshas with their parents, Ganeshas dressed like Krishna, Ganesha dressed in modern clothes.. the list in endless. Come and see our Ganeshas through my lens....

Waiting for a coat of paint





Work in progress


Finishing touches




Strumming a guitar!


Shivaji and Krishna side by side

With his parents

Dattatrya is sandwiched between two others

On his father's shoulders







Dressed as his father




As peshwas

The Lord of the hills - Balaji





And finally, coming home!
Meanwhile, this year, I am doing a series of posts on my stories blog, where I shall be putting up stories of Ganesha every day for the next ten days of the festival. Do go over and take a look. Here are the posts up there now....



Comments

  1. Wonderful and colorful idols of Lord.
    Happy Ganesh Charturti.

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  2. Wow! So many of them.

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  3. Wow!! I am speechless!
    So colorful..
    Wish you and your family a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi:)

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  4. THanks Rajesh! wish you too a happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

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  5. Yes Indrani! and these were from just two shops in my area!!

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  6. Thanks Arti! Wish u too a very happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

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  7. Feels like I am a part of Mumbai right now. What a joy ride. 

    Happy Ganesha Chaturthi :)
    regards, aJ

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  8. Happy festival to you and your family

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  9. Fantaastic pics, bright and colourful...

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  10. Thanks so much, Aakash! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to you too!

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  11. You have managed to capture the astounding variety of His forms. Beautiful!

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