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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

Welcoming Lord Ganesha

Yesterday was a day for celebrations - and as is usual for any mass celebration in India, filled with the noise of drums and brass bands, people dancing on the streets, and loads of colour being thrown in joy! Even heavy rains didnt dampen the enthusiasm, even as Ganesha idols continued to be brought in, late into the evening!

We welcomed our own Ganesha idols rather quietly, with Samhith starting off the puja this year. After all, he had a hand in the idols too this year. We went completely eco-friendly, using the clay idols we had made.

The idol in front is the one I made..
The smaller ones behind are Samhith's

We went for a walk in the evening, in spite of the rain, hoping to see some Ganeshas, and we weren't disappointed. Some of them were still making their way to their pandal, thanks to the pouring rains and potholed roads slowing them down!



The Ganeshas were well covered in plastic sheets to protect them from the rain. Some of them had their faces covered, since some believe it inauspicious for anyone to see the face of the Lord before He is installed within the idol through the rites and rituals.



The people bringing him had no compunctions about getting wet! Their happiness was unabated as they danced....



The roads were wet, and slippery, and this is usually the most crowded part of our suburb. However, today, the Lord and his devotees had the right of way!





At our local pandal, Samhith was in for a treat. We were just in time for the puja, and the offerings were laid out, all set for the Lord to have his fill. Of course, we waited so that Samhith could get a share too!


And that was just the first day of the ten-day festival. Keep coming back for more!

Comments

  1.  Great post Anu, I have been pandal hopping too!
    Lets see when I put it all together!
    And the clay Ganesha is very cute:)

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  2. Nice post. The eco-friendly Ganesha's are so very nicely done. Happy festivities.  The rains did not bring down the enthusiasm of the festival - very true.

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  3. Nice post. I like the Ganesh you made :)

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  4. Thanks a lot, Arti! Waiting to see your collection soon!

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  5. So the comments are back again! It is great to see you and Samhith experimenting with clay!

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  6. Thanks Mridula, for trying again!!!

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