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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

The Bazaar at Amer

Near the exit of Amer Fort, two huge vats or vessels attract our attention. They look big enough to cook food, and we assume these are a couple of the relics left over from the olden days. However, the guide is quick to correct us. These are props from a film which was shot here - Jodha Akbar. He says they didnt take it back, and there was no place inside the fort for them, so here they are, where they will be noticed, but  not really a part of the fort. 





This is the portion of the fort which is allotted to the shops. There is a small museum shop which sells souvenirs, and then there are these vendors selling everything from clothes to wooden articles, to bangles... In more ways that one, the place allotted for the vessels seems apt. The bazaar is the place where the old makes way for the new... where the ancient and the modern both have their place... Most of the items sold here are inspired by the items used by the royals in the days gone by, but they have been adapted to suit the demands of the present.....

Earrings galore....





This young man obviously knew his customers well. He didnt as much as look up all the time we were there... but a couple of foreigners entered, and he was up on his feet with his sales pitch all ready!!! 

Turbans, Kurtis, umbrellas, cushion covers.... a variety of textile products!



Bangles!! Oh how I was tempted!!!


These lac bangles studded with mirrors were once the signature of Jaipur. I still remember the first pair my uncle bought me. But these days, they seem to available everywhere....


Ditto with these beautiful mirror studded dolls which occupy prime space in our golu. This arrangement itself looks like one!


And then there are, of course, the precious and semi precious stones.....






I am always attracted to these bazaars at all tourist places, for the sheer colours and variety of items. It takes an awful lot of control to not splurge, which is why I take my camera along these days. I might not return with armfulls of the glittering knick knacks, but I have loads of photos which serve just as well!!

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  1. Lovely artifacts and curios. You have captured the colourful market well.


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  2. Lovely. What did you buy for me, Anu? ;-)

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    1. sorry Sudha!! I was hard pressed as it is, keeping my itching hands away from all these wonderful things! !

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  3. now- that's something that my sister would love to get lost and shop in. :)

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    1. Absolutely!!!! even more so if you sponsor her shopping spree!!

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  4. Its always wonderful to roam around in Jaipur and look at all those wonderful things being sold!!

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    1. Absolutely, Arti!! We had too little time to actually go and drool over all the wonderful things, but we still came back with our bags bursting!!

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  5. Rajasthan full of colors & life, very nice ! Thanks for sharing

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  6. Well captured..the jhumkas..the rings..longing to go there..

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  7. Trust Rajasthan to spread out the most colourful of souvenirs. :)
    Lovely post, Anuradha.

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  8. one feels these blogs are among the best on amer,ought to prompt many readers tomake an early visit.
    easy to read,excellent photos....
    between the link and the blog,i thought for a fleeting moment that the vats/cauldrons
    must have been used to pour oil on the invaders!naturally disappointed to learn these're left behind by the jodha akbar group.

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    1. Thanks so much!! I was surprised too, which is why I remembered it!

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  9. good post, a different look at the Pink City, I wonder how I missed all this every time I have been there.

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  10. Amer fort is a great ancient monument, which holds great history of Mughal rulers . The architectural beauty of the fort has an enchanting effect and leaves person spell bounded. The fort holds a position of being a famous Bollywood shooting destination. Indeed your article has enlightened the market of Amer. Amer fort market has some beautiful collection of artwork, be it traditional Jewelry, handicrafts, miniature decorations etc. Each and everything reflects the traditional Jaipur’s Art work. The vibrant bangles, the colourfull Odhani’s are some of the best buys, and of course you need to have a good bargaining sense when it comes to shopping at such well visited monument of the city.

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  11. Fascinating! Thank God, I got some time to come here, Anu. Beautiful pictures :)))

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    1. Good to see you catching up, Julia... hope to see you on my other posts soon too :D

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  12. Amazing pics Anuradha.. How expensive were the earrings and other jewelry ?

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