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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

Wooden Toys

I can't go to Nashik without thinking of toys. This was where we bought the first wooden toy for Samhith - a train - and today, we have a huge collection of these wooden toys. mostly vehicles.





I was at Nashik about a month back, and seeing all these toys reminded me of the first time we saw them... a visit we made almost 5 years back..... I had just started my blog then, and didn't even think of taking a photo of the toy shops at Panchavati then. We did buy a number of them, though! This time, on the other hand, I held in my temptation by clicking pics and returning without buying a single one!


The shopkeeper told us that these toys are made in Nasik. He was hesitant to tell us who made them, or where he bought them, probably afraid that we would go directly to the maker.... but these toys are certainly cheaper at Nasik than anywhere else that I have seen them. Samhith was eager to get some more, but space in our house is a major issue. Besides, we use these toys mainly at Navaratri (which starts next week, which is why I remembered these toys now) and this year, we can not celebrate the festival...

You can see some of our other wooden vehicles in my earlier Navaratri posts...

Most of the wooden vehicles you can see there were bought at Nashik!


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  1. I do exactly the same so many times, I click a picture and don't buy anything.

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    1. Thats probably the one advantage of being possessed by a camera, Mridula!!

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  2. These are so nice. I wonder if kids will like the feel of these charming wooden toys as compared to the plastic stuff that dominates the market.

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    1. Yes, Richa.. these are much, much nicer than the plastic toys. we have quite a few of them and Samhith loves playing with them. in fact, all the kids who come to see our golu during navaratri want to play with them!

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  3. Nice collection...Navaratri is starting. Will wait for your posts:))

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    1. Thanks chitra.... yes, Navaratri is starting and we are so sad that we cant keep the golu. but hopefully i will have lots of other stuff to share

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  4. Beautiful toys. Though I had been to Nashik, I never had an opportunity of appreciating them in them shops. This year I am in Chennai. In my childhood we had plenty of Marapachis made of Red Sandal Wood (Rakta chandanam).

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    1. yes, PNS.. they are lovely... i dont know how you missed them in Nashik.. the shops at Panchavati are filled with them! and even at Tryambak... we have lots of marapachis too... of all shapes and sizes :D my mother and mami have a huge collection now

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  5. Click Click Click .

    I remember my childhood days when I used to play with wooden toys. Nowadays only plastic ones with battery operated or soft ones are available.

    Thanks Anu jee for posting

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    1. Thanks Vishal! the trend of wooden toys is coming back... they are really much nicer for kids to play with... and we keep looking out for these wherever we go!

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    2. Vishal,
      Wooden toys had their own charm. :)

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  6. I never knew wooden toys are made in Nashik !! For wooden toys, all I knew was about Channapatnam !
    Thanks Anu for sharing this with us, my trip to Nashik will cover this. And that bullock cart is fascinating. :)

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  7. Such beautiful toys! ou brought back my childhood memories. trip to Himachal

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  8. Beautiful toys ..really this refresh my childhood memory.

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