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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

Fishermen at Gokarna

I walked to Om Beach, early in the morning, hoping to commune in solitude with the sea and the sun. Instead, I found that I was the late riser.... the place was filled with activity.... with those who belonged there a lot more than I did. 




Those early hours were when the boats otherwise silently parked on the sand came into their own, and fishermen went about their work....


While there were a few just setting off to the sea....


Most were already coming back with their catch....


And as I watched, I realized just how much the job entailed, apart from just catching the fish!


The hard work needed, just to get the boat to shore, was so immense.... and to push it on the sand seemed to require all their combined strength...


And that is when I also realized that these simple guys were also innovative, using greased blocks of wood to make their work easier....


They worked in unison, laying out the blocks of wood, greasing them, and then pulling the boat over them...


Though not all used wood.... this group used rubber tyres....


probably because they were cheaper? and easier to find and replace? 


It still entailed a lot of work, though....


You can almost feel the effort that goes into getting that boat on shore! 



After all that, their work wasn't yet done! They still had to get the fish off the nets...


And with fish as tiny as these, it surely wasn't an easy job either...


As the sun rose high and I finally headed inside in search of breakfast, I had a long day to look forward to. A day filled with travel, visiting places, doing things... and, taking one last look at the fishermen, still busy with their work, I wondered - What would the rest of their day be like? 

Even while watching the fishermen, the skies behind, the sun rising, the mist settling, added as much to the scene as the men working. Which is why, this is my entry today for Skywatch Friday. For more beautiful skies from around the world, visit the Skywatch Page.

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  1. Thank you for visiting me at Wordpress.:) Love how you showed the process of what these fishermen do. The close ups are especially beautiful! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Lovely pictures Anuradha. Karnataka is one of my favorite states to travel in India. Have you been to Devbagh?

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    1. Thanks Anvesha! Karnataka is indeed one of the most beautiful states to explore. I havent been to Devbagh yet. planned a couple of times, but hasnt yet worked out.

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  3. Beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  4. Wow - those shots are so lovely!

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  5. These are absolutely magnificent, just stunning images, each and everyone...you have enough just about to make a calendar ;)

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  6. Amazing flicks anuradha. Totally loved how you have put caption to every image. And really, Karnataka is a place to be.

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  7. Very Beautiful Clicks. Amazing view. I am sure it will be fun out there.

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