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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

Om Beach, Gokarna - A Photoblog and some thoughts

I sit by the shore, enjoying the solitude it offers me, only the mountains, the rocks and the water, for company....



Watching the waves, as they rush to the shore....


Building up momentum, as if they can't wait....


And then, frothing into nothingness, merging with the sand.


I watch the huge rocks, which stand tall.... 


As they have stood for aeons, braving the sun, the sand and the sea. 


I watch the waves lash on the rocks......


Their spray wetting everything in sight....


It almost appears as if there is a game afoot....


A game that has been played for centuries....


A game that makes no sense to me, but if only those rocks and waves could speak, what stories they could tell us!


For now, I can do little but watch....



Feeling incredibly small and insignificant.....


Under the gaze of these pillars of nature, which stand strong but calm...


Even those which aren't as majestic, on a closer look...


Reveal shells and barnacles they have provided a home to...


Tiny creatures, delicate, fragile, find a haven within......


Remnants of algae, probably from the bottom of the sea, find their way here too....


Reminding us of another land, under the sea........


As the sun begins its downward journey, it seems to put it all in perspective - the sun, the sky, the mountains, the land, and of course, the sea.... 



What a beautiful sight it is! As I get up to go back in, and join the throng of people in the cafe, I wonder -
What it is that makes this scene so beautiful?
Is it the mountains, standing tall in the water, in spite of being lashed by the waves day in and day out?
Is it the water, the waves which now seem so calm, yet lashing the rocks over and over again, with no respite at all?
Is it this clash which lies at the core of this beautiful sight?
Is it, in fact, a clash?
Or is it, the perfect balance?
That exists in nature....
Which shows us...
That we can exist together, in perfect harmony, in perfect peace...
No matter how different we all are.



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  1. Amazing sight, amazing clicks and amazing description!

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  2. Beautiful images! I love this beach.

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  3. nice..i have huge set of such beautiful pics I took during sunrise at Om beach..lemme try if a photoblog can be stitched together.. thanks :-)

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  4. Beautiful pictures particularly the close ups!

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