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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

Navaratri 2015 : Our Home Bommai Kolu



The best part of Navaratri is setting up the Bommai Kolu!



After a hiatus of three years, this year's celebration was much awaited. As usual, though, almost everything got done only at the last moment, which is why this post is so delayed. Anyway, this year was extra special because Samhith helped me set up the kolu even more than usual. For the first time, he helped with the steps, easing my work quite a bit! And we had lots of fun in the process! Take a look at his antics....

And here is what our Kolu looks like...



And without boring you with words, let me show you our Kolu through my photos....

The top steps are for the Gods

The next few steps are about deities too... their figures as well as their worship

The bottom steps are for us, our collections, representing ourselves


This year, I am especially proud of turban I have tied for the marapachi :) 

These stone lamps came all the way from Mysore.....

And this bull from some unknown village in interior Maharashtra...

This camel came all the way from Dubai!!!

These assorted animals.. glass and marble, are from Rajasthan and Gujarat...



This cute family came from Dubai too... when Shankar made a trip some years back...
A Junior Arab, for Samhith, also from Dubai!

This Arab Couple too...

And this one....

And one more... the last couple from Dubai!! They have waited years to take their place here!!
A Houseboat, which came all the way from Kashmir!
Yes, more houseboats! from Kashmir too.... memories of our sole trip there three years ago..




This side golu is Samhith's!

The Krittika Kanyas play in the water with the baby Karthikeyas

His favourite airport set...



where his Lego men play a part too!!


A house in a forest... and a Giant Wheel!
Village Scene
Well with working pulley system to draw water

And our all time favourite - Thomas the Tank Engine!!!

We built a wall around our steps... and a tunnel for Thomas! He enters through this one...

and exits here, opening the door as he does so....


see???


We also have a thirsty crow!

And before I forget, a collection of vehicles...


So, that was our Golu this year.. I will update the post with videos as and when I can.. Meanwhile, looking forward to your comments... and suggestions for next time!! 






Update: For all those people asking me to post a video of the golu and the train going round, here it is.. at last :)



Comments

  1. Lovely! So glad to know that your golu also has Thomas and vehicles. Now, I have to visit your place for seeing the golu. Please keep my share of chundal ready :D

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  2. Beautiful! Your son's Kolu also looks interesting..:-)

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  3. Nice golu, Anu - loved the cute Arabs :) - this is one tradition I really miss from my childhood in Madras...

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    1. Thank you, Charu! The Arabs are the hot favourites this year! Almost everyone commented on them!

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  4. This is excellent. ..amazing...

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  5. Love the Arab addition! And the Airport too!

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    1. Thank you Usha! The airport has been used earlier too.

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  6. such a visual treat, would love to see the chuchu train go around ;) Thanks so much

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    1. Thank you Sri! I have updated the post with a video of the train going around :)

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