Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back From Leh!

Back from Ladakh, and missing it! It was a journey of a life time. This frozen desert is the one place which time seems to have forgotten. I guess it would be difficult, if not impossible to put my journey into words. I have come back with incredible memories, and a stubborn tan. Ladakh is a region of the Jammu and Kashmir state in India. Leh is the biggest town in Ladakh.
Thee highlights of my trip included a visit to the Pangong lake. Situated at 14,270 ft, Pangong is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. At Pangong, I stayed at a Ladakhi homestay, run by the most hospitable Ladakhi family, the Nongyals. At night, I felt that I could just grab a handful of stars off the sky.

Leh was a wonderful memory too. I miss having my breakfast sitting next to a gorgeous stream. Or having my dinner in a Ladakhi dining room, sharing stories and experiences with other travellers. This was my first trip, but it definitely won't be the last.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Off to sample a slice of heaven!

Leh is often described as heaven on Earth. For years, it's been my dream to visit this beautiful, pristine spot on the planet. So keen I was on visiting Leh that I even put it on my Bucket list. And now, within hours, I am leaving. For Leh. I know I just came back from a vacation, but now I am off to another one. I will be in Leh for the next two weeks, and hope to see you all after that. There will be no posts from me on shotcouture for the next couple of weeks. But I hope to see you all beautiful people after that. In between, if possible, I will drop in to say hello. I wish you all good health and great summer.