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Kargil War Memorial, India 
25th and 26th of July, are celebrated as Vijay Din (Victory day) by the Indian Army, in honour of those who lost their lives in this war. Read more about Drass at Why visit Dras?
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 25, 2014 / 22 notes

Kargil War Memorial, India 

25th and 26th of July, are celebrated as Vijay Din (Victory day) by the Indian Army, in honour of those who lost their lives in this war.

Read more about Drass at Why visit Dras?

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Tiger Hill in Dras, India
Tiger Hill is the highest and the most famous mountain peak in this region. It shot to prominence when a fierce battle was fought here in the Kargil War of 1999. 25th and 26th of July, are celebrated as Vijay Din (Victory day) by the Indian Army, in honour of those who lost their lives in this war. Read more about Dras at Why visit Dras?
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 25, 2014 / 24 notes

Tiger Hill in Dras, India

Tiger Hill is the highest and the most famous mountain peak in this region. It shot to prominence when a fierce battle was fought here in the Kargil War of 1999.

25th and 26th of July, are celebrated as Vijay Din (Victory day) by the Indian Army, in honour of those who lost their lives in this war.

Read more about Dras at Why visit Dras?

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

A natural tunnel near Lachung la, Leh, India
The 470km journey from Leh to Manali is studded with unbelievable rock formations like these. Opposite the motor-able road, this is probably part of the trekking route from Leh to Manali. We take you on a journey with us, read full story The Leh Manali route – an epic journey
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 24, 2014 / 26 notes

A natural tunnel near Lachung la, Leh, India

The 470km journey from Leh to Manali is studded with unbelievable rock formations like these.

Opposite the motor-able road, this is probably part of the trekking route from Leh to Manali.

We take you on a journey with us, read full story The Leh Manali route – an epic journey

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Chinaman waterfalls on the Tiger trail, Mahabaleshwar, India
Behind it is a village through which the trail actually continues all the way to Tapola (known quite cheesy, as mini Kashmir). Read more on Offbeat travel in typical Mahabaleshwar
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 23, 2014 / 31 notes

Chinaman waterfalls on the Tiger trail, Mahabaleshwar, India

Behind it is a village through which the trail actually continues all the way to Tapola (known quite cheesy, as mini Kashmir).

Read more on Offbeat travel in typical Mahabaleshwar

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Multi purpose basket carried by women, Dras, India
Women carry these multi purpose baskets every time they step out. They are used to carry mud, dung, crops, flock and children! Read more about Dras at Why visit Dras?
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 22, 2014 / 32 notes

Multi purpose basket carried by women, Dras, India

Women carry these multi purpose baskets every time they step out. They are used to carry mud, dung, crops, flock and children!

Read more about Dras at Why visit Dras?

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Barley fields in Zanskar valley, India
Barley is the main crop in the cold valley of Zanskar, which sees snow cover for nearly six months. This was the peak of summer and the barley was ready for harvest!
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 21, 2014 / 24 notes

Barley fields in Zanskar valley, India

Barley is the main crop in the cold valley of Zanskar, which sees snow cover for nearly six months. This was the peak of summer and the barley was ready for harvest!

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Foto la or Fotu La - Lamayuru, Ladakh, India
The last and the highest pass on the Srinagar-Leh highway. The roads are in an excellent condition and it is a pleasure to drive.
Read more on the Himalayan Passes at <a href=”http://sandeepachetan.com/mountain-pass-himalaya-india/” rel=”nofollow”>Mountain passes we crossed.</a> By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 20, 2014 / 32 notes

Foto la or Fotu La - Lamayuru, Ladakh, India

The last and the highest pass on the Srinagar-Leh highway. The roads are in an excellent condition and it is a pleasure to drive.

Read more on the Himalayan Passes at <a href=”http://sandeepachetan.com/mountain-pass-himalaya-india/” rel=”nofollow”>Mountain passes we crossed.</a>

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Sani Festival, Zanskar valley, India
A two-day riot of colour, dance and music, the Sani Festival is the perfect way to build a social camaraderie among the far-flung villages of the Zanskar valley. Read more on Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 20, 2014 / 36 notes

Sani Festival, Zanskar valley, India

A two-day riot of colour, dance and music, the Sani Festival is the perfect way to build a social camaraderie among the far-flung villages of the Zanskar valley.

Read more on Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Jul 19, 2014 / 56 notes

[Photoset] Phuktal monastery trek

The Phuktal monastery is the epitome of monks living high up in the mountains, detached from the rest of the world.

After the long, breath taking (as well as breathless making) walk up at around 4200 meters, we were finally at the Phuktal monastery - on a mountain top hidden in a cave.

Our reward for this long arduous walk: lunch with the monks at the Phuktal monastery with the magnificent view of the valley.

Read the full story of our visit to Phuktal monastery at Trek to Phuktal Monastery.

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Phuktal monastery, Zanskar valley, India 
Zanskar is probably the most isolated valley in India and Phuktal is the remotest part of Zanskar. The Phuktal monastery is the epitome of monks living high up in the mountains, detached from the rest of the world. All of this made the trek to the Phuktal monastery an exciting adventure. After the long, breath taking (as well as breathless making) walk up at around 4200 meters, we were finally at the Phuktal monastery - on a mountain top hidden in a cave. Read the full story of our visit to Phuktal monastery at Trek to Phuktal Monastery.
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 18, 2014 / 45 notes

Phuktal monastery, Zanskar valley, India 

Zanskar is probably the most isolated valley in India and Phuktal is the remotest part of Zanskar.

The Phuktal monastery is the epitome of monks living high up in the mountains, detached from the rest of the world.

All of this made the trek to the Phuktal monastery an exciting adventure.

After the long, breath taking (as well as breathless making) walk up at around 4200 meters, we were finally at the Phuktal monastery - on a mountain top hidden in a cave.

Read the full story of our visit to Phuktal monastery at Trek to Phuktal Monastery.

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Kokernag Botanical Garden, Kashmir, India
Since we were staying in the accommodation right inside the garden, we visited the Kokernag garden right at sunrise. An ideal time for birding, specially by the natural spring that flows through it. Developed by the J&amp;K Tourism department, it is the biggest garden in Kashmir. A hot-spot for Sunday family outings, it is choc-a-bloc with kids playing, couples romancing among the roses and the elderly resting under Chinars. Read full stories on&#160;: A day in Kokernag, Kashmir
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 17, 2014 / 33 notes

Kokernag Botanical Garden, Kashmir, India

Since we were staying in the accommodation right inside the garden, we visited the Kokernag garden right at sunrise. An ideal time for birding, specially by the natural spring that flows through it.

Developed by the J&K Tourism department, it is the biggest garden in Kashmir. A hot-spot for Sunday family outings, it is choc-a-bloc with kids playing, couples romancing among the roses and the elderly resting under Chinars.

Read full stories on : A day in Kokernag, Kashmir

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Pilgrims on Amarnath yatra, Kashmir, India 
As we had hoped for, the Amarnath yatra was an excellent experience to meet all kinds of people.  Like this old man, whose memory will forever inspire us. Devoid of any fancy trekking gear, he made it through the high mountains only on the strength of his faith. Read more at Amarnath yatra: Trek on a pilgrimage.
By Sandeepa Chetan
Jul 16, 2014 / 36 notes

Pilgrims on Amarnath yatra, Kashmir, India 

As we had hoped for, the Amarnath yatra was an excellent experience to meet all kinds of people.

Like this old man, whose memory will forever inspire us. Devoid of any fancy trekking gear, he made it through the high mountains only on the strength of his faith.

Read more at Amarnath yatra: Trek on a pilgrimage.

By Sandeepa Chetan

Zoji la, India
This is the view from Zoji la, the first mountain pass that leads the way from the lush green valleys of Kashmir to the cold desert of Ladakh. The tiny specks of settlement seen at the bottom are the tents at the base camp of Baltal. This is specially set up only during the Amarnath yatra. Read our story on Amarnath Yatra: Trek on a Pilgrimage . Read more on the Himalayan Passes at Mountain passes we crossed
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 16, 2014 / 38 notes

Zoji la, India

This is the view from Zoji la, the first mountain pass that leads the way from the lush green valleys of Kashmir to the cold desert of Ladakh.

The tiny specks of settlement seen at the bottom are the tents at the base camp of Baltal. This is specially set up only during the Amarnath yatra.

Read our story on Amarnath Yatra: Trek on a Pilgrimage .

Read more on the Himalayan Passes at Mountain passes we crossed

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Mountains en route Phuktal monastery, Zanskar, India 
Zanskar is probably the most isolated valley in India and Phuktal is the remotest part of Zanskar. This was the landscape en route Phuktal monastery. The Phuktal monastery is the epitome of monks living high up in the mountains, detached from the rest of the world. All of this made the trek to the Phuktal monastery an exciting adventure. Read the full story of our visit to Phuktal monastery at Trek to Phuktal Monastery.
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 15, 2014 / 30 notes

Mountains en route Phuktal monastery, Zanskar, India 

Zanskar is probably the most isolated valley in India and Phuktal is the remotest part of Zanskar.

This was the landscape en route Phuktal monastery. The Phuktal monastery is the epitome of monks living high up in the mountains, detached from the rest of the world.

All of this made the trek to the Phuktal monastery an exciting adventure.

Read the full story of our visit to Phuktal monastery at Trek to Phuktal Monastery.

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

A bull dozer joyride, Ladakh, India
On the way to Tso Moriri&#160;: A bull dozer joyride Breath taking beauty deserves one of its kind commute. People working near the out-of-this-world-stunning Tso Moriri lake in Ladakh can not travel to work like you and I. Buses and trains won’t do for them. Rakes of bull dozers will! Read about our visit to this stunning lake at Tso Moriri: A mystical magical lake in Ladakh
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Jul 12, 2014 / 19 notes

A bull dozer joyride, Ladakh, India

On the way to Tso Moriri : A bull dozer joyride

Breath taking beauty deserves one of its kind commute.

People working near the out-of-this-world-stunning Tso Moriri lake in Ladakh can not travel to work like you and I.

Buses and trains won’t do for them. Rakes of bull dozers will!

Read about our visit to this stunning lake at Tso Moriri: A mystical magical lake in Ladakh

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)