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Lord Ganesh arrives to shower his blessings
Ganesh festival will be celebrated for the next 10 days. Kasba Ganpati, Pune, India
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 29, 2014 / 16 notes

Lord Ganesh arrives to shower his blessings

Ganesh festival will be celebrated for the next 10 days.

Kasba Ganpati, Pune, India

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Lidder river at Betab valley, Kashmir, India
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Life and sights around Dal lake in Srinagar
Lolab Valley: Kashmir Unexplored
By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 28, 2014 / 89 notes
Sunset at Dal lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, India
Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of J&K and Dal Lake is its most popular attraction. Watching the sunset at Dal lake while walking along the Boulevard road is a must-to in Srinagar. Read full story on Life and sights around Dal lake in SrinagarBy Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 25, 2014 / 38 notes

Sunset at Dal lake in Srinagar, Kashmir, India

Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of J&K and Dal Lake is its most popular attraction. Watching the sunset at Dal lake while walking along the Boulevard road is a must-to in Srinagar. Read full story on Life and sights around Dal lake in Srinagar

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Aug 22, 2014 / 155 notes

[PHOTOSET] Part 2 of the Dahi Handi Celebrations series.

  1. Vow before the action: Preparing for the climb for Dahi Handi in Thane, India
  2. The tumble is hard and dangerous. The climb to the top is an act of synchronised skill. But there is no rhyme or rhythm in the fall. 
  3. The celebrations by the Govindas after successfully forming the pyramids and getting safely back on the ground are a sight in itself!

Read the full story of this exciting festival at Happy Birthday Krishna – Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Aug 20, 2014 / 126 notes

[PHOTOSET] These are some fresh photos from the Dahi Handi celebrations from Thane, a suburb of Mumbai. The festival of Janmashtami - the birthday of Lord Krishna is popularly referred to as Dahi Handi here in Mumbai and its suburbs.

  1. Formation of Dahi Handi pyramid begins with a prayer
  2. This is what the formation of the human pyramid looks like.
  3. Not all their attempts are successful.
  4. Delicately balanced eight layered human pyramid is formed successfully.
  5. The group breaks into a celebratory dance.

Read the full story of this exciting festival at Happy Birthday Krishna – Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai, India 
It is popularly known as Dahi Handi in Mumbai. It literally translates to a pot of yogurt! This day marks the birthday of Lord Krishna.  When Krishna was a little boy, Yashoda his foster mother, would hide her pot of yogurt and cream high up in the house, hoping that it would be out of reach of her mischievous baby. Krishna would however, resort to all sorts of tricks to lay hands on his favourite food. During the celebration of Dahi Handi, a similar pot is strung high up between buildings. Teetering, precarious human pyramids form, as high-spirited groups attempt to reach and smash the coveted pot! Read full story on Dahi Handi Celebrations
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 18, 2014 / 35 notes

Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai, India 

It is popularly known as Dahi Handi in Mumbai. It literally translates to a pot of yogurt! This day marks the birthday of Lord Krishna.

When Krishna was a little boy, Yashoda his foster mother, would hide her pot of yogurt and cream high up in the house, hoping that it would be out of reach of her mischievous baby. Krishna would however, resort to all sorts of tricks to lay hands on his favourite food.

During the celebration of Dahi Handi, a similar pot is strung high up between buildings. Teetering, precarious human pyramids form, as high-spirited groups attempt to reach and smash the coveted pot!

Read full story on Dahi Handi Celebrations

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Drass, Kargil, India 
We saw our first of many glorious high altitudes sunsets in Drass. We don’t know if altitude affects the cloud formations. Because, the clouds here were something special! Read about our visit to Drass at Why visit Drass?
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 17, 2014 / 35 notes

Drass, Kargil, India 

We saw our first of many glorious high altitudes sunsets in Drass. We don’t know if altitude affects the cloud formations. Because, the clouds here were something special!

Read about our visit to Drass at Why visit Drass?

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Lal Chowk, Srinagar, Kashmir, India 
Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Lal Chowk is the hub of tourists. Streets lined with hotels and a bustling market, the place is full of action. This sit out in the middle of the road is a perfect place to just hangout anytime from from dawn to dusk. Read more of Srinagar at Life and sights around Dal lake in Srinagar.
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 16, 2014 / 40 notes

Lal Chowk, Srinagar, Kashmir, India 

Srinagar is the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and Lal Chowk is the hub of tourists. Streets lined with hotels and a bustling market, the place is full of action. This sit out in the middle of the road is a perfect place to just hangout anytime from from dawn to dusk.

Read more of Srinagar at Life and sights around Dal lake in Srinagar.

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Happy Independence Day!.
Tricolour at Kargil War Memorial, India Read more about Kargil War Memorial at - http://sandeepachetan.com/dras-stay-kargil-ladakh/Sandeepa and Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 15, 2014 / 17 notes

Happy Independence Day!.

Tricolour at Kargil War Memorial, India

Read more about Kargil War Memorial at - http://sandeepachetan.com/dras-stay-kargil-ladakh/

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Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India 
The mountain people are blessed with a strong back and balancing skills. Which is why, probably this man could carry all these empty apple crates high above himself. The apple season was in full swing when we visited Manali. These crates are used to carry the apples from the farms to the markets.
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 14, 2014 / 178 notes

Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India 

The mountain people are blessed with a strong back and balancing skills. Which is why, probably this man could carry all these empty apple crates high above himself.
The apple season was in full swing when we visited Manali. These crates are used to carry the apples from the farms to the markets.

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Drass, Kargil, India 
Drass is the second coldest inhabited place on earth (Siberia being the first). In Drass we discovered the beauty of barren brown mountains and the intensity of (let’s call them) anti-green landscapes. The mosques here are a work of art, providing a splash of colour in an otherwise brown landscape. Read about our visit to Drass at Why visit Drass?
By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 13, 2014 / 80 notes

Drass, Kargil, India 

Drass is the second coldest inhabited place on earth (Siberia being the first). In Drass we discovered the beauty of barren brown mountains and the intensity of (let’s call them) anti-green landscapes.

The mosques here are a work of art, providing a splash of colour in an otherwise brown landscape.

Read about our visit to Drass at Why visit Drass?

By Sandeepa Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

Sani Festival, Zanskar valley, India 
Women hold “Katha” - the white scarf, to welcome the chief guest at the Sani monastery festival.  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 at Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil.
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 11, 2014 / 27 notes

Sani Festival, Zanskar valley, India 

Women hold “Katha” - the white scarf, to welcome the chief guest at the Sani monastery festival.

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 at Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil.

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Sani Monastery, Zanskar valley, India
Religion and prayers, as a way of life, was unmissable. Prayer beads and Mani wheels were ubiquitous. Living in the midst of such harsh nature, it was not really surprising!
Read more at “Simple life of Sani in Zanskar”
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 10, 2014 / 26 notes

Sani Monastery, Zanskar valley, India

Religion and prayers, as a way of life, was unmissable. Prayer beads and Mani wheels were ubiquitous. Living in the midst of such harsh nature, it was not really surprising!

Read more at “Simple life of Sani in Zanskar

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Dudhsagar waterfalls, Karnataka, India
From a distance, it looks like the area around the Dudhsagar waterfalls is covered in clouds. It is actually just the spray from the waterfalls, its momentum so strong, it actually crosses over to the other side of the railway tracks.
 Read more about our visit at Majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls and magic of Castle Rock.
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 9, 2014 / 22 notes

Dudhsagar waterfalls, Karnataka, India

From a distance, it looks like the area around the Dudhsagar waterfalls is covered in clouds. It is actually just the spray from the waterfalls, its momentum so strong, it actually crosses over to the other side of the railway tracks.


Read more about our visit at Majestic Dudhsagar waterfalls and magic of Castle Rock.

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Nighoj potholes or how violent can a river get! 
The river Kukdi in Maharashtra, India carves its way through a rock bed of black and reddish basalt rocks. During the course of its flow, over the years, it has made some bizarre cuts and holes through the rocks. These are popularly known as the ‘Potholes of Nighoj’. Read more about these potholes at Nighoj potholes or how violent can a river get!
By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)
Aug 7, 2014 / 25 notes

Nighoj potholes or how violent can a river get! 

The river Kukdi in Maharashtra, India carves its way through a rock bed of black and reddish basalt rocks. During the course of its flow, over the years, it has made some bizarre cuts and holes through the rocks. These are popularly known as the ‘Potholes of Nighoj’.

Read more about these potholes at Nighoj potholes or how violent can a river get!

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)