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On day 4 we visited places around Leh. In the morning we went to Hemis Monastery. One of the oldest and beautiful monastery in this region. On the way back we stopped for lunch at dessert view cafe. Very interesting thing about this cafe is that owner of this cafe is an excellent cook and an Archeologist. She has written few books about LEH-LADAKH region. Opposite the cafe was open dry deserted place where we drove our car like a formula 1. Wroom wroommmm. Some of us tried ATV. From here went to Stok palace, one of the current residence of king. View from this place of Leh city was incredible.
Day 5 was an exciting day. We crossed world's highest motor-able road in the world, 18380 feet. Kudos to my friends who drove themselves. Salute to Indan army to protect this place from enemies around. It was freezing cold. While entering Nubra valley my expression was oh it is so surreal everything. One can experience snow, desert, green valley, dry and open landscapes, river, dust... valley is so vast that we can't even imagine. We rode double hump camel after reaching here. We stayed in the tent and enjoyed camp fire with dumb charades.
Day 6 is to relax and enjoy the surreal beauty. Visited near by Diskit monastery which is one of the oldest and most beautiful one. View from the monastery is something different which can't be explain. Had self cooked lunch at river side. Yippeeeee noodles. Back to camp and nearby town visit. Here we witnessed one of the most beautiful moon rise of till now!! Awesome. Entire Nubra valley is no smoking zone. Only cigarettes you get is at Army canteen. Lucky to do a call at home from here since there is no mobile network in this region. It was a Raksha bandana day.
Today on day 8 we are going to pass Chang la, 17590 feet (second highest pass) and witness the extreme beauty of Pangong lake. La means pass in ladakhi language. Pangong lake is divided between India and China. 1/3 part of this lake is in India. Reached there in the evening when light was law. Had dinner in the warm canteen and playing cards. It was so cold that I needed three layers of blanket along with hot water bag. We stayed in the tent. thrrrzzzzzthrzz#$*
Beauty of Pangong lake can't be explained in words. One of the best day of an entire trip. Music, drawing and smoke at lake side. The best. Made a small stone house with my wife. If I'll get chance than surely visit this place again. Back in Leh by evening and attend rare Ladakhi wedding of our tour operator. Had alcohol after 9 days of this trip. It is not advisable to drink alcohol until one is used the conditions at high altitude. Momos and whiskey for dinner!! Good night.
Day 10. Last day of trip. Breakfast at World garden cafe and shopping all day for family and friends. Many things to buy from Leh. Clothes, fresh & dry fruits, souvenirs etc. Finally last dinner at Eclectic kitchen with beer. Back to hotel and packed our bags. Cya again Leh-Ladakh!! Julley
This charismatic UNESCO World Heritage Site, even in its ruined state, is really a sight to see. Packed with beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, aquatic structures, market streets, royal pavilions, Hampi is truly a backpacker's delight!
This map is divided into three; the left hand side is of the South of Mahé, highlighting my favorite part of the South, which is Anse Royal – where you’d to snorkel and free dive and surf and watch turtles hatch, see a lot of stars and eat good pizza from Kaz Kreole, the middle part of the map is Victoria, which is the hub of Seychelles – where you’d go if you needed fresh produce and seafood from Selwyn Selwyn market, bus terminal, shopping centers, and the right hand side of the map is of Beau Vallon, which is one of the main social grounds of Mahé – where you’d go to hang out, scuba dive with Blue Sea Divers, meet interesting people and make new friends.
Two years ago from today, in February 2013, it was time for a new adventure. I landed in a part of the world that I didn’t even know existed up until I was making plans to fly there and make it my home for a while. I found myself in the Seychelles islands, Mahé city, and settling into my new home in Anse Royal. I had never seen anything like it before; the ocean was everywhere, crystal clear waters, laid back and friendly people selling their fresh catch of the day on the street side stands. What a great place to start out. Many ‘firsts’ followed: first time snorkeling, first time seeing a full moon by the ocean surrounded by palm trees and coconuts, first time laying on the perfect sand to watch stars with the love of my life.
After a month and a half of getting to know the south side of the island, it was time for us to find a more permanent place to lay our heads. We landed in Glacis, just down the road from Beau Vallon on the northwest side of the island. Even though the distance between the two areas is fairly long, it didn’t change the beautiful scenery and positive vibes at all and our home was a stone throw away from the beach. After 2 months there, we finally ended up settling in the mountainous, rainforest area of Sans Souci…where the days are sunny but cool and breezy and the starry nights are just plain amazing. No matter where you end up on this island, there is always beauty to be found close by.
Many layers — people, their activities centered on a huge open park, which change with the changing seasons. Tree-lined walkways, a promenade and a ground within a few footsteps from the residences — Mumbai’s Shivaji Park1 is a study of contrasts, of different worlds all within the same time and space. At any given time, the place is home to different people engaged in varied interests — one might be more visible than the other but all of them as intense. There is a sought magic to this place. For a dense metropolitan like Mumbai, this space is a breather and a blessing. And this is the reason for my love for this space.
1.Created in 1925, Shivaji Park is the largest public park in Mumbai. With a rich historical and cultural background because of the political and social gatherings it has witnessed—both in pre- and post independence Mumbai—the open space is now renowned as the cradle of Indian cricket.
Agra is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The historic city of Agra houses the glorious Taj Mahal. On the banks of the river Yamuna, emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal that flaunts of being one of the seven wonders of the world.The many interesting remnants of the Mughal era in and around the city and colourful, fascinating bazaars of the Old City also characterize Agra.