The Mountain and the Moon

I shot this photograph a little more than a month ago when I was in Ladakh. I was staying at the village of Ang. Darkness was just setting in and the glorious near full moon rose over the mountains. One of the things that you will remark about Ladakh is that it is very hard…

Hello

Shot with my phone at the courtyard of The Hermitage, Amsterdam.

Why waking up early is worth it …

…when you’re visiting Thiksey monastery in Ladakh. Exactly five Saturdays ago I visited Thiksey monastery early in the morning. The morning prayers conducted by Buddhist monks and little monks in training is open to public every day and a number of tourists head there to get a glimpse into the lives of the monks who…

Himalayan Blue Sheep

During my 5 day trek in the valleys of Ladakh I wasn’t really expecting to see much in terms of wildlife. After all I could hardly expect a snow leopard to come sauntering down (for even at a height of 3500 metres + we were still down) to say hello. On the last day of…

Climb every mountain

I guess I’m old enough to have belonged to a generation that grew up listening to songs from movies like ‘The Sound of Music’. Songs in these musicals must have shaped the lives and dreams of millions of people in the same way that music continues to mould and shape lives and aspirations these days-…

Mountains in the morning light

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit through morning prayers at Thiksey monastery best Leh. We had to get to the monastery by 6am so we could be there before the prayers started. However, as a happy by-product I also witnessed sunlight slowly creeping through the valley. It was nice to…

There and back again….again

A second time to Ladakh- I feel fortunate to have been able to visit Leh last week.  I’ve just returned after a week of epic trekking in the Sham region.  More photos and posts to follow..

Roman House Reconstructed

If you’ve ever been to Pompeii or Herculaneum or any of the other ancient Roman sites you would have come across ruins of individual houses. Some are big like the house of Faun in Pompeii, some are extremely small. Some are well preserved and some are not. But in most cases it is often difficult…

Pannonia Inferior- the Hadrian Connection

Quick quiz question On visiting an erstwhile frontier town from the ancient Roman empire, the emperor you are most likely to encounter or who beat you to that town nearly 1900 years ago is likely to be (a) Hadrian (b) Hadrian (c) Hadrian (d) All of the above Hadrian is (maybe after Augustus) one of…