Leh City

Leh, the ancient capital of kingdoms past, nestled between the magnificent mountains of the Himalayas and situated on the banks of the Indus River, is one of the most important cities of Trans-Himalayan region. Once the seat of power for the Tang Dynasty and their descendants, Leh is now the administrative capital of the Ladakh…

Tabo Monastery

Lying in the barren mountains of Spiti, is one of the oldest monasteries in India, Tabo monastery. This ancient place of worship is fondly called the “Ajanta of the Himalayas” due to its various frescoes and wall paintings. Lying above the monastery, in the mountains, are various caves that the monks use for meditation. The…

Turtuk- The Last Village on the India Border

For 2000 years, the Balti Tribe of the Gilgit-Baltistan region had co-existed peacefully, with region having mentions in the works of Herodotus, Megasthenes, Pliny, etc. The region had seen various changes in their culture due to Buddhist dynasties, Turic Khaganate, Islamic Caliphates to Sufi Muslim Preachers and the Dogra Rule. Turtuk was one of the…

Key Monastery

Located amongst the barren mountains of the cold desert valley of Spiti, is a thousand-year-old monastery, one of the most important Buddhist teaching centres in the world and a living memory of the ancient Tibetan Buddhism. Founded in the 11th century by Dromtön, pupil of the famous Buddhist teacher Atisha, Key Monastery has withstood a…

Langza – The Fossil Village of Spiti

Millions of years ago, Spiti Valley as we know it today, did not exist on earth. Instead, it was submerged in a body of water now known as Tethys Sea, located between the ancient continents of Gondwana and Laurasia (before the opening of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans). Today, Spiti Valley exists on the opposite…

Kargil – Dras War Memorial

Situated on the foothills of Tololing Hill lies a monument that serves as an epitaph of the unfolding of one of the most important events in the history of this country. In 1999, Operation Vijay (Victory) was launched by the Indian Army to reclaim territories captured by Pakistani forces. Fierce battles were fought and many…

Spiti: The Land In-between…

We have spoken before about Ladakh and how it is the place where the adventure begins. Spiti is the place where the adventure continues and sometimes takes a dangerous and exciting turn. Located south of Ladakh, Spiti is a high altitude cold desert mountain valley with a barren landscape and sparse vegetation. However, it houses…