Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ladhak & Kashmir 2010 - Day 8 - Westwards - Passing by Kargil

As the title says, our driver stopped here and asked us to get down and take look. What a pretty sight it was! My dad who had been too tired to enjoy the tour fully, even he gasped and said it was a beautiful sight. Tiny grey and brown buildings, closely packed on to a patch of land, with mountains loomimg behind them and a river bending by on the opposite side.
He took pictures with his camera, and of course I did ten times as many with mine. We would come back to Kargil, but first we had to move on towards the Zanskar valley.

Thursday, March 31, 2016


The single most conclusive testimony to an individual's character is the virtue of sense of justice.
So many other virtues are implied by just this one virtue. Truthfulness, transparency, honesty...
One of those truths in life that has always been there to see, simple and obvious, but takes a meeting with that someone to wake up to.

Inspired by R. At work.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Ladhak & Kashmir 2010 - Day 8 - Westwards - Mulbek

We started the next morning and continued westwards to stop at the village of Mulbek at 10,600 feet.

The only highlight of this otherwise ordinary place is a monumental bas relief, a 30 feet high sculpture of Maitreya, the future Buddha, carved on a cliff. The standing figure with 4 arms and a small stupa on its head was probably carved in the 8th century when Buddhist missionaries from Kashmir were heading eastward to spread the religion to Ladakh.

Unfortunately, a gompa, built in 1975, bang in front of the giant Buddha, hinders a clear view of the lower part of the sculpture.

There are several roadside restaurants opposite the rock carvings gathering crowds and their noise taking away from the monument the solemn air that should have been about it.

What should have been a protected monument surrounded by clear manicured lands on all sides with an entrance and a pathway leading to it, is a half visible roadside statue suffering daily neglect from petty shop owners full of their wares and the chai sipping customers...

It was in one of these restaurants/tea stalls that we had our breakfast before moving on...