Nov 262019
 
2020 Annual desi Traveler Calendar Contest Win Luxury Hotel Stay With The Grand Dragon Ladakh & Chateau Garli Himachal

Win Stay with The Grand Dragon Ladakh & Chateau Garli Himachal with the 2020 desi Traveler Calendar Contest   Hello Travelers, how many of you are looking forward to 2020? I for sure am looking forward to 2020 or to be more specific the limited edition 2020 desi Traveler Calendar that can be yours if you participate in the annual desi Traveler Calendar Contest. But that is only part of the story, this year the good folks at The Grand Dragon Ladakh & Chateau Garli Kangra Himachal Pradesh have joined hands with desi Traveler and they are graciously giving [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 252019
 
10 Tips For Your First Ladakh Trip

10 Tips For A Memorable First Ladakh Trip   So your wanderlust is at the peak, you can feel the adrenaline rush, the mountains are calling you ( even though most of us can’t get any signals even in Metro cities 🙂 ) and you have decided to get Leh-ed? Good for you are about to experience one of the most rugged and beautiful places on earth. But let me also add that besides being rugged and beautiful Ladakh is also sacred and ecologically fragile, and it is not your everyday hill station so you need to prepare well [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jul 062019
 
My Stay At The Grand Dragon Ladakh - Luxury Hotel Review

The Grand Dragon Ladakh Review I was told that Hotel Grand Dragon Ladakh is the finest Luxury Hotel in Ladakh. The reviews on various blogs and sites also said the same. So I was looking forward to staying at The Grand Dragon Ladakh.   I was prepared for the luxury, but I had no idea that I have been given only half the information. None of the reviews I read before heading to The Grand Dragon Ladakh had prepared me to the other side of Ladakhi Hospitality. Don’t get me wrong, the hotel Grand Dragon Ladakh is for sure the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 252019
 
A Visit To Shey Monastery Ladakh

A Quick Guide To Visiting Shey Monastery Ladakh   For some strange reason, Shey Monastery in Ladakh is not very popular among tourists visiting Ladakh. Most of the visitors in the Leh area also prefer to go to Hemis Monastery, where the mystical Naropa Festival is celebrated. Many others like to visit Thiksey Monastery on the banks to Indus, which is a magnificent 12 Story structure. In my earlier visits, I have been to Hemis a few times but missed visiting Shey & Thiksey. This time I visited Hemis again and also entered Thiksey Monastery but then it started [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 232016
 
Celebrating Naropa Festival Leh

My Experience of Naropa Festival Leh Celebrations For more than 2000, years Leh was the final frontier, a few people knew it even existed, even less wanted to visit Leh. Then after the movie 3 Idiots, getting Lehed became something to be proud of. Thankfully for thousands of years, Ladakh was not on anybody’s agenda except for Buddhist monks and an odd invading army from Central Asia on his journey to more lucrative places to plunder. Isolation due to harsh terrain to travel with heavy snow in winters leading to the closure of passes every winter meant that very [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 112016
 
India that is Bharat & a River called Indus

Confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers Indian constitution, Article 1(1) says, “India, that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States.” This is the only provision in the Constitution on how this country be called for official and unofficial purposes. Unofficially, both in India as well as outside in India in many geographies like the Middle East, Central Asia etc. India is also referred as “Hindustan”. Many people consider it to be mentioning Hindu as a religion but the truth is both India and Hindustan are derived from one of the mightiest river in the world – Indus or Sindhu as [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 102016
 
My First Day in Leh: Overcoming  Fears of AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness

How I spent my first day in Leh trying to avoid AMS  So this is a monologue and some boring details about my first day in Leh. Those of you looking for something interesting about “ How going to Leh changed my life” kind of post, please stop reading right here, remember, this is desi Traveler Blog not desi Giani Baba blog. Anyways those of you still with me let us begin my Leh Yatra: It was not my first trip to high altitude, but first via a flight. Experienced Himalayan explorers say a road trip acclimatize you better [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Aug 112016
 
Naropa Festival Leh 2016 – ‘The Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas’

Naropa Festival Leh the right reason to visit Ladakh in 2016 First thing first- Irrespective of  the label you restrict yourself to – Traveler, Tourist, Pilgrim, Solo, Group, Family, Gali-Mohalla or Panchayati traveler please do yourself a favor and stop saying, shouting  and /or wishing “ I want to get Lehed” “ Finally I got Lehed after dreaming about it ever since I saw 3 Idiots ” And then there are those who visit a slightly so called off beat destination where only locals normally go and then beat their chest like King Kong on Empire States Building – “ I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]