The roads make you wonder the purpose of life,
The mountains make you wonder the the vastness of this world,
The people make you make wonder what happiness really means,
The barren land makes you wonder the loneliness in life.
TT: “Tumhe pata hai, tum chaho toh kitni hot ban sakti ho”
Me: “Kis k liye?”🤔
TT: “Apne liye”
“Jo karna hai apne liye karo, kisi aur k liye nahi” 🙄
As mean as it sounded at that moment, it gave me a new perspective on a whole lot of things afterwards and from then on, there’s no looking back; except of course, for that man! 😉
Hey Dear Crush,
Thank you for those words,
After that night, I’ve been exploring new things and just flying like these birds!
I may never get a chance to sit with you again or have those talks,
Insights from these random conversations might prove fruitful in life’s long walks!
Throwback July 2018. Having returned to Leh it was a time for farewells over great food as fellow travellers I'd met along the way who'd become travel buddies went their separate ways. Took a few days off to roam the streets of Leh, eat and shop for souvenirs. Got myself a beautiful antique Phurba and a custom embroidered commemorative T-shirt.
The view from the tiny washroom window of the quaint little museum/palace of the Ladakhi royal family – Stok Palace– sitting atop a small hill overlooking the expanse of Indus Valley.
The warning sign screams "Beware of the Tibetan Mastiffs in the palace" (or similar words) as you enter.
While the views are downright gorgeous from the palace, there's only little that you can see inside. Most of the rooms of the palace are closed to the public as the Royal family still stays here. The Palace has a small museum, which could be of interest to those who want to know more about the Namgyal dynasty of Ladakh. Museum, inclusive of a tour of the laid out Royal Kitchen, a photo gallery of the famous people who have visited the palace and stayed with the Royalty, royal family's collection of the "thangkas" (some even 400 years old), also has a room that offers a glimpse into the life of the royals with the dresses of the king and queen, the exquisite turquoise jewellery, the well crafted Jade and porcelain cups, "perak" (headdress) that was worn by the queen among other things. And yeah, you aren't allowed to click any images inside the palace or the museum. So yeah, that. The palace also has its own monastery, which we weren't allowed to visit on account of the Lama praying.
I tried to take a peep into what's beyond the wall (near the washroom) and found these engraved stones - "Auṃ maṇi padme hūṃ". #travelwritings#travelphotography #travel#travelholic#travelfootprints#traveller#travelogue#travelling#traveldiaries#traveldiaries#lehladakhdiaries#Leh#stokvalley#stok#indusvalley#namgyaldynasty#namgyal#aummanipadmehum#lehladak#ladakhi#history#stokpalace#thangka#roadtriptoLeh#royalfamily#royalfamilyofladakh#tibetanmastiff#turquoise#turquoisejewellery
Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.