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[PHOTOSET] Part 2 of the Dahi Handi Celebrations series.

  1. Vow before the action: Preparing for the climb for Dahi Handi in Thane, India
  2. The tumble is hard and dangerous. The climb to the top is an act of synchronised skill. But there is no rhyme or rhythm in the fall. 
  3. The celebrations by the Govindas after successfully forming the pyramids and getting safely back on the ground are a sight in itself!

Read the full story of this exciting festival at Happy Birthday Krishna – Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai.

By Sandeepa and Chetan (http://sandeepachetan.com)

gujjar kids

We met these Gujjar kids on our way to the Thajiwas Glacier in Sonmarg. Gujjars are a nomadic tribe of shepherds who move up to the greener pastures in the hills in the summer. Come winter, they move down to the plains with their entire households and flocks.

Due to this lifestyle, the kids usually miss out on conventional schooling. These kids had attended a nomadic school and as proof, they recited to us the alphabet, numbers and also some song and dance. They were happy to receive chocolates as their award.

Deutsch Wir trafen diese Kinder auf dem Weg zum Thajiwas-Gletscher in Sonmarg. Die Gujjar sind ein Nomadenstamm , im Sommer leben Sie auf den grünen Wiesen hoch in den Bergen. Im Winter wandern Sie hinab in das Tal mit Sack und Pack. Wegen dieser Lebensweise haben die Kinder natürlich keine gewöhnliche Schule oder Unterrichtszeiten. Diese Kinder besuchen aber eine Nomadenschule und als Beweis dafür, sagten Sie uns das Alphabet auf, fingen an zu zählen und sangen sogar ein Lied und tanzten dazu. Sie waren überglücklich als Belohnung ihres Wissens von uns etwas Schokolade zu bekommen.

Español Nos encontramos a estos niños en nuestro camino al glaciar Thajiwas en Sonmarg. Los gujjar son una tribu nómada de pastores que se trasladan a los pastos más verdes de las colinas en verano. Cuando viene el invierno, se desplazan a las llanuras la familia entera con los rebaños. Debido a su estilo de vida, los niños normalmente no reciben una escolarización convencional. Han asistido a escuelas nómadas y como prueba, nos recitaron el alfabeto, los números y también alguna canción y baile. Se alegraron de recibir chocolates como premio.

Français Nous avons rencontré ces enfants sur la route des glaciers de Thajiwas dans la station de Sonmarg en Inde. Les Gujjars sont une tribu de bergers nomades qui se déplacent vers les pâturages des collines durant l’été. L’hiver venu, ils partent vers les plaines avec toute leur famille et leur troupeau. En raison de ce mode de vie, les enfants manquent souvent l’école. Les enfants sur la photo, avaient fréquenté une école nomade et pour nous le prouver, ils nous ont récité tout l’alphabet, récité les chiffres et ils ont chanté et dansé. Ils étaient heureux de recevoir des chocolats en récompense.

Italiano Abbiamo incontrato questi ragazzini durante il nostro viaggio verso il ghiacciaio Thajiwas a Sonmarg. I Gujjar sono una tribù nomade di pastori che in estate si sposta sulle colline, verso i pascoli più verdi. Quando giunge l’inverno, migrano poi verso la pianura con tutte le loro famiglie e le greggi. Per via di questo stile di vita i bambini di solito non sono soggetti a una scolarizzazione convenzionale. Questi ragazzi, per esempio, avevano frequentato una scuola nomade e per darcene prova hanno recitato per noi l’alfabeto, i numeri e hanno anche improvvisato qualche canzone e una danza. Erano felici di ricevere cioccolatini in premio.

Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano Translation by Yahoo!

Just by the lake, Ladakh, India.

Tso Moriri, at a distance of around 250km from Leh is a high mountain lake at a height of around 4500m.


Mighty mountains, snow capped peaks, lush green fields and the deep blue water stretching to the horizon, Tso Moriri offers it all. Due to its long distance from Leh, it is not frequented by too many tourists. Which means, when you visit Tso Moriri, you will most likely, have it all to yourself!

Gujjar kids from Rajouri district at Sonmarg, Kashmir, India

We met these Gujjar kids on our way to the Thajiwas Glacier in Sonmarg.

Gujjars are a nomadic tribe of shepherds who move up to the greener pastures in the hills in summer. Come winter, the move down to the plains with their entire households and flocks.

Due to this lifestyle, the children usually miss out on conventional schooling. These kids had attended a nomadic school and as proof, they recited to us the alphabet, numbers and also some song and dance. They were happy to receive chocolates as their reward.

Kids of the hills

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By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

View of the Taj Mahal from the top of the nature trail on the East side.

We were on the gazebo at the far end of a nature trail that surrounds Taj Mahal next to its East side entrance. It was a perfect setting, with the Taj Mahal in front, visible through a dense forest cover.

The sun however, was playing hide-and-seek with the clouds and we were trying to get that perfect time when the clouds would move revealing a golden light. 

When suddenly, the light drizzle turned into a heavy lashing. Stranded inside the gazebo (which thankfully also protected the camera), we none-the-less took some rain soaked shots.

And in turn had our best Taj Mahal experience. You really never know what awaits you when.

We are Chetan and Sandeepa at Tso Moriri, India on Flickr.

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On the occasion of Valentine’s day we thought of sharing a rare one - our photo from our travels. We usually get so engrossed in taking photos, we hardly at all take our own picture. This exotic location however made us change our mind.

Happy Valentines Day to everyone and couples who love to travel just like us :-)

Tso Moriri, at a distance of 250km from Leh is a high mountain lake at a height of around 4500m.

Deutsch Tsomoriri, 250 Kilometer entfernt von Leh, ist ein Hochgebirgssee auf einer Höhe von 4500 Metern.

Español Tso Moriri, a una distancia de 250 kilómetros desde Leh, es un lago de alta montaña situado a una altura de unos 4.500 metros.

Français Tso Moriri, à une distance de 250 km de Leh, est un lac de haute montagne à une hauteur d’environ 4500 mètres.

Italiano Tso Moriri, a 250 chilometri di distanza da Leh, è un lago montano che si trova a circa 450 metri d’altezza.

Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano translation by Yahoo!

Rangoli, bright colourful patterns to welcome well being

Across India, people (generally women) draw these colourful patterns in the front-yards of their homes.

In big cities, lack of space now restricts this display of art to special occasions and festivals.

This Rangoli is from Pune, a city in Maharashtra, India on the occasion of the Ganesh festival. Artists spend hours, tens of them working together in sync to get this street-art perfect, in honour of everyone’s favourite God, Lord Ganesh.

This post today, addresses the curiosity of one of our readers, Max. He recently mentioned “the powder designs outside some peoples houses”, and it was an interesting description for us.

This, I think is a gift travelers leave behind - a new perspective on what might be considered mundane. Giving the locals a renewed freshness of to look at their everyday things.

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Deutsch Riesige Rangolis, die von mehreren Künstlern gleichzeitig gefertigt werden, schmücken die Straßen von Pune während des Ganesh Festes. Die ganze Stadt ist auf den Straßen, sie tanzen, schwankend zu den Beats der Musik. Es ist ein Fest ihrer Kunst, Geschichte und Kultur.

Español Rangoli da la bienvenida al bienestar en Pune

Enormes Rangolis como este, pintado por varios artistas que trabajan sincronizados, adornan las calles de Pune durante el Festival Ganesh. La ciudad entera sale a las calles bailando y balanceándose al ritmo de la procesión musical más enérgica. Es una celebración de su arte, historia y cultura.

Français Rangoli à Pune en Inde

De gigantesques rangolis comme celui-ci (peintures réalisées sur le sol) ont été dessiné simultanément par plusieurs artistes. Ces dessins ornent les rues de la ville de Pune où toute la population se retrouve pour danser pendant la procession du festival de Ganesh. C’est une célébration artistique et culturelle intense.

Italiano Rangoli per accogliere il benessere, Pune, India

Enormi "Rangoli" come questi, disegnati da diversi artisti che lavorano in sincronia, adornano le strade di Pune durante la festa di Ganesha. L’intera città si lancia in strada, danzando e ondeggiando al ritmo di un’impetuosa processione musicale. Una celebrazione della loro arte, della loro storia e della loro cultura.

Arabic بعدسة رانجولي، للترحيب بالصحة والعافية، وبوني، الهند

قطع فنية ضخمة مثل هذه، التي رسمها العديد من الفنانين الذين يعملون في تزامن تزين شوارع بيون خلال مهرجان غانيش. المدينة بأكملها تخرج في الشوارع، ويرقصون على دقات الموسيقى. هو احتفال الفن والتاريخ والثقافة في المدينة 

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Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India.


Mighty, endless, vast, abundant, clear, beautiful and pure…it touches you and moves you like only Nature can. At Tso Moriri, all you can do is bow down and feel blessed for having witnessed it.

Tso Moriri, at a distance of around 250km from Leh is a high mountain lake at a height of around 4500m.

Mighty mountains, snow capped peaks, lush green fields and the deep blue water stretching to the horizon, Tso Moriri offers it all. Due to its long distance from Leh, It is not frequented by too many tourists. Which means, when you visit Tso Moriri, you will most likely, have it all to yourself!

By Sandeepa Chetan (www.sandeepachetan.com)

Deutsch Tsomoriri, 250 Kilometer entfernt von Leh, ist ein Hochgebirgssee auf einer Höhe von 4500 Metern.

Español Tso Moriri, a una distancia de 250 kilómetros desde Leh, es un lago de alta montaña situado a una altura de unos 4.500 metros.

Français Tso Moriri, à une distance de 250 km de Leh, est un lac de haute montagne à une hauteur d’environ 4500 mètres.

Italiano Tso Moriri, a 250 chilometri di distanza da Leh, è un lago montano che si trova a circa 450 metri d’altezza.

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