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Festivals in Bhutan in 2018

Bhutan has a lot of monastery and not-religious festivals to offer. It is difficult to choose among them all. Our advice: If you have the time/possibility, visit festivals in the off-season. They are very special because they have less foreign visitors. Also travelling in off-season is more cheap than in high season. If you want [...]

Festivals in Bhutan in 20182017-04-07T11:44:15+02:00

Monastery Festivals in Ladakh: Dates for 2018

Monastery festival dates for 2018 in Ladakh These are the dates for monastery and other festivals/important happenings in Ladakh in the year 2018. Subject to Change. January 2018 Spituk Gustor 14,-15. January 2018 in Spituk February 2018 Dosmochey 13.-14. February 2018 in Leh and Likir Yargon Tungshak 19.-20. February 2018 in Yarma (Nubra) Stok Guru [...]

Monastery Festivals in Ladakh: Dates for 20182017-11-06T12:09:28+01:00

Easy tips to improve your life through Ayurveda

To lead a healthier and happier life, one doesn’t necessarily have to visit a therapist or a doctor. According to Ayurveda, there are a few very simple practices that can help you improve your life. You don’t even have to know what your ayurvedic constitution is. If you follow these rules, you will soon notice [...]

Easy tips to improve your life through Ayurveda2017-01-24T09:06:25+01:00

Ladakh for children

More and more often, parents are daring to travel to Ladakh with their children. And why not? The country has also plenty to offer to small guests. Children actually usually adapt better to the height than their parents - probably because the kids are not thinking about it. Here are some things that you should [...]

Ladakh for children2019-04-11T09:49:54+02:00

Trekking in Ladakh: 8 things to keep in mind

If you are planning to take a trekking tour for more than a few days in the Himalayan Ladakh, you should carefully consider a couple of things. Choosing the right maps, knowing how to deal with the local people, and even the proper way to do business with horsemen are some of the more specific [...]

Trekking in Ladakh: 8 things to keep in mind2019-04-11T09:50:04+02:00

Hinduism simply explained

Hinduism is the most important religion in India and the third-largest religion in the world, with around 1 billion adherents. Since Hinduism, with its many traditions and interpretations, countless deities and grandiose philosophies can be overwhelming for both believers and non-Hindus, we have tried to sum up here the most important aspects of the religion. [...]

Hinduism simply explained2017-09-12T13:50:41+02:00

Pilot Project: Travel with click. A different kind of photo-adventure

…and then sometimes a great idea just falls right into your lap. A few months ago, two Graphic Design students came to us with a special proposition. We were enthusiastic right from the beginning, and so we decided to implement together a somewhat different “photographic journey” within one of our Markha trekking tours.   [...]

Pilot Project: Travel with click. A different kind of photo-adventure2017-05-04T05:44:28+02:00

Ladakh for runners

Some people consider it madness. For others, its call is irresistible. The Ladakh Marathon is the ultimate challenge for runners. At such altitudes, achieving the same level of performance as one is used to back home is not an easy task. But with the proper preparation the task is both quite feasible and an unforgettable [...]

Ladakh for runners2019-04-11T09:50:30+02:00

Ayurveda: Kapha, Pitta, Vata and more

When hearing the word Ayurveda, many people automatically think about relaxing oil massages and traditional sitar and tabla sounds in the background. Something soul-cleansing, the touch of expert hands and soothing music caressing a tired body and a stress-riddled mind. No one thinks of enemas, strict diets or full-time schedules and long lists of rules. [...]

Ayurveda: Kapha, Pitta, Vata and more2016-10-12T10:48:32+02:00

Dzongkha for beginners: a language guide for travelers to Bhutan

Anyone who speaks a few words in the language of the traveler's destination, will be warmly welcomed. Of course this is also true for Bhutan. It will take some time to learn a few words in Dzongkha - the national language of Bhutan - and maybe some pronounciations will be difficult for foreign tongues but [...]

Dzongkha for beginners: a language guide for travelers to Bhutan2016-07-29T10:34:28+02:00

20 powerful words & phrases in Ladakhi: This way you will make friends in Ladakh!

  It is always good to speak a few words in the language of your host's country. Ladakhi - the language of the people of Ladakh - isn't that easy to learn, but on the other hand you do not have to know it perfectly. It is enough to speak a few words and you [...]

20 powerful words & phrases in Ladakhi: This way you will make friends in Ladakh!2019-04-11T09:50:46+02:00

The 10 most important Buddhas & Deities: Buddhist iconography

  When entering a Tibetan Buddhist monastery for the first time, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the incredible variety of Buddhas, bodhisattvas and deities – some angry, some peaceful, and all almost always very colorful. But who is who and how can we distinguish the individual personalities from each other? There are [...]

The 10 most important Buddhas & Deities: Buddhist iconography2020-10-22T08:31:45+02:00

Bhutan: Dates for Festivals 2016

  Bhutan has a lot of monastery and not-religious festivals to offer. It is difficult to choose among them all. Our advice: If you have the time/possibility, visit festivals in the off-season. They are very special because they have less foreign visitors. Also travelling in off-season is more cheap than in high season. If you [...]

Bhutan: Dates for Festivals 20162016-07-05T12:22:03+02:00

Travelling alone as a woman: 10 tips from Ulli Felber

"Are you going alone to India? But you’re a woman! That’s too dangerous!!” Too often have I heard these words - from best friends to work colleagues or even my own family doctor. In the meantime, I have already traveled seven times to India. Sometimes accompanied by friends, but very often alone. And I have [...]

Travelling alone as a woman: 10 tips from Ulli Felber2016-06-22T13:08:51+02:00

The Must-See Monasteries of Ladakh

Every Buddhist village in Ladakh has a cloister or a temple. There are so many that you don’t know where to start, or when to stop. In this post we tell you what monasteries you shouldn’t miss no matter what.  The Monasteries of Ladakh There are many impressive monasteries in Ladakh - most of them [...]

The Must-See Monasteries of Ladakh2019-04-11T09:50:58+02:00

All about Nubra: Trekking, Expeditions, sites

Nubra is the northernmost part of Ladakh, with borders both to Pakistan and China. Nubra has a lot to offer, but whoever wants to go there has to first cross one of the two 5000m-high mountain passes.   General facts about Nubra Nubra is one of the three Tehsils (an administrative unit in India and [...]

All about Nubra: Trekking, Expeditions, sites2019-04-11T09:51:07+02:00

Mountain climbing in the land of the nomads

When it comes to trekking and mountain climbing, Ladakh is a fantastic destination overall, but there’s a region within the province that seems almost designed for these activities: the Changtang – home of the nomads. In a place where the ground level is at 4500m over the sea, climbing a 6k mountain is a very [...]

Mountain climbing in the land of the nomads2020-10-22T08:31:06+02:00

From shepherd boy to tour operator: the story of Tashi Wangail

The best stories in life are usually real ones. The tale of Tashi Wangail, founder of Gesar Travel, is improbable, exciting, and of course very very real. Let’s find out how a mountain shepherd boy became a successful tour operator.    Childhood as a shepherd   Tashi's parents Tashi was born in 1969 [...]

From shepherd boy to tour operator: the story of Tashi Wangail2019-04-11T09:51:33+02:00

This is serious: Our commitment to the fight against human trafficking

Only recently we shared a post about how we don’t like to go around publicizing good deeds: Doing good the quiet way. Now we talk, and for a good reason.   Girls from poor rural areas are the main targets of human traffickers. Photo: Nana Ziesche. Human trafficking is one of the biggest [...]

This is serious: Our commitment to the fight against human trafficking2016-04-21T09:33:16+02:00

Monastery festivals 2017 for Ladakh: The dates

Like every year also 2017 will have it's cultural highlights which are really worth to be seen. To be able to plan already now your trip 2017 to Ladakh we put the most important dates together.  Ladakh: Monastery festivals & and other important dates for 2017   Name of festival Venue 2017 Spituk Gustor Spituk [...]

Monastery festivals 2017 for Ladakh: The dates2016-09-15T07:59:23+02:00

Begging in india and how to react

They pull at your shirt, look at you with big supplicant eyes, one open hand outstretched, the other pointing to their mouth while they repeat the words “Chapati! Chapati! Madam, please!". It hurts when children who have not even reached school age stand on the street, filthy and half naked, and ask you for money [...]

Begging in india and how to react2016-04-08T09:29:36+02:00

10 good reasons to not go to Ladakh with us

Let’s be completely honest here: there are some really good reasons not to travel with us to Ladakh. We want to be perfectly clear in advance, so you can’t say afterwards that you didn’t know what you were getting into. So take your time to read this and consider carefully, if you really want to [...]

10 good reasons to not go to Ladakh with us2019-04-11T09:51:50+02:00

The official programme for the Hemis Festival 2016

  As mentioned in our earlier blog, the Hemis Festival 2016 is one of the most important celebrations in the whole Himalaya regions in 2016. Check out our blog: Hemis Festival 2016: What is it about? But in this blog we want to inform you about the official programme.   [tg_alert_box style="notice"]Attention: The programme has been [...]

The official programme for the Hemis Festival 20162016-05-29T17:39:02+02:00

The story behind Gesar Travel: Love & Fate

Companies have facades instead of faces; logos instead of eyes. It’s easy to get lost in a labyrinth of products, services and impersonal business conditions. Like the Wizard of Oz, they appear lifeless and artificial. But behind the curtains everything is quite human. Let me tell you the story behind Gesar Travel. It all starts [...]

The story behind Gesar Travel: Love & Fate2019-04-11T09:52:01+02:00

The buddhist Wheel of Life explained step by step

Whoever has visited a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, no matter if in Ladakh, Tibet or Bhutan, has also probably noticed, usually at the entrance of the temple, a drawing of the Buddhist Wheel of Life. This symbolic representation, or Bhavacakra, serves as a wonderful summary of what Buddhism is, and also reminds us that every action [...]

The buddhist Wheel of Life explained step by step2016-10-25T08:27:43+02:00

10 important Mudras in Tibetan Buddhism

What is a Mudra? Mudras are symbolic hand gestures that play a major role in Hinduism and Buddhism. In addition, mudras are also present in the Indian dancing tradition, and are an important part of yoga, where they are not only symbolic, but should also have an effect on the body and mind. Sooner or [...]

10 important Mudras in Tibetan Buddhism2016-10-25T08:28:23+02:00
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