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The dates for the year 2024 for monastery and other festivals in Ladakh are also already here! Visiting a monastery festival is a special highlight for many Ladakh travelers. The dances of the monks - accompanied by sounds foreign to Western ears - are a real feast for the eyes. The hustle and bustle [...]
The dates for 2023 for monastery and other festivals in Ladakh are here! Visiting a monastery festival is a special highlight for many Ladakh travelers. The dances of the monks - accompanied by sounds foreign to Western ears - are a real feast for the eyes. The hustle and bustle around the dancing clerics [...]
BEYOND THE OBVIOUS Off-beat things to do in Delhi by Debashree Chatterjee Dotted with ancient monuments, sprawling gardens, magnificent forts and buzzing bazaars (markets), Delhi is stuffed with history and heritage. One can keep discovering it beyond layers and with every layer there is a new surprise, and this is what makes her different. [...]
The gastronomical Gem called Delhi A foodie’s path to ecstasy Eat with Debashree Chatterjee, who tells us her favorite 10 restaurants in Delhi Delhi’s rich and diverse culinary heritage reflects hues of various cultures coming together as a single vibrant mosaic. With many gastronomic traditions – a result of many kingdoms and [...]
Kirgistan: A star at old age Somewhere in the middle of nowhere - in the village of the kyrgyz giant Kozhomkul - while searching for our accomodation, we encounter an old woman who is looking for a ride. We have space in our Jeep, she has the same destination, so we are happy to [...]
TRAVELLING LIKE A BOSS Making Delhi your own by Debashree Chatterjee In a city as big, diverse and vibrant as Delhi, it often feels like the entire populace of the place is travelling at the same time and somehow, everybody is going the same way as you and me. This extremeness of everything makes it [...]
MALL’S THE WORD Walking the branded trail by Debashree Chatterjee When you are in Delhi during the sweltering summers, and want to keep “stepping out” 100% optional (WAIT! what about shopping? that’s 100% compulsory) then the many malls in this vibrant city are sure to play the saviour. Take a break from street-shopping and the [...]
Shop till you drop A bargainer’s diary by Debashree Chatterjee Doesn’t matter if you are a self-confessed shopaholic, or a need-based shopper, or a shopahater (haven’t come across any in my life), . Doesn’t matter what you are looking for, or where you are staying in the megacity, you are sure to come across one [...]
SPILLING THE BEANS A coffee lover’s chronicle by Debashree Chatterjee Doesn’t matter if it’s the morning dose or the evening shot, coffee is the life line for most of us (if not all of us). I am sure you will agree that coffee plays saviour for an office-goer, who is late for the meeting; a [...]
Cafés I like in Bhutan By Ulrike Čokl As an Austrian I appreciate the Viennese “Kaffeehauskultur” (coffee culture). You can spend hours and even a full day in cafés, enjoying various types of coffee, cakes and snacks while reading a good book, jotting down your thoughts and working. I was delighted when the first [...]
Stok Kangri (6,123m) is the most popular mountain in Ladakh. Every year, hundreds of people from all over the world have tried to climb the 6,000er. But that over for now, because from now on further expeditions to the mountain are forbidden until further notice. Why all expeditions to Stok Kangri are closed Stok [...]
Visiting a monastery festival in Ladakh is one of the highlights of their trip for most of the visitors and yes, it is something spectacular and touching to see the colorfully dressed monks dance their stories. Here are the celebrations for 2020. Ladakh: Monastery festivals and other celebrations 2020 Hemis-Festival Spituk Gustor in [...]
Meine letzte Kirgistan-Reise liegt leider schon wieder ein paar Wochen zurück, aber geblieben ist meine Liebe für dieses wunderbare Reich in Zentralasien. Im heutigen Blog erzähle ich dir, wer lieber nicht nach Kirgistan kommen sollte und welche Gründe die ausschlaggebenden sind, warum ich so davon fasziniert bin.
Kirgistan ist unbestritten ein Land mit vielen Gesichtern, mit unterschiedlichsten Klimazonen von schweißtreibend heiß bis bibbernd kalt, weiten grünen Ebenen mit weißen Schafpunkten und Bergen so hoch, dass man die Stratosphäre fast berühren kann, doch Paris und Tibet hätte ich hier trotz allem nicht erwartet. Ich wurde eines Besseren belehrt. Aber so soll es ja auf Reisen auch sein.
When you think of Iran, you often associate with it veiled women and a female image that is not equal to that of men. As a European woman, who wants to travel to Iran, one should deal with a few things in advance. How safe is Iran for women? In general, Iran is considered [...]
When visiting a family home in Bhutan By Ulrike Čokl Ulli has lived in Bhutan on and off for many years. She has conducted ethnographic research on traditional hospitality practices, travelling & gift-exchange in rural communities. Thus she is very familiar with village livelihoods all over the little kingdom. She loves developing unique itineraries that [...]
Ulli's bucket list of the 10 things you have to do / see in Bhutan By Ulrike Čokl Ulli has lived in Bhutan on and off for many years. She has conducted ethnographic research on traditional hospitality practices, travelling & gift-exchange in rural communities. Thus she is very familiar with village livelihoods all over the [...]