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The 15 Best Markets For Taking Stunning Pictures

A Personal Selection of Markets in Africa, Asia, the Middle-East and South America

Woman smoking at the 5-Day Market on Inle Lake, Myanmar - The five villages on the shore of Lake Inle take turns, so there is actually a market each day of the week.

Woman smoking at the 5-Day Market on Inle Lake, Myanmar – The five villages on the shore of Lake Inle take turns, so there is actually a market each day of the week.

No matter where I travel, I immensely enjoy visiting markets. Many of them, especially in Africa & in Asia, but also in the Middle East & in South America, are an assault on your senses: colorful and at times disorientating, aromatic or even intoxicating, vibrant and eventually hectic places… But this is where “the real life” can be found, so different from touristic highlights (though some markets have turned extremely popular in the last years, also amongst tour groups…) Continue Reading →

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Ladakh – A Selection Of 40 Pictures

Ladakh is a high altitude desert, with once in a while small ribbons of green run down a slope, nourished by small stream running - Here  Gangla Village, on the way from Leh to Khardung La, Ladakh, India

Ladakh is a high altitude desert, with once in a while small ribbons of green run down a slope, nourished by small stream running – Here Gangla Village, on the way from Leh to Khardung La, Ladakh, India

Ladakh – A mélange of mystic, ancient monasteries, breathtaking landscapes, remote and still partly untouched villages like Bodgang in Baltistan. The main outdoor attraction is trekking, anything from 1 to 23 day (treks), but also rafting on the Zanskar River. Ladakh has also become increasing popular for motor-bikers Continue Reading →

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Travel Guide To Ladakh

Grand Escapades’ Travel Guide To Ladakh – Many Highlights Without Trekking

Tso Moriri, Ladakh

Itinerary And Time Of The Visit

If you are looking for information on trekking Ladakh, stop right here! You won’t find any. The day we arrived we decided against it – too hot, no shade, too expensive… Given these conditions, our already measly motivation made a trek never happen. Continue Reading →

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Budget Guide To Ladakh

Grand Escapades’ Budget Guide To Ladakh – A very Cheap Place To Travel

Washing the dishes - Ladakhi way! Korzok, Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

Washing the dishes – Ladakhi way! Korzok, Tso Moriri, Ladakh

Type Of Travel

India is a very cheap place to travel, and Kashmir & Ladakh are not different – Making a good level of comfort affordable, while rock bottom backpacking costs next to nothing. Continue Reading →

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Farewell Ladakh, Farewell India on the Chennai Express!

Leaving Ladakh and our favorite Hotel Oriental, Leh, Ladakh, India

Leaving Ladakh and our favorite Hotel Oriental, Leh, Ladakh, India

Air India took us back to Delhi, across the mighty Himalayas. An experience itself! It is literally breathtaking to climb up amidst all these snowcapped summits and then pass right over them, so close you feel you can touch them… The other real thrill are the numerous and wide glaciers running in between. Continue Reading →

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Korzok – And Soon Gone!

Old women praying and meditating, Korzok, Tso Moriri, Ladakh

Old women praying and meditating, Korzok, Tso Moriri, Ladakh

The evening in Korzok turned out to be really bizarre… Walking around in the dark without streetlights, the tiny village did not come across as particularly picturesque: cubic houses thrown together from stones; bags and other stuff on their flat roofs; lots of rubble all over the village. Continue Reading →

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Tsomo Riri

Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

The drive from Tso Kar to Tsomoriri was nothing to write home about – we had such high expectations! Only a small geyser was a surprise and the last stretch of the road that leads down to the lake is kind of scenic. The highlight was a large herd of yaks that passed, some gigantic. Continue Reading →

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A Bad Surprise in Thukje…

Evening light in Tso Kar, near Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

Evening light in Tso Kar, near Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

When we drove in the “village” of Thukje, at a first glance it looked like a heap of rubble. we kept looking for an intact building. And there it was, quite nice, actually. In the adjacent tent a large Ladakhi family was gathering and yes, they had two rooms in their home for us to stay. We were uncertain about whether all these people were staying in the small house or if some was just visiting. Hassan, our driver, noticed our concerns and pointed at another intact building in the distance – a guesthouse: two concrete blocks on a plot of land outside the settlement, ten rooms, some with a view of the salt heaps nearby. Very, very basic, but livable. Continue Reading →

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Tso Kar – On Top of the World or At the End?

Ladakhi nomads, between Tso Kar & Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

Ladakhi nomads, between Tso Kar & Tso Moriri, Ladakh, India

Once we turned east off the Mandali Road, the landscape turned even more spectacular. Soon we spotted a nomad camp right along the tracks. We had hoped for so much to meet Changpa Nomads… A few kids, barely able to walk, were playing in the dust next to the road. Our stop made the rest of the family leave their tent or whatever chores they were doing. Their burned and frost bitten faces mirrored their harsh life. Living in tents through a winter at 5.000 meters with those extreme temperatures was beyond our imagination. Continue Reading →

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Another Loop, Down South This Time

Road construction workers at Tagang La, Ladakh, India

Road construction workers at Tagang La, Ladakh, India

At the police check point in Upshi, the super correct police officer found out that our permit for Tso Moriri started the following day. Big excitement! Gilles having a loud and angry telephone conversation with the agency who made the mistake, the mobile phone of the policemen playing music at full volume and all the drivers discussing the situation. Heidi took a look at the map and everything was solved. Instead of doing the loop west to east we would start with Tso Kar, which does not require a permit. Continue Reading →

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