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Book Talk: The Lost World of Ladakh

As apparent from the title and book-cover itself, the book The Lost World of Ladakh is a collection of century-old photographs of the trans-Himalayan terrain of Ladakh. Tastefully captured by a talented amateur photographer, Claude Rupert Trench Wilmot who was…

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Dodra Kwar Diary: The Devtantra at Dodra

I pull up one of the spare chairs in the small patch of grass in the courtyard of the Forest Rest House at Dodra (2564m). The intriguing folkways of Kwar still occupy my mind. For me, there is a fresh excitement related…

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Dodra Kwar Diary: Sojourn in Kwar

It is already dark as I reach the village bus stand of Kwar (2419m). With no permanent shelter, the bus stand is actually a wider portion of the motorway just at the entrance to the main settlement of Kwar. I…

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Dodra Kwar Diary: Climbing the Chanshal Pass

Next morning, I take it rather easy initially but as I leave the Rest House, I gingerly manoeuvre my vehicle to climb the narrow dusty bumpy motorway to Chanshal (3784m). The air outside is fresh but every descending vehicle, load…

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The mysterious Dodra Kwar

The last week of September found me driving up the slopes of Chanshal Pass (3784m) in eastern Himachal Pradesh. Keen to explore the settlements and folkways of the enigmatic Dodra Kwar villages, I set out for a sojourn in the beautiful…

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