School children perform the traditional 'flag dance' at Ganesh festival in Pune, India
The immersion day procession (Visarjan procession) of the Ganesh festival in Pune is an exciting experience. It is a spectacle of music, dance and colour. School children are performing a tradition flag dance in this photo.
This was at the outskirts of Korzok, the base village for Tso Moriri, a high altitude mountain lake, 250 km from Leh. Summer is the time when the people of Ladakh prepare for the harsh snow clad winter. Read about our visit to Tso Moriri at
Mystical magical Tso Moriri lake in Ladakh.
The Phuktal monastery is the epitome of monks living high up in the mountains, detached from the rest of the world. We reached the monastery at lunch time and had lunch with the monks there. Read the full story of our visit to Phuktal monastery at Trek to Phuktal Monastery
Drums are played to welcome the chief guest. A two-day riot of colour, dance and music, the Sani Festival is the perfect way to build a social camaraderie among the far-flung villages of the Zanskar valley. Read more on Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil.
Women hold "Katha" - the white scarf, to welcome the chief guest at the Sani monastery festival. A two-day riot of colour, dance and music, the Sani Festival is the perfect way to build a social camaraderie among the far-flung villages of the Zanskar valley. Read more at Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil
Morning prayers at Sani Monastery in Zanskar, India
The Sani monastery hosts the Sani festival, a two-day riot of colour, dance and music. It is an important festival in the Zanskar valley. People from far-flung villages of Zanskar travel here for the festival. Read more at Sani festival: Colourful victory of good over evil
We wondered what their lives must be like, for these kids of Rangdum. Living in such isolation, in the middle of nowhere. From what we saw, it sure seemed like a lot of fun! Read more of the kids we met at The kids of the hills…
Gujjar kids from Rajouri district, Sonamarg, 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 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 reward. Read full story on Kids of the hills