Smiling faces of Ladakh

Smiling Faces of Ladakh

Mountains, monasteries, monks, memories…the magic of Ladakh! It’s difficult to take a bad photograph in a place like Ladakh. The light is so ethereal like in some dreams, and it’s not just the landscapes that are so hauntingly beautiful, but also the people of Ladakh who are always smiling 🙂 The smiles that tell the story of their life. The smiles so genuine that it’s unbelievable that someone could be so happy and content!

Peaceful and happy in spite of the harsh weather & living conditions, the innocence and simplicity of the Ladakhis is as infectious as their warm-hearted smiles. They are cheerful, friendly and helpful, simple and content in their lives. Living holistically with nature and one another, it’s a self-sustaining society where nothing goes waste and there’s this unexplainable feeling of just pure joy! 🙂 Happy faces of a few kids and people we met on a motorbike trip to Ladakh.

Rangdum Monastery

Rangdum Monastery in Suru valley, Ladakh
Rangdum Monastery in Suru valley, Ladakh
Rangdum Monastery
Inside Rangdum Monastery in Suru valley, Ladakh
Rangdum
A family outside thier home near Rangdum villageIn a small village near Rangdum, on the way to Zanskar.
Rangdum village
Kids playing at Rangdum village on a sunny afternoonRangdum Village Kids at Rangdum village Kids at Rangdum village Turtuk in Nubra, Ladakh.
Kids excited to wear helmets, in the remote village of Turtuk in Nubra, Ladakh.
Excited to wear helmets, in the remote village of Turtuk in Nubra, Ladakh.
Kids at Korzok village near Tso Moriri
Kids at Korzok village near Tso MoririThiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery
Thiksey Monastery
At Lamayuru Monastery
At Lamayuru Monastery
The kind souls we met on the road who gave us and our bike a ride on their truck
The kind souls we met on the road who gave us and our bike a ride on their truck. Their woollen caps were cool! 🙂

The landscape is dotted with Stupas or chortens which represent the essence of Buddhist philosophy – the inter dependence of everything in the universe. Top of the chorten a crescent moon cradles the Sun symbolising the oneness of all life. That you are a part of something larger than yourself, that you are inextricably connected to others and your surroundings. The people of Ladakh live by this philosophy and are peaceful and prosperous. Their emotional and spiritual wellbeing comes from their ecological community-based way of life.

Chorten or stupa
Chorten or stupa

Ancient Futures – learning from Ladakh, a documentary based on the book by Helena Norberg-Hodge, is a great watch to understand the impact of globalisation on a remote and primitive culture such as that of Ladakhis, and the value and importance of being inter dependent on each other. There’s a lot to learn from the people and culture of Ladakh…starting with a smile 🙂

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Leya says:

    I love your photos of the smiling people. I so understand them and you…maybe someday I’ll visit.

    1. Ritu Saini says:

      🙂 So sweet of you! Hugs! And many thanks!

  2. Such an amazing piece. I really felt like I was reading a NG article with the images you showed. Really great stuff.

    1. Ritu Saini says:

      Wow! Thanks much! 🙂

  3. nupurpradhan says:

    Beautiful pictures! Ladakh is a must visit destination!

    1. Ritu Saini says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes Ladakh is out of this world!

  4. travelbyts says:

    That’s such a wonderful photoblog. It’s the kids in Ladakh who bring out the purity of the place so well. I put up a similar photoblog on my site just yesterday! Can relate to this so much.

    1. Ritu Saini says:

      Thank you! 🙂 Yes that’s true! I guess the older people are too wise and peaceful 😉

  5. Cute pictures! And that documentary is a good one to know more about Ladakh, my favourite too.

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