The onslaught of modernisation and the partition has squeezed the Dard tribe to the remote Gurez valley, where they are struggling to save their Shina language and culture
The strategic rivalry between the British and the Soviet empires for supremacy in Central Asia was known as ‘the Great Game’. The British wanted to protect their interests in the Subcontinent and in Asia against a possible Russian advance. A Russian officer visited Hunza and signed a treaty. His presence in Hunza was taken as the start of the Great Game. Because of this treaty, Col Algernon Durand was sent to Gilgit to analyse the situation.
From Kathmandu to Kolkata, the momo is an essential street food. Photo: Dinodia By Amish Mulmi A friend of mine had once said, “Nepalis don’t think. We just eat momos.” And he wasn’t off the mark. Every Nepali has a momo story, usually to do with how many they’ve eaten, or where they’ve eaten it. Momos…
The fantastical landscape, framed by three mountain ranges including the mighty Himalayas, has changed little since Genghis Kahn and his Mongolian hordes passed through here in the 13th century. Indeed, some of these hilltop monasteries were here long before the fabled Silk Road and, according to locals, will outlast mankind itself.
There is a perception that this festival was imposed on the people of Assam at the behest of some forces from outside the state. Many people also seem to have felt left out be it the tribals, Christians or the Muslims. Even the act of importing priests from Haridwar to worship the river has not gone down well
On our increasingly crowded and noisy planet, it is a source of particular delight that a place as peculiar, empty and wonderful as Ladakh exists. And those dark skies also lend themselves to philosophical matters.
Gyalpo Losar is a celebration of the Tibetan New Year and this is the Year of the Bird. The Tibetan calendar is made up of twelve lunar months and Losar begins on the first day of the first month. Losar celebrations begin on the 29th day of the 12th month of the calendar.