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Buddha Statues at Kanji, Ladakh

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Buddha Statues at Kanji, Ladakh

The old village of Kanji is one of the reasons for planning this trek. We came here in 2012 at the end of a long trek from Zanskar and always wanted to return. It's a delight to explore the old lanes; the village is quiet, most people are in the fields gathering the harvest. 
The old gompa is very small but it was carefully restored a few years ago and has interesting statues of Avalokiteshvara and Tara and a couple of decent mandalas painted on the walls.

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Kantha Quilts and Scarves

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Kantha Quilts and Scarves

Kantha is a type of embroidery stitching typical of rural Bengal. Village women recycle old saris to make quilts, shawls and cushions in which several layers of fabric may be layered up and patched, combined to create a new item - what we would today call upcycling.The wonder of them is the variety and extraordinary beauty of the fabrics. This quilt has a wonderful art nouveau fabric with elegant leaves and flowers in a soft rust and charcoal print.Kantha is the running stitch that holds the different layers of fabric together or acts as a decorative stitching pattern overlaying the patterned fabric. The reverse...

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Trekking in Ladakh, over the Timti La to Kanji

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Trekking in Ladakh, over the Timti La to Kanji

One of those days where things don't go to plan. The paths are blocked by rockfalls, progress is slow, we finish the last three hours by the light of iPhones and arrive several hours after sunset.

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Trekking in Ladakh, from Gyal to Kanji

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Trekking in Ladakh, from Gyal to Kanji

We leave our camp above Gyal village and trek over the Sarbantan La and the Yoma La on the first two days of our three day trek to the village of Kanji.

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The Forgotten Stepwells of Rajasthan - Ancient Subterranean Architecture

The Forgotten Stepwells of Rajasthan - Ancient Subterranean Architecture

Rajasthan is a popular tourist destination where people go to experience the vibrant life and colour of India and explore wonderful old palaces and hilltop forts. But there's another hidden architectural treasure that goes unnoticed, literally beneath the surface.About 20 years ago I saw an image of an astonishing subterranean architecture, it turned out to be a stepwell, an extraordinary architectural wonder. It's taken me many years to find them, my Indian friends didn't know of them, they're hidden from view, underground, underused and often dry and derelict.  Stepwells were built, often with hundreds of steps, leading down to the water table which,...

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