The drive to Nubra Valley is glorious. After passing through Khardung La, the Shyok river (pronounced Shayok) begins to dot the barren panoramas. A muddy river, Shyok is a tributary of Indus which joins with Siachen river to form the Nubra Valley.
In the beginning, Nubra Valley feels unreal. Throughout the drive you’d see three colors predominantly- muddy brown, white and blue. The mountains and waters are in shades of brown and white, and the sky is in a rich cobalt blue.
As far as the eyes can see, these are the three colors that dominate.
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Migrants are compelled to live in sub-human conditions on work sites, which lack basic amenities and sanitation facilities. Most of these women submit their documents to the owner at the beginning of the season, which leaves them helpless and forces them to work throughout the season despite all odds.
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Varkari (meaning "a pilgrim") is a sampradaya(religious movement) within the bhaktispiritual tradition of Hinduism, geographically associated with the Indian states ofMaharashtra and northern Karnataka. Varkaris worship Vitthal (also known asVithoba), the presiding deity of Pandharpur, regarded as a form of Krishna. Saints andgurus of the bhakti movement associated with the Varkaris include Jñāneśvar, Namdev,Chokhamela, Eknath, and Tukaram, all of whom are accorded the title of Sant.
The Varkari movement includes the worship Vithoba and a duty-based approach towards life emphasising moral behavior and strict avoidance of alcohol and tobacco, the adoption of a strict lacto-vegetarian diet and fasting on Ekadashi day (twice a month), self-restraint (brahmacharya) during student life, equality and humanity for all rejecting discrimination based on the caste system or wealth, the reading of Hindu texts, the recitation of the Haripath every day and the regular practice of bhajan and kirtan.
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I left Arambol and decided I was up for the challenge of navigating the bus system down the Goan coast rather than spend my entire days budget on taxis. Three buses, two motorcycle taxis, and four hours later, I had arrived in Palolem. What would have been a $60 cab ride cost me just $3. The buses were alot of fun too. A young Indian man came and sat next to me on one of them. I was slightly disgruntled given all the space there was on the bus and having to move my big bag. However I realized later I think it was out of the ordinary to meet a foreigner on a bus like this and he wanted to practice his English. As it turned out, he was a line cook in a hotel and had studied French cuisine at school, he was working his way to become chef. He was also a big fan of Bruce Lee, so we discussed the intricacies of Wing Chun and I made silly faces with the toddler (who thought I was hilarious I might add) four seats ahead of me for the rest of the journey. When it came time to jump off, the man graciously helped me with my bag. It was time to jump on another taxi bike and head to the beach. #peopleonbuses#randominteractions#randomactsofkindness#peopleofindia#onthebus#iphone#leojamsbigasiatrip#arambol#mapusa