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August 6, 2010. It was around midnight when the clouds above Ladakh burst. Jolted from their sleep the men, women and children saw water gushing into their homes, taking with it all that came in its path. Three weeks later, I packed my bags with everything that I thought the people there would need and started on a journey that would change me. Today I want to share with you what a seemingly small 2 degree change in climate could do to thousands of lives.
It is the land of the upturned pointy moustaches and the bright laheria turbans, of the dancers that move to ancient tunes and of the wise-looking camels on the dunes. But there are more reasons to drop everything and head to Rajasthan. Here are my top five.
The early morning horizon is dotted with vibrant balloons as you float mid-air. Time seems to stand still as from the haze emerges one of the most breathtaking sights in the world, the Taj Mahal. I witnessed this mesmerising view at the Taj Balloon Festival, which took place in Agra from 14-18 November.