Kashmir

Pangong Tso

Blue waters of Pangong Tso

We are at the edge of Pangong Tso in the outer reaches of Ladakh at a height of about 4,350 m above seal level. The colors of Pangong lake change dramatically from a vivid blue to aqua green depending on the angle of the Sun. The beautiful lake is shared between the countries of Tibet and India.

The journey to Pangong Tso starts from Nubra Valley We had a lovely day among the sand dunes of Nubra Desert vegetation around Khalsar in Ladakh Drive from Nubra to Pangong Lake The drive from Nubra to Pangong takes you through a wide varied landscape The Shyok river stays with us for most part of the ride The Shyok River flowing through the Nubra Valley Once the river leaves us and goes on its own way near Durbuk, the road too becomes quite bad In fact, at certain points, it was almost impossible to make out where the road was [ngg src=”galleries” ids=”125″
Sand Dunes of Nubra

Dunes of Nubra

Nubra is a cold desert at 10000 ft above sea level and the color of the sand is unlike anywhere in India. These dunes lie close to the Hunder village that sits like an oasis in the middle of the cold desert. The weather is not friendly here and it gets pretty cold once the Sun hides behind the clouds. The strong breeze keeps blowing the fine sands, reshaping them into new shapes.

Nubra is a cold desert at 10000 ft above sea level and the color of the sand is unlike anywhere in India These dunes lie close to the Hunder village that sits like an oasis in the middle of the cold desert The weather is not friendly here and it gets pretty cold once the Sun hides behind the clouds The strong breeze keeps blowing the fine sands, reshaping them into new shapes Nubra Valley On the way we passed Diskit Monastery Diskit Monastery The Maitreyi Buddha near Diskit Monastery Apart from the silver sands, Nubra is also known for Diskit Monastery. Perched high up in the Himalayas at an altitude of 10000+ ft, it was founded in the 14th century by Changzem Tsera Zangpo. The star attraction this monastery is a recently built 106 foot high Maitreya Buddha statue which was commissioned in 2010.
Khardungla Pass

Road to Khardungla Pass

The drive from Leh to Nubra Valley goes through Khardungla Pass, said to be one of the highest motorable road in the world. Goes without saying the view was just mesmerising as we motored along the golden mountains towards snow capped peaks. I’ve always had this desire to travel the world – but nothing beats exploring your own country.

Ladakh is the highest altitude plateau in India It is situated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, bound by two of the world’s highest mountain ranges, the Karakoram in the north and the Himalayas in the south Khardung La is a mountain pass in the Ladakh that serves as the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys from the city of Leh Though we write it as Khardung La, the local pronunciation is more like “Khardong La” or “Khardzong La” The word La means pass while Kharzong means castle I am not really sure how the combination of these words were used to name this mountain pass Ride to Khardungla
Shanti Stupa In Leh

Finding peace at Shanti Stupa

We hiked to the Shanti Stupa, one of the iconic structures in Leh. Located at a height of almost 12000 ft – overlooking the city, it was commissioned in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist, Gyomyo Nakamura with the aim to promote world peace. The stupa is always surrounded by enthusiastic tourists and its next to impossible to take a photo without one.

Surrounded by lofty mountains the Shanti Stupa has a special place in the cultural history of Ladakh This white-domed Stupa on a hilltop in Leh district of Ladakh was conceived by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura as part of the Peace Pagoda mission Walk to Shanti Stupa We had spent the day first exploring Namgyal Tsemo Gompa and Leh Palace The wandering had left us a bit tired After a short afternoon nap at the Shaolin Guest House, we left for the peace pagoda We walked down Sankar road and then onto the Shanti Stupa Road The walk is not difficult but it is not recommended for tourists coming from the plains as they might experience breathlessness because of the high

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