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A salt water lake surrounded by the mighty Karakoram and Himalayan ranges on either side in Ladakh, India
The #Shanti #stupa in #Leh #India holds the relics of the #Buddha and stands tall at 12000 ft above sea level
#lp Today's photo: a salt water lake surrounded by the #Karakoram mountains near #Panamik, in the cold #desert of #Ladakh, #India
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Here is a compilation of my top 10 things to do when in Ladakh. This is solely based on my experiences and will help you plan out your trip better:
1. Have a hearty meal on the terrace at the Leh View Cafe in Leh – surrounded by hills this is an excellent way to ease your way into Leh on the first day of your arrival. You can potentially meet a lot of fellow travelers and plan out your activities in groups
2. Get going with a bunch of fellow travelers and light a big bonfire at KCs and invite all your new found friends – a great way to meet fellow travelers
4. Take a trek up to TarLa – It is a 5 day trek and is offered by most tour operators. For more adventure try the Stok Kangri trek.
5. Visit the Leh Gurudwara for a first class chai and free food
6. Go river rafting at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers
7. Rent a bike and drive 50 kms in either direction of Leh for a breathtaking experience of the rugged terrain
10. Bike down from the Khardung La Pass to Leh – not recommended for the faint hearted.
PS: Take it easy the first 2 days to get acclimatized to the mountains .
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It is my last day in Ladakh. It makes me sad that my memory system remembers this fact, when it could have other more important things to take care of. But it is a resolve to come back again, perhaps sooner than later , and to soak myself in this experience all over again.
As I head back to Leh, I try to capture almost everything that I can see through to the lens. Even though Ladakh is a photographer’s heaven, it does not translate so in the pictures that I take now. Take this shot on the right as an example….On the surface, it looks OK to me, but I sense something is missing. It does not attach itself to me through an emotional cord, as do some of my other pictures. I guess, you have to very intimately know the scene (in Ladakh) that you want to capture and that comes from the heart. As this realization ticks in, I give up and just try to enjoy myself under the open skies and the clean air. Here’s a shot without which a mention of Ladakh is perhaps incomplete! Until next time I venture into Ladakh….SoLong!!
Tomorrow, I fly back to Delhi.
Nubra Valley is just fascinating! We checked into a nice plush guest house last night…a little bargaining and we got a room for Rs.350. we have everything, except a TV. It is ironic that I spend more than that on a single meal sometimes, and drive a hard bargain at these guest houses. Nevertheless, I simply like this place. It has beautiful gardens and flowers are in full bloom. We had a nice dinner yesterday and I woke up to the smell of chai in the kitchen! At the morning chai, I meet an elderly Swiss gentleman. He seems to be enjoying his stay as well. We get into a conversation about the Alps and the Himalayas. At his age, he seems to like the conveniences associated with the Alps such as a restaurant around every corner and somewhat more oxygen to get by the day. Otherwise he seems to be happy going through the motions in Ladakh. He does say that he would have enjoyed it immensely if he was younger. I am glad to be taking this trip now in my life!!
The way to Sumur is through the other side of the mountain. We retrace our wheel marks in a quest to go around the huge rock and are once again mesmerized by what we see. In the desert we spot a couple of double humped camels. When we approached them, they banded together in unity and as we retreated, they seemed to go off their own ways. Remarkable, how animal instinct works! These camels were sold off to Rajasthani dealers last year for about Rs.35K each, but they did not survive the weather and died as soon as they got out of Ladakh!
On route to the Panamik village, we stop at the sulphur hot springs. These were pretty disappointing, specially after having seen the Yellowstone geysers and hot springs. however, unlike their Yellowstone counterparts, these hot springs deliver water that can be used for all human purposes. It is non toxic and potable. Legend has it that it can be used to cure most of the stomach’s ailments, but we were too healthy to give it a try!
We take lunch at a road side restaurant. It is the only one and the best in miles of desert around us. A siesta after lunch is appropriate and we drive to a nearby stream for some cool weather. I lay down on a rock in the middle of the stream and am soon off to a sound sleep. the power nap ends with a honk from our driver who is insistent upon taking us to a place like we have never seen before.
As we climb up the mountain, he assures us that it is worth a visit. The mountain is not as steep, but it is probably a half an hour’s walk. we are surrounded by desert and another huge mountain range encircles the desert. As we reach the top of the mountain, a clear body of water begins to take shape. It looks like a sight straight out of a world that is least imagined. The picture below says it all, and I have no further words to express.
Life is just beautiful here, and I do not want to leave. I am forced by the others to call it a day and hunt for a lodging for the night. Luckily, we find an amazing guest house in Sumur. It has 5 rooms and only us as guests. The caretaker is an awesome guy who makes great chai. We are treated to a lavish dinner, cooked from vegetables plucked straight from the farm. I experiment a bit to capture the moon and with some camera histrionics come up with a shot like this. Everyone is impressed!! But it is the result of a solar flare! I keep trying to capture the moon late into the night and a distant light keeps troubling me. I lose my patience and give up. I guess it was a good thing to do because I can now enjoy the beauty of the starry night!
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