Sunday, 30 November 2014

Ladakh - A Slice of Heaven on Earth

My company wanted a travelogy around 200 words. I opted for the Ladakh one.

When I sat down to actually write this one up, I realized the difficulty of the same. A mere 200 words will not do any justice to the spectacular place, but  I still tried.

Here is the excerpt. The readers are the best judge of the small attempt.

Thankfully there were no restrictions on the number of photos, but the size was an issue from the office networks.

Here it goes....


Ladakh is a place where all superlatives fall short. Magnificent vistas of Indus and Zanskar valleys, the solitude of Pangong Tso, the remoteness of Hanle (world's third highest astronomical observatory), the hightest motorable road in the world (Khardungla), a village with an absolutely different culture (Turtuk - belonged to Pakistan till 1971), from the snow-capped Khardungla to the sand-dunes of Nubra valley within a matter of hours - Ladakh has it all to offer.

But Ladakh is not just about the spectacular meadows, it is also a land of spirituality and culture. Ravaged through the several cross-border conflicts ( 1962: India-China, 1971 &1999: India-Pakistan), the essence of peace stood undeterred, although the scars of the bloodshed can still be seen (and felt) at places Kargil, Drass and Chusul.

We spent 16 long days, traveled 6500  long kilometers, crossed 12 of the high altitude passes and passed by 7 divine lakes but still much remains to be seen of this dream destination. Even after a few years, we still long for the rugged mountains, the barren lands, the scenic monasteries and the hospitality and simplicity of the people.

We solemnly took an oath to be back to the heavenly haven once again because end of one journey is the beginning of another.

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101 _ The Magnificient Dal Lake at Dusk

102_On the Way from Srinagar to Drass

103_Kargil River

104_The Scenic Lamayuru Gompa

105_Artwork at Hemis Monastery

106_Indus Valley with Thiksey Monastery at the Backdrop


108_Thiksey Monastery

109_The Way to Khardungla

110_View from Khardungla

111_The Deserts of Hunder

112_Snow and Sand at Nubra Valley

113_The Reflection

114_The Innocence of Turtuk

115_Mother and Her Baby at Turtuk

116_The Vastness of Pangong tso

117_The Flying Colors

118_Romance at the Pangong Tso

119_Camps of Pangong Tso

120_Hanle Astronomical Observatory

121_Kiangs - Wild Asses at Hanle Wetland Reserve

122_The Colors of Tso Moriri

123_Rock Formation - On the Way to Manali

124_Snow Capped Baralacha La towards Manali

125_Dilapidated House at Tso Kar

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