Landscapes of Ladakh

A visual story of my two week escapade to the land of high passes

More than often, amidst our busy lives and day to day routine, we have this deep-rooted urge to hit the pause button. To take a step backward, close our eyes, breathe deeply, and question. Questions that help trigger thoughts, ideas, emotions & eventually, help us introspect. There are several mediums that people use to achieve this — religion, meditation, books, music, dance and so on. For me (and I know for many others as well), traveling takes care of this part of my life. There obviously are several other aspects to traveling that I love and are close to my heart, but for almost all the trips that I can remember, the strongest memory always has been that strong eureka moment of self realization.

Ladakh, in this regard, is unarguably one of the finest locations to travel to, especially if you are in mid 20’s and inherently dealing with a quarter-life crisis. Its a place which has something to offer to everyone — be it an adventure enthusiast, nature lover, or for that matter, even someone seeking the true meaning of life.

Ladakh isnt just a destination, its an experience.
A highly fulfilling experience.

There are several aspects to Ladakh that I find fascinating — the people, culture, flora & fauna, food, history and of course, the breathtaking landscapes. Through this post, I would like to take you with me on a visual journey through some of the landscapes of Ladakh, each of which are moments & locations that left a lasting impression in my mind and heart. Hope you like it :)

Jagatsukh, a small village situated 5–6kms before Manali, provides a peaceful non-touristy experience of the breathtaking landscapes surrounding Manali.
Green roads leading to Rohtang Pass from Manali
Marhi , about 30 mins before Rohtang, serves as a good break for hot tea / breakfast. Needless to mention, you’re surrounded with clouds and breathtaking views!
Heart in the mouth
Jispa Journeys Camps, Jispa
Riverside rock & soil formations, Sarchu
Gata Loops
Moore Plains
Shanti Stupa, Leh
Leh Main Bazaar, with the city in the backdrop
Hemis Monastery
Leh valley as seen on the ascend for KhardungLa
Diskit Monastery
LChangNang Retreat, Kyagar Village, Nubra Valley
Sumoor Sand Dunes, Nubra Valley
Pangong Tso
Changthang Wildlife Reserve, Near PangongTso Lake, Leh
Tso Moriri Lake
Adventure Camps, Sarchu
Kyagar Lake, close to Tso Moriri
The Milky Way, as captured at Kyagar village, Nubra Valley

Ladakh was a humbling experience that left me awestruck & breathless (majorly figuratively & at few times literally). It made me think, feel and brought out emotions & thoughts I would otherwise have ignored. Ladakh will always be a place that will hold a special place within me, a place I will never tire of talking about, of exploring, discovering and thus, experiencing.

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Location: Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Average Elevation: 12,000ft
Camera: Nikon D5000
Color graded with Pixlr Express
Travel dates: July, 2016

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