Ladakh - The Forbidden Wilderness

Sanjib Das

Category: travel
Date of Publication: Oct 26 , 2013

Ladakh means the land of high passes, lies at an altitude from 9000 ft to 25170 feet, a region of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan ancestry. It is sometimes called "Little Tibet" as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture. Since Ladakh is a part of strategically important Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian military maintains a strong presence in the region.

Part fantasy, part reality... Ladakh, is where, the forces of nature conspired to render a magical unrealistic landscape... a landscape of extremes... desert and blue waters... burning sun and freezing winds... glaciers and sand if it is a land of endless discoveries , a forgotten moment in time, an isolated World in our World.

In May, 2012 we, a team of five members went to this lunar land and were simply amazed throughout the trip. In this photo album you can feel the splendid view of majestic Wild Ladakh, land, people and their culture.

Devine Pangong Lake (Alt - 14,270 ft)
Road to Pangong Lake
The splendid Karakoram range
At Khardung La top (Alt - 18,379 ft)
Khardung La - the worlds highest motorable pass
Road blocked due to heavy ice fall
Road to Khardungla top
View of the village from Thikse Monastery
View from top of a monastery
Buddhist Stone Chortens
Thikse Monastery
Gateway of Ladakh near Sarchu on the way Leh to Manali
Hall of Fame-a museum in memory of the brave soldiers
Changpa boy near Korzok Village
Korzok village at the bank of Tsomoriri Lake at an altitude of 15,075 ft
Small lake Tso kar near  Tsomoriri
Himalayan tahr at Rupsu Valley
Ruddy shelduck at Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary
Great trans-Himalayan river Indus on the way to Tsomoriri
Hot water spring at Panamik near Siachen Glacier
Bactrian camal in Hundar
Zanskar Glacier
Army near Changla Pass
Cold desert - Hundar  at an altitude of 10000ft in Nubra Valley
Changla Pass (17,590 ft)- Worlds 3rd highest motorable road
On the way to Nubra Valley
Eurasian Magpie on way to Nubra Valley
Lama at Lamayuru monestary
Way to Alchi monastery
The Magnificent  Moonland near Lamayuru
Chemical reactions within the rocks
Magnet Hill-The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill
Confluence of River Indus and River Zanskar naer Nemo
Brass sculpture of tathagat buddha near Hemis monastery
Hemis Monastery-Largest monastic institution in Ladakh
Ladakhi old lady at Tangtse village
Buddhist lama
Front of Alchi Monastery
Druk Padma Karpoo School here shooting of film 3 idiots was being held
Tent of  gypsy  called Changpa  tribe near Rup
Changpa boy
Yak at Korzok village
Pashmina sheep
At Korzok village
Beauty of Ladakh
Tent near Sarchu
On the way to Tsomoriri-Manali
Good bye friend
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