Land of Lama - Ladakh
Leh-Ladakh. Paradise on earth. This page describes about what Leh-Ladakh has to offer for its visitors and my experience at this beautiful place on earth.
Now it was that part of the year, for which you wait desperately for the rest of your calendar – The Vacation Time. The enthusiasm the zeal and the excitement for embracing this period never died off; on the contrary it grew even more. Few years ago, as kids, we were as thrilled and energized as we are today. This is that span of time, wherein you disengage from the rest of the world. Just you with your bunch of close pals and the world redefine your life. A new perspective to look your life and a totally unexplored facet of life comes for your perusal.
Nature portrays itself in its extreme hues in its isolation. The grass is greener, the sky is bluer, the water springs are sweeter and an all together pristine atmosphere. Welcome to “The Land of Lama – Ladakh.”
Wrapped as an opportunity to treat our soul and senses, Leh-Ladakh tour was presented in a lucid style.
The routine of having a normal 9-6 job was taking a toll on our personal and professional lives; so just to give it a break and to rejuvenate ourselves, “The Fast Paced Ladakh Trip” was penned down. And gift ourselves a future opportunity to boast it once we are back.
Leh – A small town that is still trying recuperate from the devastating flood and the massive destruction that followed. But the spirit of Ladakhis, as they say, never dies. Life moves on, come what may. Beautiful Leh has many things to offer at its disposal. The age-old well preserved monasteries, the scenic farms, exquisite flora and faunas and the beautiful and ever smiling Ladakhi people appease your senses. Leh has more to offer provided you have ample amount of time to sit back and admire them.
Pangong Lake – If I just use this name, many people may not grasp it at the first instance. But if I put it in a different way, say - where the Bollywood Beauty Kareena Kapoor, clad in typical Indian Bridal wear, riding a scooter …………. that’s it – you have people nodding their heads and recalling that place. En-route this way you have world’s second highest motorable road via Changla Pass at an altitude of about 17586 ft above sea level and where your immune system is put to test. The thin level of oxygen was supposed to create “high altitude giddiness”. But may be we were too busy capturing those moments amidst the snow clad mountains and the scenic beauty around… (Though few moments down the line we couldn’t escape the giddiness either).
The mesmerizing first view of “Pangong Lake” relieves you from the tiring journey via the rough and dramatic road. Stretching at a distance of around 135 kms and making its presence felt in two countries, via mountains and other landscapes Pangong Lake has barely any living entities. May be the freezing cold water never had habituated any such species (that’s what our cab driver had to explain for this query). Another unique feature about this lake is how beautifully different shades of blue are seen. Turquoise blue on the banks of the lake and as you move towards the mid portion of the lake you can witness deep blue taking precedence.
Our group consisted of amateur as well as pro photographers and Pangong Lake provided to be a big piece of cake to be grabbed. The white patches of vapors (which we term as cloud) set in the back drop of clear blue sky was blissful. Though the sun was playing hide n seek, making us wait at its mercy, so that we can shoot some mesmerizing captures to be carried back home and boast it all across.
The next destination in line was the thrilling drive to Nubra Valley. A drive of 150 kms approx from Leh, again we had to pass through the dramatic roads via mountains, and one more chance to boast that we had passed through the world’s highest motorable road… i.e. Khardung La Pass situated at an altitude of 18380 ft to be precise. Nubra Valley – The high altitude desert range is a must visit place for the beautiful sand dunes and for the peace and tranquility Nubra Valley has to offer. Though we had to curb our visit at Nubra Valley within couple of hours, but the stay of few hours has more to offer for coming few years of our life.
It seems like within a blink of an eye, seven blissful days came to an end, and we had to pack our bags to return and face the real truth of life. The polluted air and the noisy traffic jams were as it is; unchanged. And within couple of hours were back to basics; back to bitter truth and back to the normal routine of 9 to 6 jobs, so that we can now plan for our next holiday to some other exquisite, rarely explored and to some other piece of heaven on earth, as it is rightly anonymously said “Life is a never ending journey”. Till then Happy Holidaying and Happy Exploring.