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Jullay !

Im yet to recover from my trip to Leh-Ladakh and the pictures are still stored in the memory card. But a quick post to recollect some of Sharath’s and my great Ladakhi moments.

The first thing that stays in my mind are the images of the mountains when the flight lands in Leh. You can see lakes, monasteries and some great landscapes, but as the flight scoops down the mountains take your breath away.

The next thing that I recall is my trip to Panggong. Many swear by Tso Moriri, but I loved Panggong. We even pitched our own tents and stayed in a wonderful place by the lake which kept changing its colours.

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I liked Hemis and Stakna to Thikshey and Shey. But the view from the Shanti Stupa is one of the best

I loved the apricot fruits that I had in Hundar. The landscape in Nubra valley was one of the best, with its white sands as we went to Sumur and back

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The sighting of black necked cranes. A beautiful bird and it was quite unusual to see them at Panggong where we did get to see a closer view than in Tso Kar.

The marmots – adorable . The first time I saw them with their back to me, I mistook them to be a rock.

Good food in most of the places, but I really enjoyed the veg momos prepared by Dorjee , our cook at Panggong and the Alu Paratha at a punjabi dhaba at upshi. And my best meal was puris and daal in the mountains after Changla pass enroute to panggong.

The rivers followed us everywhere, but the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus stays in my mind.

The night sky at tsomoriri..even at 2*C, watching the lake bathed in moonlight was a delight.

The Ladakhi festival. The inaugural procession which went past my guest house, the colours, the music(Im sold on ladakhi music) and the people, most importantly, our driver and friend, Dorjee who saved us from getting stuck from the snowstorm past Tanglangla.

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  1. IMCurtain 12 September, 2009 at 03:12 Reply

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  2. GMG 12 September, 2009 at 04:47 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! Sorry for the long delay, but after one year work, I got my official week off and, as always, the week before was terrible and the return awful… ;). Furthermore, there was 09.09.09, which for me was a bit depressing, as I entered a Club 60 I would prefer to postpone the joining… ;))
    I’ll try to find some more time in the coming week to enjoy your posts!! Your blues are fabulous!!

    Blogtrotter is now in Turkey. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Jeevan 14 September, 2009 at 18:53 Reply

    wow! Seems like u had awesome experience. The pictures are so delight esp. the second one. Looking forward to know more about u experience and these place are new to spell.

  4. Kamini 15 September, 2009 at 17:21 Reply

    Fantastic! I’ve always wanted to visit the Leh-Ladakh area, and now your photographs and account have further sharpened that desire! Looking forward to more pictures.

  5. Vishal Mehra 18 September, 2009 at 09:05 Reply

    It is probably the most interesting part of India, having done this trip countless number of Times during my days as a Trip leader in India, I am sure the experience for you must have been amazaing.

  6. indicaspecies 29 September, 2009 at 19:42 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi,
    Great to catch up on your blog, and lovely to read about your excitement and awe of Leh, Ladakh. Having been there myself, I quite understand that and am in fact, am looking forward to planning another trip to the same place, perhaps next year. Will be looking forward to seeing more of your images. Cheers.

  7. Nishi Jain 25 March, 2013 at 19:36 Reply

    That’s a candid post, Lakshmi. I loved the photograph of the kids covering their faces with a lid in mock protest.
    Ladakh is beautiful. A little touristy it is getting though. I hear Spiti is becoming the next Ladakhi thing now.

  8. peculiarblend 4 February, 2015 at 14:50 Reply

    You are an inspiration, because you not only love traveling but sharing your wanderings with people like me; who’s so lazy to move out from bedroom to hall to open the door sometimes. More power to you and I wish you to travel the world, bit by bit.

    Mumbai, India

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