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At an altitude of over 4800 metres above sea level, this lake is the 3rd highest lake in India and the 21st highest in the whole world. This is a place of outstanding beauty and people come here to admire the sceneries from all parts of the world. The lake is fed by the Bhaga River and is also the place where the confluence of the routes of Zanskar, Spiti and Ladakh takes place. The name of the lake literally means the Lake of the Sun God. It is thus said that taking a holy dip here can free a person of a lifetime of sins but this seems to be quite difficult. This place is almost completely uninhabited mainly due to the extreme climatic conditions and the lack of any basic facilities of living over here.
srishti jugran
We had to skip the challenging and delightful trekking to the beautiful and pristine Suraj tal lake as we haven’t started with much time in our hands. By now it was dark, we camped in for the day in the plains of Sarchu (14500 feet) - amidst a treasure trove of picture-perfect scenic majestic mountains.Early next morning, we woke up to the noise of the winds and the gentle noise of the soft drizzles on the tent. We resumed the journey. Passing sarchu we arrived at a series of 21 hairpin bends looping down called Gata loops- a stunning region nestled in the Western Himalayas which then climbs up towards Nakeeela pass 15547ft. As we travelled along the hairpin bends and curves, we had this rush of wandering and wondering the crispiness of the thrill and adventure the terrain offers.If you are lucky you may spot Bharal- Blue mountain sheep grazing. The climb up the Lachulung La is nothing spectacular but it opens up to a whole new world on the other side. Lachulung La - Pang - Morey Plains - Tanglang La : Across the Zanskar Plateau, the Lachung la (16616ft) boasts of undulating views of the entire Ladakh plateau in some sweeping glance of your eyes.After crossing Lachulung La, the landscape changes where the road meanders through a canyon snaking down to a tented settlement Pang where the highest army transit camp exists and is perfect for a resting break amidst beautiful surrounding scenery. Further the landscape opens up into the dramatic flat stretch of Morey plains where one may occasionally spot Tibetan wild asses-Kiang grazing the plains here and maybe even a red tailed fox or two. At the end of the Morey plains, the road climbs up towards the Tanglang La(17500ft)- highest mountain pass in the Ladakh region. Claimed to be the second highest motorable mountain pass in the world; this is where we had our heart in mouth! We were at level with the snow clad peaks surrounding us. Colorful prayer flags were strung around. With a spectacular 360 degree vision, we felt on top of the world! Tanglang La –Upshi – Karu - Leh From Tanglang La the road descends steeply towards the the heart of Ladakh. The highway meets the Indus valley at a picturesque village called Upshi. Towards the east of this region is an ancient trading route that is connected to Tibet. Crossing Karu, another paradisiacal village flanked by lofty mountain peaks, its a smooth ride along the Indus to Leh.We finally rested ourselves on our arrival to Leh. The journey was an exquisite delight with sparkling streams, resplendent valleys and majestic mountains throughout. We could not just take our eyes off the road.In this secluded bliss, the experience was so inexplicable and surreal that we were left charmed by the manifestations of nature to its very best.
Day 11 - We left from Tsomoriri early in the morning at 7 to meet our original driver at a particular spot on the Leh-Manali highway (was now open). After being lost for over 3 hours after leaving Tsomoriri we reached Tso Kar lake passing which, we reached the Leh - Manali Highway where after waiting for more than 3 hours we could rendezvous with our original Force Traveller. As we left for Manali which was another 400 kms from that place, it was already 2pm and and chances of making it to Manali on that very day were very slim. As the time passed by, the sun kept on going down and we were still nowhere due to the hairpin curved roads across the highway. After coming almost 150 kms from the exchange, it was almost 9 pm and we were literally lost in the middle of a snow mountain with a road which could hardly accommodate a human beside the Traveller we were in. Later on, it turned out that, that particular road was along Surajtal Lake on the Leh-Manali Highway. At around 11 in the night we were able to reach the next habitable city which was Keylong, where we decide to bunk in a hotel so that our driver could catch up on some sleep.
Geetanjali
After crossing Jispa, enjoy this gorgeous view of Surajtal, the beautiful emerald like lake that lies just below the Baralacha la pass and is also the third highest lake in India. We made a pitstop at Zing Zing bar and enjoyed the community camping. This was the coldest place that we came across with temperature going below 5 degree, so carry your warmest jacket, woollen caps and gloves. We were lucky enough to enjoy the full moon night. Experience the sleep in tents under a blanket of stars on this night.
Sreshti Verma
Suraj Tal is a holy lake from where the Bhaga River originates. Bhaga River joins Chandra downstream in Tandi to make Chandrabhaga. Just below the Baralacha Pass at an altitude of 4890 m ASL, it is one of the highest lakes in India worth witnessing. Suraj Tal has a religious importance for locals of the area and is best seen at dawn as the sun is reflected beautifully on the surface of the lake.
Smiti Maini
Before reaching the Baralacha La pass we passed Suraj Tal. This aqua coloured lake shone beautifully amidst the surrounding mountains and we just couldn't resist stopping here for a few clicks.
Karishma
The Suraj Tal is considered a sacred body of water by some and the picture sure proves that the heavens exist! A lake fed by glaciers, streams, and year-round snowfall, this is the third highest lake in India and lies just below the Bara-Lacha-la pass. arid mountain ranges surrounding it display the perfect visual combination of arid hills, with clear blue color waters in their midst. During the winters the lake and mountains and are completely covered in snow while towards May you can enjoy the blue waters. In any season, this place is visually and mentally stunning. Once you get over trying to capture the location in pictures and words, you will enjoy a tranquil moment, away from civilisation- with yourself.