Khardungla & Hunder - Kashmir Diary Day 2 - Sept 2016
The White Desert in Hundar Redefines 'Pristine'!
The White Desert
JULLEY LAND – Mesmerizing, Enriching, Enlightening Leh-Ladakh.
Mountain Biking to the Nubra Valley
Beyond Exploration - Turtuk
Ladakh- Beauty Personified
Alluring Nubra Valley!!!
Ladakh Academic Tour: The Cold Desert
Ladakh: A Soul Therapy
Cruising on the road to nubra after passing khardungla top something just hit my mind and made me think and why not the roads of ladakh are magical they change you within and make you think.Its the beauty of that place which connects you with nature.There is some kind of mystical energy or some kind of energy which you feel there but can't explain but you surely can feel it.In my childhood i used to paint the sky blue on the drawing paper in my drawings but always wondered that why is this colour called sky blue where in actual the sky wasn't that blue when i used to look at it but when i saw the sky above me at pangong lake i was sure that the colour is named right and the person who named it sky blue was from ladakh.The sky is actually blue with no different shades and it enhanced the beauty of the lake like on other lake i have seen in my life.And i just kept riding on that zigzag road sometimes alone sometimes with fellow bikers and showing a thumbs up to the bikers crossing me wishing them luck and waving at them.And while riding and exploring the sceneries a thought just hit my mind that if i was born in 70's and had came to a trip to ladakh i would have seen the unexplored pangong lake and nubra valley and many more places and travelled with minimum safety equipments and maximum life risk and the only reliable thing i would have had was a Manual Royal Enfield with kickstart and a Pentax black n white camera with limited pics to click.Thats what i feel would have been the real adventure riding a bullet and clicking few but memorable pics with no selfie mode.I would have been in the list of those few and fortunate people who discovered the beauty of ladakh and probably in very few of those who had been at Khardungla top The world's highest motorable road and not like today where every fourth friend of mine is posting his pic on facebook timeline at khardungla top.The feeling of achievment of being at such places is fading away as these places start becoming more accessable and less adventurous.And i guess today i would be showing a pic of mine at Tso Pangong lake to my grandson and telling him what actual ladakh was and its beauty before it was commercial tourist destination.Road to Ladakh Road to Heaven #Road to heaven...
Ladakh – A magnetic place
A Roadtrip to Ladakh - Part 3
All You Need To Know About The Iconic Manali To Leh Road Trip
Why you ride? A solo roadtrip to Leh and beyond
How to Heal Yourself: 5 Revelations on the Road to Ladakh
Circuit trip Manali-Leh-Srinagar
Day 4: 01-Jul-2015 Leh - Khardung La – Diskit - Hunder Visit: Khardung la , highest motorable road (as claimed), Diskit Monastery, which has 106 Feet tall Buddha statue, Go for Camel Safari over Hunder Sand Dunes in the evening Day 5 : 02-Jul-2015 Hunder – Turtuk – Tyakshi - Hunder Visit: Traditional village of Turtuk Day 6 : 03-Jul-2015 Hunder – Sumur – Panamik – Khalsar – Leh Visit: Samstanling monastery @sumur, Hot water springs @ Panamik, Yarab Tso, Day 7: 04-Jul-2015 Leh – Stok palace – Shey palace – Chang La – Pangong Tso Day 8: 05-Jul-2015 Pangong Tso – Hemis monastery – Thicksey Monastery – Leh Day 9: 06-Jul-2015 Leh Airport to home with a spell bounded mind, body & soul....
The Road to Ladakh
Ladakh worthier than diamonds
How We Got Leh'd
Ladakh: Jhulay to Broken MoonLand!
Ladakh on wheels - (3 Friends, 2 bikes, 12 days 3400 kms)
Manali Leh Bike Trip Ride to Paradise
LADAKH – The Land of Landforms
And that's how I got Leh'ed- 2013
Ladakh: The Pursuit of Paradise
My dream, a journey of a lifetime, solo road trip from Mumbai - Ladakh -Mumbai spanning 7000KM
LEH IN WINTER ! An alternate Path to Chadar
How I traveled in Ladakh, under 20k INR
Nubra Valley (INDIA)- Heaven beyond a Heaven
LADAKH – HEAVEN ON EARTH
Our Trip To The 'Land of High Passes' - Ladakh
Kashmir/ Ladakh - A drive through heaven!
11 Unforgettable Memories of Ladakh
The Great Indian Road Trip
From Sea Level to 18389 Ft above Sea level
Biking through the himalayas: Manali-leh-srinagar
Juley: Welcome to the land of lamas- ladakh
Destinations Undefined : Route 1: Traveled like never before Incredible Ladakh
#Tripoto #MumbaiHights #DestinationsUndefined says that "The Almighty has listen to all those prayers" and the gentle shower of rain is gradually coming our way :) .....with the pleasant atmosphere around while listing to#TereBin from #Wazir and sipping a cup of tea at my terrace garden ....i remember all my #TravelDairies and hear i am going to shear my experience during #KhardunglaPass #Diskit #NubraValley #Hunder#Panamik and #SamtanlingMonastery ...an incredible route to travel for the first time...this route is recommended for at least 02 days....our travel started with a bright sunny morning an amazing driver of#TOYOTAINNOVA accompanied by the dear husband Ravindra Kumar...with some bare minimum essentials (Water/Cup-Noddles/strong Woolens and some candies) that everyone is suppose to carry to take a better care of themselves.....driving down the valleys wild we came across river #Indus...where.... with the opening of the tourist season ....... people were setting up their temporary tent-houses alongside Indus to attract the tourist...most of the area is under Indian army and mostly these are great people manning and managing the show....crossing the smooth #BRO roads we reached #SouthPullu and took a tea break ....had the most delicious#Momos (made of local spinach..because there is hardly anything to grow) with #HoneyGingerLemonTea .....and got to know the fact that south pullu is the first point in this route where the actual acclimatization starts....and will take you till the height of #18380feetAboveTheSeaLevel and "not beyond" because the #HighestMotorableRoad in the world ends there and that place is called #Khardungla .....these small things at times.....for a person like me.....make the journeys even more interesting.... the direction of NorthPullu onward is actually towards North-East of Leh....and the distance of #NubraValley is around 150Km from Leh. .......going ahead alongside the road i saw some small capillaries of water bodies were joining in the middle of #colddesert where people were busy clicking their pictures ....my inquisitive mind asked the driver about that......and humble driver in his response told me that its " Shyok River" meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges.its basically a subsidiary of River Indus......and than a long stretch of Ice-Covered Mountain ranges ...super narrow roads and we reached the great Khardungla Pass....at a height of 18,380 feet above the sea level.....it felt actually "on the top of the world"...... a superchill feel when at the temp of -30 degrees you face a snow-fall ...........your hand are immediately frozen soon after coming out of the car ...eyelets have a layer of fresh ice..roads become slippery ..and a huge absolutely fresh mountain develops just in front of the "loo"...... while you are so desperate to go there.........
A Soul Stirring Trip That Left Us Wanting More!
When I took life for a ride. LEH-LADAKH solo trip
Rediscover, Redefine beauty at Ladakh
Far in the mountains,my soul got Leh'd..!!
Then there came the Diskit Monastery which is the home to a 106 ft statue of lord Buddha that is a beautiful sight in itself.I reached hunder by 4 in the evening and chilled out in the deserts witnessing the dusk.The day was getting into the darkness and i was looking for a shelter and i was lucky enough to find a beautiful homestay namely Ldumra Oasis guest house.The owner was courteous and gentle and was always available for any sort of help....