I visited Ladakh with my family in 2017, primarily because we’re all a big fan of rocky mountains and freezing temperatures. We visited in the month of September, which was the perfect time of the year for this travel destination.
This mountainous region in the State of Jammu and Kashmir has a lot of alluring points like the Leh palace, the Magnetic Hill or the Nubra Valley. However, the spot in this ‘land of high passes’ that stole my heart was the enchanting Pangong Lake.
As we drove through the rugged mountains, from Leh to the valley that held the lake, we saw a bright blue triangle in the middle of the brown arid landscape. It was a long five hour drive to this stunning location. While the drive (and the lack of oxygen!) had drained all our energy, as soon as we reached the area, all our exhaustion turned into excitement. We put on our winter clothes, layers and layers of warmth packed under our coats, and got ready to experience this chilling site.
Being a Bollywood buff, I have watched a fair share of scenes in Hindi movies that feature the Pangong lake- from the climax scene in 3 Idiots to the ‘Banjarey’ song in Fugly. Being exposed to these media pieces, I was somewhat prepared to witness a pretty spot.
But as I moved closer to the point, I realized that those movies don’t do justice to this mesmerizing location at all!
The striking blue water paired with the bright sky, the endless rocky mountains, the barren landscape, the colourful Buddhist prayer flags- all add a charm to this splendid area that the camera just can’t capture.