Ladakh -The Crown jewel

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15th Sep 2017

The Land Of Prayers

Photo of Ladakh -The Crown jewel by Aasish Sudarsanan

15th September 2017- left college by 12 30 pm right after morning section lectures straight to home did the back packing striking the things from the checklist. All set to catch the train from koch veli railway station(koch veli express- Koch veli to bangalore)

Off to pangong lake started by morning 8. Crossed changla by 12 it is the second highest pass in the world one being the mighty khardungla ,reached pangong by 4pm that mesmerizing view of sunset in pangong. The water is so cold that you can feel yourself fresh in each touch!. Stay was arranged in a tent next to the lake, with food and hot water. Stargazing from pangong really a visual treat for eyes. By 11 30 night the entire lights will be off and will be able to view the mesmerizing view of the sky above us!. The next big thing in pangong is the sunrise from the mountains behind.

Pangong to nubra valleys is about 4 to 5hr the roads are not as good, there are in between some patches that will take time to cover. By reaching diskit sand dunes on the either side of roads can be seen. All terrain vehicle rides are there charging 800 rs for a few spins. Reached nubra valley by 3 pm, The famous two humbed camel rides will be available for experiencing till 6 pm in nubra. Stay was in hunder wachan guest house! Wonderful place. Traditional dances of ladakh is a main travel attraction in hunder.

21st September 2017

Turtuk is a land of pureness with its immense beauty and its own culture. People of turtuk are very friendly with them finding the time and effort in explaining there part of life from being a part of a huge kingdom to being shattered by the pakistan. You will find your way through the small village of turtuk easily. Don't miss to try the apricot products and museum. guest houses are easily available in turtuk.

22nd September 2017

Mighty as it is, temperature here during the day can be as cold a 0 degree this time of september, Getting back to leh from hunder through khardungla is tricky journey takes almost 4hrs to get from hunder to khardung la and more 32km to leh city. Admire the Mighty Khardung la take the steps slow. drink a cup of tea at the chilling temperature enjoying the view from ktop.

23rd September 2017

local sightseeing might sound timekiller, but not on ladakh it's the one that you must do in leh city. with a large number of markets streets and people its one must thing that completes any leh ladakh trip. Wide variety of local handicraft products you might find it vay overpriced. Ladakh is a huge direct market for pashmina shawl materials, with enough knowledge you might find your perfect deal here.

24th September 2017

Shanti Stupa situated with less than 6 to 7 km from the leh city. It is a stupa encarved with the different life stages of the buddha. plan such a way that you can experience the sunset from the santhi stupa. Clam environment for a little meditation.

Stargazing from pangong really a visual treat for eyes. By 11 30 night the entire lights will be off and will be able to view the mesmerizing view of the sky above us!. The next big thing in pangong is the sunrise from the mountains behind.

The land of seneric beauty.

24th September 2017

Built by Sengge Namgyal in the 16th century. Its one of an important landmark in leh city, built into different levels each providing a better view of the leh city. Diffenet cultural and traditional exhibits take place inside the palace. Photographs and ancient antiques are exhibited here.

25th September 2017

42km from leh less than a hour away is the famous hemis gompa. Where the famous hemis festival is hoisted. Hemis gompa showcases the history of Namgyal dynasty. great place to go if you are seeking for different Tibetan culture in ladakh.

Pangong to nubra valleys is about 4 to 5hr the roads are not as good, there are in between some patches that will take time to cover. By reaching diskit sand dunes on the either side of roads can be seen. All terrain vehicle rides are there charging 800 rs for a few spins. Reached nubra valley by 3 pm, The famous two humbed camel rides will be available for experiencing till 6 pm in nubra. Stay was in hunder wachan guest house! Wonderful place. Traditional dances of ladakh is a main travel attraction in hunder.

25th September 2017

located in the valleys of Indus river, thikse gomba adds more to the beauty of ladakh. The view of thikse gompa from the leh manali highway is eye catching. Thikse gompa has a statue of Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha) which is of two storage high.

Sangam point

25th September 2017

Off to pangong lake started by morning 8. Crossed changla by 12 it is the second highest pass in the world one being the mighty khardungla ,reached pangong by 4pm that mesmerizing view of sunset in pangong. The water is so cold that you can feel yourself fresh in each touch!. Stay was arranged in a tent next to the lake, with food and hot water.

view of milkyway from pangong-Photo- AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Ladakh -The Crown jewel by Aasish Sudarsanan

21st September 2017

Turtuk is a land of pureness with its immense beauty and its own culture. People of turtuk are very friendly with them finding the time and effort in explaining there part of life from being a part of a huge kingdom to being shattered by the pakistan. You will find your way through the small village of turtuk easily. Don't miss to try the apricot products and museum. guest houses are easily available in turtuk.

22nd September 2017

Mighty as it is, temperature here during the day can be as cold a 0 degree this time of september, Getting back to leh from hunder through khardungla is tricky journey takes almost 4hrs to get from hunder to khardung la and more 32km to leh city. Admire the Mighty Khardung la take the steps slow. drink a cup of tea at the chilling temperature enjoying the view from ktop.

23rd September 2017

local sightseeing might sound timekiller, but not on ladakh it's the one that you must do in leh city. with a large number of markets streets and people its one must thing that completes any leh ladakh trip. Wide variety of local handicraft products you might find it vay overpriced. Ladakh is a huge direct market for pashmina shawl materials, with enough knowledge you might find your perfect deal here.

24th September 2017

Shanti Stupa situated with less than 6 to 7 km from the leh city. It is a stupa encarved with the different life stages of the buddha. plan such a way that you can experience the sunset from the santhi stupa. Clam environment for a little meditation.

24th September 2017

Built by Sengge Namgyal in the 16th century. Its one of an important landmark in leh city, built into different levels each providing a better view of the leh city. Diffenet cultural and traditional exhibits take place inside the palace. Photographs and ancient antiques are exhibited here.

25th September 2017

42km from leh less than a hour away is the famous hemis gompa. Where the famous hemis festival is hoisted. Hemis gompa showcases the history of Namgyal dynasty. great place to go if you are seeking for different Tibetan culture in ladakh.

25th September 2017

located in the valleys of Indus river, thikse gomba adds more to the beauty of ladakh. The view of thikse gompa from the leh manali highway is eye catching. Thikse gompa has a statue of Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha) which is of two storage high.

Sangam point

sangam point NH1 - Photo- AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Ladakh -The Crown jewel by Aasish Sudarsanan

25th September 2017

While going from leh to sangam point you can cover the magnetic hill and Hall of frame museum of Indian army.

On the way to Hunder there is a small village called diskit, famous for Diskit gompa.

a kid from the village of Diskit-Photo- AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Diskit Gompa, Diskit by Aasish Sudarsanan

Changla la is the second highest pass in the world, you can cover chanla while travelling from leh to pangong.

Places i couldn't cover.

Hanle is a village in the borders of china, This is one place that you should add. Is the home for Indian Astronomical observatory.

Alchi is a village in ladakh known for its Buddhist remains and origins.

Tso Moriri is a lake 240km from leh city. With its immense natural beauty its a place you want to stay forever.

-Aasish Sudarsanan

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Day 2

16th September 2017- Nothing new train was 45 min late reached krishnarajapuram by 10 am. Typical bangalore hours had started took auto to stay in bangalore at friends place, busy days it will be with the bangalore traffic we had to be two step ahead to keep in checklist time. Decathlon its always there for sports and adventure related solutions, trekking shoes, thermal wears done ! off to lunch and by 6pm it was fly time off to airport-(BLR-DELHI-LEH)

Day 3

The Crown jewel- Ladakh

17th september 2017-

Flying above those snow covered high mountains landed by 7am off to raybo hostel stay in leh. Steping out of the airport, that feeling of breathlessness and chillness the begining of a toatlly new experience. 350rs for cab from airport to hostel, which was less than 30min far. joined the rest of team.

Day 4

18th september 2017-

The acclimatization day! it will take to more than 2 min to make 10 steps in the 1st days in ladakh,taking things slow !

Some acclimatization tips

Keep hydration levels in your body proper.

Stay away from anti-depressant drugs, alcohol, smoking and tobacco.

Not sleep during the day.

Carry preventive medication.

Day 5

Blue princess

19th September 2017-

balance of life - Photo AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Pangong Tso by Aasish Sudarsanan
Day 6

The land of seneric beauty.

20th September 2017

Two humped camels of Nubra sand dunes -photo AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Nubra Valley, Leh by Aasish Sudarsanan
Day 7

The land unnamed.

kids from turtuk-photo AASISHSUDARSANAN

Photo of Turtuk, Leh by Aasish Sudarsanan
Day 8

Wonder by himanik

Prayer flag at kardungla top -photo AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Khardung La by Aasish Sudarsanan
Day 9

Leh city

leh city as views from leh palace -photo AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Leh City Centre, Leh by Aasish Sudarsanan
Day 10

Son of the North

Santhi stupa -photo-AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Shanti Stupa, Shanti Stupa Road, Leh by Aasish Sudarsanan

Leh palace

leh palace -Photo- AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Leh Palace, Leh by Aasish Sudarsanan
Day 11

Hemis Gompa

Hemis gompa-photo- AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Hemis Gompa, Hemis by Aasish Sudarsanan

Thikse Gompa

Thikse gompa as viewed from leh manali highway-photo-AASISH SUDARSANAN

Photo of Thikse Monastery, Thiksey by Aasish Sudarsanan

The Sangam point is located on the National Highway 1 to Srinagar. The confluence of the muddy Zanskar water with the green Indus is so breathtaking.

Day 12

Travel back day!

26th September 2017
Might wanna a cab pre order thats the one thing you might wana ensure for your travel to airport. Getting a cab the very last min is a bit a task in leh.

Places i missed!

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