A photo journey to Leh – Ladakh

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A trip to Leh Ladakh is there on every travelers bucket list, but not everyone is keen enough to take a road trip to Leh Ladakh – The Land of Passes. We recently took a road trip, with JustWravel,  to Leh Ladakh where we started off as 9 strangers but over the duration of the trip, turned into friends for life. Such is the beauty of a road trip – it turns strangers into friends and friends into family.Follow me as I take you on a Photo Journey to Leh – Ladakh – The land of Passes .

Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Journey Start
And we start the journey – 9 stranger souls

We started our journey from the town of Manali, crossed Rohtang La pass , Baralach La pass and ended our journey for the day at the transit town of Sarchu, in Lahul and Spiti district. One can find plenty of tented accommodation in Sarchu, which also happens to be the border town of Himachal Pradesh and the gateway to entering Jammu and Kashmir.

Lush Green Mountains enroute Rohtang La Pass
Lush Green Mountains enroute Rohtang La Pass
When the sunlight makes the mountain tops turn gold
When the sunlight makes the mountain tops turn gold
Sunrise from our tents in Sarchu
Sunrise from our tents in Sarchu

 

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The 9 Wravelers – all set to head out to Leh Ladakh

Our Journey to Leh – Ladakh for the next day took us from Sarchu to Leh, crossing Tagalang La pass, Moore plains and the famous Gata loops.

Crossing the famous Gata Loops
Crossing the famous Gata Loops
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Taglang La
At Taglang La Pass – 17582 feet
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Moore plains
The beauty of Moore Plains

Now that we had a good nights sleep in a quaint little home stay in Leh, and our bodies got acclimatized, we set out on our Journey to Leh – Ladakh, to explore the local attractions in Leh, such as Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Shey Monastery, Thiksey Monastery and the Hall of Fame.

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Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - morning from homestay
Morning Views from our home stay in Leh
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - groupfie
The benefits of having an action camera – wide angle groupfies
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - vittoria
Such a photogenic face of one of our Wravelers – Ms Vittoria Maroni
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Thicksey
Thicksey Monastery under a blanket of black clouds
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh
Picturesque views from Shey Monastery
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Hall of Fame
Time to raise our heads in respect at Hall of Fame

Our major Journey to Leh – Ladakh started the next day, when we were on our way to Nubra Valley, and crossed the mighty Khardung La pass on our way. At 18380 feet, its the highest motorable road in the world. We were lucky enough to witness snowfall whilst on the top and also some hail on our way down to Nubra from Khardung La. If crossing Khardung La pass was not enough, we spent the later part of the day at the sand dunes near Hunder in Nubra Valley, where we got to see the Double Humped Camels as well. Witnessing the sun set behind the mountains and the golden light hit the Maitreya Buddha Statue, was indeed a divine moment.

Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Khardung La
Khardung La here we come !
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Khardung La
Khardung La Pass – The Highest Motorable Road at 18380 feet
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh
Driving through snowfall on our way to Nubra Valley after crossing Khardung La Pass
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Khalasar
Somewhere before reaching Nubra Valley at Khalasar
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Sand Dunes
What a scene it was ! Green meadows with streams flowing in between, and then the sand dunes with mountains on both the sides
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Double Humped Camels
Double Humped Camels at the sand dunes in Hunder in Nubra Valley
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Diskit Monastery
The towering 32 m(106 ft) statue of Maitreya Buddha at Diskit Monastery

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Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh

Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Nubra
View of Nubra Valley from Diskit Monastery
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Khardung
Just a random shot taken at Khardung La Pass

The last leg of our Journey to Leh – Ladakh started with us crossing the mighty Chang La pass, to reach Pangong Tso, where one can easily see 4-5 shades of blue in the water. Though the lake has become quite a touristy spot ever since movies like 3 idiots, Jab Tak Hai Jaan came out, we were able to find our quaint little spot where we did some photo shoot of all Wravelers. We called a night after witnessing the Milky Way from our camps in Spangmik.

Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Chang La
First Taglang La, then Khardung La and now Chang La Pass – All 3 highest passes crossed
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Yaks
Hoards of Yaks just grazing around – somewhere on the route to Pangong Tso
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Marmots
There is a spot just before reaching Pangong Tso, where one can see a madness of Marmots
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - first glimpse of Pangong Tso
The first glimpse of the mighty Pangong Tso
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Pangong Tso
The mesmerizing beauty of Pangong Tso
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Asian Highway
The World is a small place – The road from Pangong is called Asian Highway 1 and goes all the way to Tokyo
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh
Look, such long arms !

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Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Tents
Our luxurious tents for the night – At Spangmik – Just a stone throw away from the lake
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - timelapse
Time for some time lapse shooting with the action camera

Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh

And we were on our way back to Manali via Keylong, Leh, bringing the Journey to Leh – Ladakh to an amazing end with each of us becoming friends for life and carrying loads of priceless memories with them. Though the trip got over, the bond of friendship that each one of us developed during the trip, only got stronger with each passing day.

Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh
Trying out some weird shots with the action camera
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - Wravelers got Leh'd
The 9 Wravelers just got Leh’d
Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh
9 Wravelers – 9 Days – What an amazing trip it was ! (1 is missing)

If you like our journey, you should definitely check out the 7 day Leh Ladakh Itinerary and become all set to get Leh’d.

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  3. Archana Singh

    Beautiful pictures and it seems you guys had great fun. Ladakh is like me second home. Had been there countless times. My go to place. But the real beauty of Ladakh is beyond Leh and touristy spots.

  4. Jen Joslin

    I have always wanted to visit Ladakh! Love your photos. The sunrises look worth waking up for 😀 Sounds like you had an amazing trip, and made some great friends along the way!

  5. Fiona

    Beautiful and amazing. I love the way you’ve told this story. Apart from the stunning landscape, you’ve had a wonderful adventure too with the other people who you met for the first time.
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  6. Punita

    Tell me, is it possible for anyone to take bad pictures of Leh Ladakh? Really wonderful pictoral depiction. The pictures needs no words for description.

  7. Maram

    This looks breathtaking! I wish you had filmed it as well! I was imagining what the temperature would be like inside those yurts at night.

  8. Kate

    This is really gorgeous scenery and I especially love the yaks! Did you find that you had to train extensively for the physically demanding nature of this journey? I often struggle on multi-day hikes because my fitness level is not really high enough.

    1. theETLRblog

      There were some members who got affected by the altitude, but yeah a regular dose of Dimox and plenty of water helped them out. There was no extensive training per say.

  9. Sandy N Vyjay

    The road trip is indeed epic. The beautiful landscapes come alive vibrantly in the pictures. This must have been a wonderful experience with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

  10. neha

    Laddakh seems to be on every travelers wishlist. And so it is on mine. Your pictures are so beautiful that they are tempting me even more to visit here. Such a surreal place it is!

  11. Jade Braham

    This is a great post! very clear and constructive which is great especially since it is interesting and educational! keep up the great work. Brilliant use of photos, it really brought your discussion alive.

    1. theETLRblog

      Ideally it should be a mix, initially go with a planned trip but dont book your return ticket. Once there, backpack after the planned one is over.

  12. John F

    You really brought the place to life, it looks an amazing place to visit. The scenary was truly stunning. It wasn’t on my list but it sure is now.

  13. Bailey

    Oh my gosh! I’ve wanted to travel here for the longest time. It’s just been sitting there on my list of places to visit but seeing all of your beautiful pictures has made me want to actually DO IT finally. Thanks for the info, and of course the amazing photos!

  14. Kristina

    Aw man, this was wonderful to look at and read. Your photos are gorgeous! I’ve yet to get to India, but this place definitely made it onto my TO SEE list.

  15. Lydia Smith

    Everyone has been to Leh-Ladakh except me. I really wish to go but I am tied down due to some things. But it is nice to see you upload these pictures. It helps quench my thirst for Leh-Ladakh a bit

  16. Veidehi

    Leh and Ladakh may be a little far to travel in India but this destination offers spectacular mountainous beauty 🙂 thanks for sharing this lovely post

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