A photo journey to Leh – Ladakh

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 took a road trip, back in June 2017, 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

Photo Journey to Leh - Ladakh - 9 wravelers
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.

 

Related : Leh Palace – Once the residence of Royals in Ladakh

 

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