Zini, me & life in general

After the adventurous road trip, we reached Leh. For the next three days, Leh was our base station.

Day 1 was more of local site seeing. So we started with the Sangam of Zanskar and Sindhu rivers. And once we reached there, we realized that only we were there. It felt so peaceful and calm to be able to explore the place alone. So, we climbed on rocks, went into the water and did all the things possible 🙂 . I felt as if we were part of some hollywood action movie 😉

The Sindhu Zanskar Sangam

The Sindhu Zanskar Sangam

On the way back we visited the famous magnetic hill. Here, you can see your car  or any vehicle “Climbing” uphill, even when the engine is turned off. It was believed that this happens because of strong magnetism of earth at that point. But now it is known that it is merely optical illusion. Though it is fun to watch it happen in front of your eyes!!!

We also visited few Gompas including the famous Thikse gompa. We saw little monks here. We exchanged “Zule” but couldn’t talk because of the language barrier!! Everywhere we went in Leh, we were always greeted by a happy Zule. We gathered that people in this region either work for government or work in tourism sector. Life here is very tough, especially in winters, with tourism open for only few months in a year. But still you see smiling faces here. I found the people very charming, helping, hardworking and accommodating.

Monks making Rangoli like Design painstakingly using pipe like things

Monks making Rangoli like Design painstakingly using pipe like things

On this day we took a walk to the market and bought the Leh road trip T-shirt, shawls and some knick-knacks 🙂 while coming back we lost our way back to the hotel and one lady dropped us to the lane of our hotel. I also tried the authentic momos for the first time.

The next day promised to be a really exciting one as we planned to visit Pangong lake on that day. That day we started early with a breakfast at hotel and a packed lunch to be taken at the Pangong.

On the way we saw frozen springs; I wonder how something like this happens. God is a great artist for sure!! To reach Pangong, we also passed through the 3rd highest motorable pass in the world – Chang la. On the way there were a few small villages & army settlements and after about three hours we reached Pangong.

The frozen Spring

The frozen Spring

The lake was breathtakingly beautiful & serene. I had never seen anything like this before. The water has so many shades of blue, that you can’t capture them in an earthly camera. This lake is so vast that you can’t see the other end. And it is situated at the height of 14000 Ft!!!!

We sat there for a while, there was no need to talk (& as a matter of fact we were not able to talk a lot, partly because of short breath due to high altitude & partly because of cold weather). After this we went a little further and explored the place and had the most memorable lunch of our lives on the banks of the Pangong lake. And it was time to go back.

Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake

On the way back, we gave lift to an interesting army jawan, who was full of information & anecdotes. He told us, how Chinese wander in our territory near Pangong lake and how tasty their rice wine is. He also told us that just 15 days back, Aamir Khan & Kareena Kapoor were shooting at Pangong lake (Later we saw that they indeed shot 3 Idiot’s climax at Pangong). After dropping him at army settlement, we went back and the day was over.

And finally the day came when we were to go to Khardung La, the highest motorable pass in the world!!! Hubby was determined to drive to the top. Although the driver came along, he arranged that once we were out of city and on the mountain, he would be taking over the driver’s seat (literally!). I was not very comfortable with the idea, but finally agreed. So we started with hubby on the driver seat, driver on seat next to him and me on the back seat, hanging on to the handle for her dear life. But he managed all right with the tips from our driver & we reached Khardung la safely. And then i too drove the car at Khardung la (Please ignore the fact that i drove the car for hardly 10 mtrs)!!!

The Highest motorable pass in the world - Khardung La

The Highest motorable pass in the world – Khardung La

Also the pleasant thing today was that we were fully acclimatized and there was no feeling of nausea, headache or short breath. One interesting thing about these high mountain passes is that, army jawans built temples there. And these temples are given the name of the pass i.e. the temple at khardung la is of khardang la Baba, who protects the commuters on this pass (India is a religious country!). Also army is doing good work of providing free beverages and maintaining the rest rooms at these places.

Finally the day of our return came, we couldn’t go further to see Nubra Valley and Kargil. So we will have to go back ;).

Next day we did board the flight to Delhi and from there to Hyderabad. Again we managed to be in 3 different cities in a same day, i.e. Leh, Delhi & Hyderabad. We were back to Hyderabad & I still feel as if it was just yesterday when we drove to Khardung la.

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Comments on: "Leh Trip – The Final Adventure…." (32)

  1. Award time ! 🙂 Pls come collect yours 🙂

  2. I also so much like the place, thanks for sharing so nice pictures, will visit one day 🙂
    I agree that such memories don’t get easily off the mind…loved the frozen lake

  3. very nicely described too 🙂

  4. wow!!! Such a lovely experience you had and u have put it so well too 🙂

    Wish I can also go there one day 🙂

    And there was no need to add how many meters you drove 😉

    • Thanks a lot, Smita 🙂
      Hope you get to go there soon, Let Arnav grow up a little and then whoosh off to the place…
      🙂

  5. Amazing Trip!!! And your hubby actually drove to Khardung La!!! Ok, Ok, You too 😀 😀 Driving on those hilly roads must have been difficult na?
    Frozen waterfalls? I am amazed… how cold it must have been for falling water to freeze. Nature never fails to amaze us 🙂
    And that lake… I could just gaze at it for hours 🙂 I wish you had put more pics though 😉
    I really hope to go there someday…. thank you so much for sharing this ZM 🙂

    • Yeah, he drove to Khardung, but i too took big risk by sitting in the car driven by him 🙄
      i drove only once we reached on the top, there the road is more open and not like the hilly mountain road. But i can technically claim that i drove at Khardung La 😉
      I too was amazed looking at those water falls and there were many of them 🙂
      As i said, the earthly camera cannot capture the true beauty of the Pangong lake, it is to be seen to be believed!!!
      You are most welcome, LifeSong, hope you get to go there, i am sure you will enjoy to the fullest!!!

  6. wow..loved reading through the Leh travel series. And a road trip to Leh sounds mighty enviable..wish I could go there someday. The pics are truly amazing!

  7. each time i come , each time I want to leave everything and JUST go there ..

    such a beautiful placeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee …

  8. Lovely description, ZM! Makes me want to go there like right now. Used to stay in HP but never went to Leh, sad! And now it’s indeed a distant dream!

  9. The pangong lake is breathtakingly beautiful. The blue colour of the water is very attractive. Good to learn about magnetic hill. I too wonder how the frozen springs freezes like that! Is it like that throughout the year or just during this time? I guess you went in the summer. I wonder when it will become water, then? 🙂

    Driving in the highest motor-able pass? That should have been thrilling, I guess 🙂

    Destination Infinity

    • Yes, the lake was really beautiful, and when you see it in person, it even more beautiful!!!
      Yes, the time when we went there was summer, we were told that during the day time the water in the spring melts and at the night, it again freezes. We saw these frozen springs in the early morning 🙂
      Hey, drive yourself to Khardung la and experience it. Though i would have preferred to go there by cycle or bike rather than a car (many people were actually doing that)!!!! May be next time 🙂

  10. Those pictures are so beautiful.. It seemed as if they have been edited but For sure god is such a wonderful artist. n To be at the sangam with no one around …only u n hubby would altogether have been a diffrnt experience.. wowww!!
    u know what I am reading this before going to sleep n all i’d be dreaming about is those serene locations.. 😉 😉 thanks. ..hahah

    • God is definitely a great artist 🙂
      Hope you enjoyed the place in your dreams!!!
      Sorry for the late reply, my computer has crashed 😦

  11. Must have been the most amazing experience. Loved the pics.

  12. that was one super duper post with the most adventurous and awesome trip you guys had… Your description has made it so interesting for us readers and you have done your job well by making me a bit jealous at the same time tempting me to visit Leh 🙂

  13. beautiful narration
    nice pics

  14. That must have been an amazing trip T2M!! and beautiful pics !!

    But one thing you mentioned about the Jawan disturbs me..I hope our soldiers don’t fall for the chinese rice wine and trade our secrets with them..

    • It was an amazing trip 🙂
      I too got worried when the jawan told this. i too hope the same..
      Sorry for the late reply, my computer has crashed 😦

  15. I read this long back and loved it! I am so so happy to see thosep ictures and that Rangoli looks sooooooooooper 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this. So much of Kashmir I am getting to hear these days that I will plan a trip soon soon to Leh and srinagar and aaaaaaaaaaah!

    Any otehr places you travelled, please do post write-ups 🙂 It is so so fun to read! 🙂

    • Hey sorry for the late reply, my computer has crashed. And typing using the phone is a pain in the wrong place:-(
      Nice to know that you liked it 🙂 that rangoli design looked awesome!! And the monks took great pain to get the design right!!!
      So planning on a Kashmir trip this time around? Do plan, on the way we can meet up
      I am not sure about other trips, but will try to come up with whatever I remember 🙂

  16. the so much wished about vacation trip that we’ve been planning since long…I hope we get to take it next year 🙂

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