Where to go in Ladakh: A photo story

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Stark mountains, ancient monasteries, snow-covered peaks, high passes, desert landscape and glistening blue lakes – there is something magical about Ladakh. This is the only place in the country where you can experience snowfall and a sand storm on the same day. For the first time in my life I fall short of words to describe the incredible experience so I let my camera take over. Here are a few glimpses of what this gorgeous land offers and where you must go.

 

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Shanti Stupa in Leh was built in 1991. The giant dome-like structure houses an impressive Buddha statue and offers stunning views of the city.

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You get excellent views of Leh spread out before you from Shanti Stupa. This city has a cosmopolitan vibe along with being home to stupas and mud-brick houses.

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On the way to Khardung La, the highest motorable road in the world.

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This pass straddles a high mountain ridge separating Leh from the Nubra Valley.

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Nubra Valley is straight out of a picture book, for you can never imagine sand dunes existing in such a place.

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The Hunder dunes in Nubra Valley can be traversed on double-humped Bactrian camels which are unique to the region.

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Stunning mountain scenery and twisting roads on the way to Pangong Lake

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Chang La is a treacherous pass at the height of 5364m meters and the views on the way are breathtaking. One has to cross it to get to Pangong Tso.

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Interesting road signs make the road trip even more memorable. I spotted this one at Chang La.

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The hills and meadows are a happy playground for these cute marmots which can be spotted on the way to Pangong Tso.

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All you do in Pangong Tso is count the vivid shades of blue and gaze at the stunning mountains around.

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Sunrise at Pangong Tso should not be missed.

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Driving to Leh is one the subcontinent’s great road trips.

AUTHOR'S BIO: A traveller and foodie at heart, Pallavi Pasricha has explored many destinations across the world. But that never seems to be enough and she’s always ready to hit the road again. Her obsession for travel is combined with a love for photography. She is working as the Digital and Community Editor at Lonely Planet India.

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