Glimpses of Ladakh

Colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti

Ladakh is India at its most enchantingly human and scenically stunning, a rugged high-altitude desert softened with Tibetan temples, irrigated paddies and mesmerising mountain lakes. SEE what could be in store for you in this Buddhist ex-kingdom.

 

Mimi Chakrabarti is an avid traveller, photographer and yoga practitioner. A mother of two young adults, she home schooled her children through a travel-and-learn program. Mimi is co-founder of SoulPurpose, a new venture that takes women on adventure travel. Here are some of her brilliantly captured moments in Ladakh.

The bustling Leh Market at night – restaurants, shopping and colourful local life at its best. The silhouette of the abandoned Leh Palace is at the back.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
Women selling fresh vegetables – crisp, sugar-sweet green peas were in season.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
Travelling around Ladakh means driving in SUVs. Although bikers and even cyclists were an occasional sight.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
Monasteries dominate the skyline wherever you go – this is Likir.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
Buddha straddles the sky.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
Rafting down the Zanskar River – an adventure highpoint in our trip!
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
The long and winding road – past Khardungla and down to Nubra Valley.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
Khardungla – the world’s highest motorable pass (18,380ft).
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
The sand dunes of Nubra lit up gold by the evening sun.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
The double-humped Bactrian camel is found here. Should one encourage tourist rides? A point to consider…
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
11. We stayed in a tent at a pretty organic orchard.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
Mystical Pangong Lake was made more human by a little local boy who was running away from his mother towards the water’s edge.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
The 3 Idiots’ bike point.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
We stayed at a village home in Sakti village. Sonam our hostess ran her little farm single-handedly.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
Ladakhi breakfast served by Sonam – salty butter tea, omelette, khamir roti, curds and fresh chutney with onions, tomatoes and herbs plucked out of the field.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti
The flight weaves through the mountains for over an hour, and suddenly you are in Delhi.
Photographer: Mimi Chakrabarti

4 Comments

    • Pramod

      January 5, 2014, 7:01:50 pm

    • Great pictures and quite useful info through them though Ladakh is a giant, challenging for an exhaustive knowledge. It will be great to know more about the photographer and contact her if possible as I am planning to tour Leh and the surrounding places later this year. Would like to know more about Ladakhis. Thanks.

    +2 Reply

      • Kavita
      • Kavita

        February 4, 2014, 3:41:18 pm

      • Hi Pramod,
        We’ve written to the author to address your questions, however, just so you know, we are about to come out with a Best Escapes Jammu & Kashmir that has covered the state quite extensively.

    • mukti

      September 11, 2014, 10:41:39 am

    • absolutely stunning

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