Ladakh :: Shangri La on Earthfrom
Over a period of time now that we have proudly led the Ladakh Tour, what does Ladakh remind us of?
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Over a period of time now that we have proudly led the Ladakh Tour, what does Ladakh remind us of? Long stretches of the dry yellow desert… The turquoise green Indus carving a deep gorge and then meeting with the murky and playfully turbulent Zanskar… Long high passes taking bends one after another… Silence echoing from the walls of the mountains, occasionally creating a duet with deep voices of the monks… Vibrant colored sculptures of the Buddhist deities occupying the dark walls of the monasteries… the swirling wind… the shifting dunes… burning skies at the sunset along with the soaring gulls and vultures … the Bactrian camels walking on the edges of the dunes… the wild asses called Kiangs spraying dust above the plains while marmots peek from their burrows in the soft marshy land… A high flowing creek breaking the silence to join the incredibly pristine blue Pangong Tso lake… It’s as overwhelming as it can get!!
Taking our students or people there who love nature and culture, is more than just a living for us. This is our sheer love for Ladakh. Many monasteries here are architectural masterpieces and are decorated attractively inside. It gives me a special pleasure to see the curiosity being unfolded as we travel, giving our participants and friends some special time so they can forget everything at home or work and immerse themselves in the feeling of bliss.
Ladakh is affectionately called the “Little Tibet” of India The sole reason being its geographical and cultural proximity to Tibet. Arid, snow-capped mountains with sharp ridges, picture-perfect Gompas (Monasteries), plunging green valleys, high altitude Pangong lake, stretches of the desert valley of Nubra, fluttering prayer flags around whitewashed stupas, and the colorful streets of Leh. This region is austerely beautiful and tucked away in the lap of nature away from the luxuries of life. Who would not want a slice of this paradise and escape from city chaos for a few days?
Yet, there are special moments when we come into the picture, as we all look forward to photographing this extraordinary paradise. Moments like when the sun accelerates on its path to the horizon and the soft golden glow falls on the mother earth as the sunset nears, or when a single candle or light spreads the light in dark monasteries when the river meanders and creates a lovely composition or a nesting pair of bar-headed geese glides over the gentle waves of the lake, and not to forget the vast universe of stars shimmer and the milky way galaxy appears as we camp on the Pangong lake. What a perfect photographic opportunity!
- Travel from Leh to Leh Airport
- Daily Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Stay at planned destinations
- Necessary permits
- Photography expertise (Guidance, Technical Help on the field., Session on editing/Critiquing.)
- Photography Prep session in Pune
- Post-session in Pune
- First AID
- Personal expenses – Food / Travel / Purchases
- Travel to Leh
- Return travel from Leh
- Medical expenses
- Medical insurance
- Personal losses – including baggage, personal articles, etc.
- Lunch on a free day
- Anything that is not mentioned in the “Includes” list
Arrival at Leh
Arrive in Leh. Travel to our accommodation.
It’s a day for acclimatization. We all take a mandatory rest day to acclimatize ourselves to the high altitude.
Scenic tour around Leh city
Travel and photograph colorful monasteries in Leh. Experience peace and tranquility in these Gompas. Visit Alchi Monastery and photograph the incredibly colorful attires. Give some time for meditation in a quiet hour of the afternoon.
Travel to Turtuk
We start our drive to Nubra Valley. Drive through the Khardungla Pass, enjoy the sumptuous Ladakhi food for lunch. Reach in the afternoon to Turtuk [This tiny charming village was under the reign of Pakistan before 1971] Visit and photograph the lush valley, overlooking the Karakoram range of mountains.
Travel to Hundar
Photograph the picturesque Turtuk village and enjoy portrait photography in the morning. We begin post breakfast at 10 am and reach Diskit Monastery in the afternoon. Diskit, being the oldest Monastery (700 years old ) in the desert valley of Nubra, has a 107ft Maitreya Buddha standing tall facing the Shyok River.
Travel to picturesque Pangong lake
Start from Hundar after photographing a dramatic sunrise. We begin after breakfast. Travel to Pangong lake through the picturesque Shyok river.
Arrive at Pangong lake by noon. Evening sunset photography session at the lake. Night Sky photography session post-dinner.
Travel back to Leh
Start from Pangong for Leh after sunrise photography and sumptuous morning breakfast.
Enjoy your free day
Free day / Rest Day.
Shopping / Street Photography / Hiking / Cycling or River rafting as well as tasting some yummy local food.
Leave with memory
Return Journey starts. [You can take a flight back from Leh airport]