Friday, August 15, 2008

Manali - Leh road trip

A trip to Ladakh had been in the top of our to-travel list for quite some time. The movie Lakshya which portrayed the Kargil war showed some breathtaking shots of the place. A couple of years back a retired army colonel chalked a biking trip to Ladakh and just reading about it was jaw dropping. Some of the highest motorable passes in the world are in Ladakh. It is one place where a frost bite and a heat stroke is possible on the same day!

We spent a day at Manali(6000 ft) to acclimatize before the trip to Leh(11500 ft).

A shot of the Beas river.

We drove from Manali - Leh over a span of two days covering around 450 kms of mountainous terrain.

Rohtang pass (13500 ft).

The horses take you far of the road to scenic view points. Trekking takes a couple of hours and lots of effort considering the high altitude with less oxygen.

The landscape changes from green to brown after this.

Near Baralacha la pass (16000 ft).

Red mountains before Pang.

Morey plains. Desert at 15000 ft! We got stuck in the sand and had to wait for a bus to tow us out.

View from Tanglang la pass ( 17600 ft) and on the second highest motorable road in the world.

Cute Ladakhi kid and his sister. He was super excited to be photographed :)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Back from Ladakh

We spent around seven days there and witnessed some of the most scenic landscapes averaging altitudes of around 15000ft. The land of the lamas was at its exotic best.