Tso Pangong

My heart skipped a beat when I caught a glimpse of Tso Pangong, shimmering in the September sunlight and vividly displaying its hues of blue. Me along with 5 other dudettes screamed aloud just as we got near the Lake.

Tso Pangong is an endorheic lake situated at a height of about 14200 odd feet in the Himalayas, Ladakh, J&K, India. It runs for about 134 km and through India and China. It can be reached from Leh through the Changla Pass or through Shyok.

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As I neared the water- it was crystal clear, I was teleported to a different place. Everything seemed stand-still. I was lost in the beauty of the lake. The purity of the lake serenades one into a trance and with the splendid shades of colour; turquoise, violet, indigo, blue, aquamarine, light green , you are bound to get high.  The landscape is beautiful. The brown mountains in the background added another shade of colour and helped the shutter-bug to capture the magic in a frame.

We could see Bramhini ducks floating about leisurely. The bar headed goose and marmots are the citizens at the lake.

The entirety of the place is supremely fantastic. The cold wind blowing across your face, the sun tiptoeing and spreading the warmth, the water gushing at the shore, the ripples putting on a music to soothe you, the mountains emblazoning their majestic look and the place knocking at the doors of your soul, trying to take a peek and find out if immense joy and peace are settled in completely! What can I say, I was floored by the beauty!

By the time, we decided to satiate our hunger, the sun was beating down on us harshly. We had a quick bite and travelled along the lake to reach our home-stay at Merak.

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Tso Pangong

Khardung La

It was a couple of days since a group of us six girls had landed in Leh, J&K, India. We were getting acclimatized to the freezing nights and harsh sunny weather in the morning. But we were the happiest lot because we were surrounded by mountains all over.

Our road trip across Ladakh started soon after, we were refreshed and invigorated. We were all set for an awesome adventure. We started from Leh at about 9:00 AM and reached Khardung La, one of the mountain passes in Ladakh. It is claimed to be the Highest Motor-able Road in the World at an altitude of about 18380 ft.

Just as we got out of the car, we were welcomed with a chill weather but the wind was still. It was slightly sunny but we wrapped our jackets close enough to our body. There was a billboard which read “Highest Motor-able Road in the World,” it was surrounded by Prayer flags all over. The feeling was immense, we were awed by the beauty of the Pass. The surrounding mountains were snow clad and stood like soldiers guarding the mountain pass. The passing crowd clicked pictures at the pass and were into their cars in no time and got going.

We were awe-struck by the fact that we made it to the “highest motor-able road in the world.” We rejoiced our achievement and clicked a few pictures of us at the pass. We were happy to meet a few Army men at the post and we called onto the shutter bug to help us frame the moment!

We then rushed to our car as were not supposed to expose ourselves to the cold for more than 15 mins and bid goodbye to the pass.

It has been a few months now but the journey still seems surreal.

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