Too much happiness is making me gibberish. The title translates to “welcome to the land of monasteries”
For the unawares, I am just back from the much anticipated trip of Ladakh. And boy, was it fun?! I don’t have an adjective to describe the beauty and serenity of the place. The moment you step in the Land of the lamas, you experience and an exhilaration that is just indescribable.
After I woke up from my groggy sleep on the 1 hour flight from Delhi to Leh, the sight I witnessed from the flight made me aware that I was transferred to entirely a different world. The 8 days I was there, were full of colors and mountains. No concrete jungle to remind me of the city I live in. You wake up to a view which is something like this.
I never was aware that there are so many stars in the sky. I never knew that the sun can burn so blindingly bright, yet the winds can keep their cool and compete with the sun. I never before had felt pride of a litter free place. I never had seen the precision with which the mountains made curvy paths for you to travel. I had never seen that mountains were capable to reflect so many colors… Yellow of the sun… Brown and grey of the sand… Blue of the sky… Black of the stones… Green of the trees… It is truly a place if you want to believe that cleanliness (in India) and tourism can co-exist. It can show you how nature and humans can make peace and work hand in hand.
Oh! Just realized I got so carried away that I couldn’t stop typing. Not editing that a bit because it was exactly what I felt.
On a more thoughtful note, I also learned to take things as they come. I was baselessly paranoid about my health due to the lower oxygen levels in the cold mountain desert. Only the day that we landed there, me and Mr Husband suffered mild uneasiness and headache, but it was all OK once we had loads of water and sleep. Our body has an amazing power to acclimatize and adapt to the lower oxygen levels. The rest of the trip was as amazing as it could have been.
We drove to an altitude of more than 18k feet and crossed the world’s highest motorable road, Khardungla pass to reach the beautiful Nubra valley. We rode double hump camels and played in the huge Hunder sand dunes before resigning in our beautiful tents. We enjoyed a campfire under the only light of the innumerable stars and the milky moon. We woke up to cattle grazing and donkeys braying outside our tents. I was amazed when our driver told us that the world’s top 3 motorable roads are in India. Such pride! We even visited the numerous monasteries for which Leh is famous for. The peace and quiet there left me overawed. The monks in their reds and yellows and clean shaven heads praying serenely to the gold Buddha Statues were a sight to behold. The nuns and monks were even as young as 6 years of age.
And the most beautiful visual that I ever have experienced is the Pangong Lake. The camera can never do justice to this place. Breathtakingly beautiful. And serene. And Windy. So many colors in just one landscape. Awesome is just the word.
Ladakh, for one, is a destination that leaves you spell bound. From steep curves of the mountains to melting glaciers and clean flowing river, it has it all. The climate is so unpredictable that the sun may show all its glory one day and the next it will pack its bag and let the clouds be on duty. Cold winds with snow and hails may await your next destination. All in all, a place just not worth missing if you want to capture some picturesque memories.
I may do a picture post on Ladakh, but for starters, here are some colours that I tried to capture with my lens: