Alone to the Top

Reflections on the way up to Taglang La. Having done an impromptu stop at Rumtse, I started early in the morning for the climb up to Taglang La (pass). At an altitude of 17,480 ft, Taglang La is the highest pass on Leh-Manali road. Going towards Manali, there is a sharp descent towards Debring and…

Desert Greens

Barren mountains engulfing the green fields of Sakti Valley near Leh. Sakti is a small village near Leh on the way to Panging Lake. It is located before the road rises towards the high pass of Chang La. The alternate road to Nubra valley over the Wari La diverges from here. Two monasteries – Chemrey…

Ladakhi Cowboy

A Yak herdsman relaxes after a day of work at Rumtse on the Manali-Leh highway.   Rumtse is a small village nestled in a Rupshu Valley on the Ladakh side of Taglang La(Pass). It mostly consists of a few houses on either side of the Manali-Leh highway and is a starting point of treks to…

Sand Dunes at 10000ft

High altitude desert at Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh While Hunder is a touristy place owning to the Bactrian camel rides, the sand dunes present a mesmerizing view at sunrise and sunset times. Located around 30Km into the Nubra Valley, Hunder is a the most popular tourist place in the valley. Returning back from Hunder to…

Centuries Old Friendship

  A stream flows by the Jageshwar Temple as it has been for centuries maintaining company to the temple and quenching the thirst of countless pilgrims. At Jageshwar there are a cluster of temples mostly dedicated to Shiv. Located in a narrow valley near Almora, Uttarakhand, the temples date back to 9th century. The valley…