Monday, June 1, 2009

Travel to Shangrila

Capital of Ladakh and tourist’s resting place Leh, is like a large colony that perched at a height of about 11000 ft. The vast nine storey palace of Sengge Namgyal , the erstwhile ruler of Leh overlooks the small town. In the early morning we left for Nubra Valley, a stark land, once part of the Central Asia trading route that connected eastern Tibet with Turkistan via the famous Karakoram Pass.

While our jeep was silently moving towards Khardung La, we were almost mesmerized by the creeping silence and stark beauty of the place and wondering how could a place be so pristine and gloomy? In the month of June Khardung La top was covered with snow. On our right side there were countless ridges and snowcapped peaks of the mighty Zanskar range. Jaw dropping giant Sasser Massif, an obstinate outcrop of Karakoram range followed us from the north.

Once we landed in the valley, got to understand why this was famed as second most best valley after Switzerland. The valley lying between Khardung La and Siachen Glacier, cut off by Nubra river – a tributary of Shyok river. We stopped at a point and rested for a while, some of us wanted to cruised further so we again trailed to some unknown destination. Cruising further at an average elevation of 11000 ft, the road bifurcated, with the left limb, along Shyok river leading to the monastery town of Disket. We further traveled to Panamic , the last inhabited village enroute to Siachen Glacier. We decided to spend our night at Deksit. Along the road we came across a number of sulphur springs. Next early morning we had driven up to ancient Diskit monastery, finely balanced on a conical mountain ridge. We spent couple of hours in the monastery and after that again chased for something unknown. The valley continued to spring surprises on us. It was an amazing experience of witnessing 60-80 ft sandunes surrounded by lofty snowcapped mountains.
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    June 25, 2009 at 3:18 AM

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