A Tourist’s Tale of Winter in Ladakh

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  1. MonkeyBoy4u

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    Nice pics YS.

    No Nimmu pics :shock:
     
  2. invincible

    invincible Amit Bhardwaj

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    I never knew that ice hockey is also being played in India. Thanks for showing this YS.

    But why so less pics??
     
  3. Yogesh Sarkar

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    26th December 2011, Alchi - Likir - Leh

    After Alchi, we got back on the Srinagar - Leh highway and headed to Likir and en route were forced to stop due to ongoing road widening work.

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    After about half an hour, road was finally reopened for traffic and we moved on, however this was where Rahul lost his right glove, part of the pair he had bought in Delhi just couple of days ago for 650 bucks :p.

    Likir Monastery turned out to be a more beautiful place than Alchi and we in particular loved the statue of the Buddha.

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    Though decided to skip going inside the main temple, which too looked impressive.

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    When we came outside, we saw a water tap flow continuously, with lots of ice formed around it, due to low temperatures.

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    By now, we were starting to feel hungry and sun was beginning to go down, so we got back on the road, only to stop after looking at such awesome sight!

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    For the next 45 minutes, we stood there and shot photographs from every possible angle. Trying desperately to capture nature's magic around us and although the light and colors were spectacular to say the least, I for one was more interested in shooting some black and white shots.

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    With light getting even less and our hands literally frozen, we moved on, only to be persuaded by Rigzin to get down at Indus and Zanskar Confluence and shoot some photos, something which I am glad that we did, because of this shot.

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    When we reached the Hall of Fame, we were surprised to find it still open and decided to check it out, but before going inside, it was time to shoot a long exposure outside of the road and clouds.

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    When we tried to enter the Hall of Fame, it was locked from inside, due to some General's (or was it Major General, considering two stars on the number plate?) wife/relative/friend visiting it. We patiently waited outside and when she came outside, we tried to enter and we were stopped by the Army Men present there, who told us to come tomorrow, as the official hours were over.

    Rigzin got angry by seeing this, because technically, the Hall of Fame was still open. But we thought nothing of it and just moved on, only to see that towards the end of convoy, 6 soldiers were sitting in an open top Gypsy!

    At a time when we were having a hard time even standing on the road due to harsh winds and bone chilling cold, these poor chaps had to ride in back of an open Gypsy, for the sake of protecting some wife/relative/friend of a senior officer and it was truly disheartening to see the men trusted with the job of protecting our borders, go through such stupid and unnecessarily risky tasks.

    Anyways, we reached back to the comfort of Shanti Guest House and after dinner, applied mustard oil and slept peacefully in just a shirt and pajama, due to relatively warm quilts and the heat being produced by the oil.

    Tomorrow, we would be crossing Chang La and heading to Pangong Tso.

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  4. mindless wanderer

    mindless wanderer with age, get a cage!

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    HAIL YS!!! HAIL

    B&W shots are mindblowing
     
  5. zack2137

    zack2137 Leh'd and how!

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    great pics Yogesh!
    Although I din't expect Ladakh to be this brown in Dec-Jan :shock:
     
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    mast mast mast..
     
  7. hiambuj

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    The roads are so well laid.
    Exceptional B&W Pics Yogesh!!
     
  8. Yogesh Sarkar

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    It hasn't snowed yet this year and that is part of the reason why Leh has been seeing temperatures of around -18.8 Degree Celsius, once the snowfall occurs, temperature will get warmer.

    Thanks :)
     
  9. Ashutosh Mahajan

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    The Long Exposure shot near HOF...Superb Yogesh!
    And the BWs.... Jabardast... They HDRs?
     
  10. vardhan.harsh

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    exceptional Black and white picks YS. Loved it.
     

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