A Tourist’s Tale of Winter in Ladakh

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  1. dinki

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    Dont tell me.... :shock:
     
  2. narender

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    Extensive coverage of Winter Ladakh Yogesh.
    IMO,its not a Tourist's tale but surely qualifies as a traveler's tale.
    June-Sep is for tourists but Dec-Jan is for hardy nomads.
     
  3. cheguevara

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    Mazaa aa gaya !!! Sunday morning could't get more perfect than seeing pics of frozen lakes in Ladakh !!!

    This one is a delight....

    Cheers,
    Che
     
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    when is next installment coming?
     
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    Fantastic captures!
     
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    HI.... boss

    Hats off to you......... :prayer::prayer:
     
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    if you have experience of high altitude travelling then this pic is really gives a look that you are really at this place.

    any way keep posting Yogesh dear, Well Done and one important thing of your trip is that you are well equipped this time
     

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    When I went there in September this year, I found the chang La exactly like this as seen in above picture with very little snowfall but absolutely no snow in or around Pangong Tso. nice capture.
     
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    Good going Ys. Amazing photos :)

    Even we had the same scorpio and Rigzin as our driver during my visit to Ladakh in 2009 :)
     
  10. Yogesh Sarkar

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    28th December, Man - Merak - Chushul

    Unable to find a safe crossing route, Rigzin decided to go downstream, hoping to find a stretch hard enough to withstand the weight of the vehicle.

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    While we decided to take photographs

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    And locals collected water.

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    Eventually Rigzin came back and was fairly confident that the stretch downstream was solid enough to let both the vehicles pass. Which brought us to the next question, we have been meaning to ask him for a while now; “do we get down from the vehicle while he tries to negotiate the frozen stream (lighten the vehicle a little and then risk walking on the frozen and now slippery stream) or do we remain inside the vehicle (and risk drowning along with the vehicle :D)?”

    Rigzin told us to stay inside the vehicle, as he negotiated some soft sand stretches to eventually reach the crossing and in one swift move, placed the Scorpio on top of the frozen stream. A little over a minute which took us to cross that stream was about the most silent part of our trip with only Scorpio’s engine and cracking sound of the ice underneath 2 tons of weight, providing a chorus throughout.

    We breathed a sigh of relief and commended the ability of Rigzin to get us across the frozen stream safely.

    With another major stream around Merak to be crossed next, Rigzin decided to push the car a little, while we were in awe by the magnificent beauty of Pangong Tso, which neither Rahul nor me had seen before. In fact, Pangong Tso stopped resembling a lake and looked and felt more like an ocean with clear blue water and a lovely coast.

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    By around noon we reached Merak, which is a fairly big town, but with a large stream running in the middle of it, which was completely frozen. Locals guided us to an alternate upper route, where a Maruti Versa was stuck.

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    Rigzin and locals helped the Versa driver, after which we too crossed the bottleneck safely and headed for Chushul, where we hoped to find something to eat.

    However, before we could bid Pangong Tso farewell, we spotted couple of Kyanags (Ladakhie Wild Ass). It was time to change the lenses and get down from our respective vehicles and don the attire of a wildlife photographer :p.

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    After getting some decent photographs for the Kyang and freezing our hands almost completely in the process, it was time to sit quietly with the windows rolled up, dreaming of some hot maggi at Chushul, which was now only a short and comparatively, boring drive away...

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