Ladakh Diaries | A Photo and Video Log


Ladakh Road Trip | Pangong to Leh | Mighty Chang La

Hello Friends. Presenting eleventh part of our Leh Ladakh Road Trip series covering our journey from Spangmik on the banks of Pangong Lake to Leh.

We left Spangmik at around 8 AM in the morning and reached Durbuk at around 10:30 AM. From Durbuk we started our climb to Chang La and reached there at around 12 PM. We started our descend towards Leh and reached Karu at afround 1:30 PM.

This route via Chang La is the shortest route to reach Pangong Lake from Leh which is around 225 Kilometres and journey time is around six hours depending on the weather at Chang La. Chang La is located at an altitude of 5360 mtrs above MSL and the area around it is prone to avalanches. Thats why Chang La is also called Mighty Chang La.

Now enjoy the video from beginning to end to know about our Leh Ladakh India Tour in detail.

Also I will be posting photographs of the travel starting today and will continue with the travelogue which I discontinued due to lack of time.

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Ladakh Road Trip | Leh to Taglang La | Ghosts of Lato

Hello Friends. Presenting twelfth part of our Leh Ladakh Road Trip series covering our return journey via Leh Manali Highway from Leh, the capital of Ladakh to Taglang La, highest point on Leh Manali Highway.

We left Leh at around 7 AM and reached Karu which is around 35 Kilometer from Leh in 45 minutes. Karu has the last petrol pump on Ladakh part of Leh Manali Highway and next petrol pump is around 375 Kilometres from Karu at Tandi of Himachal Pradesh. At Karu one road bifurcates towards left which goes to Pangong Lake. 12 Kilometres from Karu is Upshi and we reached there in 15 minutes. Upshi has a police check post where you need to mention your details. Tourists are not allowed to move further on Leh Manali Highway if the higway is closed. From here left side road goes to Hanle, Tso Moriri etc via Chumathang. Chumathang is famous for its hot water springs and Hanle is famous for world's highest observatory. Indus river accompanies you till Upshi, then you drive along Gya river on a very narrow valley. 14 Kms from Upshi is Miru and Lato is further 8 Kilometres from Meru. There is a famous idiom in Hindi "Lato ke bhoot baton se nehin mante" which exactly translates to Kickable (Lato) ghosts do not listen to words. Lato is also the finish point of Markha Valley Trek which starts from Skiu. Next village was Gya where the valley actually opens up and views starts to get better and better. After crossing Sasoma and Rumtse villages we started climbing to Taglang La, first mountain pass and highest point of Leh Manali Highway at an altitude of 5328 meters above MSL. Leh to Taglang La is around 110 Kilometres which we covered in three hours. Now enjoy the video from beginning to end to know about our Leh Ladakh India Tour in detail.



Day 4 - Acclimatization and Rest Day

Day 4 was a rest day for us to acclimatize ourselves before venturing into high altitude mountains. However we completed permitted related work first. As you may know you require permit to visit places not on Leh Srinagar and Leh Manali Highway, like North Pulu, Khardung La and beyond upto Nubra and Shyok Valley, Pangong Lake and Beyond on Changthang, Tso Moriri, Hanle Chumathang etc. And also Batalik Route in Kargil. Permit for all these places need to be applied online and to be stamped at DC office. After stamping the permit we took 3 photocopies of each permit to deposit at various check points. I also found some cyber cafes in market area who were helping tourists to apply per permit online and getting the same stamped. Charges Rs.100 per permit.
After stamping our permits we went for local sight seeing. First point was Leh Palace at one end of the city. Leh Palace is 9 story building and most part of the building is in a deteriorated condition. Museum of the palace have some old artifacts ornaments and photographs.



View of Leh City from Leh Palace



Interior of Palace


Next stop was Tsemo castle which is the highest point of Leh City at a height of 3640 meter above MSL. There is a steep walking track to reach Tsemo from Leh Palace or you can go by vehicle also through separate motor-able road.

View of Tsemo Castle ruins and Monastery from Leh Palace

Pedestrian route to Tsemo from Leh Palace

Ascend to the monastery from the base is very steep and the steps are on a mountain side. So you need to be very careful. We sat there for a long time admiring the beautiful views around us. After that we descended to Leh Market for Lunch and did some shopping also. Unlike other hill stations, Leh does not have a mall road, but a well defined and planned market area divided into various lanes with car parking around the market.

After our lunch and shopping we went to the last point of the day, Shanti Stupa. It was built by Japanese and Ladakhi Buddhists on a hilltop in Changspa village, 5 Km from Leh. Located at a height of 3605 meters it provides an excellent view of Changspa village and Leh city.




After that we again went back to the market and did some more shopping before going back to hotel.

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Yesterday we took a four bedded hotel on Old Leh Road which was around 500 meters from main market, bu we used to commute using our vehicle as the road was little steep and it was difficult to walk much in that altitude.

Thank you guys for reading my blog and going through my pictures. Will talk about visit to nearby places of Leh in next blog. Till then watch the vlog from my youtube channel. Link is below.



Taglang La to Lachung La via Kangla Jal India Gate | Leh Manali Highway

Hello Friends. Presenting thirteenth part of our Leh Ladakh Road Trip series covering our return journey via Leh Manali Highway from Taglang La to Lachung La.

We left Taglang La at around 10 AM and started our descend towards More Plains. The road was in excellent condition and we were at More Plains in 30 minutes.

More plains is a plateau at a height of 4800 metres that stretches for around 40 Kilometres inhabited by Nomadic Changpa tribes. At Debring on More Plains a road bifurcates towards Tso Kar which goes further till Hanle.

After crossing More Plains we started our descend towards Pang which is at a height of 4757 meters above MSL at a distance of 4 Kms from end of More Plains. It has Indian Army's Transit Camp and some dhabas on tents. We had our lunch there and started towards Kangla Jal. After reaching Kangla Jal we started our ascent towards Lachung La.

Kangla Jal used to a dreaded stream and entire stretch between Pang and Kangla Jal have several strange rock formations. Ascend to Lachung La was not much steep, but the road was narrow and damaged with melting water from ice flowing on the road.

We soon reached 5065 meter high Lachung La and took a short break at the top before starting to descend towards the other side of the pass.

There is no permanent human settlement once you cross Taglang La. Locals used to erect here on the highway to serve tourists with food and night halt in only bed type accommodations.

Now enjoy the video from beginning to end to know about our Leh Ladakh India Tour in detail.



Day 5 - Around Leh

Today was also a relaxed day for us. We planned to visit some places around Leh. We started at around 11 AM in the morning and took Leh Manali Highway towards Thiksey. Some views on the way






Reached Shey Palace. Will visit this place on return


See the number of Stupas on left side


Back side of Thiksey Monastery visible on the top of mountain

Reached Thiksey Monastery. This 9 story building is the largest monastery of central Ladakh

Thiksey Monastery Parking area

Tara temple inside monastery

Colourful Stupas

View from Thiksey Monastery Terrace. Notice the segregation of barren and green.

Monastery courtyard

From Thiksey we returned back towards Leh. Our 2nd point was Shey Palace.

On the road to Shey Palace

Old Shey Palace ruins are visible on top of the mountain. Current Shey palace is below this ruin.

Way to Shey Palace

One of the Stupas of Shey Palace

Buddha Statue of Shey Monastery which is within the palace

The temple inside Shey Palace

View from Shey Palace

The palace itself

Our next point was Sindhu Darshan point on the banks of Indus River.

On the way

Gate of Sindhu Darshan Point

Parking Area

We spent a long time on the bank of River before heading back to Leh.

We took some rest in our hotel and went to the market in the evening for some more shopping.

Leh Main Market

Tomorrow will be a long journey for us to Nubra Valley. Will talk about that in next post. You may like to visit my Instagram, FaceBook and YouTube channel for more pictures, short videos, reels and vlogs. Link is available below in my signature.

Bye for now. See you in next part.