#3 Travel Diaries- Leh to Nubra – A Battle of Landscapes

Why “Battle of Landscapes”? Would you believe that these photographs were taken on a journey between two places just 120 kilometres apart?

Sangam-the joining of two rivers
Snowy mountains
Dry, scaly mountains
Snow capped mountains above, green shrubs below
Desert

Nature’s beauty was shining through every nook and corner of Ladakh. It was as if the landscapes were screaming to be called the best.

Snow-capped mountains on one side, desert on the other, a dry land here, lush fields just ahead- the journey was absolutely crazy! Just when I was getting on my gloves and furry coat, the sun started to shine through and I had to take it all off. Some snowy areas were warm, some deserts were cold. The place had everybody fooled. Listening close, I could almost hear the mountains and terrains chuckling at the tourists’ foolish selves.

Khardungla Pass

Nausea slowly started to kick in as we neared the Khardungla Pass. When we reached, I could only hold my stomach and groan. Seeing everybody around slipping and falling on the ice made it even worse. I was reluctant to get out of the car. I finally gave in to my mom. How many times can you go to one of the highest motorable passes in the world?

On the way to Khardungla
Board at the Pass
Taken at the Khardungla Pass
Back down from Khardungla- Yak grazing

Diskit Monastery

The Diskit Monastery from a distance
The Diskit Monastery

Built on the mountain itself, the Monastery traced back to the 14th century. It felt as if it could fall off the cliff at any time!

Camel ride on the way?

After seeing a man scream at the camels’ owners for a camel trying to bite his daughter, we decided to run away from there. Poor kid. How terrified she must have been. Even if we hadn’t heard the parent, there would have been no way that we rode on those camels. Camel poop everywhere and dirty,dirty camel hair.

Camel poop everywhere
Camels poorly maintained

We decided to take a few photos in the area around, instead.

Donkeys walking one by one on a bridge. Who said donkeys were dumb?
After a difficult walk up the dune, my tired self posed as if she were absolutely fine

Quad biking in the deserts of Ladakh

A quad bike in the desert
Waving at the camera while getting back

The wind gushed against my face, giving me a feeling of inexplicable freedom. Eyes closed, I forgot the world around me.

What wouldn’t I give, to feel that way now.

42 thoughts on “#3 Travel Diaries- Leh to Nubra – A Battle of Landscapes

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  1. Indeed what wouldn’t we all do to feel that freedom again, locked down as we are right now. Alas, we can only recollect. Nice recollections though! I especially liked the name of the post ☺

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    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚
      Recollecting is a way of revisiting the place through my memories. The body although trapped inside a house, I love to let my mind be free and travel all over.

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  2. Yes Shreya it is truly amazing the journey to Nubra Valley via Khardung La. changing landscapes and sky scapes is so unique to Ladhak. Good to revisit this through your pics πŸ€—

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    1. It was exquisite. It made me realise that if we humans hadn’t been so careless, we’d witness nature’s beauty everywhere. Every place a different Ladakh. Imagine that.

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          1. Yes. πŸ™‚
            Even then, it was very cold in many places, like I have mentioned in my previous post- Leh. Because of the altitude, the oxygen levels were low as well. But the trip turned out great as it went.

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          2. I’m sure…..the pics are serene and beautiful. Maybe once Corona is dealt with….I should take a break and escape the summer heat….for some biting chills out there….I’ll check with you for deets then πŸ€—πŸ€©πŸŽ€

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    1. Hi Ashee! Thank you so much for the nomination!
      I don’t do award posts anymore but I shall surely answer some of the questions on your site itself πŸ™‚

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  3. Beautiful landscapes. Nature has it’s ingenuity offering such differentiation in terrain and climate in such a short distance of 120kms. The dunes look awesome, and the camels rough😏. A great journey.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Lucy!
      It was weird along with being breathtaking πŸ˜… Having the sun scorch my eyes and the cold winds making me shiver.
      Glad you liked the last picture πŸ˜„

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  4. I can’t believe these places exist and that you were there!! They’re all gorgeous!! (Except the camel poop). I’d love to go on the quad bikeπŸ₯Ί
    P.S. Was it here that you met the friendly donkey which inspired a post?.🀩

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