Monday, January 11, 2010

The Ladakh diary

Day 1 : Ladakh to me is and will always remain a dream destination. As I look down from the window pane of my flight , I see a veil of clouds covering the Himalayas as the flight drops height. We were lucky to get a free upgrade to business class and luckier that we were the only ones in that class. For a moment I did not regret that I did not take the road from Manali to Leh. The views from the flight were breathtaking. Ive seen landscapes and clouds before, but this is unparalleled.

The flight drops further height tearing through the soft clusters of clouds and the mountains part ways . The sun shines through the mountains as the ridges get closer as they touch the sky. I gasp as the colours become visible. The rugged browns, the sheets of white, the blue sky and an emerald green lake. I am told to stop taking photographs as the plane is about to land. In a way I am relieved. I lose myself in the barren landscape as the flight touches down in Leh.

35 comments:

Eric said...

Hi there.....just happened to drop by at your blog...I'm planning of backpacking this summer....and i'd say that I'm a first timer backpacker..
Is there any advise that you can share, in terms of cheap backpackings, countries, insurance and everything..thanks.

Anu said...

the first pic is awesome!!! looks just like its been painted!!!!!

Tarun Mitra said...

AWESOME Pictures....First picture is ...no words to describe...

Mridula said...

Beautiful!

Lily Riani said...

beautiful n i like the way u writes it.

David said...

Are those picture taken by you.Truly professional photography.I never knew ladakh is so beautiful.
Thanks for the pictures.

Arun said...

Good to see you getting back to writing :)

Kitty Miller said...

Awesome pics of Ladakh! Ladakh is one of the most visited tourist destinations of India. Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in North India, Ladakh is world over famous for its age old beautiful Buddhist monasteries. I will go there soon. Thanks for sharing us these nice pics.

T and S said...

Your images tempt me to make a trip to Ladakh. It requires me to take off so many days from work which is near impossible. Beautiful images...Thomas

vishesh said...

breath taking pics :)

Trotter said...

Hi Lakshmi! Sorry for the delay, but a new year always brings new troubles... ;)

This view is stunning. Gorgeous shot!!

Meanwhile a new blog is born: Blogtrotter Two! Hope you enjoy at least as much as the previous version and look forward to reading your comments!
Have a great weekend!!! Gil

chhabi said...

nice picture.

a.n.n.e said...

backpackers in India 2011!!!

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Shalabh said...

The first pic is just fantastic. Seems like a satellite image zoomed in. Just too good!!

Mark said...

While people may have different views still good things should always be appreciated. Yours is a nice blog. Liked it!!!

Mukesh said...

I came to your blog just when I was surfing on this topic. I am happy that I found your blog and information I wanted.

AJEYA RAO said...

The images are fantastic....i hope i can make this trip this year

Swami said...

Words cannot describe the first pictures !!!

Something it is said needs to be felt .. the pic 1 is certainly comes under that category....

Will love to go here one day !!!!

Ripple (VJ) said...

I love it...

Iniyaazh - இனியாழ் said...

Mesmerizing pictures. Thank you for sharing.

indicaspecies said...

Hi Lakshmi,

Good to be back online and catching up on your posts. I hope all fine with you.

Yes, the beauty of the Ladakh landscape is unparalleled. The first picture could perhaps be the place of the confluence of the Rivers Indus and Zanskar?

abhinav said...

These pics are amazing.... which was the camera ?

alok said...

Ladakh, woW! glad to know that you are exploring the dream destination. I am impenitently waiting to read all your articles/posts and also get to see those amazing pictures taken there :).

Rameshwar Puri said...

awesome pics which cam and lense do you use. Ladakh is and its lunar scapes are indeed breathtaking. I would recomend that you take the journey from manali to leh and time permitting should explore the Chatang Pleatu and Tso Morari.

mark said...

...just stunning...dream-like

Balaji Tirupati said...

Thanks for the post..your posts are really informative and excellent pics.

Jeevan said...

Beautiful, the way u described about landing on this heaven. Wonderful shot there!

Trotter said...

Hi Lakshmi! Thanks for your comment at Blogtrotter 2, which is now departing Miami by sea. Hope you like it and have a great week!!

Kamini said...

Just stunning! I hope that one day I will be lucky enough to visit Ladakh.

joseph said...

nice stuff keep it up the picture which is collected is excellent i try to visit the ladakh please give me some more information about this keep it up

Nepal Travel said...

your blog is very nice because of nice collection picture.thanks for sharing

trailers said...

i'm planning to visit the ladakh please give me some more information about this!post in photos!

Nepal Tour Packages said...

I like Ladakh and that was a very cool pics thanks for posted

annapurna trekking said...

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