Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Creatures of Ladakh - The Kiangs




The kiangs or the Tibetan wild ass abound in Ladakh. We saw quite a few of them near Tso Kar kicking up the dust or grazing around. One particular incident touched us. The kiangs were in a circle near the base of the mountain and I was told by my driver they were mourning the death of one of them.We didnt take the picture of this private moment , but we took quite a few of them as they stared at us before gallopping away

The fleet footed kiangs are seen in herds and there are several in a herd - which can even go up to 300. I learnt that they are very good swimmers and enjoy lakes around grasslands .To read more about the Kiang, click here

22 comments:

Anu said...

nice pics, Lakshmi... saw it on twit pic this morning and wished i was there too.... in fact any place where the weather is any better would be great!!!

Uma said...

Beautiful pics! They remind me so much of LRK - the wild asses there are lighter in colour and the landscape is different... When will I go to Ladakh? Sigh...

alok said...

amazing pictures!! and I must say you have clicked them really well.

I know why I am so desperately waiting this magnificent place :)

Indrani said...

Lovely shots Lakshmi.

Mridula said...

Ladakh is such a magical region, just looking at your beautiful pictures makes me want to drop everything and run there!

vishesh said...

I didn't know about them! :)

Photo Cache said...

Nice posting. Lovely images. ARe they wild?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics!


-Aditi

Laura said...

Their markings are so dramatic! Amazing pics!

Tamanna Mishra said...

I have been reading you for a while now. "De-lurking" only now though.. Must say I would love to live your life! I went to Ladakh last year and I really hope it won't be a once in a lifetime trip..

Brilliant pics!

Namita Chandra said...

informative post. I am looking forward to a trip to Ladakh next month.

Anil said...

I never knew these creatures existed, lovely pictures and a great introduction to them!

Jeevan said...

First time seeing some beautiful asses! Amazing snaps buddy :)

mumbai paused said...

Superb. Your a treat for all us who don't move out of our cities and towns.

Bindhu said...

That was quite touching about mourning the death

Sandy said...

Great pics with detailed information.

Trotter said...

Amazing!!

Jacob said...

My Malaysia accommodation was close to the bird park which is a riot of colors, your photographs of Ladakh has an ethereal quality about them........beautiful muted colors.

Zoomtra said...

Nice pics with detailed description!

Delhi to Agra said...

The blog describes the ultimate beauty of Ladakh. The pictures that are used in the blog are trully amazing. Traveling to Ladakh can be a lifetime experience for the person.

shooting star said...

amazing shots, i had soptted wild ass in rann of kutch and it was a haunting moment for me, your pics remind me of those moments!!

indicaspecies said...

I saw a herd while on my way to Pangong Tso. Lovely shots.