Pictures from Zanskar, Ladakh Trip
Zanskar is undoutedly the best part of Ladakh – raw and unspoilt, till the Darcha – Padum road is done, maybe another year. Make it before they break it!
Day 1 – This was the day when we all met at Srinagar at our house boat. Spent the evening relaxing and a boat ride in the Dal Lake.
Day 2- Srinagar to Kargil via Sonmarg
We passed through beautiful landscapes and flowing streams.
Sonmarg – the meadow of Gold
After crossing Sonmarg, we could see the campsite of the Amarnath Yatra.
The adventure had just begun as we approached the ZoZila pass
We crossed many glaciers that melted on the roads.
It was spectacular to see this herd of sheep walking across the glacier.
We reach the Zojila Pass with an altitude of 11649ft.
This glacier formed like a bridge across the river.
We reached the Kargil War Memorial at Drass.
The Group shot at Kargil.
Fortunately, we got some great roads.
We saw some mosques at some great locations.
Evening we spent walking around in the Kargil market.
Day 3 – Kargil to Rangdum – Trespone village Imambara, Suru Valley, Khartse Khar Village Maitreya, Shrine of Muslim scholar and saint Syed Mir Hashim – Karpokhar village, Parkachik Glacier, Shafat (Tea break) o/n Rangdum Nun Kun Camps
The Imambara at Trespone Village
Trespone village houses.
The meandering Suru valley
Tallest rock cut statue of the Maitreya Buddha in Karste Khar at Sankoo
People at Sankoo market
Shrine of Muslim scholar and saint Syed Mir Hashim at Karpokhar village
Kids at Karpokhar village
Then comes the Parkachik Glacier covering the Nun – Kun peaks.
Some mosques here are at spectacular locations.
The Nun Kun Peaks
Some adventurous roads…
Rangdum Nun Kun Camps – our place of stay for the night.
Day 4 – Rangdum Monastery, Penzi La, Stat Tso and Lang Tso lakes, Drang Drung Glacier, Villages near Padum, Sana Village Monastery
Some marmots on the way. These look a bit different in colour compared to the ones on the way to Pangong Tso.
Some more interesting roads.
The Drang-Drung Glacier is near the Pensi La the second largest glacier in Ladakh after Siachen with a length of 23kms. It looks like a super highway.
We took a break at this spectacular location.
On the way to Padum…
It was overcast and we were a bit disappointed. Gradually, the skies opened up and we could see blue skies and sunshine.
We decided to have a sun bath after the freezing night at Rangdum.
These places are not very frequented by tourists. People are very warm and welcoming.
Sani Village and Gompa
Mustard harvest at Sani Village
View from our hotel – there was someting strange going on.
Day 5 – Bardhan Monastery, Zangla Old Palace and fort, Zangla nunnery, Stongde Monastery, evening walk around Padum
The Old Zangla Fort. Zangla was the capital of Zanskar at one time. This place was absolutely magical.
Zangla Nunnery near Padum
On the way to Stongde Monastery, we found some amazing textures.
Before entering the Stongde Monastery, we could not stop taking pictures of the landscapes below.
The colorful fields of Stongde village and the confluence of the Tsarap and Stod Rivers forming the Zanskar River.
Stongdey Monastery or Stongde Gompa – Founded in 1052, this monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism and is the second largest monastery in Zanskar
Day 6 – Karsha Gustor Festival Festival, Gyalwarina Rock Statue at Kishrak Village
Karsha Monastery or Karsha Gompa,Padum is the largest monastery of Zanskar
The Doda River flows past the monastery from its source at the Drang Drung glacier of the Pensi La (14,500 feet (4,400 m)). This monastery is under the Gelugpa Order or the Yellow Hat Order.
We were there on the day of the festival.
It was extremely hot and we left.
In the evening, we went to Gyalwarina Buddha Kishrak (Kisrak village), Padum
Day 7 Padum to Kargil
Day 8 Kargil to Srinagar
Thus ends our trip to Zanskar.
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.
You might like to read the previous posts
This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
He strives to ‘make every camera-owner a great photographer through his Photography workshops and Photo Tours and Photowalks.
All rights reserved. No copying without permission of the author Saurabh Chatterjee