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Old 21st July 2012, 15:23   #211
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A few more pictures of what I think is Kyagar Tso, It was a largish water body on the way to Karzok.
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By some mischance I seem to have lost for the moment the pictures that we took on our drive from here to Korzok. The drive like before was fantastic specially the 'multiple choice' like routes carved into the plains by each individual vehicle driver.
The roads were over undulating lands with mountains far away till we reached near Karzok. Then we ran along a road carved into the Mountainside that after some time ran just above Tso Moriri.
The final drive was past a Army Check Post and then a small village that seemed to be over run by Donkeys.
There were stay options at Home Stays and also a couple of other Tented Resorts in addition to where we were to stay at, that is the 'Nomadic Camp'.
The following Photographs were taking after checking in to the Hotel and a Cup of Tea. We caught the Sun setting behind our backs and a small storm over a Mountain Top in the distance.
I am sorry if I am repeating my self but this was Magical.
There was a swathe of fields between where we stood and the banks of the Lake.
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Snow clad mountains can be seen in the distance. The weather was very pleasant.
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There was a large Brick and Cement house in the middle of the fields, I could not ascertain if it belonged to the Government of the local Landlord. In the foreground can be seen the rooftops of the Village Houses.
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We saw flocks of birds flying over the open fields and the Lake.
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This road led to the Village Gompa and another view point. We did not want to miss the magical moment of the setting Sun and decided to stay near the Hotel. There was Tented Accommodation available at the View Point too.
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The Tourist being inquisitive as is his nature, Little encouragement and he would have been riding the Donkey.
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These villagers were off to the all night prayers at the Gompa, there was a festival on.
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Clouds and shadow play on the Mountains.
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There was a storm brewing on the other side of the Lake.
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The Sky started dressing up in the shades of the setting sun, we stood outside the Hotel and continued to click. Magical !!
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In the Shadow of the Mountains behind us the Village and the Valley started to darken while the Sky was still light.
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After some time we started hearing Thunder and see flashes of lightening in that area. It was Surreal.
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We continued to take photographs as the Sun set and painted the Sky in fire.
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There was a fire in the Sky
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After our stay at Keylong at HPTDC this was the worst stay. The Hotel was stripped of all fittings. Not even a Mirror was fitted in both our rooms. The Toilets were pathetic, however the rooms were somewhat clean and large.
There was a Manager who did nothing and two women helpers who did everything.
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We did wonder if the Chinese actually had a Dragon hidden behind the Hills.
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It was getting Chill as the Sun set. We went in as it got dark. Had a badly cooked dinner and went to Bed. Tomorrow we would be starting our journey back towards Civilisation. The Melancholy was setting in.
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[quote=Coooolcat21;2837882]We traveled on. The road runs across these sandy flat plains with a generous seeding of smooth round water eroded rocks all over.
The sand is dark in colour first but soon changes to a golden brown and silvery at places.
The road climbs steeply up the side of a Mountain and then goes down into a valley along a broad river bed to finally reach Disket.

Dear Coooolcat21,

Each time I see new additions to this thread, it just keeps getting better and better. More power to you and your co-travelllers. Thanks for all the pleasure you have brought us.

Having been corrected by Manuuj, let me reiterate, you are a Lady true to your word—your T-Log just keeps getting better and better!



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We traveled on. The road runs across these sandy flat plains with a generous seeding of smooth round water eroded rocks all over.
The sand is dark in colour first but soon changes to a golden brown and silvery at places.
The road climbs steeply up the side of a Mountain and then goes down into a valley along a broad river bed to finally reach Disket.

Dear Coooolcat21,

Each time I see new additions to this thread, it just keeps getting better and better. More power to you and your co-travelllers. Thanks for all the pleasure you have brought us.

Having been corrected by Manuuj, let me reiterate, you are a Lady true to your word—your T-Log just keeps getting better and better!



PS: Thanks, Manuuj, for the correction.
Thank you Sir,

Please keep following, we are almost at the end of this journey.
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Was that in your Fortuner? And where's the travelogue?!

I have a small wishlist of travelling to certain parts of the country and the world, with some vague ideas of the 'when' and 'how', but a lot of hope about visiting there before I die! My handle obviously says it all...
Yes it was in my Fortuner. As for the log I first got "humblehed" by the IPHE team and then this equally wonderfull log by cooolcat. Will start once this log is over..

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Exceptional pics of Tso-Moriri. Talk about being there at the right moment and capturing it so beautifully.
Infact thats the beauty of Ladakh.. the weather changes hourly and the same scene will become immaculate within no time.
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Whoa Cooolcat! beautifully put together travelogue. Pictures and the narration is fantastic.
Just can’t believe a lady across the world coming over there and teaching kids is amazing.
Hey Houston, Thank you. You are right it was hard to believe that people still make such an effort for the good of some unknown strangers. But then that is the power of faith.
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Yes it was in my Fortuner. As for the log I first got "humblehed" by the IPHE team and then this equally wonderfull log by cooolcat. Will start once this log is over..

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Exceptional pics of Tso-Moriri. Talk about being there at the right moment and capturing it so beautifully.
Infact thats the beauty of Ladakh.. the weather changes hourly and the same scene will become immaculate within no time.
Hey Columbus, Thank you.
I think its time you got your notes ready, this log comes to an end very soon, we need you to start immediately. I am surprised that so many from the Forum were there in that period of two months or so.
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Mind Blowing photographs and great trip there. Excellent narration as well. Inspite of so many of our colleagues and fellow travellers covering Leh in their own colors & frames, your way of capturing the beauty in such vibrant frames makes me feel that I am seeing all these places for the very first time. Beauty well captured.

Highly appriciate your time, efforts and patience for sharing this wonderful Journey with us.

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Mind Blowing photographs and great trip there. Excellent narration as well. Inspite of so many of our colleagues and fellow travellers covering Leh in their own colors & frames, your way of capturing the beauty in such vibrant frames makes me feel that I am seeing all these places for the very first time. Beauty well captured.

Highly appriciate your time, efforts and patience for sharing this wonderful Journey with us.

Thanks!

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We woke up in the morning after a good night's sleep to be brought back to earth by the lack of absolutely every basic amenity in the room working or being in order. It was a total mess and the Breakfast even a bigger one. The person who had taken it on lease this year appeared to have lost total interest and just wanted it to be over without bothering about guests or his reputation.
We freshened up with the minimum fuss and got out of the rooms. As the management was yet to start stirring we walked around the place taking in the beautiful vistas. At the back of our mind was the thought that this beautiful journey of ours was winding down and by the end of the day we would be near Keylong or Jispa.

We took the following photographs of Tso Moriri as we departed. It was a beautiful morning, the weather was mild and the drive promised a last Hurrah in the wild lands of Ladakh, for this trip atleast.

My Sony was running low on Battery so I saved it for a few Panos and used the Canon.

The Glittering Dark Waters of the lake.
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A little change of angle and they were a beautiful reflecting pool in the most beautiful setting of the surrounding mountains.
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We crossed this unknown La once again. One has to take a left towards Tso Kar much before one reaches the Mahe Bridge, we missed that fact and drove back to the Bridge and then back again to the turn near Mahe Village.
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A shepherds House ? Looked really lonely out there.
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Mahe Village.
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This time there were Horses grazing near the Stream that runs in the middle of the narrow valley that leads fro the Village to Mahe Bridge.
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We approached this salt water lake just before Tso Kar.
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Salt Deposits make the ground seem to be white-washed.
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The salt deposit on the banks due to water evaporation, the layer was quiet thick and had a strong odour but not Sulphur.
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A Nomadic Camp.
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We passed a few remote villages on the way, I think this was Puga but not sure.

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Polakongka La ? That is what Aarti & Harsh's map indicates it to be. These maps are life savers, and continuously gave us a idea as to where we were heading, otherwise you feel totally lost in this vastness.
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Tso Kar you can spot it from far away, if you are looking for it.
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We snapped the surroundings, we were in a wide plain and the ground was sandy. It looked drivable but we did not take to the adventure.
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The Ground had a sprouting of some kind of short Grass.
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The Shadows cast by the Clouds darkened the Mountain Tops. It was a wonderful day.
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Tracks leading towards the lake.
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A place where one should plan and camp overnight.
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We continued to photograph the Lake as we drove along it. It stretched some distance along the Road.
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Even the sand bars in the middle exposed due to water evaporation were white in colour with salt deposit. Really not unlike rocks in the middle of lakes in the plains which are often rendered white due to the presence of various Birds near such water bodies.
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The shape of the lake was varied, sometimes the water was far away from the road..
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and sometimes right next to it.
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Salt Banks.
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Finally we bid adieu to the lake, Tso Moriri, we had wanted to be there from such a long time. We had finally done it.
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The Changthang Village
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The village was either being relocated or just simply deserted.
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We then sighted this herd of Kiang.
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Did not appear to care much for our Company, but then the 'Tourist' had been making rude noises at them for some time.
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After gaining a safe distance they stopped and started grazing once again.
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This group of tents, far off the road, looked neither like a Nomadic camp or a resort. We speculated it could be some Government Department up to some survey or some sort of research.
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Prayer flags atop a basic Chorten just before Debring, we were approaching the Leh-Manali Road.
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Debring.
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Art by erosion.
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Pang. we passed by the Tents there just discussing if we should stop or not. We were yet to make up our minds and they were passed-by.
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The Himalayan Thar
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Notice the Plastic Water Bottle near the animal's foot ? Its visible in the picture above too.
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Coooocat21,

Your ocean of photographs and of sea of narration never ceases to amaze me!

"Art by erosion" is awesomely beautiful 'Natures Citadels'.

Your pans are good, so are the mountain scapes, clouds, skies, lakes...all which compliment your skilful knitting of life there and the natives.

The police out post in a barrel must be the smallest office in the world.

Kindly enlighten me..where from did the salt come here to be, since millions of years? Is it when the continent collided with the main land mass, bringing with it sea water which evaporated leaving behind the residual salt? Or some other source.

Kiang's in good health is a beautiful sight but Thar's with the plastic bottle is a sad commentary.

The Himalayan and Nilgri Thar, literally defy gravity by traveling vertically on half inch ledges foraging for food every day covering hundreds of feet and also sleep there to escape their natural predators (are there any left now?).

Your effort of shooting this many photographs, key board for narration and the most painful...uploading. It definitely is an herculean task.
I would end up with a frozen or trigger fingers.

I continue to be stuck like glue.
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Coooocat21,

Your ocean of photographs and of sea of narration never ceases to amaze me!

"Art by erosion" is awesomely beautiful 'Natures Citadels'.

Your pans are good, so are the mountain scapes, clouds, skies, lakes...all which compliment your skilful knitting of life there and the natives.

The police out post in a barrel must be the smallest office in the world.

Kindly enlighten me..where from did the salt come here to be, since millions of years? Is it when the continent collided with the main land mass, bringing with it sea water which evaporated leaving behind the residual salt? Or some other source.

Kiang's in good health is a beautiful sight but Thar's with the plastic bottle is a sad commentary.

The Himalayan and Nilgri Thar, literally defy gravity by traveling vertically on half inch ledges foraging for food every day covering hundreds of feet and also sleep there to escape their natural predators (are there any left now?).

Your effort of shooting this many photographs, key board for narration and the most painful...uploading. It definitely is an herculean task.
I would end up with a frozen or trigger fingers.

I continue to be stuck like glue.
Regards,
Fazal Sir,

Thank you for the continued interest in the log and your appreciation, It is this that has helped me continue to post day after day, after sorting out the pictures individually one by one. It has take quiet some time but I am now in the last leg just another day to go and the log will be complete.
Thank you for the information on the Tahr, some of those impossible tracks one can see in these mountains I guess should belong to this animal.
Regarding the Salt content in the water I think it should be from the surrounding lands and the areas from where the these, basically snow-melt waters, flow into these water bodies. I guess the volumes have build up over the centuries, the dissolved salt flows with the water and accumulates in these lakes which act like a 'catchment' area. The layers must be getting thicker year after year I think.
However there should be a more concise and scientific explanation to this if someone can provide please.
Regards.
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