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Old 20th October 2014, 15:24   #1
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Default Lost Treasure - Ladakh!

What lost treasure?

You plan a trip to your dream destination. Great.
You somehow manage your best of pals to company you on this trip. Great.
You manage just about 5 days of leaves. And are hell bent on going by road. Not so good. Not good at all.
The trip happens. Great.
You lose your photos to a hard drive crash. Crap!
You have already formatted the memory cards. Oh dear lord!

Until..

One day you discover a backup tucked away somewhere in your old laptop. Top of the world, again!

So this is what happened with me. Since the journey is already more than a year old, I would not bother with the narration and stuff, but will just share the pictures.

So, with that out of the way, let's start.
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Old 20th October 2014, 15:44   #2
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Day 1: Delhi - Amritsar - Jammu

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Golden Temple

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Golden Temple

Day 2: Jammu - Srinagar - Sonamarg

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Somewhere on NH1A

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Baglihar Dam on Chenab. As seen from NH1A

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Approaching Sonamarg

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NH1A Sonamarg

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Beautiful Sonamarg

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Nallah Sindh at Sonamarg

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Day 3: Sonamarg - Leh

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Near Baltal

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Stuck before ZojiLa

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Trucks and buses dwarfed by Nature

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Zoji La - Snow all around!

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Some more..

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And more..

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Even more..

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Coming down from Zoji La

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The view on other side of Zoji La

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Beautiful Property near Drass

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Near Drass

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Vijay Path

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From Inside the memorial

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The Memorial

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Other side of the memorial

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This is what they fought for..

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Burrrhhhh!
Up Next: Day 3 contd..

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Old 20th October 2014, 16:23   #3
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Day 3: contd..

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Mulbekh Buddha

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Nearing Lamayuru

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Lamayuru Monastery

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Houston, we have landed on the moon!

Day 4: Leh Local
Sindhu Ghat
Hemis
Thiksey
Leh Palace
Shanti Stupa

In the evening, we stroll around the market area, have dinner and retire early for a long day tomorrow!

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Sindhu Ghat

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Enroute Hemis

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Perimeter wall, Hemis

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Hemis

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Monks who sold their ferraris?

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Returning from Hemis - beautiful view of a village

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Stanka in greyscale

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Stanka

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Seems like an oasis - view from Thiksey

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Thiksey

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Leh, as seen from Leh Palace

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Namgyal Tsemo?

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Leh, the mud, palace

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Namgyal Tsemo(?) as seen from Shanti Stupa

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Leh Palace, as seen from Shanti Stupa


Up Next : Day 5

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Day 5: To Pangong Tso and back

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Chang La

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Jai Ho!

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First View

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Nice quote


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Other side of Pangong

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Crystal clear waters

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New shade every minute

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Brahmi Ducks(?)

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A parting long exposure shot!


We managed to spend an afternoon here. And didn't want to leave. But with very heavy hearts, had to.

Day 6: Khardung La and back - like all other passes there was massive amounts of snow, but thankfully BRO had cleared the roads. After coming down from the K-La, we had lunch and made a dash to Kargil.

Day 7: Kargil - Srinagar
Day 8: Srinagar - Jammu - Delhi

With that the most awaited trip was over.

I hope to return to the paradise soon, and this time, with some extra days in hand to truly unwind and enjoy the place.

Thanks for reading!

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Note from Mod : Thread moved from Assembly Line to Travelogues Section. Thanks for the sharing
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Nice photos sir, thank you for sharing.
Especially picture number 4898 is the best one yet on Zozila, looks so stunning and it explains the place.

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Mere words cannot describe the beauty of Leh!!! But your pictures did an awesome job of doing the same.

Thanks a lot for sharing.
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Man o Man. I am spell bound with the beauty of the Pangong lake. It looks like nothing else I have seen. No wonder the Himalayas were home to the gods. I have made a promise to himself to visit it. I am out of words and still mesmerized. Great pics by the way.
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Snaps from Ladakh always look fresh ... even though we have seen a lot of these landmarks what with so many TeamBHP'ians taking the trip .. or even if the trip was done a year back!!!
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Awesome Pictures!

Did you do Srinagar-Jammu- Delhi without any break?

I did that last fortnight. Took almost 24 hours. So just curious whether it would take less time during better days (once the roads are restored post floods).
Doing it in a day clearly saves a day for the better part of the trip.
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Each and every picture is excellent!
10/10
Thanks for sharing. Would love to hear in details about your experiences.
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Awesome photolog Dry Ice.
Fantastic compilation there.

And you also have the envious distinction of two threads in the "Hot Threads" page.
Ladakh and Rajasthan.

good job
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Awesome Pictures!

Did you do Srinagar-Jammu- Delhi without any break?

I did that last fortnight. Took almost 24 hours. So just curious whether it would take less time during better days (once the roads are restored post floods).
Doing it in a day clearly saves a day for the better part of the trip.
This trip was done last May. From what I remember, we started from Srinagar around 8 AM or so. Reached Jammu around 3-4 PM. After a brief stop at Jammu started for Delhi and reached late night around 2 AM. We had to do it as a few people in the group had flights next day, otherwise I would not recommend Srinagar - Delhi in 1 day.
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@ Dry Ice, thanks for sharing the wonderful pics. Now Ladakh is on my must do list.
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Brilliant photography Dry_Ice. Magnificent color, composition, light, and places. Thanks for sharing buddy!
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