Ladakh, India

Ladakh is full of gorgeous gompas (Buddhist monasteries) and stupendous stupas (Buddhist monuments), and I’ve spent a good part of the last few days visiting them in and around Leh.  They’re often located at the top of big hills, which makes for exhausting sightseeing but brilliant views over the countryside and the mountains.

Shanti Stupa

Namgyal Tsemo Gompa

Stupas near Shey

I also took a trip to Pangong Tso, a beautiful lake located on the India-China border.  The drive there was pretty memorable – six hours of bumpy, winding mountain roads, ascending to a height of 5289m above sea level at Chang La, where we stopped for a cuppa at the world’s third highest cafeteria before descending to the lake.

Road to Pangong Tso

Cafe at Chang La

Plus we met some local wildlife en route!

Marmot

Yak

The mountain scenery was absolutely spellbinding and the lake itself was equally lovely.  Once we’d arrived, we spent the rest of the afternoon watching the colour of the lake change from azure to darkest navy to grey as the sun went down, then got up at 5.30 the next morning to watch the sun come up over the lake before hitting the road back to Leh.

Mountains at Pangong Tso

Sunset at Pangong Tso

2 thoughts on “Ladakh, India

  1. Wow Frances – fantastic photos – you really are having some trip, aren’t you? Keep the posts coming but you have now exceeded your allowance of alliteration for one blog!

    Baci – Papà

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