Travelogue – Leh Ladakh
The best part about having a blog is that you can share your experiences with a wider audience. I have been missing in action for two weeks now and needed to put some thing up fast. The easiest was to put up my Leh-Ladakh experiences.
For a bit of Background -the state of Jammu and Kashmir consists of three divisions – Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh. Ladakh has two districts – Leh, the capital city and Kargil, where the armed conflict between India and Pakistan took place in 1999 (July, 2009 marked the 10 years of the Kargil war).
The word ‘la’ in Ladakh language means mountain pass, Ladakh there fore means Land of the high passes. Ladakh lives by its name and you have to cross some of the highest passes, Khardung la, Zoji La, Chang la, Taglang la while you travel in and around Ladakh.
My friend, Prateek and I took the morning flight to Leh on 17th July 2009. The flight lands in Leh at around seven in the morning (Indian Standard Time). You can take nice snaps from the aeroplane window. Try to sit in the first few seats from the front so that the wings do not disturb your view. Also try to sit on the left side because in the morning flights the sun is very bright on the right side of the flight and will brighten the snaps too much. The view is really riveting as you fly over the Himalayan, Ladakh and the Zanskar range of mountains. You can also see waters streams emanating from the molten glaciers and snow covered mountain tops.
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