Road to Himalaya - 2019

An Epic overland adventure from Srinagar to Leh and beyond. Monasteries, Gompas, The highest motorable roads, Mountain scenery and much more.
Srinagar  Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir - June 07, 2019 Floating Market  Going to the floating market of Srinagar - June 07, 2019 Mughal Garden  Shalimar Bagh is a Mughal garden in Srinagar, linked through a channel to the northeast of Dal Lake - June 07, 2019 Boatmen  Portrait of a Srinagar resident - June 07, 2019
Srinagar-15 Fishing  Along the line of control, fear and tension is often the issue in the region. During our visit, peace and calm was the norm. Srinagar - June 07, 2019 Floating market  The morning wholesale vegetable market is truly a great experience in Srinagar - June 08, 2019 Srinagar vegetable market  The floating vegetable market is something very unique thing in Dal Lake which you should not miss - June 08, 2019
Floating vegetable market  You have to wake up before 5 am to go to this market in Srinagar - June 08, 2019 Sonamarg resident  Sonmarg is a hill station in Ganderbal district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir about 80 km north-east of Srinagar. June 08, 2019 Vegetable Market  Staying in a houseboat on Dal Lake is incomplete without an early morning visit to the floating vegetable market. - June 08, 2019 Eagle  In fact I cropped this picture as left of the eagle, a corpse of a buffalo (see the horn) was dumped on the roadside, a feast for this giant bird. - June 08, 2019
Lovely girl  Early evening I decided to go for a walk in this small village at sonmarg district. - June 08, 2019 Village girls  These young girls were proud to pose for the picture. Sonmarg - June 08, 2019 Sonamarg  I noticed that only women worked on the fields while men were usually chatting on the roadside - June 08, 2019 Brother and sister  Walking in the small village, I came across friendly people of all ages. Sonamarg - June 08, 2019
Sonamarg  Sonmarg is situated in a valley at the bank of Nallah Sindh, 87 km north-east from Srinagar. June 08, 2019 Sonmarg  Sonmarg has no permanent settlement and is inaccessible during winter due to heavy snowfall and avalanches. - June 08, 2019 Sonmarg  Sonmarg had historical significance and was a gateway on ancient Silk Road - June 08, 2019 Young girl  A stop at Sonmarg reveils the beauty of Kashmir and its people. - June 08, 2019
Sonmarg  At Sonmarg, I even had people asking me to have their picture being taken. - June 08, 2019 Sonmarg household  After their dad notice me that I was taking pictures from the girl on the right, he promptly invited me inside his small home, offered me some local snacks and tea. Sonmarg - June 08, 2019 Sonamarg  We reached Sonmarg by late afternoon, and the clouds above our heads hung low in a threatening stance. But the following day the sky became brighter, and the green around us seemed greener, the warm sun felt warmer. - June 9, 2019 The road to Leh  We are on a road trip from Srinagar to Leh which is a great drive full of spectacular views. - June 09, 2019
Ladakh overland  Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. - June 09, 2019 Horse riding to Thajiwas Glacier  Sonamarg is most popular for the Thajiwas Glacier and its beautiful meadows - June 09, 2019 Zero Point  Zero point is another nice part of Sonamarg as we enjoyed snowmobiling there. June 09, 2019 Zoji La  The Zoji La is one of the important mountain passes in India. At an elevation of 3,528 meters above the sea level, the pass links Leh in the Western Himalayan Mountain Ranges and Srinagar. This strip of rock is not the place for a Sunday drive. It’s 9km long, and known as one of the most dangerous roads in the world. To drive this trail, you must have supreme confidence in your vehicle and your driving skills. - June 09, 2019
Ladakh  The main religions, which are practiced in the Himalayan region, are Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam. - June 10, 2019 City of Kargil  The Kargil War, also known as the Kargil conflict,[was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999. Our hotel had an attached underground bunker. Kargil - June 10, 2019 Lamayuru  Himalayan Buddhism is a term used to collectively refer to the Buddhist schools of Tibet, Bhutan, and regions of Nepal, and those practiced in the Indian Himalayan regions of Ladakh. Lamayuru - June 10, 2019 Lamayuru  Lamayuru; a small village in Ladakh, but an ideal place to take a break from the journey from Kargil to Leh. Home of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh - June 10, 2019
Lamayuru  Lamayuru is popular for its ‘lunar’ landscape and monastery. - June 10, 2019 Lamayuru to Leh  We were totally unprepared for the view on our way to the Lamayuru - the road trip never got bored. - June 10, 2019 Fotu La  On the Srinagar-Leh highway, Fotu La stands tall at an altitude of 13,478ft (4,108m) above the sea level in the Himalayan Zanskar Range. - June 10, 2019 Lamayuru Monastery  Originally, the monastery had five buildings, though now only the central building exists. Even after losing much of its valour, it still remains a favourite jaunt for photographers and inquisitive travellers. Lamayuru - June 10, 2019
Worshipper at Lamayuru  Gompas (monasteries) like Hemis and Lamayuru in Ladakh or Rumtek in Sikkim hold an important place for Buddhist worshippers. - June 10, 2019 Worshippers  Many of these worshippers have preserved with loving care the heritage of Tibetan art and culture. - June 11, 2019 Religious harmony  By and large, different religious groups have coexisted peacefully in the Himalayas. - June 11, 2019 Breakfast  Unexpectedly, we passed by a Gompa where some kind of ceremony took place. We decided to stop, were invited to come inside and were offered typical breakfast by the monks. - June 11, 2019
Unexpected visit  Out of the blue, we decided to stop here. Unfortunately, I did'nt took note of the name of this colourful Gompa. June 11, 2019 Worshipper  The Himalayan region is the boundary of the Indic and Tibetan/Chinese civilizations living in a mountainous area. Ladakh - June 11, 2019 Worshippers  These places of worship reflect the heritage of Tibetan art and culture. Ladakh - June 11, 2019 Tashi Dolker  Famed as the ‘Land of Aryans’, Dha and Hanu villages are home to Brokpa or Drokpa community of Ladakh. We met this pretty young lady at Dha village. June 11, 2019
Tashi dolker  Nicknamed as ‘Flower women of Ladakh’, the women of the community wear flowers on their hats. Polyandry is also practiced in the community. Pictured here is Tashi Dolker, a young lady of the Dha community. - June 11, 2019 Thiksey Gompa  Many important Buddhist monasteries and Gompas are situated in the Himalayas like Lamayuru and Hemis in Ladakh or this one at Thiksey. Ladakh - June 13, 2019 Tsemo Gompa  Situated on a mountain top behind the Leh palace, the Tsemo monastery offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Ladakh - June 12, 2019 Baker at Leh  The Muslim presence in Leh dates back to the annexation of Ladakh by Kashmir, after the Fifth Dalai Lama attempted to invade Ladakh from Tibet. Leh - June 13, 2019
Hanu resident  I spotted this lady at the town of Leh, I guess she's a Dha or Hanu resident. Leh - June 13, 2019 Prayer wheels  Prayers wheels at a gompa in Leh - June 13, 2019 Town of Leh  Leh is a town in Leh district in the Ladakh region of northern India surround by mountain passes at an altitude of about 3500 meters. Leh - June 13, 2019 Leh Palace  Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, the seat of which was in the Leh Palace (picture), the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace in Tibet. - June 12, 2019
Shanti Stupa  Shanti Stupa in Leh is one of the magnificent Tibetan structures that has ever been built. The architecture and the beauty of this place are unexplainable. Shanti Stupa is a white-dome structure dedicated to Buddhism. This brilliant edifice stands atop a steep hilltop at a dizzying height of 3609 meters above sea level. - June 12, 2019 Leh - Ladakh  Mountains dominate the landscape around the Leh as it is at an altitude of 3,500m. In this picture a settlement outside of Leh. June 12, 2019 Leh - Ladakh  The major religion of Ladakh is Budhism and more than 77% population of Ladakh is Bhddhist followed by Muslim population around 14%. Leh - June 13, 2019 Taglang La  Tanglang La, elevation 5,328 metres (17,480 ft), is a high mountain pass in Ladakh region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. - June 13, 2019
Taglang La  Taglang La claims to be the world’s second highest motorable pass. The claim is no longer accurate however, and is actually the 12th highest motorable pass. June 13, 2019 Walls of snow  During winters, it’s almost impossible to cross this road. However, for those who are experienced behind the wheel, this pass can present an exciting challenge. Taglang La - June 13, 2019 Hemis monastery  Situated some 45 kms from Leh City, Hemis is tucked on a mountain on the west bank of the serene River Indus. The monastery belongs to Dugpa Kargyutpa order or Red Sect of Buddhism and is enriched with a large number of Thangkas or paintings, which are exhibited during the one of the famous festivals in Ladakh, Hemis Festival. - June 13, 2019 Hemis Gompa  The Hemis monastery is the largest as well as amost favored monastery in Ladakh was constructed in 1672 AD under the reign of King Singge Namgyal. - June 13, 2019
Hemis monastery  Hemis Monastery has a beautiful architecture, which is quite interesting to witness. - June 13, 2019 Hemis monks  The ancient Hemis monastery is said to be have existed before the 11th century. Naropa, the teacher of the translator Marpa and the pupil of the yogi Tilopa, are regarded as the founding fathers of the Kagyu-lineage of Buddhism, with, Hemis is its main seat. - June 13, 2019 Young monk at Hemis Monastery  The wealthiest monastery of Ladakh and India, Hemis Monastery belongs to the Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. - June 13, 2019 Nubra Valley  Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. - June 16, 2019
Khardung La  The pass on the Ladakh Range is north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The Siachen Glacier lies part way up the latter valley. - June 14, 2019 Samstanling Monastery  Set amidst scenic mountains and greens, Samstanling is a popular monastery which showcases the traditional touch with shades of gold, red and white.  Sumur - June 15, 2019 Samstanling Monastery  The picturesque village Sumur in the Nubra Valley region is a charming little gem of Ladakh. Calm and peaceful is what this village is all about and giving it an added beauty is the Samstanling Monastery. - June 15, 2019 Maitreya Buddha  The impressive 32 meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha is visible from a distance as soon as one enters the Diskit Region. Perched atop a hillock, facing the Shyok River towards Pakistan and complementing the surroundings, Maitreya Budhha was constructed in 2006 keeping in mind three objectives - protection of Diskit Village, prevention of further war with Pakistan, and to promote world peace. - June 14, 2019
Nubra Valley  Like the rest of the Tibetan Plateau, Nubra is a high altitude cold desert with rare precipitation and scant vegetation except along river beds. - June 16, 2019 Hundar Desert  Hundar is a village in the Leh district of Ladakh, India famous for Sand dune and its Bactrian camels It is located in the Nubra tehsil, on the bank of Shayok River. - June 16, 2019 Nubra Valley  Hunder lies on the ancient silk route, once an important international trade route. Today it is one of the most strategic points located close as it is to the Siachen Glacier, the world highest battle ground between India and Pakistan. - June 16, 2019 Turtuk  Turtuk is the last Indian outpost before Pakistan in Ladakh and the Northernmost villages in India. - June 15, 2019
Turtuk Village  Lying on the banks of Shyok River, Turtuk is a very secluded, military-dominated, and sensitive area, as merely ten kilometers ahead is the border or line of control between India and Pakistan. - June 15, 2019 Village residents  Known as erstwhile Baltistan, the place was under Pakistani control till 1971, so it is predominantly Muslim, and the people here speak Urdu, Ladakhi, Balti, and Hindi. - Turtuk, june 15, 2019 Little girl posing  Turtuk is the gateway to the Siachen Glacier, with the snow-clad peaks of Mt. K2, visible in the horizon from the top of the village. - June 15, 2019 Enjoying the scenery  Enjoying nature along the Srinagar - Leh highway. June 16, 2019
Nubra Valley  A roud trip in Ladakh is extremely popular by Indian motocyclists often riding a Royal Enfield. Nubra Valley - June 16, 2019 Nubra Valley  Ladakh is dotted with these roadside signs. Nubra Valley - June 16, 2019 Nubra Valley  Nubra Valley is one of the must do places in Ladakh. It is among the sub-districts in Ladakh, and no picture can justice its natural beauty, nor its size. - June 16, 2019 Himalaya  Ladakh mountain scenery - June 15, 2019
Khardung La  Situated at an altitude of 18,379 ft. above the sea level, Khardung La makes one feel on the top of the world. It was once believed to be the highest motorable pass in the world, but facts prove it is among the highest motorable passes in India. - June 14, 2019 Khardung La  This mountain pass Khardung La in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir was prepared for motors in 1976 and opened in 1988 for the public. June 14, 2019 Leh Ladakh  A land like no other with a superabundance of attractions to visit and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. Leh - June, 13, 2019 Leh Ladakh  The former district has a popular town “Leh”and is a great tourist attraction because of its beautiful monasteries, picturesque locations, and interesting markets defining the culture of the place. - June 17, 2019
Leh worshippers  The population of Ladakh is predominantly Buddhist and Ladakh has been deeply influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, which follows the Mahayana and Vajrayana schools. Leh - June 17, 2019 Zanskar and indus confluence  The confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers near Nimo village on the Kargil – Leh highway. Located about 35 kilometers before Leh city and 6 kilometers from Nimo, the view at this point is quite breathtaking. - June 17, 2019 Shop in Leh  Located footsteps from Mentokling Guesthouse, our accommodation in Leh, a typical Ladakh stire selling local stuff. - Leh, june 17, 2019 Saga Dawa festival  The Saga Dawa festival is celebrated on the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar, being this year on june 17.
Saga Dawa young monks  Young monks spectating the Saga Dawa festival - June 17, 2019 Saga Dawa  Saka Dawa is a prominent festival of Ladakh, which is celebrated as the holiest Buddhist day. - June 17, 2019 Saga Dawa Festival 2019  Saka Dawa is celebrated on the fourth month in the Tibetan calendar which is held during the month of June. It is believed that on this day Buddha had achieved awakening. June 17, 2019 Saga Dawa participants  During the festival, you can notice the lamas chanting the mantras 'Om Mani Padme Hum’ which means hail to the jewel and the lotus. - June 17, 2019
Bactrian Camels  Hunder is most popular for the camel rides in the high altitude cold desert. The camel safaris are done on Bactrian Double-humped Camels which are reminder the bygone era of Silk Route trade. - Hundar, June 16, 2019 Taglang La  Taglang La Pass is a facinating place and it brilliantly radiants its beauty through its amazing backdrops and dramatic landscapes. - June 13, 2019 Taglang La  Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range. Ladakh is mystical in all the spheres it covers, from nature, geography, sceneries to the modest cultures that it fosters. Taglang La - June 13, 2019 Maitreya Buddha at night  The statue of the Maitreya Buddha (picture taken by night) was inaugurated by H.H Dalai Lama in 2010. The imposing and colourful image, also known as Jampa is mounted on a large hall that has a preserved a huge drum and a collection of statues and Buddhist literature. One can see statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and Guru Rimpoche inside the hall. June 14, 2019
Diskit Monastery  Amidst the stark and barren Nubra valley stands the beautiful and milky white Diskit monastery. The oldest and largest monastery in Nubra, Diskit monastery is located at an altitude of 3142 meters. Diskit - June 14, 2019