October 6, 2007

Khardung, the Pass and the Village

The Nubra Valley means Ldumra (the valley of flowers), situated in the north of Leh. The area was off limits to tourists until 1994. It is therefore not a much explored area. Now the Nubra Valley can be visited with a seven day permit that can be arranged in Leh.

The road journey to Nubra valley leads through Khardung-La (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,380 feet above sea level and is around 50 kms away from Leh. This short distance take hours to reach because of the perilous mountain roads, with breathtaking views of mountains and valleys.













15 comments:

Priyank said...

Which month of the year did you go here? Have you traveled Manali-Leh? That was something I was about to travel, on bicycles.

indicaspecies said...

priyank: I was in Nubra Valley July-end this year.

Yes, I have traveled Manali-Leh with a stopover in the tents of Sarchu, and I must tell you it has been one of the best road journeys of my life. No words can fully describe the awesome experience.

On a bicycle, I am afraid you'll need a lot of time ..and guts!

Maverick said...

vow wonderful pics they are. and u think u r not a good photographer?

CHEWY said...

Breathtaking photos. I assume you were in a plane?

indicaspecies said...

maverick: Thank you for dropping by. Am glad you liked the pictures. Thanks to you, I'll now think I am a good photographer. :)

indicaspecies said...

chewy: Thank you.

I shot these pictures while on a road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley from atop Khardung-La (the pass at 18,380 feet above sea level) and those of the Khardung village on my way to the Himalayan village of Diskit.

I love to embrace the Himalayas from up close and personal. :)

Ananda Niyogi said...

Nature at its magnificent best - thanks for sharing. This looks to be a rugged and awe-inspiring terrain. I am so hooked to the Himayas as well. Wish I could do these places some day :-)

indicaspecies said...

ananda niyogi: It indeed is 'magnificent best.' Glad you enjoyed these.
Have you been to Himalayas from Uttarkhand areas? I am yet to explore from that region.

Go visit the Nubra Valley, you will be in awe and come back with a smile.

GMG said...

Hi Celine,
Sorry for having been a bit absent lately, but I was abroad on a professional trip last week. One day I’ll probably show some pictures from a somehow unusual destination...
I'm absolutely overwhelmed with the wonderful pictures on your last posts. It has surely been an incredible adventure you had this year, and we are so fortunate that you share it with us.
Trying to recover some time, I’m posting on Germany (Koblenz, December 2005) on Blogtrotter.
Enjoy and have a great week!
Gil

Pijush said...

Yooo Yoo…. These are the trump cards, Now I am clean bowled by these amazing shots.

indicaspecies said...

gmg: Hey Gil, I'm delighted that you liked these pictures. It's my pleasure to share them. Koblenz is beautiful and I'll be looking forward to your other pictures too. :)

indicaspecies said...

pijush: *laughter* I'm happy that you liked these shots.

backpakker said...

These are absolutely stunning..reminds me of tawang trip in Arunachal Pradesh..been planning ladakh for a while ..

indicaspecies said...

backpakker: Thank you. I've seen pictures of Tawang - it's a beautiful place that I wish to see sometime. I hope you get a chance to see Ladakh soon. :)

Urvashi Iyengar said...

Hi Celine!

What a fantastic photography! Very informative write-up indeed! Please keep sharing your experiences to all of us here on your blog ..... we enjoy thoroughly....

Best wishes,

Urvashi Iyengar
(urvashi.iyengar@gmail.com)