We started our journey early in the morning. The route to Pangong was tedious but beautiful (needless to say, every part of Ladakh is beautiful..)
We had already been to Pangong lake last year (a filmy connect : last scene of 3 Idiots was shot here and this place surely has much more than what we saw on screen) but this is such a serene place that we could not resist being there once again. And we were so right in coming back. Luckily!
|Sunset at Pangong|
|Night at Pangong- Pic clicked by Mohit|
It was pretty cold there but we took our blankets (provided by guest house at Pangong) and went by the lake side. It was getting colder and we were shivering like anything but we wanted to spend some more time there. But considering that we had to travel a lot, we returned back to our rooms.
We were tired like hell but no one was ready to sleep. After a great round of Dumb Charades (Of course! my team won ;-) ), we forced ourselves to sleep. What a waste of such wonderful atmosphere. It was a wonderland for meditation, the perfect enviro.
Next morning, we woke up early. I was in such an awe of last night's experience that I did not want to miss the sunrise and again it was worth getting up early. The pictures may speak better:
|A tourist capturing the sunrise @ Pangong|
|Peace in recluse|
We were returning to Reeyork House for dinner and suddenly we heard some music.. Saiyoneee... It was the music coming from nearby roof top restaurant Il Firno. We all looked at each other and everybody had already wished and agreed to dine there.Along with free wifi, nice live music we got good food and as a pleasant surprise, we found actor Rajkumar Yadav (Queen, Kaipoche fame) dining just next to us. We didnot get a photo clicked with him but this was the strongest filmy connect of my travels. We left the place by 10:30 and were thrilled to see Tso Mo Riri next day.
Tso Moriri, Day-4:We had a cab booked for taking us to this magical place. Though, the place seems less beautiful than Pangong, it has a different magic. Our cabby Norba Ji told us that this lake freezes in one go in winters and also melts in one go. Thats the kind of purity it has! Amazing.
NOrba ji had an anecdote on the tip of his tongue for every moment. For Tso Moriri, he told that A Yakni (female Yak, called Riri in Ladakhi) thought that the lake is still frozen whereas it had melted in one go a few moments ago. Riri had no idea of this and it fell in lake (called Tso in ladakhi). From that day, people named it Tso Mo Riri (Yakni's lake). Sad one..
We reached there via Chumathang (we found hot water springs there and these lovely kids as well !!!) .
|Kids in Chumathang|
|Bad roads, but BRO never stops working|
The beautiful way to Tsomoriri was increasing our anxiety. If path was so beautiful, destination had to be awsome. And it was... We lose words for the beauty of this place. Clear skies, fresh air, deep blue water... All colors of nature are so vibrant. For city folks its like a dream and we lived this dream.. again..
|Way to Tso Moriri|
|Colors were never so... so...Picture perfect|
Even in September, it was pretty cold out there and the fear of catching cold brought us back to the hotel. With friends, the time flew by. We played nearly whole night. Next morning, we wouldn't be there and we made the most of our time.
After breakfast in the morning, we left at 8 in the morning.
The return journey felt easier and we reached Leh at 2:30p.m. This was our last day and the thought of ending this vacation saddened us. But we had already decided to enjoy as much as possible.
|Way to Gompa|
|Downhill from Gompa to Palace|
|Leh palace- The history|
We paid Rs. 30 for Gompa and Rs. 5 for Leh palace. Foreign nationals have to pay higher (100 bucks for Leh palace).
|Dinner at Neha Snacks|
After this tiring visit, we came back to Reeyork, had some lemon tea and then paid our last visit to Leh market. We had our last dinner at Neha Snacks, a nice place to dine.
It is by far my favourite market among the places I have visited.
I once again fell in love with this beautiful land. And I feel special being born in country with such diverse culture, lands, people, cuisines and what not! I just love being a traveler here. Thank you Ladakh....
|Our last evening @ Reeyork House, Leh|