Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back From Leh!

Back from Ladakh, and missing it! It was a journey of a life time. This frozen desert is the one place which time seems to have forgotten. I guess it would be difficult, if not impossible to put my journey into words. I have come back with incredible memories, and a stubborn tan. Ladakh is a region of the Jammu and Kashmir state in India. Leh is the biggest town in Ladakh.
Thee highlights of my trip included a visit to the Pangong lake. Situated at 14,270 ft, Pangong is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to China. 60% of the length of the lake lies in China. The lake is 5 km (3.1 mi) wide at its broadest point. During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water. At Pangong, I stayed at a Ladakhi homestay, run by the most hospitable Ladakhi family, the Nongyals. At night, I felt that I could just grab a handful of stars off the sky.

Leh was a wonderful memory too. I miss having my breakfast sitting next to a gorgeous stream. Or having my dinner in a Ladakhi dining room, sharing stories and experiences with other travellers. This was my first trip, but it definitely won't be the last.






34 comments:

RepublicOfChic said...

Such inviting images! I'm writing to you for travel tips when I go! :)

Pratishtha Durga said...

Oh, for sure! It's an amazing journey :)

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

AH, I adore the nature in the pictures. You must have enjoyed yourself in "Heaven" - Ah to be enveloped by all this must have been a blessing. Have a lovely weekend;-)

Berlin said...

Lovely lovely pictures! You sure had loads of fun!

And, thank you for voting!! NERVOUS!!

Have a great day!
Berlin

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Welcome back Pratishtha!
It looks beatuiful! I am so glad you had such a fantastic experience! Thanks for sharing the recap with us:)

Audrey Allure said...

Wonderful pictures!

Bombchell said...

whoa gorgeous images!!

thetragicallychic said...

wow the place looks amazing!

Shantanu said...

My God... Ladakh is been my all time fav.. SO much want to visit this place. Great pics and description. Loved it. n hey, there is no follow tab here on your blog.

Sovina said...

wow.leh must have been so wonderful..totally intoxicating images :)

have a great week ..

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Cafe Fashionista said...

Ooh, what stunning photographs; I'm so glad that you had a fabulous time, my love!! :)

bollywoodstylediaries said...

it looks so perfect..Did u stay in the cottages in the first pic? How was the food? is it kashmiri style or a different cuisine?

SabinePsynopsis said...

This looks incredible and must have been an incredible trip, Pratishta. No wonder you want to go back. xo

Berlin said...

Thank you =) Hopefully I will win despite all the odds ><

Haha, glad you like the simple GRAPES artwork.

Smiles,
Berlin

vitaMinn style said...

What a great travel experience! I didn't know you're such an adventurous traveler, I wish I'm the same way! Hope you can post more travel pics, I never get tired looking at beautiful travel photos! =)

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

You are totally going places, aren't you, PRatishtha my dear! :) Well,so happy for you! I've never been to Leh-Ladakh but always wanted to go! Will ask you for guidance when I do! It all looks pretty!

cheeky curves said...

What a beautiful location, and breakfast by a stream how lovely

Taj Acosta said...

wow what great images! What a place to see! xoxo

Sydnie said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! It's so beautiful here ... I wish I could have seen it too! Thanks for posting the amazing pictures!

Sydnie
www.takemeouttotherunway.blogspot.com

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Wow it looks SO amazing! We share a love for nature, that is for sure. Thank you for your sweet comment, it is great to hear from you my friend! Hope you are having a wonderful week.

xoxo
Rachel

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I hear Ladakh is gorgeous and your sisters definitely tell that story!

One of my closest friends is Kashmiri - would love to visit some day!

CCWai said...

Looks like you escaped from summer, which is not very common.

Dressing Up For Me said...

Amazing photos! Is that snow that I´m seeing there? My husband loves to go to India someday, maybe one day will make the India trip a reality. :)

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

Your pictures remind me so much of,"jab we met". I want to go to Leh soon.

Noble Beeyotch said...

I have heard such amazing stuff about Leh and Ladakh..seems like you got to experience all that first-hand!

Elaine said...

How beautiful!!!! I would have loved to have tagged along!!! ;)

clothed much, a modest fashion blog

style'n said...

Wow, did you take these pics? absolutely beautiful. First time on your blog!
naina

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Wow that sounds and looks like a spectacular trip! Welcome back! :)

shopgirl said...

Wow! Looks like an amazing experience! I would love to go there.

p.s. cool blog!

Valerie said...

This looks like a gorgeous place. What a great trip! Welcome home.

Valerie

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

PS. I just left you a new award on my recent blog post. Have a wonderful weekend!

Haute World said...

Thanks for sharing these pics... everything looks gorgeous! Glad you had a great time. I'm entranced by the raw beauty of the landscape!

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Venus In Virgo said...

I almost missed this post. Those photos you took are stunning and so is the landscape. Im glad you had a chance to go on this adventure XOXO