Time frozen in a perfect white out!! 7 days in winter Ladakh
kshil
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#1
| Maha Guru Member

Time frozen in a perfect white out!! 7 days in winter Ladakh

What is the best time to visit Ladakh, the answer even 3 years back was July to September. But it kept changing with time, 2 years back it was May to October, a year back even between April to December. So we thought why shouldn't we extend it little further, how the Pangong Tso 's perfect blue would be, how the remote changthang would be, how the passes like Changla would be, how mighty Indus would look like in winter. Only one thing could answer, a trip in winter but how is it possible to make a trip in winter that too in Ladakh? Day's maximum and minimum temperature both would be in minus, very few hotels would be operational, the place is completely landlocked and depends on aerial connection for long 5/6 months. But then to get all the answers, we have to go there.

We thought of doing Chadar this year and booked air tickets for Jan end to Leh sometimes last year August. Then in December as usual we understood our other commitments won't allow us to take off during that time and finally we cancelled the trek. But hoping on hope, that some mircales might happen, we didn't cancel the flights. First time in my life miracle happened and 3 of us took a decision to go for a Ladakh trip in winter in almost 24 hours notice.

What happened next would be best described by snaps, let's roll it on:

Aerial View:



Semi Frozen Indus:



Indus and Zanskar meets at Nimmu:



Chadar formed on Zanskar River:



Golden Sunrise:



Near Changla:



Frozen Water body towards Tangtse:



Pangong Tso:





Shakti in evening:

100 Replies

#2
| Discovering Wild India
Awesome, wonderful, superb shots. Waiting for more. Bring it on.

Looks like your pictures will be an inspiration to visit Ladakh in winter season next year for myself & other Imers.

Ronak.
#3
| Maha Guru Member
Some more teasers before we start sharing the experience:


Painting on a white Canvas:



Nimmu during snowfall:



Scorpio on Kargil - Leh Road:



Indus:



Amazing Views:



Near Khaltse:



Snow Scapes:



Towards Batalik:



Entering Dha:



Locals of Dha:

#4
| It's all Greek to me, but Benglish will do
Super! Can you tell us more about the last shot of the tribal lady? Is she a Brokpa ?
#5
| Maha Guru Member
Wow - Ladakh in winters, really beautiful pics but I am most interested in what challenges you faced with cold, snow, hotels, transportation and how did you manage.

Scares me to even think about it, but as you yourself said, best to do it rather than think much. Added to me list in far future :)
#6
| Maha Guru Member
Beautiful!!!!! Thank youi, Kshil.
#7
| Maha Guru Member
Beautiful photos. Really changed the "Ideal time of year to visit".
#8
| Senior Member
Kaushikda...You did it again!!!! One more treat for the eyes and certainly will inspire many more...Your ladakh travelogue had been an inspiration for me for my ladakh visit last year...Keep it pouring....:)

Regards
Kunal.
#9
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: shahronakm View Post

Awesome, wonderful, superb shots. Waiting for more. Bring it on.

Looks like your pictures will be an inspiration to visit Ladakh in winter season next year for myself & other Imers.

Ronak.


Ronak, thanks a lot for your great appreciation. But Ladakh would surprise you in every season, I travelled in Spring, Summer, Fall and now in Winter. Seems like traveling different places altogether. Ladakh has every potential of being a great winter vacation. In case you go next year, I am sure you would comeback with unforgettable memories.

Originally posted by: theyyamdancer View Post

Super! Can you tell us more about the last shot of the tribal lady? Is she a Brokpa ?


Yes she is, looks like Indo-Europeans and they are called as Dard People.

Wiki writes as

Dah, or Dha, and Hanu are two villages of the Brokpa of the Ladakh District of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. They are the only two villages that tourists are allowed to visit out of a number of Brokpa villages.
The Dard people of Dah Hanu are nominally Buddhist but also worship their own Pantheon of gods. They have an Indo-European appearance in contrast to the predominant Tibeto-Mongol inhabitants of most of Ladakh.
Dha and Hanu are two villages situated in the Dhahanu valley, about 163 km northwest of Leh in Ladakh. Being at a lower altitude, Dha and Hanu are warmer than Leh.


Originally posted by: rajatsurey View Post

Wow - Ladakh in winters, really beautiful pics but I am most interested in what challenges you faced with cold, snow, hotels, transportation and how did you manage.

Scares me to even think about it, but as you yourself said, best to do it rather than think much. Added to me list in far future :)


That's the objective of this log, to narrate the story of relatively unknown Ladakh, how these people live in 6 months isolation. I will try to elaborate the challenges faced and certainly those are not very few.

Originally posted by: rebeccam View Post

Beautiful!!!!! Thank youi, Kshil.


You are welcome Rebeccam.

Originally posted by: narendra.d View Post

Beautiful photos. Really changed the "Ideal time of year to visit".


Yes the Ideal time is now shifting as June-Sep now a days are absolutely commercial and full of tourists, Ladakh's isolation and serenity would be missed for sure during this time.

Thanks for appreciation.

Originally posted by: kunal s View Post

Kaushikda...You did it again!!!! One more treat for the eyes and certainly will inspire many more...Your ladakh travelogue had been an inspiration for me for my ladakh visit last year...Keep it pouring....:)

Regards
Kunal.


Kunal, I think, I will keep doing it time and again!! It's simply irresistable. I hope this log would push you for a winter trip as well:D
#10
| Senior Member
I am thrilled to see the pics...
I think pictures can give only 10% idea of the beauty in Himalayan region. So assuming this, what you must have experienced there can not be told, neither written nor photographed.
I wish i could have been there...
Congratulations to you !
#11
| Senior Member

Amazing trip of Winter Ladakh!

dear kshill

You have redefined the tourism in ladakh1
we all are waiting for more surprises from your trip.
pl carry on!!!


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#12
| a LEARNER here......be careful or ignore his posts
KOUSIK'da

unbelievable photography [praiseyou [praiseyou [praiseyou you're the best gem of India Mike


and you're the only person who's absence in this forum I never missed .............. your absence always means this forum going to have something soon totally different, totally unique


:ThumbsUp long live Koushik Daa :ThumbsUp
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:saywha:Totaly confused how to explore the beautiful earth when one life is too short to complete my great India :bawling:



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#13
| What, me worry?
Unbelievable shots. Some of the best I've seen on India Mike in a long time.
It's always darkest before it goes completely black.
#14
| Maha Guru Member
Wow! one more so soon after Arunachal (has the Music of Siang stopped playing already? will go there and check) ... anyway, awesome pics out here in Ladakh :).

I was thinking visiting all the places in India was difficult in one life time ... but now you have gone and added a "4 seasons" dimension :rolleyes:
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#15
| What, me worry?
I think this is a fantastic candidate for an article once it's finished. I'll have a chat with the administrator and get him to do it. He can be a bit stubborn.

:)
It's always darkest before it goes completely black.