Exploring the Zanskar valley, Ladakh, India

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Somu1 Junior Member • Posts: 32
Exploring the Zanskar valley, Ladakh, India

Snuggled between the Great Himalayas to the south and the Zanskar mountains to the north, Zanskar valley is one of the most remote valleys of India. It is takes three full days of driving to reach Zanskar from Jammu, the nearest railhead. Zanskar remains cut off from the world for more than six months of the due to snow in the Himalayan passes.

What Zanskar lacks in connectivity, it more than makes up for, in its spectacular landscapes.

I spent about a week traveling in, and photographing the Zanskar region. I have put up an illustrated travelogue of my visit on my site. It might be of interest to someone planning to visit Zanskar or Ladakh.

You can reach the travelogue on this link : http://somendras.com/?p=728#more-728

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forlorn hope Regular Member • Posts: 115
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What excellent landscapes! Your photographs bring back memories of my own trek in Ladakh in 2005 (The Markha Valley Trek) and especially how I was fascinated by the unusual colours to be seen in the rock stratas.

When I see your superb photographs how I regret my decision to only carry a compact camera.
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OP Somu1 Junior Member • Posts: 32
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Am planning to trek to Markha sometime this year
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forlorn hope Regular Member • Posts: 115
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It's a great trek. Here's a link to my Markha Valley journal. I don't think you will learn a lot from it as you've already been to Zanskar. As you'll see, my photos don't come up to your standards!
http://sites.google.com/site/ladakhjournal/home
Best wishes
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OP Somu1 Junior Member • Posts: 32
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capturef22 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,578
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That is a landscape that makes most things in it look small. You did a fantastic job capturing those huge textural and colorful lands--thanks for posting.
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Rajeshb Senior Member • Posts: 1,284
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thanks for sharing the beautiful zanskar landscape. One day I wish to trek in zanskar, specially the lamayuru-padam trek

Rajesh
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I and Thou Regular Member • Posts: 121
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Thank you for sharing. Nice pictures. Did you take anything a little more close up?

I hope I make it there someday.
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OP Somu1 Junior Member • Posts: 32
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I did take many closer shots also but as this is a travelogue, I have only posted images that I felt would give a general flavor of the place. Will try and include some more closer shots next time

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Bill MacBeth Senior Member • Posts: 1,631
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The travelogue link has outstanding photos as well.

Regards, Bill

brudy Senior Member • Posts: 1,510
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Stunning photography and a great write up; what an adventure. I would love to do a trip like this someday.

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tommiejeep Veteran Member • Posts: 5,285
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Somendra, excellent images. We just returned last Sunday. Flew into Srinagar-road to Leh-flights back to Goa. We made the mistake of starting our drive to Leh when the Yatra was starting. Wow, lots of people, traffic . Then the Hemis Monastery Celebrationswere on outside of Leh. Also spent quite a few hours on the mountains while the Army cleared rock/landslides

Hope to go back in September when everything is in bloom.
Ladakh is superb. Thanks for posting

ps We shot a lot of landscape of course but spent more time shooting people. We are each starting to PP the many shots and first 'cuts' are Featured Galleries on my Smugmug.
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Vcize Regular Member • Posts: 432
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That looks like an amazing trip. I don't think I'd trust my navigation skills enough to get THAT far out in the wilderness.

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hypercore360 Contributing Member • Posts: 961
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Glorious!!!

I dream of going to see these landscapes one day.

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v steffel Senior Member • Posts: 1,238
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What dramatic landscape! Enjoyed the light contrast in #1.
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OP Somu1 Junior Member • Posts: 32
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Thanks Tom,

Yes, it isn't a good idea to travel via Srinagar to Leh during the Amarnath Yatra period. I always avoid it.

Do be in touch as I am also planning to drive to Leh in September. maybe we could meet.

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You must work for National Geographic. NT
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tommiejeep Veteran Member • Posts: 5,285
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Somendra, we have house guests from Mexico for most of August so I will not be able to drive from Goa (next year ) . Current plan would be to get to Manali and then have a taxi take me/us to somewhere inside of Ladakh at which point be met by my driver. I really want to spend time in the north/eastern areas and was thinking of some non-commercial homestays in the more remote areas. The driver can organize some of those. Maybe three weeks.

I would really like to take some big lenses and go for wildlife but that will probably have to wait until I drive the entire trip.

I should know more by the middle of August and, if a go, will email you with a better plan
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OP Somu1 Junior Member • Posts: 32
Thanks for the compliment :-)

Thank you for the compliment. Would love to work for National Geographic :-).
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Johnmel Junior Member • Posts: 44
Re: Thanks for the compliment :-)

The first image is really beautiful in my opinion.

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