• Dhruvi Gohil

Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso lake, Leh-Ladakh!!

Have you ever wondered about a dessert and a saltwater lake amidst huge mountains? Wondering this feels like a fictional place but this place exists in reality and it is none other than Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso lake of Leh Ladakh, India. We traveled from Leh to Nubra Valley, which is 150 kilometers away from Leh city. Because there is extremely little oxygen in the atmosphere here, make sure you carry oxygen with you if you have respiratory problems. We encountered obstacles along the route, such as landslides that caused roads to be blocked and then were cleared, leaving us trapped. Eventually, we arrived at Khardung La, the world's highest motorable road. This is the point, which is located at an elevation of 18,380 feet, and there you will discover a large number of riders. Because the Khardung La, Nubra Valley, and Pangong Lake are located on the Indo-China border, prior permission is required before the visit. We headed towards Nubra Valley from Khardung La.

Khardung La

The cloud's shadow dropped over the mountains, creating a stunning image in front of my eyes. Because of the desert, sand was blowing across the roadways, and there were short shrubs all around.

Nubra Valley

The vista of snowy mountains and desert was breathtaking. I noticed double-humped bactrian camels all over the place after we went down onto the desert, which is exclusively found in Nubra Valley.

Bactrian camel

Nubra Valley

We were heading towards Pangong Lake from Nubra Valley. We passed through several gorgeous blue-watered rivers on our journey. We also took a step down to one of the rivers and cleaned our faces in the cold, clear water before continuing our trip. The river continued to run beside us for quite some time. The roads were smooth and rocky at times, but the border road organization (BRO) has done an excellent job of maintaining roads at such a high altitude.

Road leading to Nubra Valley

I could see a gigantic blue water body from afar, and it was none other than the Pangong Lake, the world's highest saltwater lake that changes color from green to blue. At an elevation of 4350 meters.

Pangong Tso lake

The water was likewise crystal clear and bright blue. This is also where the last scene of 3 Idiots movie was filmed, hence there are several photo booths here. The stones in the water were visible due to the clear water. Camel and horseback riding are popular, but why not try a yak ride? At Pangong Lake, we also went for a yak ride.

Dust storms occur often, and we also experienced one. The lake's crystal pure blue water and blue skies with white clouds were breathtaking. On our route back to Leh, we passed through some lovely scenery. Until next time stay happy and stay tuned for more information on my Leh-Ladakh adventure.

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