To attempt to capture the beauty of this land through a lens is like trying to catch a passing cloud. But here’s our pick of 10 stunning images to give you a glimpse into Ladakh’s many facets that will surely tempt you to plan a trip there later this year!
‘La’, in the local tongue of Ladakh, a dialect of Tibetan, is a mountain pass, and ‘dhak’ means numerous. So, the name Ladakh literally means the ‘Land of High Passes’. This area is truly unique. I have been there five times and will definitely plan many more visits.
I have seen landscapes around the world, but I don’t think any place compares to the transforming terrain of Ladakh. From brown mountains to snowcapped peaks, the moonscapes, the waterfalls, the green farms, the lavish textures, the frozen lakes, the sand dunes, the cold desert — Ladakh literally has every kind of landscape. It is the land of Lord Buddha’s followers, monks, and monasteries. You can witness here a dazzling showcase of composite culture and rich heritage that will leave you totally enthralled.
I have clicked countless images of Ladakh in my travels across the region but even that does not seem to suffice. I aspire to click many more! Be it scenic panoramas or more intimate shots of the interiors in a typical Ladakhi home, the droning calm inside a monastery or the lapping waters of a mountain lake, from the smiling faces of young monk-initiates to the character-filled lines on a Ladakhi woman’s face. Each of these are ones I treasure and, today, I’m sharing a few with you.