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Unusual is an understatement: Unearthly landscapes of Ladakh

The stranger.

Nellie of Wild Junket┬árecently wrote a post about World’s most unearthly landscapes. As I read through the post, I was itching to see if there was mention of any places from India. The name I half-expected to see, looking out for with eager excitement, was of the amazing terrain of Ladakh.

I got a glimpse of this beautiful province of India when last year I went on a trip to Kashmir and Ladakh, in the northernmost part of the country. Kashmir is full of greenery, peppered with lakes and snow-capped peaks. In perfect contrast, Ladakh is a semi-arid desert, just that most of it is at heights of 10,000 feet and above! Cold wind blows here all year long, causing continuous erosion resulting in some truly impressive landscapes.

Some of the landscapes could be called strange. Some are definitely stranger. And some are so unearthly, that locals actually call it ‘the moon-land’!! See for yourself..

The strange.

The stranger.

Moon Land!

16 Comments
  1. Hi Abhijit, I agree Ladakh is fabulous. I have been posting some Lake District pictures on my blog and you asked if I live in UK. No I live in UK and I did a short trip to the Lake District last month as an add on to a trip related to work.

    September 6, 2011
    • Have you been to Ladakh? Which places did you go to? :)

      September 18, 2011
  2. Tripta #

    You did Kashmir and Ladakh together? Can you give me the specifics of the tour?
    And great pics. As usual.

    September 6, 2011
    • Sent you the details on email.

      September 8, 2011
  3. Hi Abhijit, Thanks for visiting my blog. Coincidentally I am planning to trip to far north. I see you visited the places and I would appreciate if you shared the planning and trip details. – Kusum

    September 11, 2011
    • When are you planning your trip for? Also which places? Feel free to ping me on gmail for any planning help I could do.

      September 18, 2011
  4. Wow, looks amazing!

    September 14, 2011
    • Thanks Lauren!

      September 18, 2011
  5. Wow! beautiful…one place I really want to visit

    September 17, 2011
    • Yeah, mountains always fascinate me.. and I’d suggest you visit Ladakh sooner rather than later.. the growing awareness (and publicity through films like 3 Idiots) is sending more and more tourists that way..

      September 18, 2011
  6. Glad to see you are back into writing ;) Kashmir is my biggest regret in India, I would have absolutely loved to go and couldn’t manage to. If you have more pictures, do post them!

    September 18, 2011
    • Will do! I think I have a couple of posts.. look at the tags of Kashmir and Ladakh for those! Oh, you might find a lot more pics on facebook!

      September 18, 2011
  7. I expected to see Ladakh in that list too. Actually, I expected Spiti, but that was too much to expect ;) The landscapes of Ladakh are very similar to the brown bare landscapes of Spiti (and your pictures make me feel so nostalgic)!

    September 18, 2011
    • Yeah, I am beginning to hear more and more about Spiti now.. I think the awareness about Spiti is at a stage, what Ladakh was 5 years back. Must visit it before it gets too crowded with tourists!

      September 18, 2011
  8. Beautiful! I really want to visit this area of India! I’ve been to other parts of India, but not this area. Thanks for the inspiration!

    September 20, 2011
  9. The photos are lovely! I’ve also been to India but obviously I need to go back! Thank you for your post :)

    January 17, 2014

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