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Chimney in the sky! The play of clouds makes it look as if they are emerging out of the snow-capped peaks of Ladakh.
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Through the window - Another glimpse of the huge monastery at Thiksey in Ladakh. This ancient monastery is said to be modelled on the lines of the Potala Palace of Lhasa. It has a beautiful idol of Maitreya (the future Buddha) that is bound to mesmerize
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Layers - A very cloudy day in Ladakh, revealing the many layers in the Indus Valley - the greenery of the villages, the monastery of Thiksey (one of the largest in Ladakh) set on the slopes of the mountains, topped up by the snow-capped peaks amidst the clouds.
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Play of light and shadows - As the sun sets on the mountains of Nubra Valley in Ladakh, the clouds and mountains block the soft golden rays to create a wonderful mix of shades and colours - a real treat to the eyes after a long day on the road.
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Herding them on - A group of yaks grazing on the lush green grass growing on the banks of a stream in Ladakh.
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Hide and seek - A Tibetan Sandgrouse peeks out from behind a rock near Tso Moriri in Ladakh

This was in the peak of winter, with outside temperatures way below freezing. We were freezing despite all our layers of winter clothing when a flock of sandgrouse flew overhead and landed close to us. It's always been a source of amazement how animals thrive in the harshest of conditions, especially winter.
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Colour in the mountains - In the arid desert landscape of Ladakh, human enterprise has transformed the riverine valleys into oases of green (and yellow too in this case)! Barley and mustard fields, along with many vegetable patches, are common through most of Ladakh's villages during the brief summer.
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Sangam - where the River Zanskar merges with the mighty River Indus near Leh. The landscape at this place is surreal and is best seen early in the morning - when the soft light illuminates the mountains and shows off the varied colours and textures.
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From the Silk Route to Tourism trails...carrying burden for many many generations

Domesticated Bactrian Camels - also known as Double-humped Camels - are seen around the sand dunes in Ladakh's Nubra Valley. This place, once on the famous Silk Route of trade, is known today for its amazing sand dunes set amidst the mountains along the Shyok river.
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Ladakh Blues - The myriad shades in the water and the skies are just too much to behold. They are so saturated that virtually no colour correction is needed on the computer to reproduce what I've seen with my eyes. No wonder this place is so high on everyone's travel list. The magic of Pangong Tso and Ladakh!
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