More Pictures from Ladakh

By Mridula Dwivedi September 24, 2005 29 Comments

Yellow Flowers- Blooming in the Cracks, Ladakh
This picture was taken near Ganda-La base, when we were trying to trek the Markha Valley. I am partial to flowers and these two caught the eye all the more because of the bleak surroundings.

Sunset at Leh, Ladakh
This picture was taken from a height while the sun was going down. Now sitting in the concrete jungle of New Delhi this looks so exotic.

Kids at Pangong Lake, Ladakh
I met these two kids at the Pangong Lake. They posed for me quite willingly. I wish, we were closer to the lake when I took this photograph.

Spitok, Ladakh


The picture below is another one of my favorites and this was taken near Spitok, after we returned from our aborted trek. This is the viewfrom the tea stall where we sat to have a cup and wait for our pickup van to arrive.
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29 thoughts on “More Pictures from Ladakh”

  1. I found your blog via Lily and Crystal, and I just wanted to say that your photographs are stunning. I also dug a bit into your archives and I really enjoyed your comments and observations, especially about your travels. India is a place I always wanted to visit, thanks to a few books I’ve read.

  2. The pic with the 2 girls is very very exotic, and the colors and different shades of blue are amazing! You could be a professional photographer Mridula ;-), your photos are always really great.

  3. I really like the light in the sunset picture and the two kids are adorable. I like the curves of the mountains, lake and clouds. They seem to echo each other. Beautiful!

  4. JB, it is so nice of you to drop by. I too visited your blog and I enjoyed reading your posts. Please tell me which books on India you enjoyed?Avik, thank you.Pooja, I too am partial to flowers. I had a few lovely pictures of yellow rosebush in Ladakh but sadly they are gone.Kuffir, I wish I went closer to the kids but this was the first time I was photographing people and I was too hesitant I guess.Niki, thank you, I like the way you use ^ this symbol!Crystal, thank you. It is not me, the place is so beautiful that all you have to do is click click click and something great gets captured in a few pictures :)Teri, thank you.Lily, thank you for your wonderful observation.

  5. such awesome pictures..i am a travel enthusiast myself although end up traveling in my mind more than in real life..i really loved looking at the Ladakh pics:)

  6. I wish I had your job….u do so much travel…new places, treking…I love treking like anything…This reminds me my college days. Ladakh is beautiful

  7. These are lovely photos. The flowers in the cracks and the two children seem to go together so nicely. They are really like symbols for each other. Love that! 🙂

  8. Emma, thank you, I love that sunset too.Jyotsana, I am almost always dreaming about travel in my mind, but I actually venture out not that frequently.Deepak, Leh indeed feels like another corner of the world, one because it is so rremote and difficult to reach there if you are not flying and two because it feels so small and cozy.Sumit, I found your journal from India Mike and loved your pictures.Taurn, I went to Ladakh in June, and have not been anywhere since:( but I might venture the next weekend. I do not travel much, though I write about it often. And if you had my job, you would be teaching 60 unmanagable kids most of the time, care for it?Viji, thank you, I too love that sunset.Momo, you give such a nice connection to those pictures, where I could see none! Thank you.

  9. Ganga, thank you.Tarun but you do not get to be the kid in my job, you have to manage them, and they are not so small, they are college going but sometimes I feel I am handeling a KG class.Khakra, internet is there, though expensive, PCO and STD work in Leh and they were not supposed to be working before. I have nothing to compare today’s Ladakh with, as I never went there before. We met a German tourist who was here 15 years before and he told us things have changed drastically but he still enjoys it. For me Ladakh is an out of this world place, which is cozy and it feels very safe. Quite a few times I roamed alone while my husband did some mundane work like buying a ‘down’ jacket and I never felt unsafe.The people smile, the kids laugh with you and they let you take photograph so easily! Ahh, I can go on and on and on.

  10. Mridula–I haven’t read too many books on India but “The Age of Kali: Indian Travels and Encounters,” by William Dalrymple, has really stuck with me, as have all of Bharati Mukherjee’s novels and stories.I also have a quick “Eyewitness Travel Guide” on India that first sparked my interest. Are there any books on India that you could recommend?

  11. these are wonderful photos! i especially like the one with the children and I think your distance/framing is just perfect. the sunset photo is equally marvelous. i, too, feel a loss regarding your 400 ladakh pictures that have vanished.

  12. JB, I somehow thought I repiled to your comment long back, but looks like I did not! I enjoyed Shashi Deshpande’s ‘That Long Silence’ a lot. It is about a typical middle class family in India and its struggles. My husband enjoyed ‘White Mughals’ by William Dalrymple a lot, but I somehow never got to read it.Normies, thank you.Patina, it is silly silly me, who did not take a back up. I too like the sunset a lot.Imaginaire, it is Ladakh, a cold desert in India.

  13. I was wondering if you know some of the white flowers' names, my maltese dog, cookie just had puppies, and i wanted to name all the girls after white flowers.thanks!

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Mridula Dwivedi

I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!

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