Ladakh-ing memoirs

Ladakh has a lot of picturesque locales to offers; if you happen to have time to explore, then you must not miss these ones that I explored all in just one days bike ride. These are on Leh-Kargil highway which further leads to Srinagar and could be your chosen route to head back home.

The green coloured mountains on the way
The green coloured mountains on the way
Magnetic hill where cars roll on their own, supposedly an optical illusion but hard to believe that!!
Magnetic hill where cars roll on their own, supposedly an optical illusion but hard to believe that!!

Magnetic hill: This place is 30 km away from Leh, It is a barren patch of land with nothing but a single signboard which was broken around my visit. This is supped to be a place where, if you turn off your car and leave it on neutral, it would roll automatically . The locals and some studies claims that is some very strong magnetic field makes this happen, while the others say it is nothing more than an optical illusion to the bare eyes.

I really can’t comment on what’s true and what’s not but I sure sat in a car around the area and saw the car roll, It would be little tough to believe that it does not happen in reality.

Panoramic view of Sangam. The clearer one is Zanskar while the bottom one is Indus
Panoramic view of Sangam. The clearer one is Zanskar while the bottom one is Indus

Sangam: The word meets confluence; this is a spot where you see Zanskar river meeting the mighty Indus river. The spot would give a clear view of two separate colored water later merging to one. The Indus, although very pristine and clear as soon as it reaches the Sangam seems saline and muddy when compared to Zanskar.

An occasional me around the bends!
An occasional me around the bends!

The Zanskar rolling down from valley of mountains gives a surreal perspective to human eye which is very soothing and I recommend spending some peaceful time here gazing the water flow, it is medicine for your soul.

Future buddha on Likir Monastery
Future buddha on Likir Monastery

Likir Monastery: Likir Monastry has a giant sized future Buddha installed on top of the monastery. This one is Golden yellow coloured like the ones in south-east asia. The top of monastery gives a beautiful panoramic view of the valley around and is the apt spot for shooting a time-laspse.

The view around Likir
The view around Likir

Do not forget to miss the green coloured mountains on the way to Likir, They are unique and are only present in this region.

Om Mane Padme Hum inscribed on the wheels which is considered very pious by Tibetans.
Om Mane Padme Hum inscribed on the wheels which is considered very pious by Tibetans.
Some trinkets from a random shop around Alchi Monastery
Some trinkets from a random shop around Alchi Monastery

Alchi: Another monastery tucked away in one corner where not many people visit, atleast not when I was there. The place has some old relics which cannot be photographed but whats unique to the place is trinket stuff. There are few old and unique trinket shops here which sell everything from a simple humming bowl to the finest of jade cutlery which was nowhere to be found in Ladakh.

The harmonious greens and yellow
The harmonious greens and yellow
Bilal Vohra
Bilal Vohra
My name is Bilal VOHRA, I was a conventional number-crunching guy soaked in selfless love for food, travel, photography, music and cultural exploration & one fine day I quit my boring desk job as a banker and turned to where I belong. None of this came as easily as I laid it for you but I started writing content as a freelancer with this blog, struggled for years and finally I achieved a certain reputable scale with this blog.

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  1. While working at a tour operator, we sold some tours to Ladakh. Thanks for giving me a better picture of what the travellers experience! You documented it really well. 🙂

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