My journey till now had been full of adventure, fun and explorations. Whenever I closed my eyes, the flashbacks of the amazing moments made me feel all contented. It seemed like I have seen and experienced everything. But the journey I was undertaking in Leh Ladakh proved me wrong. One can never have enough of experiences and precious moments.
So did my travels to Leh and further, told me. I was getting ready to visit Pangong lake, the place so talked about. I started at 10:00 AM and thought of visiting the Shey Palace, which was on my route, just 15 kms ahead. The Shey Palace is an ancient capital of Ladakh and also the ‘innovative ’school in the movie “3 idiots”. The place now is nothing more than the remains situated over a hillock. I felt nostalgic visiting there as the movie had took a hold of me. After spending almost half an hour, I continued. Another place on my route was Thiksey Monastery. Located on the top of the hill, the monastery is a 12-storey complex and houses the largest statue of Maitreya in Ladakh. I was unraveling some unique sights of a different culture and it felt good.
Driving further brought me to Chang la pass. Known as the second highest motorable road in the world, I actually felt the low oxygen levels due to a little headache I suffered of. I dint stay there much and proceeded further. In next 3.5 hours, I tasted the eternity by viewing the mesmerizing Pangong lake.
I have never in my life before that experienced the calm like that one. A wide span of blue brackish lake with the backdrop of snow covered mountains had literally left me with no words. And I continued staring the sight and absorbing it into my heart for like forever. Majority of the part of lake lies in China.
It was getting dark and I was tired of the whole day’s journey. I had already booked the camps there and checked in to take some rest.
Next morning was a beautiful one. I so wished and prayed for each morning to be like that one. The early morning sunrays over the lake reflected the pure charm of it. On my way back to Leh, I visited the Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The cultural events are organized here from time to time.
The total journey took around 5 hours and I had a sound sleep that night as Leh had given me all.