Ladakh: Starkness at noon

Ladakh confronts a visitor with its history and landscape. The 14th century  Galden Tashi Chuling Gompa  in Diskit is an impressive  monastery belonging to the  Gelupa sect. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar.
Ladakh confronts a visitor with its history and landscape. The 14th century Galden Tashi Chuling Gompa in Diskit is an impressive monastery belonging to the Gelupa sect. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar.
The 32-metre statue of Maitreya Buddha faces the Shyok River Valley, towards  Pakistan. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
The 32-metre statue of Maitreya Buddha faces the Shyok River Valley, towards Pakistan. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
The 3 Idiots Point on the  Pangong Tso lake with three semi-permanent structures, where the film was shot. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
The 3 Idiots Point on the Pangong Tso lake with three semi-permanent structures, where the film was shot. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
Hunder’s high-altitude cold desert with its undulating sand dunes hold visitors in awe. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
Hunder’s high-altitude cold desert with its undulating sand dunes hold visitors in awe. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
A Ladakhi woman carrying a spring lamb. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
A Ladakhi woman carrying a spring lamb. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
The Chang La Pass, at 17,590 ft, is the third highest motorable road in the world. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
The Chang La Pass, at 17,590 ft, is the third highest motorable road in the world. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
The mountains in Ladakh come  alive with the clouds and sunshine as props. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
The mountains in Ladakh come alive with the clouds and sunshine as props. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
Urials are the smallest sheep  in the world, that live on grassy mountain slopes, at a height of 3,000-4,000. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
Urials are the smallest sheep in the world, that live on grassy mountain slopes, at a height of 3,000-4,000. IE Photo: Sitanshu Kar
The double-humped Bactrian camels are a tourist attraction in the Hunder village of Nubra Valley. IE photo: Sitanshu Kar
The double-humped Bactrian camels are a tourist attraction in the Hunder village of Nubra Valley. IE photo: Sitanshu Kar

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