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eep blue waters, clear blue sky and in the backdrop pale sand
coloured mountains. There is stillness in the air, peace and
tranquillity. A flock of snow-white seagulls suddenly takes to
the sky breaking your reveries with their shrill cries. We are at
Pangong Lake, Ladakh, which is the highest saltwater reser-
voir in the world, situated at an altitude of 14,270 ft. The whole picturesque
setting is so unreal, something like a picture postcard that one tends to lose
sense of time and space. The same goes for this entire mysterious and
intriguing stretch of India called Ladakh that never fails to thrill. India’s
diversity is in full display in this small part of Kashmir, which exhibits a rich
history and culture going back to Neolithic times. The erstwhile royal abode
of Buddhist Kings witnessed several invasions which have been recorded in
Paradise
Found
Ladakh is a vacationer’s delight
offering a world of discoveries.
BY BINITA SINGH
the annals of various historical tracts. The jour-
ney of discovery of Ladakh is hence best begun
on your way with a good reading of these histori-
cal and cultural accounts to understand the beau-
ty of the destination and its fascinating people.
A perfect summer getaway, the best time to
visit this cold desert is between June to October
when most of India is waiting for cooling mon-
soon showers in the peak summer season. The
variety of activities that the holiday destination
packs is bewildering and promises to keep the
thrill quotient up. From sightseeing trips to vari-
UPDATE
Benign Sentinel:
The
32 metre tall Maitreya
Buddha statue at Diskit,
the largest and oldest
monastery in Ladakh.
Enchanted Lake:
The Tibetan meaning
of Pangong Tso is not
far off the mark—it
mesmerises visitors.
Bird Paradise:
Bar-
headed goose, Brahmini
ducks, seagulls and a
variety of other wildlife
come to roost at the
highest saltwater lake.
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