Travelogue: The Himalayan Road Trip

Travelogue: The Himalayan Road Trip

Day 6

Route:  Leh – Chang La – Tangtse Valley

After breakfast, me and Ruby packed up our stuffs for an overnight stay at the Tangtse valley, from there we will be visiting Pangong Lake the next day. Mean while Shah was getting ready for his local sightseeing at the lower altitudes. He opted for Hall of fame, a monastery tour and the Leh view point at 13,000 ft.

It was a 5 hour drive to Tangtse valley, through the third highest pass in the world – Chang La (17,800 ft), most of it on a rough and dramatic mountain road. Chang La wasn’t the highest pass, but it was definitely the coldest. There was snow fall when we stopped there for a cup of tea. There was an army check post, a tea shop to greet visitors with complimentary tea and a temple full of prayer flags. After Chang La, the road gets a bit more narrow and dangerous with avalanche warning at every 200m.

We also drove through the running river called Pagal Naala or “The Crazy Stream”. Thankfully we crossed all this safely and reached our destination – Dotguling Guest House in Tangtse Valley. Dotguling GH was the only guest house in the area, surrounded by green fields and the rocky mountains with a small stream on the side. I was relieved to see a military hospital right opposite to the guest house. As far as I could see there were only a couple of houses on the road side and six or seven scattered around the valley, and a small grocery shop which calls itself a super market and a mechanic shop.

The day was complete with us sitting on a huge rock in the middle of the green field gazing at one of the most romantic sunset ever. The dinner was served at 8, with soup, fried rice and momo. I made sure that my camera battery is full and the memory card empty before I went to bed.

Travel Tips:

  1. Be prepared for some snow fall in Chang La.
  2. Complementary tea is available at Chang La, Have it!
  3. Take a walk around Dotguling Guest House and the surroundings, it’s very refreshing!
  4. Get some good sleep. It’s required to enjoy the next day.

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Skills

Posted on

October 22, 2010

35 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Very beautiful! A little scary for someone like me, who has never been out of the US.

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thank you very much Lisa! 😀 I think you should explore more. There is always a first time for everything.

      Reply
  2. Ed

    Dude! Truley a once in a lifetime adventure, thank you so much of taking us along on your trip. Fantastic photos, you should make a coffee table book out of them, I’ll let mom know you posted, she misses your posts..:-)

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thanks dude! 😀 My pleasure. Glad you like it 🙂

      Reply
  3. Beyond Bluestockings

    So many beautiful pictures!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us 🙂

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thanks Jo! 😀 This one was worth sharing! 😀

      Reply
  4. Shafeel & Shyleen

    Shafeel:- Superb work bro…as i said to you, i thought only europe in this world is most beautiful, but i was wrong..u proved me that….It was simply awesome,…and what else i should say you are truley blessed by the God, no you both (ur better half) are. My wife saw ur blog to all our flat mates, they all were like WOW…….. You see the world in different way from other..keep it up mate………

    Shyleen:- I have seen many pics before,,but when i saw ur pics and read along with your blogs,,,only then i realized,,how much effort is there for each single clicks.. and i really admire your works..hats off…

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      @Shafeel: Thanks bro! I’m flattered 😉

      @Shyleen: Thanks dear 😀 Glad you both like my photos and the post 😀 Your husband made me a hero in the office! I’m in love with photography..so I’m more than happy to put in some efforts to get some good ‘Winks’.

      Reply
  5. Henry

    Dude!!!!!!!!

    Amazing travelogue and a very theatorical unfolding of true feel of The Great Himalayas. Regret i missed the chance with you guyz and a very little i can write about my trip last year.

    Well done

    Henry

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Dude!!!! Thank you so much 😀 I’m so happy to know..that what I wrote in the post..brought in the feel of the trip 🙂
      Don’t miss it..if you get another chance!

      Reply
  6. chloe

    LOVE the 3rd & 6th photo!! stunning

    Reply
  7. Nidheesh.

    Dude..
    Great fotos as always & well penned down..

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thanks Dude! 😀 Glad you commented.. been long time! 🙂

      Reply
  8. Brenda

    I can only imagine the places that you have been! They are beautiful. thanks for sharing your pics!

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thanks alot Brenda! 😀 You are most welcome.

      Reply
  9. suraj

    heyyy this is freaking awesome …never i have seen so descriptive and the pictures a mind blowing and even cud imagine the pain and pleasure u guys had there ……..cud get to know high altitude conditions ….hopefully the friend of urs is better now 🙂 keep posting am a fan of urs

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thanks Bro! 😀 You said it ..Pain n pleasure! Our friend is fine 🙂

      Reply
  10. Lushfun

    the pictures seem to curve into themselves on the sides. sorta like they are curving around my view sorta interesting

    Reply
  11. kcjewel

    Oh my goodness the scenery is fabulous and your documentation is perfect. There is one thing for certain… even if given the opportunity, I will never be driving the Rohtang pass!!! or, riding for that matter.

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thank you so much! 😀 I think everyone should go there..its Fun and will be an amazing experience! 😉

      Reply
  12. Chloe Sam

    rather useful material, in general I imagine this is worthy of a bookmark, thanks a lot

    Reply
  13. Gert

    Wow! Talk about a psotnig knocking my socks off!

    Reply
  14. scoo

    omg omg!!!ur blog is really amazing!!! leh has always been my dream destination!! i feel as if I am also experiencing this heavenly beauty when I read ur blog..n must say…beautiful pictures!! just like some Russian painting,,,best were the one with wild horses. I have seen lot of leh pics but has never seen one with these horses!! m jus running out of words while complementing you..jus perfect..n also really sorry about your tripod 🙁

    Reply
  15. Toshi Chan

    Thank you for such an excellent article and wonderful photographs.
    The place else may just anybody get that type of info in such an ideal means of writing?
    I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such info.

    Reply
    • Nivin Kadar

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂

      Reply
  16. Lacey

    Good web site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult
    to find quality writing like yours nowadays.
    I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    Reply
  17. Suze

    Love your panoramic shots! What camera is it you’re using? 🙂

    Reply
    • Nivin Kadar

      Thanks Suze 🙂 I used Nikon D90 with kit lens 18-105mm for this trip.

      Reply
  18. Alexandra

    breath-taking images… beautiful work…

    Reply
  19. Afham Baramy

    really informatic and beautifully written.wish i too get a chance to visit these places in my life.have great passion for these roadtrips but don’t know from where to get started.

    Reply

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Skills

Posted on

October 22, 2010