TRAVELS WITH NINA

is the online portfolio and journal of Australian travel writer Nina Karnikowski.

LADAKH, INDIA: SMH TRAVELLER

PANGONG TSO, INDIA
During a seven-month sabbatical in India this year I ventured to Ladakh, the “land of high passes”, tucked away in the far north of the country between Kashmir and the Chinese border. It was a snap decision to go, but even years of planning and research couldn’t have prepared us for the raw majesty of the region.

White stupas dot the barren desert, prayer flags flutter in the crisp breeze, 15th-century Buddhist monasteries adorn mountain ridges and hiking trails weave through Himalayan mountains so remote you could be stumbling about on the surface of the moon.

The true highlight was camping by the shores of Pangong Tso Lake– a 134-kilometre expanse of crystalline blue water whose shades vary depending on the time of day and which, at 4350 metres high, is quite literally breathtaking.

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