March 7, 2010

Sun set rays behind Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh, Ladakh, India

Location: Namgyal Tsemo Gompa, Leh, Ladakh, India (34° 10′ 3″ N, 77° 35′ 24″ E)
Date: 18 August 2009 5.50 pm
Camera: Canon 400D with Sigma 17-70/f2.8-4.5

Leh is one of those places that used to evoke a certain sense of mystique. One of the reasons is its isolation due to its inaccessibility, being only reachable by roads for few months of the year. Even during those months, the road conditions between Leh and Menali can still be quite an adventure. Well, this is no more as there are now many daily flights between Leh and Delhi operated by a few airlines and some of them are reasonably inexpensive if booked in advance. However the best way to get to Leh is still by road as the journey itself is quite an adventure with beautiful sceneries to be had along the way. A word of caution- as the road passes over a few 4,000+ meters passes, the risk of AMS is high. At Leh, one can be awarded with a fabulous panorama of the town set amongst the snow-covered peaks of the Ladakh Range. When in Leh, another must-go destination to enjoy the panorama from a different perspective is from the Shanty Stupak. From here, you will have the view of this photo, looking across towards the town with its enigmatic Leh Palace and the Nagoya Stem Gump pictured here (best visited for sunset).

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