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Stunning Aerial Photos of Ladakh

Kyagar Tso in the Rupshu region is one of the highest saltwater lakes of Ladakh at 4,663m above sea level, Photo Credit: Ahtushi Deshpande
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Ladakh's rugged, unspoilt landscape is stunning, no matter what your vantage point

It is among largest, highest and least populated districts of the country. Sandwiched between the Karakoram and the Himalaya, the mountain desert that is Ladakh is also home to breathtaking natural beauty. The rarefied air, the spectacular light and vastly clear skies lend this landscape of corrugated ridges and weather-beaten mountains a painted feel. Dominated by vast plateaus, deep river gorges, high mountain ranges and lakes stretching for miles on end, scale is the keyword here. To get a sweeping overview of the place, even if vicariously, is a thrill beyond compare. With an aerial vantage point, I had a perspective I could have only dreamt of before. The expansive reach of my camera reminded me of the insignificance of my existence inrelation to this vast wilderness. I have often harboured a dream to pilot an aircraft and now I feel like I have. It is among largest, highest and least populated districts of the country. Sandwiched between the Karakoram and the Himalaya, the mountain desert that is Ladakh is also home to breathtaking natural beauty. The rarefied air, the spectacular light and vastly clear skies lend this landscape of corrugated ridges and weather-beaten mountains a painted feel. Dominated by vast plateaus, deep river gorges, high mountain ranges and lakes stretching for miles on end, scale is the keyword here. To get a sweeping overview of the place, even if vicariously, is a thrill beyond compare. With an aerial vantage point, I had a perspective I could have only dreamt of before. The expansive reach of my camera reminded me of the insignificance of my existence in relation to this vast wilderness. I have often harboured a dream to pilot an aircraft and now I feel like I have.

Pangong Tso, at around 4,420m, with the Chang Chenmo Range of mountains straddling its northern shore

The Gata Loops are a series of 21 hairpin bends that ascend steeply up to Nakee La (4,920m). The stunning location of this high road rising above the Tsarap river basin makes it one of the main attractions on the Manali–Leh highway

Drilbu Retreat makes for an ideal stop on the first leg of the Manali–Leh route. It is located near the Tupchiling Gompa and sits right above the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers in Keylong, Himachal Pradesh. The walk from here to Keylong’s oldest and most revered gompa, Guru Ghantal, is special

Tso Moriri (4,522m) is one of the most pristine and tranquil lakes of the Changthang plateau. At 19km long and 105m deep, it is the largest high-altitude lake within India

The first rays of the sun hit Scorpion Hill, or Digpa Ratsa Ri as it is called in Tibetan. Renamed Mt Saraswati by the Indian Astronomical Observatory, it houses the Himalayan Chandra Telescope. The Hanle river flows on its right alongside small clusters of habitation and barley fields

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