Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ladhak & Kashmir 2010 - Day 2 - Stok

1st July 2010

After Thikse, I think we drove up to Sheh – literally up because the Sheh palace was situated on an elevated plane – a mound – and there was a sort of path leading up to it.
My parents did not get down the car. I remember going up and taking a few pictures of the scenic stretch of grassland below. The grass was different shades at different places and I tried my best to capture that. There was some water here in small pools here and there and from that distance it looked good.
After that there are two pictures of the Stok Kangri – meaning Stok peak or summit?
We reached the palace – this, I believe is where the king of Ladhak now lives at present, removed for a few generations from the Leh palace which is in ruins.

From the restaurant on a lower terrace, I climbed on to a projecting roof that was level with the terrace, taking pictures and walked all over those stones with engravings on them until someone shouted they were sacred, get off! And then I walked back.

This must be one of the best located restaurants in the world. The view from here is panoramic and you see the endlessly stretching spaces, and poplars and whole mountains base to peak from above. There is no sound except that of the breeze. There is a sprinkling of toy like buildings far far away. This is Ladhak in a nutshell.
You could spend the whole day here, sipping some tea or having a bite of that and keep looking at that grand picture, wishing you had a thousand eyes. And a camera that could capture it.


Claustrophobe said...

My My !! Just look at those mountains. You talk of spending a whole day there, well may be I can spend a week and that too without tea !!

In one of the pictures, there are some letters carved on rocks. Is that a dried-up stream? And what script is that? Seems to be kith and kin of the Devanagari. And yes, any idea what that says or means??

Sowmya Chakravarthy said...

Claustrophobe, thanks for stopping by.
I am not sure about those rocks, I just know I was told they are sacred...