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Soon after leaving Leh, the capital of Ladakh, and gaining altitude enroute the Khardungla Pass (meaning the ‘(mountain) Pass of Lower Castle’), we got to see the unmistakable sight of Shanti Stupa – the stupa is topped by a spired white hemisphere. The white colour stood out against the shades of brown of the barren mountain slopes.

Shanti Stupa : Built in 1991 by Ladakhi and Japanese Buddhist monks to promote world peace, and to commemorate the 2500 years of Buddhism. The stupa, located around 5 Km from Leh town, was built on top of a hill 4267 metres high. A part of Leh town can be seen behind the Stupa hill.

Khardungla Pass, is the highest motorable road in the world as signs put up by the Border Roads Organization proudly proclaim, at an altitude of 18380 feet (5602 metres).

The views on the entire route would make you gasp, both literally and figuratively. Climbing up to stratospheric heights with the Ladakh range to the south and Karakoram to the north, layers of mountains in shades of barrenness and then the snow capped peaks at almost touching distance all around....I tried to capture this in this picture!

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