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Where The Streets Have No Name
The blustery wind territory 4500 metres+ altitude of Ladakh

After the Mahe bridge enroute to Tso Moriri , the road veers off the Indus river and climbs up towards the Namshang La pass (4950m) passing the Sumdo village. The most incredible scenery on this route opens up just after crossing the pass. Soon we were off the road and on a dirt track. Traces of civilization were getting thinner and more and more of raw earth was being exposed to our senses. After about half an hour later we left the road, we spotted the ‘trailer’ of things to come. A high altitude (~4800m) grassy plateau ringed by snowcapped mountains and a small turquoise lake (Tso Kiagar) in the middle. A small turquoise patch in between the brown landscape was good enough to blow our sleep away.

This small lake has at least 3 names...Thadsangkaru Tso, Kiagar Tso or even the lesser mentioned Tso Chun. It is a small brackish water lake on the way to Tso Moriri.

The place is so beautiful that you'll be forgiven for thinking that it is the actual Tso Moriri and turn back after spending a few hours there. All this stunning beauty around us meant that we had to drive slow....taking it all in....what mother nature slowly unfolded.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7776 W: 324 N: 15711] (55407)
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