Drive to Kargil from Zojilla Pass- Beauty of the Indian Himalayas

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A 'bakharwal (shepherd) walks in a valley beyond the Zojilla pass along Drass - Sonamarg road in Jammu and Kashmir State

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I visited Kashmir Valley and Kargil district, Ladakh region, in Jammu and Kashmir state between 6 - 11 July, 2009.

The landscape of Ladakh is totally different from that of Kashmir Valley. The drive below is through some spectacular landscape. The landscape is dotted with 'Bakarwals', the nomadic grazers of Kashmir, as well as picturesque villages with the backdrop of glaciers and snow capped peaks. Along the way one can also see Tiger Hill, which was scene of fierce war between two subcontinent neighbours in 1999.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is vast and diverse. Even a week was not enough for me to capture the beauty of even its tiny part.

Below are pictures taken during the drive from Zojilla Pass (where the Kashmir Valley ends) to Kargil town. If you observe, I have captured the town of Kargil both under sunlight and moonlight. Hope you enjoy the images as much as I did taking them.

In conservation,
Ameen
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The meadows beyond Zojilla Pass, along the Sonamarg - Drass stretch of Srinagar - Kargil highway
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Livestock blocking the Drass - Sonamarg road in Jammu and Kashmir State
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Glaciers and meadows beyond the Zojilla pass along Drass - Sonamarg road in Jammu and Kashmir State
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A 'bakharwal (shepherd) walks in a valley beyond the Zojilla pass along Drass - Sonamarg road in Jammu and Kashmir State
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The drive to Drass from Zojilla Pass, Jammu and Kashmir state, India
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A meadow beyond Zojilla pass along Drass - Sonamarg road in Jammu and Kashmir State
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The drive to Drass from Zojilla Pass, Jammu and Kashmir state, India
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A river valley beyond Zojilla pass along Drass - Kargil stretch of Srinagar - Leh National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir State
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A view of Kargil town from the Srinagar - Leh National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir state, India
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A view of Kargil town, Jammu and Kashmir state, India
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A night view of Kargil town, Jammu and Kashmir state, India

This journey was a part of the road trip that I got to make from Srinagar to the Drang Drung Glacier via Kargil Town through my previous work, in July 2009. Click here to view and read the next part of this journey.

Comments

  1. My first visitto your blog! I saw the drongo fight post, and then came to this!

    Captivating pictures! Lovely! Esp the Zojilla passpictures.

    I hope to follow your blog!

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