Heights of Kargil's natural beauty: Panzi La, near roof of the world
'Penzi La' or 'Pensi La', at 14,000 feet, is the highest point along the Kargil - Padum road in India's Jammu and Kashmir state. The word 'La' in Ladakhi language means pass. The pass overlooks the Drang-drung glacier.
Here are some scenes from the route
|The route ascends up and one runs into many glaciers.|
|The scenic drive from Rangdum to Penzi La takes about an hour.|
|Buddhist prayer flags form the foreground to a panoramic vista of the landscape around Penzi La.|
|Cattle grazing amidst glaciers and snow-capped peaks around Penzi La.|
|Looking back at the road from Rangdum from Penzi La, surrounded by towering glaciers and barren mountain bases.|
|View of the Drang-drung glacier through the vehicle's wind shield.|
|Approaching the Drang-drung glacier.|
|Drang-drung is the most formidable of all the glaciers along the Kargil - Padum road journey. The melting ice feeds the Indus river that runs into Pakistan controlled territory.|
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 read the first part of this journey.
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