Unseen beauty of Kargil District: Rangdum's landscape and wildlife

Rangdum is a small hamlet inhabited by a handful of Ladhaki families. The place lies along the Kargil - Padum road and is a favourite halting place for many who travel along the road. Located, as it is, near glaciers the temperatures are freezing at night even in summer. Access to the place by road is blocked in winter due to the snow.

A rock formation near Rangdum. The Himalayas are considered to be relatively young mountains. According to plate tectonics theory, they were formed by the clash of the Indo-Australian plate with the Eurasian plate.
Early morning view of the glaciers and peaks surrounding the Rangdum tourist bungalow

Rangdum offers sweeping views of the tall valleys and peaks.

The area around Rangdum thrives with wildlife. The area is rich in birdlife like this horned lark.

Among the many birds that breed in the meadows around Rangdum are the yellowheaded wagtail.

The longtailed marmots (top first image of this post) are the most visible wildlife in the region. They bask in the sun early morning and late-evening and hide in burrows when approached. Hundreds of them adorn the landscape here.

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.
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