When you are surrounded by such pristine beauty, it’s hard to resist the temptation of pulling out your camera every minute of the journey! Sheer cliff faces, clear lakes that reflect a multitude of colours, roads snaking through the mountains and Tibetan monasteries clinging impossibly to the ridges – picture composition is an easy task in this erstwhile Himalayan kingdom.
The highest lake in the world, Pangong is undoubtedly a photographer’s delight. The calm waters of the lake reflect the ever-changing colours of the sky – you can see it turn from grey to a brilliant blue. The pinks and purples of dusk are also worth capturing. In fact you can spend an entire day here clicking away happily, not to mention shooting excellent time-lapse videos.
The highest motorable road gives great views of the mighty Himalayan peaks in Ladakh. Since it’s a sensitive area, used by the Indian Army frequently, make sure you have the necessary permissions in place before you start filming.
The second highest mountain pass in Ladakh is another place for sweeping views of the mountains and the valleys of the region. If you’re lucky you may even spot a Changpa (nomadic tribe) herdsman guiding his goats and cattle through the rugged terrain.
The mesmerising sand dunes of Hunder in the Nubra Valley provide a great photo-op. Camel safaris on the two-humped Bactrian camels are offered in this region and you can get a picture-perfect shot of the camels against the backdrop of the sand dunes.