Shyok river of Ladakh


The Shyok River is a tributary of Indus River. It originates from the Rimo glacier, which lies on the eastern part of Karakoram mountain range which has the highest number of peaks of over 8000 meters in height. The Rimo glacier is fed by number of closely located peaks and is called Rimo massif.

Shyok River is fed from the Rimo glacier; it flows into the northern part of Ladakh and it widens when it merges with Nubra River. First it flows in the southeastern direction joining the Pangong range after that it changes its course and flows in northwestern direction and finally crosses into Pakistan.

Dates, Apple and peanuts Chutney

Dates and Apple Chutney

This sweet and sour chutney is remarkable and just tastes wow, quiet different and just ideal for your tea parties and gatherings. The dates contain potassium which is very good for neuron function, so this chutney is not only excellent in taste but also benefits the health.


  • Dates (deseeded)                                                  1 bowl
  • Apple                                                                             one
  • Peanuts (cleaned and skin removed)         1/2 bowl
  • Tamarind                                                                     3 tbsp
  • Black pepper                                                             1/4 tsp
  • Jaggery                                                                         1/4 bowl
  • Salt                                                                                   to taste
  • Green chili                                                                   as required


  • Pressure cook the dates in a glass of water for 10-15 minutes. Remove and keep aside for cooling
  • Now in a mixer grinder put the dates, apple, peanuts, black pepper, jaggery, salt, green chilies and tamarind syrup. Grind it so that it forms a smooth paste.
  • Check for the consistency and add water if required. Remove in a glass jar and refrigerate.
  • Use whenever required.

This sweet and spicy chutney may be used as dip to serve with samosa and chaat papdi. You can also have it with paranthas. Enjoy the tangy taste of this recipe with your family and friends.

Pangong Tso Lake of Ladakh

Pangong Tso Lake of LadakhPangong Tso Lake of Ladakh

Pangong Tso is a beautiful lake situated at a height of 4,350 m in the Himalayas of Ladakh region. It stretches way beyond into the Tibet region, where major part of this lake is located. It is not a part of Indus river basin but a separate landlocked lake and during winters the lake water freezes completely. The scenic beauty of this lake is exhilarating. The barren mountains, open blue sky and the beautiful lake altogether give an impression of an attractive painting. The place is very picturesque. As the place is very cold it gets its precipitation mostly in the form of snow.

The lake is five hours drive from the Leh town, there are few villages on the way and a small town called Tangste, but the important point is Changla Pass, where an army observation post is located and it is the third highest motorable road in the world. On the way there is a small brook called ‘’pagal nallah’’ means a crazy stream. This stream is very unpredictable as it goes berserk any time with gushing water, that’s why it is called “paga nallah”

Pangong Tso Lake of Ladakh Blue waters Pangong Tso Lake

The lake water is salty and it does not have a thriving aquatic life barring a few ones, but ducks and bar headed goose could be seen here. The different species of birds which include migratory birds also do come here for breeding purposes. The regions around the lake have wild ass and marmot also. The marmots are large squirrels which live in marshy areas near the lakes.

Marmots are large squirrels           Large squirrels which are called Marmots

The oxygen level is very low here, so do not exert yourself on reaching the place, first acclimatize yourself to the local conditions then you can move around with ease otherwise you may experience nausea, vomiting and many other problems associated with low oxygen in high altitude area. The visit to the lake is a really unique experience and it is completely different form travelling to any other tourist place. The tourists love this place, a home away from home- beautiful, serene and with a bliss of solitude.


HATU'S SURROUNDINGSA spectacular view from Hatu peak.

Tourists standing on a rock and enjoying the breathtaking view of the surrounding areas from the rock. There are deep ravines in the surrounding areas.


Log huts at NarkandaA view of the log huts of Narkanda.

These log huts are an ideal place from where you can explore the surrounding areas. The best way to know the place is to trek the area but you should have somebody to guide you or you may lost your way. A local guide would be preferable.

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