Sarchu Plains and Yunam River

I am back to writing about my Himalayan adventures (and this rate will be writing about it for a while yet!)

The last of Himachal Pradesh

We had to descend from the Baralacha La Pass and then drive down to the Sarchu plains. Sarchu is right on the border of Himachal Pradesh and crossing Sarchu took one right into Jammu & Kashmir. There are many camping tents at Sarchu (as a lot of people travelling from Manali or from Leh choose to break their journey here) but almost nothing except the mountains apart from the tents.

The tents at Sarchu

It was a momentous occasion to cross into J&K. India is such a vast country and one can spend a lifetime talking about Kashmir and it could still remain as remote as Greenland or the Arctics. I was thrilled to have finally made it! There was still a long way to Leh though!

J&K Here I come!

The terrain remained much the same though there was now the river Yunam which started following us on the left. It was a strange sight as there was just a trickle of water running through a massive river bad. What was even more fascinating was the wind eroded sand formations on the river banks.

Yunam River

My pictures were taken from a moving car as we were already running late and had to rush through to get to Leh atleast by midnight. Maybe we should have just stopped at Sarchu? Maybe not!

Eroded by water and the wind



8 Comments Add yours

  1. heaven on earth…. still thinking because I am not!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

  2. Nirmala says:

    such amazing pictures and a wonderful experience for you!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yep yep yep, makes me want to do it all over again!

  3. Nirmala says:

    I liked the sand patterns on the bank.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yes they are quite fascinating!

  4. Lav says:

    if you hadnt admitted to taking these pictures from a moving vehicle – I would not have known it!! very nice.. My picture from a moving vehicle tends to proclaim its heritage loud and clear by the shaky or blurry images…hehe..
    The tiny trickle in a large bed is a nice photo…

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I have plenty of those too- these were some of the better ones!

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