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At the end of the long Rupshu Valley, situated nearly 300 kilometers from Leh, lies the dazzling Tso Moriri Lake, literally meaning the lake of the mountain. The largest and the most beautiful lake in this valley, Tso Moriri, unlike Pangong Tso, is situated entirely in India. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks from all the sides.

A dusty road passing through the Rupshu Valley leads to Tso Moriri. The surrounding region is dominated by grassy planes and small mounds rising here and there. This is the terrain of the nomadic Khampa people, who herd pashmina goats and yaks and mostly lead a harsh life. As you enter the region, you spot several of their dwellings characterized by cheap yet modern tents.

It was after almost 10 hours since we began, that we reached Tsomoriri Lake stretching magnificently all of 20 kilometres. The first view of Tso Moriri is beautiful. But as you drive over a dusty road winding around the lake, the view becomes mesmerizingly beautiful. The water of the lake, a lovely shade of blue, reflects the snow-clad mountains on the other side and the brilliant forms of clouds in the sky. At the shore of the lake, the clarity of the water seems admirable as you can observe the bottom slope away into the depth for several feet. The thousand hues of blue that were painted on to the scenery. I had till now only seen pretty pictures of sapphire blue waters and skies. Used to the monochromatic greys of the city, the vivid colour of the lake seemed almost unnatural.

The small settlement of Korzok is the only permanent colony in this region & is one of the highest villages in the world at 15,075 ft, The locals, apart from their traditional businesses of gathering salt and trading pashmina wool, also depend on the cultivation of barley, which is done at a high amount. Tourism is also an important dependency resource for them. They facilitate tourists with restaurants run in temporary tents, which, out here, are nothing short of a great service.

The last 4 weeks have been very hectic & unsettling for me & that's the reason I could not post any pictures or critques.....life has settled down from last weekend & hopefully I will resume my normal activity in TE beginning today

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