Skywatch Friday – Shadow Play in Lalung!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Lalung is a remote village in the Batalik region of Kashmir. There was no plan for us to visit this place. When we were driving back from Leh to Kargil in June this year, our Driver, Imtiaz asked us whether we would like to go to Kargil via Batalik. Since Poorna is from Armed forces background, he said it would be easier as we won’t be needing a permit.

Always open to new experiences, we were game for it. It happened to be most exiting drive we ever had. We will write about it in a detailed post.

After having lunch in the Army Officers mess in Batalik, we drove towards Kargil. A winding road through peach gardens, it was a fascinating one. Imtiaz said that we would be crossing a pass soon. That provided for added excitement! As he continued driving, we came to a large valley after Daskina village.

This is the Lalung village, said Imtiaz. It looked picturesque with its terraced fields and mud houses. Please take a look and click on the picture to see it in larger size.


This is Lalung village. Beautiful setting at the foothills of low rolling mountains. There wasn’t any snow on the mountains. Had there been snow, it would have been an out of the world sight!


The shadow play over the mountains with terraced fields in the foreground. Just lovely!

We continued our climb from here to Kargil through Hamboting La pass at 13580 feet.

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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