Following up on the post ‘Vintage photos of Ladakh‘, here is another one, this time, the vintage pictures of the Pangong Tso lake, in the Changtang region, from southeastern Ladakh in Kashmir, India, extending into Tibet. Situated at a height of about 14,270ft (4,350m), the Pangong-Tso “long, narrow, enchanted lake” in Tibetan, is one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world, extending from India to Tibet. (Tibet has a major part of the lake, now in China Occupied Kashmir, and China occupied Tibet) The Line of Control passes through the lake. These pictures were taken by Satya Rao Komanna on multiple rides to the Ladakh region between the years 1997 and 2009. In 1997, at a time when access to Pangong – Tso had just opened and the road across the Chang-La was still a nightmare, Satya takes his legendary RD350, and in later trips, a Honda XR600 out on an adventure. Take a look at the pictures below!
All the pictures were shot on a film reel camera, and scanned for uploading. All credits go to Satya for the pictures.
And here are some images from 2009. Satya still continues shooting pictures with a film camera!
In a time where beautifully captured and post processed pictures from DSLRs rule the roost, old pictures like these are a refreshing change.
Take a look at some vintage pictures of Ladakh from 1994, when Satya took his RD into places not meant for the bike to go to. From the past to the present: Read about an amazing Pan-India motorcycle trip by yours truly! Ever wondered how Ladakh was in the years of the 1930s and the 1940s? Read this to find out! Witness the beauty of Ladakh in this timelapse video
Disclaimer: Cover image source. All other images and captions belong to Satya Rao Kommana and are reproduced with permission. Please contact Satya directly for more information, or to share the pictures.