Every year, some time during Dec-Jan months, the famous Pangong Lake in Ladakh freezes over and turns into a large field of ice. The azure waters of the lake are now trapped under a white skin. The mountains, barren and brown in the summer months, now have a sprinkling of snow that decorates their slopes. I made a visit to Pangong and the highlands around it, photographing the expanse of snow and the life that thrives even in these harsh conditions.
While it is a delight to watch the frozen lake, it takes some effort to get this far. The roads to Ladakh are closed in the winter months, with all the high passes buried under deep snow. The temperatures in the region dips to unbelievable lows, like -25C or lesser. Yet, the venerable BRO works all through the winter to keep the road from Leh to Pangong open, without whose efforts a visit would have been impossible.