2015 Ladakh Cloudburst Timelapse 

03 Aug 2015


The day of the cloudburst in Ladakh which washed away many roads and highways all over the region.

I shot this video somewhere on the road between Stakna and Thiksey. It was raining heavily over Thiksey but there was not much rain where I was. I shot the video of a local temple with the mountains of the Stok range in the background. It felt like a normal rainy day.


But the seriousness of the rains were apparent when I started riding towards Leh. All along the road people were coming out of their homes to gather by the road side. Near Thiksey the road was being washed away by flash floods coming down from the Saboo village. Luckily some locals showed me an alternate route to Leh, across the Indus river, and I reached my guest house safely.


Everyone at Leh were worried about a repeat of the 2012 flash floods. I was staying with a family near Shanti Stupa and we went up to spend the night at Shanti Stupa. Luckily there was not much damage in Leh, but roads were washed away elsewhere in Ladakh. The Manali highway was closed for about a week and the between Upshi and Chumathang was closed for over 2 months.

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