Hemis High Altitude National Park (35 km)

Snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Asian brown bear and red fox are some of the exotic animals that roam the mammoth reaches of this national park. The bad news is there are no motorable roads running through the park – it is 600 sq km in area – and only trekkers make their way through its exciting but unforgiving terrain.

If you’re not an adventurer, there’s no reason to be discouraged. We have something equally exciting in store. At the very north-eastern tip of Hemis National Park is the confluence of two mighty rivers – the Indus and the Zanskar. Due to the angle of the flow of each river, the point where the two meet is clearly defined by the changing colours of the water – as if someone drew a straight line separating them! It’s where turquoise blue meets pale green; beige meets aquamarine; grey meets green; brown meets brown… The colour keeps changing but if you’re lucky, the contrast will be just right. The Srinagar-Ladakh Highway passes right by the confluence, so getting a vantage point is easy.