Introducing Zanskar | The Land of White Copper | Episode - #1

After 8 long months in lockdown, I finally managed to visit the mountains last December. And what better place to rediscover this freedom than Zanskar.

I was very hesitant to travel anywhere during this pandemic. The last thing I wanted was to be an unwitting carrier and spread the virus to such remote places. So I tried to be as careful as possible and got permission from the concerned authorities as well as the local people before traveling anywhere. A lot of gratitude to all my friends who helped me on this trip.

Many thanks to Tsewang Dorjay from the Lingtse guesthouse in Leh. Lingtse has been my base for the last 3 winters in Ladakh. And Dorjay is one of the most genuine, helpful people that I have met on my travels. He was of immense help this winter, introducing me to locals from Zanskar, arranging interviews with monks and scholars in Leh, translating the interviews etc. I wholeheartedly recommend him for all your travel needs in Ladakh. You can reach him at 9906986664.

Also many thanks to Lobsang Wangtak from Stongde, Zanskar. He is a filmmaker and a social entrepreneur working to provide sustainable solutions for the challenges facing Zanskar. He is currently working on water-lift project to irrigate the village of Pischu. The same village where I spent over 35 days recovering from my frostbite. You can find more about his project on his website.

Finally, many thanks to Ven.Thupstan Paldan for patiently answering my questions about Ladakh and Zanskar. Ven.Thupstan Paldan is a renowned scholar in Ladakh and is the author of 'A Guide to the Buddhist Monasteries and Royal Castles of Ladakh'. One of the best books I have read about the Buddhist culture of Ladakh.

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  • "Convenience will always win over traditions"

    Mr. RoccaMr. Rocca4 घंटे पहले
  • Grow trees, environment is important guys🙏🌏🌏🙏🌲🌲🙏🌲🙏🌲🌲🙏🌺🙏🌺🌏🙏🌲🌲🙏🌲🙏🌲🙏🌲🌲🙏🌲🙏🌲🙏🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌺🙏🌺🌲🌏🌏🌏🌏🌏🌏🌲🙏🌲🙏🌲🌲🌲🌲🙏🌲🌲🌏🌏🙏🌲🙏🌲🙏🌲🌲🙏🌏🌲🌲🙏🌲🙏🌲🌲🌲🙏🌲🌲🌲🌏🌏🌲🌲🙏🌲🌲🌲🙏🌲🌏🌲🙏🌲🌲🌲🌏🌲🙏🌲🌲

    North RemembersNorth Remembers2 दिन पहले
  • Brilliant..

    Kapil RanaKapil Rana3 दिन पहले
  • Thank you for your tenacity and perseverance. What are the women singing? Can you give us a translation? I appreciate your recording their song for posterity. And for giving some of us a glimpse into a world we have only dreamed of. You are right to save as much of their traditional life as you can before it is lost to time. It is the type of place I would love to spend my remaining years at. Isolated, long winters. With cold wind, and ice- snow, and meditation, my best friends. A simple life of dharma and yoga, my devotion to God and Guru, every moment, every breath. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. °O*°°

    Stefan SchlepsStefan Schleps5 दिन पहले
    • Thanks Stefan. I dont know the meaning of the song, but someone has translated it in the comments of my other video.. The Story of Pishu.

      India In MotionIndia In Motion5 दिन पहले
  • What a great effort and appreciate your style of documentation, would love to connect with you

    Bright Tiger FilmsBright Tiger Films5 दिन पहले
  • Wow, it's really beautiful and humble place. I enjoyed watching this and loved your narration.. 👍 that's y, Indian people should acknowledge this beautiful place and protect it from China.

    Kunsang ChoedonKunsang Choedon7 दिन पहले
  • Great traveler and awesome videography.

    nachiketa majumdarnachiketa majumdar7 दिन पहले
  • Note my words , this documentary gain more than 5 millions views in one year 🌹😍🇮🇳

    Aniruddha KaleAniruddha Kale8 दिन पहले
  • song is beautiful

    Sagar BahiraSagar Bahira9 दिन पहले
  • my gosh you know how to tell a story man. I loved this installment so much!

    brownbear900brownbear90010 दिन पहले
  • Lots of wisdom in this video. I appreciate your venture and showing us a rarely seen part of the world.

    Donna TaibossigaiDonna Taibossigai10 दिन पहले
  • Beautiful ❤

    sanjeev kumarsanjeev kumar11 दिन पहले
  • What. Happened to fingers 😭 quality ❤️❤️❤️

    miketyson 3057miketyson 305712 दिन पहले
  • Beautiful place 😻 beautiful people 😻

    Kelsang DolmaKelsang Dolma14 दिन पहले
  • It's scenic and wonderful. However, one thing irritated me, please don't mind. That is your logo. It should be shifted either to the extreme right or left of the bottom. Hope you will definitely consider this suggestion of mine. We, the viewers, will definitely watch and enjoy your videos which you are making so perfectly. Thanks. Best regards, Nassa

    Gl NassaGl Nassa15 दिन पहले
  • I want to explore zanskar, plz help me in this regard. I want to do early planning for it

    YashYash18 दिन पहले
  • Wonderful documentary

    YashYash18 दिन पहले
  • "Come what come may, Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.". Perfectly suits what painstakingly hard work you have under taken to travelogue ZANSKAR. with very prudence given historically.

    Pharhad BuhariwalaPharhad Buhariwala19 दिन पहले
  • 👍🚩🙏

    kamini priyakamini priya19 दिन पहले
  • Video good 🌤🌤🌤

    Govinda Raj RGovinda Raj R19 दिन पहले
  • Thank you for sharing. Wonderful documentary.

    TECHUNGTECHUNG22 दिन पहले
  • 26 Praise the Lord. God bless you 86. Thank you. 26 Praise the Lord. God bless you 86. Thank you. 26 Praise the Lord. God bless you 86. Thank you. 26 Praise the Lord. God bless you 86. Thank you.

    Mathews GMathews G23 दिन पहले
  • Hmmm.... Convenience will always win over the tradition in the materialistic world...

    Simbu ArasanSimbu Arasan27 दिन पहले
  • Hi Saravanan, I chanced upon your video and was mesmerized by your story telling, visuals and your narration. You are not the regular run of the mill tourist, but you are a true traveler who leaves the place you visit better than before. Thank you for documenting these unheard of stories. More power to you

    Chetan LChetan L27 दिन पहले
    • Thanks Chetan.

      India In MotionIndia In Motion26 दिन पहले
  • Hello Saravana ji, your dedication inspires me a lot. Yours is one of the most positive channel I came across on INautos. It's my dream to someday help amazing story tellers like you.

    Agyeya GautamAgyeya Gautam28 दिन पहले
    • Is there a way to contact you & discuss a topic. I am an IT engineer myself & My team is currently working on an idea which we think will be very helpful for storytellers like you. It would be great to have your views on it. You can mail me at if you're interested, I promise we'll not waste your time.

      Agyeya GautamAgyeya Gautam28 दिन पहले
  • Snowbite is dangerous

    Niraj GopeNiraj Gope29 दिन पहले
  • la la la lee lee lee🤪 moj ho gyi

    Pahadi DNAPahadi DNAमहीने पहले
  • buddy, fantastic! youve made my soul happy!! happy and safe travels!!

    Siddharth Rao KondapalliSiddharth Rao Kondapalliमहीने पहले
  • Well said "Convenience will always win over tradition in the materialistic world"

    SaravananSaravananमहीने पहले
  • Which drone do you use??

    Arkendu RayArkendu Rayमहीने पहले

    David VincentDavid Vincentमहीने पहले
  • Superbly done ✅ keep going on best wishes

    Balraj SharmaBalraj Sharmaमहीने पहले
  • nice documentary

    Sudarshan Singh AshiyaSudarshan Singh Ashiyaमहीने पहले
  • Hope you are back to good health. It was an treat to watch these.places. Waiting for next episode...😊

    Beena KanodiaBeena Kanodiaमहीने पहले
  • namaste, the people, from nepal, nord india... thinking, the life, in europe is so much better, but it isn´t and it´s only so much things from the CONSUMERS WORLD. only this one, but we have no good feeling and all is very ice cold ego... our system is lies alltime and is so coruptly you speaks always for a better life and goes from the country aereas in the big citys but you must thinking and what you hafe later???in germany people don't even know their next-door neighbors and don't say good morning. even our families are not as welcoming as they were 1/2 generations ago and everyone is just stressed by the chaos and the fear that our media is being spread all the time. is that maybe a better life ??? i would swap places with you immediately if i had a really loving family and warm-hearted friends tomorrow ... and not a wanked pack that calls itself friends but aren't and you at the first opportunity, if it is advantageous for them , falls in the back ??? is that worth the mercedes and the galaxy 20 ??? I would immediately go into poverty and trade with you. stay where you are, because this is the most beautiful place in the world, even if you may not see and believe it right now, because facebook, instagram, youtube, poisoned you with the supposedly better life. Leave the shit with virtual friendship and all these portals, because only real friendship counts with our few good people. Don't let yourself be lying and it doesn't matter whether you have instagram ... only one thing is important and that is your loving family and your real friends, whom you must by no means leave for this ice-cold slavery, a satanistic financial elite, because the promised better life may bring you the mercedes and the samsung s20, facebook ..., but the price is hot And it is really not worth it, as a robot, to neglect in an icy cold society ... THAT'S THE TRUTH THE WHOLE TRUTH! i come with my girlfriend to your country and look like a simply life as a shephard to my lifes end... om shanti

    spirit-earth-communityspirit-earth-communityमहीने पहले
  • What a representation and hopefully your survived from frost bite.

    mukul chauhanmukul chauhanमहीने पहले
  • Such a great video!

    Irach TaraporewalaIrach Taraporewalaमहीने पहले
  • The folk song sung by the women in the beginning has such an addictive feel to it. This was a masterstroke to keep it playing in the background in the beginning. It keeps ringing in my ears wherever I go these days. I'm so blessed and lucky to have found this channel. Much gratitude to you for your great work. Keep adding such unheard melodies in your videos. Can't thank you enough for your relentless hardwork. If appreciate more info on this song. Please take care good Sir!

    rohit tomarrohit tomarमहीने पहले
  • Great Bhai

    dattatray krishnanath patkidattatray krishnanath patkiमहीने पहले
  • This was amazing..Such a hard-working and humble youtuber. Hope this channel gets the recognition it deserves.

    rohit tomarrohit tomarमहीने पहले
  • There is a very high pitched and high volume music in between. The narration in documentary and the high pitched music are not balanced. The volume of narration is low, another way to put. kind of irritating Very good video overall.

    Manik SinghManik Singhमहीने पहले
  • Salute to your precious effort for showing our rich culture,great.

    Pooja AgnihotriPooja Agnihotriमहीने पहले
  • It was really pleasent to watch such places ....keep your hard work bro 🙏 and keep discovering .....and also thankz for filming such places to watch and also want to visit one day..

    Dk Basics mathsAcAdemyDk Basics mathsAcAdemyमहीने पहले
  • This video's make u reflect on your own life & those people show u what a life is supposed to be like.

    Zafar TapadarZafar Tapadarमहीने पहले
  • Nice Explore more remote cultural &natural remote places👍

    saxophone songssaxophone songsमहीने पहले
  • I m frm zanskar ...... 🙏Well come to zanskar

    Khalid mustafa darKhalid mustafa darमहीने पहले
  • Welcome to zanskar 👍👍👍

    sayed amirsayed amirमहीने पहले
  • Totally stunning vlog ❤😍

    Banshan MarweinBanshan Marweinमहीने पहले
  • Oh noo. Sorry for your Frost bite. 🙏🏻 Take care of yourself. First time watching your video. Subscribed. ❤️❤️

    Subhradeep SharmaSubhradeep Sharmaमहीने पहले
  • Great videos.. very true fantastic place...hats of to pains you have taken....

    Shrikant VipatShrikant Vipatमहीने पहले
  • Excellent footage and editing. Liked the story.

    One World One LifeOne World One Lifeमहीने पहले
  • classy style of travel and journaling places people.. this is amazing

    adi ctadi ctमहीने पहले
  • Thanks for your efforts to shoot such an amazing video on Laddakh.

    Soumendra JenaSoumendra Jenaमहीने पहले
  • Awesome

    jyotishman saikiajyotishman saikiaमहीने पहले
  • Excellent sir thankyou

    Latha DoddiLatha Doddiमहीने पहले
  • very nice video!

    Baishali SarkarBaishali Sarkarमहीने पहले
  • Bakwas ... with half knowledge, video made just to get watchtime.

    Rahul MhatreRahul Mhatreमहीने पहले
  • In love with that song.

    Purnendu ShekharPurnendu Shekharमहीने पहले
  • la la la llaalalalal lallaal

    Amritesh BhaskarAmritesh Bhaskarमहीने पहले
  • So I’ve watched a documentary of a french woman who had been gone to one of the remote villages in Zanskar, it is called “Sking” village. After watching the documenter I’ve this big urge to find out more about the village. If you don’t mind, could you please make a video of the Sking village? I know it’s going to be an impossible request but just in care you are interested in making more video about villages in Himalaya. I am really curious about the current situation in there. Hehe By the way great video and keep up the good works. I do really enjoy it thoroughly ❤️🙏

    tangguo chitangguo chiमहीने पहले
    • @India In Motion omg can’t believe you replied. Thank you. Cant wait for the video about Shade village. I’m sure it’s going to be amazing like always.

      tangguo chitangguo chiमहीने पहले
    • I couldn't visit Sking this winter. Although I met a few monks from Sking at the Phuthar monastery. One of them is the son of the woman on the cover of the documentary about Sking. It sure sounds like an interesting village and I might probably visit it in the future. But the village I'am most interested in documenting is Shade.

      India In MotionIndia In Motionमहीने पहले
  • Exceptional work. Hats off and salute to you man. Take a bow 🙇‍♂️ .

    Dhiraj Kumar MasodgiDhiraj Kumar Masodgiमहीने पहले
  • Great job. Award winning documentation.

    Karuna JosephKaruna Josephमहीने पहले
  • What a funtastic local homalayin song. 👌👌👌

    Pankaj ShendePankaj Shendeमहीने पहले
  • Superb Video , never this side of 'India' before, the landscape is mind Boggling. Also beautifully captured and narrated by you. And ofcourse the Folk lore / Song playing in background was just serene. Once again, I would say 'Simply Superb '

    N GN Gमहीने पहले
    • Glad you liked it!

      India In MotionIndia In Motionमहीने पहले
  • Great we r lucky to birth in Bharath & thank Brother now the purest soul of janskar people &u....salute ur work....jai hind

    Orange AppleOrange Appleमहीने पहले
  • Video editing and filming is really awesome

    FiveTravellersFiveTravellersमहीने पहले
  • "Convenience will always win over tradition in the materialistic world." What a beautiful line brother.

    Ashok KotaAshok Kotaमहीने पहले
  • Wonderful video, excellent, speechless

    Pinaki GhoshPinaki Ghoshमहीने पहले
  • Look after yr feet brother 😃

    Maryanne ChildsMaryanne Childsमहीने पहले
  • Such love of life the people of zanskar no how to enjoy. Yr stories r the best.

    Maryanne ChildsMaryanne Childsमहीने पहले
  • Your videos are among the best one can find on YT. I am a long time fan and subscriber. Please carry on!!!!

    Sudeep MukherjeeSudeep Mukherjeeमहीने पहले
  • U deserve oscar award bro..bollywood is too low grade for ur work to some Hollywood top notch people and get settled there..amazing camera work and hard work :)

    Mr GyanMr Gyanमहीने पहले
  • Beautiful vlog plz bk

  • Nice information

  • adding this place to my bucket list

    Preeti NiralaPreeti Niralaमहीने पहले
  • And he is back 😃

    Pavan VaryaniPavan Varyaniमहीने पहले
  • Please take care of your self sir . Ua awesome

    Kiran KumarKiran Kumarमहीने पहले
  • This is like a 🔥 🙏

    Manish PawarManish Pawarमहीने पहले
  • I want to that someone ban these places for tourist j just see trash where ever I go in these places.

    rachit ka faanrachit ka faanमहीने पहले
  • Hindi m bolo bahi ji 🎉

    deepak kumardeepak kumarमहीने पहले
  • Lovely presentation. You are so right that development may be inevitable. I hope that the basic good life now does not change in the name of "Development" Thanks a lot.

    Netashwa DixitNetashwa Dixitमहीने पहले
  • really appreciable job. please keep it up

  • Wonderful video ji. Please cover all the untouched villages before they dropout their traditions for the sake of convenience.

    Gokulvisvas C.R.Gokulvisvas C.R.महीने पहले
  • Wow amazing. Wonder🤔

    Mamatha ManeyodatiMamatha Maneyodatiमहीने पहले
  • Amazing documentary. Thank you !

    Varun ReddyVarun Reddyमहीने पहले
  • Rubbish work.

    A BakshiA Bakshiमहीने पहले
  • Pls make a video on food of Ladakh and main agricultuture.😁😁😁

    JK SidJK Sidमहीने पहले
  • I think you should create Indian discovery channel , what a soulful video you made . I fell in love with this 😘😘😘beautiful place .😇

    JK SidJK Sidमहीने पहले

    Gautam KambleGautam Kambleमहीने पहले
  • Awesome Video (like all before ones) and wonderful Narration too! wow!! -KS

    Kothanda SrinivasanKothanda Srinivasanमहीने पहले
  • 👍👌✌️👈💫💫✨✨🌟🌟❤️❤️

    Vijay sinh ChauhanVijay sinh Chauhanमहीने पहले
  • beautiful people of India

    Nikola TeslaNikola Teslaमहीने पहले
  • What a place

    mellow TVmellow TVमहीने पहले
  • India Motion 👌 Waking up and I m in zanskar 😊

    dusk dawndusk dawnमहीने पहले
  • Abhishek ChhedaAbhishek Chhedaमहीने पहले
  • Convenience will always win over tradition.. The most bitter truth of human life..

    KingpinnKingpinnमहीने पहले
  • welcome back. Hope you are doing fine

    Subhajit DebSubhajit Debमहीने पहले
  • @3:52 Gorgeous

    Ashish TiwariAshish Tiwariमहीने पहले
  • Wow, wonderful scenes

    Chetan JasudChetan Jasudमहीने पहले
  • I love ❤️💕 background music 🎵🎶🎵🎶🎵 i love 💕 it 🙏🙏🙏🙏

    Frank FoodieFrank Foodieमहीने पहले