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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (13)

As per the itinerary of Leh Ladakh tour, we started our journey to the Nubra Valley from our hotel at Leh around 8 AM. Our first stoppage was at Khardung La (locally it is pronounced as “Khardong La” or “Khardzong La”) which is around 40Kms from Leh via Phyang. There could be heavy traffic on this route on certain time slots of the day but as we started off early morning, managed to reach Khardung La Pass on time. The road via Phyang is pretty rough. At Khardung La we took some photos with the signboard at the summit “Khardung La, 18380ft – Highest Motorable Road in the world” also some of the local people claims this to be acknowledged by Guinness Book of Record as well. Though the truth is still debateable as I have read about the height claims, measurement was done by old instruments, there is a major difference in measurements at with latest technology which is roughly around 17500 ft only, way less than the other motorable roads of the world. Anyhow all these technicalities seem completely non-affecting to us and other tourists who were keen to click the famous photo pose, pointing at the highest motorable road sign board. We had a brief halt of around half an hour there visiting Khardung la memorial, Rinchen cafeteria (claims to be highest cafeteria in the world) and Khardung la souvenir shop.

Khardung La (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Khardung La (Leh Ladakh Tour)

From there we drove to towards Khardung Village which is around 30 kms, it’s a small village though there are few restaurants for a quick coffee break also the picturesque surrounding gives an excellent backdrop for photography. Then from Khalasar to Diskit in Nubra valley our Leh Ladakh tour’s checkpoint is around 25 kms, we reached there almost on time. Around 2.30 PM we checked in at our hotel at Diskit. As per schedule we had our lunch there and went in our rooms for a quick nap before heading to evening walk in Nubra valley.

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Posted by on April 5, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (12)

Next day early morning our Leh Ladakh Tour, we decided to go to the Nubra valley, being ‘bird watchers’, the natural and scenic beauty spots were our preference. Especially those places where one could easily get a sight of the bird fauna in Leh Ladakh, hence the whole itinerary of 6 days of Leh Ladakh tour was designed around the same.

Day 1 – After breakfast, drive from Leh to Nubra valley, which is around 130 Kms via Khardung la pass which takes around 4-5 hours. Check-in our hotel in Diskit at 2 PM followed by little rest and the evening walk to nearby villages also a brief visit to Ladakhi house.

Day 2 – Whole day bird watch excursion in Nubra Valley exploring places like Hunder, Panamik, Sumur & Turtuk etc. evening strolling at Diskit local market for shopping for souvenirs.

Day 3 – Drive back to Leh, visiting Shanti Stupa, hall of fame museum which is around 4kms from Leh and evening visit to Leh market.

Day 4 – Early morning drive to Sham Valley (bird watch excursion) which includes Magnetic Hills, Gurudwara Pather Sahib, Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery and Basgo Monastery.

Day 5 – Leh to Pangong Lake (bird watch excursion) which is around 140 Kms visiting Shey Palace on the way and night stay at a hotel near Pangong Lake.

Day 6 – Visiting Hemis monastery on the way Back to Leh. Relax for the day / shop at local market. Next morning departure from Leh i.e. back to Delhi via same route.

Leh (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Leh City (Leh Ladakh Tour)

I have been here in Leh few times earlier as well, but every time I visit, I find some or the other new hotel or restaurant or shop in the Leh city. Though it is always been a concern for the environmentalist that immense increase in tourism in the valley could have a negative impact on the climate and natural flora fauna across Leh Ladakh. But it seems the Land of Buddhism keeps on changing itself, expanding or transforming itself as per the requirements of the travellers. In fact it is one of the important teachings of Lord Buddha as well that ‘change is inevitable’, everything and anything on this planet changes or adapt itself. According to it, human life is like a river flowing on and on, ever-changing. Occasionally it flows slowly and at times very rapidly.

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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (11)

Early morning at 7 AM we were back on the highway towards Sarchu then for Leh our Leh Ladakh tour final destination. I have read somewhere every adventure brings its individual uncertainties or fears. The only place where one can live without uncertainties or fear is ‘grave’. That’s how many individuals live: they only appear to be alive. They are breathing, they are doing their jobs, but it is not life. Life can mean only one thing and that is continuous adventure, always moving from the known into the unknown. Next check post was around 7 kms in Darcha, then after registration we moved forward on ascent route to Baralacha La via Zingzingbar. There are streams flowing across the road, in bad weather sometimes it becomes difficult to move ahead due to these powerful water streams but in our case we were bit lucky. The water in these streams is directly coming from glacial melts is ice-cold and one should avoid getting drenched in water-crossings on the highway. Post Baralacha La there is around 2 km of descent towards Bharatpur followed by around 40 Kms ride to Sarchu which at the height of 4300m is a military base and registration check post.

Baralacha La (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Baralacha La (Leh Ladakh Tour)

At such heights low air pressure (less oxygen) is a major concern. This causes several problem related to altitude including acute mountain sickness, headache, giddiness, queasiness etc. though we were carrying sugar candies, chocolates, energy drinks etc. but our goal remained to reach Leh as soon as possible. The whole Leh Ladakh region is having cold climate even in the summer month April-May we could feel the chill in shady areas of mountains also especially in nights. Though during daytime its comparative warm with clear sunshine, from Sarchu next registration post is at Pang which 80 Kms, then crosiing various other check post and dodgy roads of Tanglang La, Gya, Upshi and Karu we finally reached Leh at around 8.30 Pm. It is one of its kind happiness reaching a major checkpoint of our Leh Ladakh Tour.

Pang (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Pang (Leh Ladakh Tour)

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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (10)

Next day morning we packed our bags and headed towards Leh Ladakh from Manali at 9 AM in the morning. The total distance between the Manali and Leh Ladakh is around 490 Kms. Though this distance can be covered up in a single day while driving on plains but on the hilly area with very rough roads and traffic condition should be covered in minimum two days, as for the day one we planned to take a night halt in Himachal Pradesh tourism resort at Jispa which is around 140 Kms from Manali. The road route plan was from Manali – Rohtang Pass – Gramphu – Kokhsar- Tandi – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu (state border) – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – More Plains – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh. From Manali to Rohtang it’s the steady climb with some of the sharp turns on the road. Generally the route is occupied with heavy traffic during peak tourist season resulting in many hours long jam, but luckily in our case it wasn’t that bad but still we got stuck in the traffic twice for an hour or more. At around 1 PM we reached Rohtang Pass, which is a famous tourist spot and one can enjoy various snow sports like snowboarding, skiing, and other related adventure activities.

Rohtang Pass

Rohtang Pass

After an hour halt at Rohtang we headed back to highway to Manali – Leh highway for our night halt at Jispa. On the way we had a small halt at Kokhskar for police check and took some extra fuel in containers from Tandi which is the last petrol pump before Upshi for almost 345 km. From Tandi to Keylong the road is in bit better condition. Soon we arrived to Keylong, it was late evening about to get dark soon. As you climb on the altitude you will observe that vegetations or overall greenery in the surroundings starts lessening, it is a sign of moving towards Tibetan Plateau. At around 8 PM we reached Jispa hotel resort for the night halt. It was a tiring journey so we all dozed off as soon as we arrived, I didn’t even took dinner properly that night, was so tired of sitting in the car all the way serpent shaped roads uphill, though I knew it was just a beginning of our adventure.

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Posted by on March 31, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (9)

Next morning we woke up in Manali, we had only a single day for the excursion to the tourist spots in Manali though we knew we wouldn’t be able to cover all the places. We decided to strictly follow the ‘single day itinerary’ designed by my own travel company Cosmovision Tours Services Pvt. Ltd. so that we should cover maximum places in limited timeframe and also doesn’t over exhaust ourselves as next day in the morning we had to leave for Leh Ladakh. We started our journey at 8 AM from our hotel in Manali to Beas Kund which is around 20 Kms from Manali it took us an hour car drive to reach that place. Beas Kund is a famous tourist spot where one can reach by car or jeep or trekking. This holy lake is the place where Rishi Vyas took his daily bath moreover it is the origination point of River Beas. After spending an hour we returned back to Vashisht temple and spring just 6 kms from the main Manali. Vashisht temple is constructed in a conventional style with lot of wood carvings on the outer and inner walls. The hot spring nearby is believed to have therapeutic value.

Hadimba Temple Manali

From there we drove to Hadimba Temple, it is situated in old Manali with 3 kms steep climbing road. This ancient Hindu temple is said to be built in 1553 by Raja Bahadur Singh, the main temple’s chamber is covered by three tiered roof of wooden planks. It was almost 2 PM so we had our lunch in a nearby restaurant and then headed toward Jagatsukh. The Shikhara style built Shiva temple being its main attraction. This ancient temple was built during the 8th century. Then we headed to Naggar Castle in Manali around 4.30 PM, it is located in Naggar Town, in the middle of green forest hills. It was built in 1460 AD with a unique combination of European and Himalayan Architecture, in the year 1978 it was transformed into a heritage hotel. We stayed there till 7.30 PM and returned to our hotel for the night.

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Posted by on March 30, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (8)

Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (8)

Many fellow travel companies publish on their websites or advertisements that ‘Guaranteed Fun’ or ‘Adventure Guaranteed’ on so and so trip or tour or vacation. We at Cosmovision Tours Services Pvt. Ltd. strictly don’t use the term ‘Guarantee’ in reference to an adventure or fun on the trip. The travellers who are always looking for guarantees, consciously, unconsciously; they are waiting for certain signs that truth should be certified. “Then we can go into any adventure” but one has to understand it is NO more adventure if it is guaranteed. We just went few meters ahead on our path to Leh Ladakh towards Manali a member of the Australian group insisted others to go in for river rafting. The route from Kullu to Manali is full of river rafting clubs on both sides of the roads. Though, it is always suggested to bargain a bit as rates vary too much for the same set of rafting services. There are 2-3 options of river rafting as per the timings varying from 20 minutes to an hour or more downstream rafting in Beas River. The rafting itself is very fascinating experience altogether, the scenic beauty on the both sides of the river is second to none. river rafting Post river rafting soon we entered Manali, it is situated at the height of 2050m and the last major town on the way to Leh Ladakh. Some of the major attraction in Manali are Beas Kund, Hadimba Temple, Maa Sharvari Temple, Kalath Hot Water Springs, Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple, Jogini Falls, Solang Valley, Jagatsukh, Rahala waterfalls, Buddhist Monasteries, Old Manali, Gauri Shankar Temple at DASHAL village, Naggar, Krishna Temple at Thava and Zana Falls etc. Once you enter Manali you could easily feel the essence of Buddhism with certain monasteries and monks roaming around could easily be spotted. I personally have been following certain books on Buddhism as religion so it augmented my interest. We had plans to stay there for a day visiting few of above said tourist places in Manali before moving further to Leh Ladakh.

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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (7)

Next day early morning we started our journey toward Leh Ladakh via Manali. The route between Kullu and Manali is picturesque with river on one side of the road and plush green hills on the other side. Though road was under repair work at certain junctures which slowed us down to a bit but overall it was magnificent experience. Suddenly near Biasar our car’s rear tyre got flat, luckily it was near a riverside cafe. Though it was small but the view from the cafe was mesmerizing in true sense. The cafe owner placed certain tables and chairs just into the water on the riverbed so that tourist can enjoy sipping hot coffee while their feet in the icy cold water of the river. Meanwhile the driver was changing the tyres, I went to see if he requires any help with the same.

Unlike us there were few of other tourists who seem to be taking an intentional break from the journey by parking their respective cars at this cafe to enjoy the view of the river. A cute small child was asking his mother sitting on their car’s bonnet just next to us, “Mom why is that all white colour cars always overtake us, tell dad to buy white colour car instead of red”. His mother replied politely, “Son it is not the ‘colour’ which takes the car faster rather it is the engine that matters”. Same time a thought struck in my mind that this same concept applies on all of us too. As humans it is all about one’s body’s inner energy or soul (as mentioned in certain spiritual books or followings), that is the aspect which takes us to the new heights or speed in life. As I possess no athletic or adventurer body type but still my enthusiasm or self motivation pushes me to explore the most remote destinations in India including some of the highly difficult tracks or places in the Himalayas. Soon the driver changed the tyre and we were back on the track to Manali which was only few hours of drive ahead.

Manali

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Posted by on March 28, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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