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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (16)

From there we drove to Sumur which is around 40 kms, the main tourist attraction here is Samstemling Monastery or Samstemling Gompa that has seven temples. Here one can get a glimpse of collection of wonderful tankas which is form of Tibetan cloth paintings. From Sumur we drove to Panamik which is around 20 kms from Sumur. Whole way we made several stoppages for the purpose of bird watching and clicked some exclusive photos as well. Panamik is situated at the height of 10442ft from the sea level is the last civilian area in this part of India, its proximity to Siachen Glacier makes this place more interesting. Siachen Glacier is the highest battle field in the world. Panamik is the last point to where tourists are allowed, beyond this it is restricted area under the control of Indian Army with its base camp in Siachen. Panamik is also famous for its hot spring. The water contains sulphur which said to be a natural treatment for any sorts of skin diseases or overall best for rejuvenation. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks the scenic beauty of Panamik is captivating it is nothing less than heaven for bird watchers like us.

Diskit (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Diskit (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Then as per our Leh Ladakh tour itinerary we returned to Diskit around 5 Pm for an evening walk in the local market. It is a single lane market in fact the whole village of Diskit is situated around it. There are certain shops where one can buy everything that is available in and around Leh and almost same rates. One can buy souvenirs like lucky charm, prayer wheels, prayer flags, wooden Tibetan curios, Buddha heads etc. Also it is advised to try the Sea Buckthorn Juice or Leh Berry Juice it is made from the berries found in the region of Ladakh. Its bit tangy in taste but really refreshing. We purchased some bottles of juice to take home as well. It was around 7 Pm and we went back to our hotel, had our dinner and went to sleep.

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Posted by on April 9, 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 (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 (2)

For the readers the region of Ladakh lies connecting the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, this region is among the most scarcely inhabited regions in the state. Due to the difficult terrain and the height of 3505 meters from the sea level Leh Ladakh it stand almost isolated for years wasn’t properly connected to other parts of the country but since last few decades after the road and airport infrastructure development it emerged as a popular tourist destination. Climate wise Leh district in Ladakh has a typical arctic desert climate it can go up to minus 40 degrees in winters which is generally from November to March and other months of the year it’s around 25-30 degrees with clear skies. This region of Leh Ladakh is commonly known as “roof top of the world”. It is one of its kind places on the earth which can give you sunburn and a frost bite at the same instance.

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Though as in the travel company we personally make sure to advise the tourist for the clothing or bag pack essentials for the destination like Leh Ladakh. So the same instructions I followed given to me in ‘CC’ mail with all other travellers (Australian group) by our company’s tour coordinator. Usually we need to carry as much woollen as possible as Leh Ladakh climate is so unpredictable and can go to extremely cold within minutes. We always suggest all our tour groups travelling to Leh Ladakh to carry as much stuff as possible as that will equip us for the difficult terrain and unexpected climate situations. High-quality heavy shoes, jackets, caps and goggles as sunrays are quiet strong at that altitude. Small medical kit including sunscreen and other basic medicines for head ach, upset stomach and pain killers etc. A high quality camera with extra batteries or portable charger as being ornithologists we need to keep an extra camera as well in case of any trouble with primary camera unit also a set of binoculars. Though everything is nowadays available in Leh Ladakh still some tins of packed food wouldn’t add much to our baggage with lots of chewing gum and other candies.

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Posted by on March 22, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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