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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 (15)

Another exciting day of our Leh Ladakh tour, this morning around 8.30 AM as per our itinerary schedule we went out for exploring the Nubra valley. Our first stoppage was at the Diskit Monastery then to nearby places Hunder, Panamik & Sumur. The Diskit Monastery or Diskit Gompa was made in 14th century. The huge 32 meter statue (more than 2 storeys high) of Maitreya Buddha is facing Shyok River towards Pakistan is the main attraction. It holds the mummified human forearm and head, which is said to be of a Mongol warrior. From Diskit we drove to Hunder which is around 8 Kms, it is famous for moonscape like scenery (cold desert environment), sand dunes and Bactrian camel, unlike other species of camels found in India it has two humps. The basic cultivation in Hunder is of rye and barley but one can easily spot some of the fine fruit orchids as well. We did the camel safari and remained there for almost 3 hours fulfilling our aim of bird watching as well.

Bactrian Camel at Hunder (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Bactrian Camel at Hunder (Leh Ladakh Tour)

One nicest thing I observed about the inhabitants of Leh Ladakh is that people are very much concerned about their natural resources, culture and environment. There are lot of non government groups which are continuously working on the area’s conservation, investing their time and efforts for the same. In return the Ladakh and nearby areas are getting huge amount of revenues from increasing tourism every year. It is really hard to believe that even though the whole area is one of the remotest and toughest terrains but with the efforts of local people including governing authorities and even some groups of foreign nationals as well it has been flourishing like anything in terms of increase in percentage of tourism both domestic and global. In fact this can be easily related to Lord Buddha’s teaching i.e. the law of cause and effect is known as karma, nothing ever happens to us unless we be worthy of it. We get precisely what we earn, whether it is good or bad. Latter the modern science recognized this as Newton’s famous third ‘law of motion’ which states that every action has equal and opposite reaction. So the people here seems are deeply following this teaching by investing in nature and its resources, in return nature is giving back or fulfilling all that is required.

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Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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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 (6)

We restarted our journey to Leh Ladakh in morning from Chandigarh. Before heading towards the Leh Ladakh we visited Nek Chand’s Rock Garden as it opens in the in the early hours around 9 AM. It is one of the most architecturally acclaimed tourist spots in India especially in Chandigarh. It is one of its kinds of park dedicated to artefacts made from waste materials collected from homes and nearby industries. The maze like concept of Rock Garden really adds to its beauty interconnecting sections of garden full of sculptures and art pieces. Soon we headed our way to Leh Ladakh, the next destination on this path and our next stoppage for a while was Kullu.

kullu

Situated at the height of 1220 metre from the sea level, it is one of the most popular hill stations of India. The main approach road to Kullu and further to Manali is built along the River Beas so the whole journey is no doubt equally mesmerizing as destination. Kullu is like any other holy places of north India better known as ‘Valley of Gods’, because it said to be home of God, Goddesses and many sages. Rupi Palace or Sultanpur Palace is one of the major tourist attractions of Kullu, famous for its miniature paintings and combination of pahari with colonial architectural designs. Though there is a prior permission required from the royal family to visit the palace. Some other tourist attractions in Kullu are Great Himalayan National Park, Roerich Art Gallery, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Jagannathi Devi Temple and Basheshwar Mahadev Temple etc. Among which Bahaeshwar Mahadev Temple has some extraordinary Pahari style stone carvings. As the name suggests Roerich art Gallery consist of paintings and other art work of famous Russian artist ‘Roerich’.

Importantly Kullu valley is situated at the centres of greenery and hills on all side which makes it one of best place for mountain trekkers and nature lovers. Also Hindu festival Dussehra celebrations of Kullu are famous worldwide. We planned to stay in the Kullu itself for a day and next day we continued our journey to Leh Ladakh.

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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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