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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (20)

It was the last day of Leh Ladakh Tour we started our journey from Pangong Lake back to Leh. Just 45 kms before the Leh there is this famous tourist destination Hemis Monastery. It has a strong historical significance as it was made around 11th century but was re-established in the year 1672 by the Ladakhi King Sengge Namgyal. It is the largest and the richest monastery of the region. Hemis Monastery has more than 200 sub-monasteries with a huge collection of antique artefacts including the famous statue of Buddha made of copper, sacred stupas made of gold and silver, sacred Thangkas and various other very old murals. The architecture of the Hemis Monastery is very colourful and influenced by the traditional Tibetan architectural style. The whole monastery is divided into two major parts the assembly hall (Dukhang) and the temple (Tshogkhang). There are some really rare wall paintings of Buddhist Kal Chakra.

Leh Ladakh (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Leh Ladakh (Leh Ladakh Tour)

We reached to Leh in the late afternoon, spent the evening resting and strolling in the Leh Market and preparing ourselves for the long journey back to Delhi taking the same route via Jispa, Manali, and Chandigarh. I still feel nostalgic thinking of good old memories of this specific Leh Ladakh Trip, though it was bit tiresome but every moment was enjoyable to the max. We not only fulfilled our interest of bird watching but also clicked some of the unique pictures of them as well as the fascinating surroundings tall mountain peaks with water streams and other landscape photos. Nest day morning we drove back to Manali and day later we were in Delhi. The Australian group had another couple of days stay in Delhi itself then they flew back to their homes in Australia. In the coming years we had planned many more trips for them to other parts of India which I will share in my future blogs.

As written in Indian Holy Book Geeta i.e. It’s the journey not the outcome that matters…

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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (19)

Next day we started our journey in the very early morning hours as the distance between Leh and Pangong Lake is around 170 Kms which takes around 4 to 5 hr drive. Pangong Lake is situated at the height of around 14200 ft on the Indo Chinese border with only one-fourth part lying inside the Indian borders. The entire route is through one of the toughest terrains, world’s third highest motor able road. The lake itself has a very picturesque surrounding, blue water body surrounded by white high mountain peaks. In fact this location has been often used in several movies and documentary films including the recent bollywood blockbuster ‘3 idiots’ climax scene was shot here. The recommended route is from Leh to Karu which is around 36 kms to Sakti to Chang La to to Durbuk toTangste to Lukung and to Spangmik.

Pangong Lake (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Pangong Lake (Leh Ladakh Tour)

On the route our visit to Shey palace was planned as per our itinerary of the Leh Ladakh Tour. Shey Palace which in ruins now was built around mid of 16th century along with Shey Monastery near the Shey Village by the king of Ladakh Deldan Namgyal. The Shey monastery is famous for the giant copper statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. The name got derived from the word ‘Sakya’ i.e. people of Himalayan foothills and Kapilvastu as their capital. The total route is full of spots where one could easily spot bird fauna. Then we headed back to our route to Pangong Lake for the night stay at a resort named Pangong Camp Resort which one of the best accommodation facility available in that specific area. The scenic beauty of the Pangong Lake intensifies in the night especially under the moonlight the water colour remains blue as it is. Overall it is a mesmerizing experience taking a stroll around the lake in the evening/night.

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Posted by on April 19, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (18)

It was day 4 in Leh of our Leh Ladakh Trip we were really excited for today because it was our trip to Sham Valley which included extensive bird watching activity throughout the way and around. Sham Valley is around 95 Kms from Leh which takes near to 4 hrs drive but as we had various stoppages at famous tourist destinations in between. We started early and our first stop was at Gurudwara Patthar Sahib’ which is built by the lamas of Leh around the year 1517 in order to honour the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. The scenic beauty around this Gurudwara is second to none. Just few minutes from there is the Magnetic Hill, as the name states when a vehicle is set on a neutral gear it starts sliding upward on the magnetic road. Here a vehicle can reach the speed of up to 2 kms per hour. Then we headed toward the Likir Monastery, the name Likir means coiled snake here it refer to two great spirits of Nanda and Taksako. It is one of the major monasteries in the region and picturesque surrounding is amazing. During the route, on and off we took time to fulfil another major purpose of travel which was bird watching which made the entire journey much more meaningful.

Leh (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Leh (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Further we proceeded to Alchi Gompa, which is a group of temples situated in a village since 11th century. Near Alchi Gompa its Basgo, which was capital of Ladakh during 15th and 16th centuries, there are still some ruins present of that era. Also it included the palace which was built in the same era. The Basgo Monastary was built around 16th century by Namgyal rulers, it is situated on the top of the hill near the ruins of the ancient town. Finally we drove back another 40Kms to reach Leh from Basgo for the night stay at our hotel.

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Leh Ladakh

 

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Leh Ladakh Tour – My Travel Journey (17)

Next day we drove back to Leh after having early breakfast, we reached there at 11.30 AM. We directly went to the Shanti Stupa. It is situated at a height of 13999 ft around 5 kilometres from the main Leh, though it is well connected with the road but many people prefer alternate route of climbing 500 steps to reach the Shanti Stupa. It is the most popular tourist destination in the Leh, built by the Buddhist of Japan and Ladakh together in the year 1991. The purpose of constructing the Shanti Stupa is world peace and prosperity further it is a compliment to the strong relations between Japanese and Ladakhi people through the 2500 years old legacy of Buddhism as a religion. The whole Shanti Stupa is divided into two levels, the first level consist of Dharmachakra and the second level depicting birth, death and meditating states of Lord Buddha.

Leh Market (Leh Ladakh Tour)

Leh Market (Leh Ladakh Tour)

After spending few hours there we headed toward the famous ‘Hall of Fame Museum’ which is dedicated to the people of Ladakh their art, culture, vegetation and wildlife also there are sections which are exclusively dedicated to army men who served their lives in various military operations during Kargil and Siachen wars. The arms and ammunitions seized from enemy country are on display along with the information about these terrains its difficulty and how people survive such altitudes are on display. Then in the evening we went to Leh market for some shopping, the market is similar to Diskit market but surely there are more shops in comparison. Some of the items which are hot in the tourist shopping lists are Pashmina wool garments including shawls, gloves, caps, stoles and sweaters etc. apart from them there are prayer wheels, Buddha faces or masks, Local Paintings, silver ornament, turquoise and wooden jewellery, carpets, rugs etc. We had dinner in the market itself as there are lot of eating joints serving local cuisines.

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Posted by on April 11, 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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