Soul travel – Leh part 2

After 2 days in central Leh  we drove out toward Nimmu Valley. En route we stopped to visit Pathar Sahib Gurudwara ,looked after by the local army. Local legend only adds to the charm of this gurudwara 25 km outside of Leh.

Our route to Lamayuru Monastry included wading in a river that was too tempting to pass up on a scorching hot day. Testing the theory of Magnetic Hill , taking lots of photos at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers ( where brown and slatey blue waters meet ) and stopping for delicious aloo parathas at a road side dhaba.rivers-meet

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The other worldly Moonscape !!

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The bright clear and clean blues of the sky,  the ochers ,undulations and the light changing by the minute offers something new everywhere you look.

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LAMAYURU MONASTRY

One of the oldest and largest Monasteries in Leh it is now home to about 150 monks.We were lucky to be there at the time of prayers and managed to soak in the beautiful chanting  and music.

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ALCHI MONASTRY / ALCHI COMPLEX of MONASTERIES

One of my most favourite parts of the trip. This complex of  monasteries has some of the oldest surviving paintings in Ladakh. The scale of these buildings is more private and intimate. Dimly lit interiors protect beautiful jewel coloured murals. Here you will find intricately carved wooden doorways, courtyards with apricot and apple trees, and poplar trees. Simply built with loam and local stone these simple exteriors contains some of the most beautiful craftsmanship by Kashmiri craftsmen.

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Our trip , all details and co ordination was organised via http://www.theextramile.co.in/

 

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