3 August 2008

Day 76 ~Friday 27 June

Pangong Lake.

This lake lies between India and Tibet (China) and the military presence is quite high. We had to obtain special passes to be in this area. I've never been anywhere so remote! The lake changed colour depending on what time of day it was.

Day 75 ~Thursday 26 June

Went to morning puja at Thiksy monastery before driving to Pangong Lake.

We were surprised to find that the majority of monks are just boys.

Day 74 ~Wednesday 25 June

Driving back from the Nubra Valley.

Day 73 ~Tuesday 24 June

Drove through the world's highest motorable pass, Khardung La today en route to the Nubra Valley. It's at 18,380ft and the lack of oxygen makes you feel slightly drunk.

We stopped for tea, picked up a traveling monk and delivered him to his monastery, where I took this photo.

We also saw/rode bactrian (2 humped) camels, and hiked up to a deserted monastery.

Being limited to one pic a day is frustrating sometimes. :)

Day 72 ~ Monday 23 June

Spent the morning white water rafting on the Indus River, and most of the afternoon trekking.

This is the Shanti Stupa in Leh.

Day 71 ~Sunday 22 June

Lord Buddha, Thiksey Monastery. He is 40 feet tall! :)

Day 70 ~Saturday 21 June

After a harrowing night time drive back to Delhi, and 3 hours of sleep, we flew to Leh, Ladakh.

We were given the traditional white scarf upon arrival at the hotel and about 10 minutes after I took this pic I was fast asleep. Now in the "Cradle of Buddhism" in the Himalayas, we are at an elevation of 11,483 ft. and visitors are advised to spend a day acclimatizing to the elevation to avoid headaches.