CHAPTER FIVE – FINALLY GOT LEH'D – LAMAYURU TO LEH
ODO READING – 745 KMS - 873 KMS (128KMS) - 18 Sep
Although it will be an easy ride for us today, but I made it a point to get up early and visit the monastery before we move further.
The first rays of the sun had just started kissing the mountain tops. It was just 6.30 in the morning and I was up to get the feel of the morning fresh air which was a bit chilly. It took around 15 minutes to reach the monastery on foot.
Lamayuru is one of the largest the most ancient monastery of Ladakh. Legend has it that the region, where Yungdrung Tharpaling (LAMAYURU) is situated today, approximately 127 km to the west of Leh, the capital of Ladakh, was under a big lake at the time of Buddha Shakyamuni (historic Buddha). Even I was surprised to know this, but this could be the secret of the famous Moonland of Lamayuru.
The doors of the monastery were still closed so got some time to roam around and capture morning shots.
Birds Eye view of Lamayuru town from the monastery
First view of the Moonland
Photography was not allowed inside the Monastery, so we listened to the morning prayers for a while before returning to our Guest House. After a quick shower and a heavy breakfast we were ready to explore the road further towards Leh.
As we moved further the true vibrant colors of Ladakh started to emerge. It was beauty at its best. We continued to move at a steady pace with small breaks in between.
First stop was at the view point of the confluence of Indus & Zanskar rivers.
Followed by Magnetic Hill. Although felt nothing magnetic there. Might be possible that the phenomena was there in old times.
But with the increase in traffic & tourists and construction activity in the area we could no longer feel that phenomena. Nevertheless photo stop is a must here.
Next stop was the famous Gurudwara Pathar Saheb.
But the highlight of today’s drive was this stretch of Road.
We reached Leh around 3.30 in the afternoon and were greeted by a very close friend of RakeshG named Mr. Karma, who runs a restaurant near the Bus Stand.
He had already booked a accommodation for us nearby in a guest house named Laga Guest House. We all rested for while before heading to Mr. Karma's restaurant for a round of drinks to celebrate completing first part of the journey. Phone calls were made back to family to inform our well being. Thankfully Airtel postpaid was working fine in Leh at least. Tomorrow was a day to arrange the permits with a some local sightseeing on the cards.
By the time we finished with the dinner it was already 10.00 PM. As it was getting cold outside it was time to hit the bed.