15th May, 2018
Kargil to Leh 252kms
Left Kargil at 7:15am. I had tanked up the evening before.
View of whole Kargil town
The weather was cold and the sun was playing hide-n-seek with the clouds.
I stopped at Mulbekh, where I had the tastiest cup of tea of the whole trip.
These black dots on the slope are sheeps
The whole route of Kargil to Leh is full tarmac, even at the La's (Fotu La & Namik La).
About 10kms before Lamayuru, I saw a track going up the mountain and there was a board mentioning Atise Monastery. I thought of taking the dirt route and then I saw a tarred road just beside it. It seems to have been freshly laid. Went up till the parking lot of the monastery, clicked pictures and returned back. Got some pretty nice images.
That's the straight shortcut on the left side..
View from the parking lot of the monastery
Took the shortcut while coming down. This would have been fun with offroad tyres..
I had lunch at a hotel in Lamayuru (bloody costly for a simple meal of chapati & mix-veg). I skipped visiting the monastery. The landscape around Lamayuru is amazing. Wind and rain have truly carved masterpieces there. Lamayuru seems to have an abundance of hotels & guesthouses.
MoonLand at Lamayuru
Pics don't do justice to the patterns of this area.
Stopped at a tea shop and this beautiful was hanging there.
Such straight road
In came Magnetic hill, a few families were enjoying ATV rides there. Didn't stop here.
I somehow missed Sangam (confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers).
Paid my respects at Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and Hall of Fame. No pictures at both these places.
Reached Leh at around 4:30 pm. I had booked a room at a govt. guest house here.
Rested for an hour or so and went to Shanti Stupa. Beautiful place and offers an equally beautiful view of the town.
Went to the Main market and stopped at IL-Forno rooftop restaurant. Ordered chicken fried rice. Pathetic to say the least. 190 for this and 60 for a cold drink (even though the print rate was only 35). 250 wasted here. Never visit this place.
Came back to my room, took a hot bath and retired for the day.
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