Winter Ladakh, with son, in Jan-2018

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    2. Mr. Jigmet Dorjey, a village headman of Thiksay and an office bearer of Leh Taxi Union was our driver for the next two days. We got an insight into culture, lifestyle and flora/fauna of this region through him. He also narrated his experience about tourism and how it should grow in future too.
    3. Places visited on Day-1 of landing in Leh:
    1. Hall of fame - it is a memorial for those who lost their lives during Oct 1947 war. Lot of information is displayed about various parts of Ladakh, its culture, religion, people, flora and fauna. There is a section, displaying history of various battles fought in this inhospitable region, most interesting being "Kargil War of 1999". Spent nearly two hours inside and then had tea in their cafe, without any exertion!
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      Memorial in Hall of Fame
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      National Flag fluttering high on the memorial
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      Memorial for soldiers who laid their lives during 1948
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      Another memorial for soldiers at Hall of Fame
      IMG_20180126_105107.jpg Celebrating Republic Day with soldiers of Indian Army
    2. Shanti Stupa was next, which involves a slight road climb for about 100 meters from the car park, which gives a 360 degree view of Leh city. Each pillar has an arrow pointing towards a particular area, with its name written below it. A monastery is also located on the way, which gives an opportunity to sit and meditate for a while. We did not climb stairs as it was too cold @ -8 or 9, spent 20 mnts at this attraction. IMG_20180126_115035.jpg Shanti Stupa IMG_20180126_114811.jpg Pointer towards Khardungla Pass IMG_20180126_114839.jpg Pointer is towards iconic Leh Palace
    3. Jorawar Singh Fort:- this is a memorial of first Sikh Empire in this area, having lot of historical information/facts about the region where one should spend atleast an hour. It was a public holiday (being Republic Day) but soldiers of Indian Army showed great hospitality and opened the locked doors for both of us. IMG_20180126_122248.jpg Rohan and me outside Zorawar Singh Fort DSCN3048.JPG Majestic entrance to Zorawar Fort
    4. SNM Hospital, Leh:- Visit to this Government hospital had twin objectives - a courtesy call on Dr. Dolkar, whom I had met during my last visit in Aug'17 at Matho village and also to meet a friend (Tsewang Younten, teacher at Govt School, Jangla, Padum) who had come via Chadar of Zanskar River, from Padum. IMG_20180126_133303.jpg Handed over booklets from Ministry of Rural Development to Mr. Tsewang Younten IMG_20180126_124720.jpg Rohan sitting in front of Dr. Dolkar
      Three of us came back to ITBP Officers'Mess for lunch, had vegetarian lunch, rested for a while and started for covering more attractions, without any stress on our body.
    5. Phyang Ice Stupa, car stop close by and there is no trekking. Took few pics of the lovely Monastery from outside as going inside means climbing lot of stair and the principle on day one is "NO EXERTION". Ice Stupa is an engineering marvel, created by Sonam Wangchuk and the project is undertaken by one NGO Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh. One has to tread very carefully as the surface is very smooth, thus slippery. I fell down inside this cave structure, while making a video! This structure melts during summers, providing water for irrigation. DSCN3079.JPG Phyang Ice Stupa DSCN3080.JPG Ladakhi Women in traditional winter dress DSCN3081.JPG Rohan and Tsewang in front of Ice-Stupa DSCN3095.JPG Rohan and Tsewang inside the Ice-Cave
    6. Magnetic Hills: A few kilometers after Phyang, we reached this attraction and driver just switched off the engine, stopped the car and released brakes, it started moving slightly uphill!!! I had visited this place several times earlier but this was the first ever time when I saw it happening. DSCN3112.JPG Magnetic Hill DSCN3115.JPG This where we experienced the effect
    7. Confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers seen from the Srinagar-Leh highway, took few pics sitting inside the car because the cold breeze was too strong for me! However, visited this place on our way back from Chilling village for capturing sunset views, near the frozen rivers. DSCN3117.JPG Confluence seen from National Highway IMG_20180126_180225.jpg Sunset at Confluence
    8. Chilling Village: about 25 Kms from Confluence, a tiny village, having hardly 25-30 odd houses, is part of the Hemis National Park, which has good number of wild animals and birds. This village is famous for copper, silver, iron etc utensils and handicrafts. Migrant workers from Nepal settled here centuries ago and are still providing wares to Ladakhis. DSCN3122.JPG Teetar ke do aage teetar (Grey Partridge) DSCN3125_LI.jpg Village Chilling bearing a haunted look at -14 degrees DSCN3131.JPG Roads are dangerous due to landslides
    9. Chadar Trek Trailer: While returning from Chilling village we found a spot, which was accessible by car and reached the chadar (frozen river), stayed there for 15 minutes. Tsewang Younten, who had come from Padum, crossing this Chadar, taught us how to walk on this sheet of ice. I was amazing to find a frozen waterfall on our way back. IMG_20180126_172848.jpg Frozen Waterfalls IMG_20180126_174304.jpg Touching waters of Zanskar River DSCN3135.JPG Chadar formed on Zanskar River IMG_20180126_174030.jpg Chadar formation on Zanskar river
    10. It was getting dark and temperature was plunging, stopped at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib at 6.15pm and as luck would have it, ardaas was about to start after Gurbani, had kadah-parshad and chah da langar (tea), spent nearly 30 minutes. This holy place is revered due to visit of Guru Nanak Dev ji and as the fable goes, a demon threw a large boulder at him, which melted around his back. This large stone is placed inside this Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. IMG_20180126_181946_HHT.jpg Entrance to Gurudwara Pathar Sahib IMG_20180126_183214.jpg Temperature was bearable inside Gurudwara Pathar Sahib IMG_20180127_053100.jpg Having Chai da Langar in Langar Hall IMG_20180126_181719.jpg Sunset captured at Gurudwara Pathar Sahib
    11. Reached our guest house around 7.15pm, dinner was ready - had lamb meat and dal roti, slept by 9pm as we were to travel at 7 am for Pangong Lake..... To be Contd....
     
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