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Jul 5, 2012 - Day Trip to Alchi

7-5 Wiki Info Alchi Day trip with Martin & Marget to Alchi and gompas...we headed towards the bus station but on the way...even as Martin and I talked of health issues and how lucky we are now, Bonnie stumbled and fell hard on the roadway/metal grating severely wrenching her right arm/shoulder in trying to catch herself - unsuccessfully! She insisted we continue being more concerned about perhaps having ripped her shirt and getting her clean pants and shirt all muddy! We continued onto the minibus which luckily still had seats and departed...

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Jul 3, 2012 - Leh

7-3 Early risers, Hee Dong and Jieun are up and out of the room before 6am with the bright sunshine again highlighting a spectacular scene out our window. The crisp air is accompanied once again by a chilly breeze that encourages me to stay under my blanket and write in my journal, ha! Trip back was uneventful tho we tried to get the driver to stop at several monasteries along the way. He did stop at Thak Thok monastery and Shey palace but otherwise, was decidedly uncooperative. We bid a sad farewell to our fellow travellers, Hee Dong,...

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Jul 2, 2012 - Trip/Tour Pangong Lake

Wiki Info Pangong Lake 7-2 Our hired/shared jeep to Pangong Lake left at 8 am from (???) Tour Agency. Besides B & I, there are two Italians...Marco, a film editor for TV football and Paula, a translator living in Hamburg (English-German-Italian) and two Koreans...Lee Hee Dong, a doctor (25) who just graduated from med school on an 8 month trip returning to do 3 years compulsory military service and Lee Jieun, a nursing student (20) on 3 week vacation. A very balanced group with 3 guys 3 gals and only Bon and I a couple, the others just...

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Jun 29, 2012 - Day trip to Hemis Festival

Wiki Info Hemis 6-29 On the way to Hemis Festival Bonnie related the difference between the relationship of people to buses/bus drivers here vs in 'The 'WEST' as follows: In the west when shopping and the bus you must take comes you drop your shopping and catch the bus. Here, if your doing your shopping and the bus comes you finish your shopping while the bus waits for you. To Hemis Festival (see photos), lots of mini buses going when full, jammed, packed - very typical here! Passing on the way many monk- monasteries which we hope to visit...

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Jun 28, 2012 - Leh

http://www.bbc.com/travel/slideshow/20140729-indias-hidden-himalayas-of-ladakh Wiki Info Ley/Ladakh 6-28 I slept so well that I almost overslept, awaking at 5:35 and proceeding to hurriedly dress and head out since we were told that to get a seat on the bus back to Diskit, you have to be at the bus stop before 6. On the way out ahead of Bon so as to attempt a seat, I met Sîddharth and Atul and Attaullah Khan who said they would not accept any $$$ but explained their project here at Turtuk Holiday. I encourage anyone interested in learning...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Turtuk via Diskit

Turtuk Holiday Where We Stayed Site of Places to Visit Before They Disappear Turtuk, Ladakh This border village in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh once fell within Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Although India reclaimed it after the 1971 war, the government imposed the Protected Area Permit Regime in the area, making it off-limits for foreigners. This, however, ensured that the region s stark beauty remain untouched. Towards the end of 2009 the government lifted its restrictions. Foreign tourists have, since then, been queuing up for Bactrian...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Panamik, Nubra Valley

Wiki Info Nubra Valley 6-26 Up at 5:15 to catch the 6 am bus to NubraValley...as it turns out with several hundred other vehicles all attempting to go over the highest road in the world. What a zoo, joke definitely not a pleasant experience. The road itself is not dangerous, it is the existence of hundreds of drivers, lots of them hired jeeps trying to please tourists like us. A checkpoint near the top delays everyone at least 2 hours for np known reason. Then at the pass itself is a traffic jam due to vehicles stopping, coming both ways,...

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Jun 22, 2012 - Leh

Wiki Info Leh Wiki Info Ladakh Wiki Info Stupa - See Photo 6-22 Woke to the competing calls to morning prayer in this last Muslim town before prayer flag waving Buddhist Ladakh its 3:45am and walking to bus...on the way met couple from Czech Rep. .They hitched a ride from Sonamarg, and at the bus all the same passengers showed up incl 2 French guys and 2 gals from Austin TX. They got a room above a guides office for 1000 rupees for 4 of them! The 3 Indians got a room with the bus drivers friend so all had found someplace which suited their...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Bus to Kargil

Wiki Info Kargil Wiki Info Dras - Coldest, See Photo 6-21 Beautiful blue sky sunny day! By 8 am there was a long, long line of vehicles, mostly cargo trucks lined up in front of our hotel heading in both directions three across. They were waiting to start the trek up the mountain pass. However, it didn't really start to move until 11 at which time we were on the road waiting for our govt. bus to come by on its way to Kargil. It came and by noon we were moving down the road, there were 2 gals from TX on the bus as well heading the same way -...

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Jun 20, 2012 - Bus to Sonamarg

Wiki Info Sonamarg Up along River Sind by bus toward Sonamarg for the night. Bus left 45 min late but also stopped twice for 'resting' and breakfast as well as to help a fellow driver with a flat tire. A fantastic ride along the river with towering, snowcapped mountains on either side. Everything growing with spring green colors, rice planting, harvesting grains, orchards showing first fruits (apple, plums, etc)! The road is a typical Indian narrow 2 lane with many times even less. All along the way we see more of the same, huge, old...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Bus to Srinigar

Wiki Info Srinagar 6-18 We walked the few blocks back to our old stomping ground hotel, Dhum Dhum. Due to the big difference in cost from 3+ years ago (3X), we decided to attempt a 2 nite stand and cover places we missed back then and move on! 6-19 Places...Pahalgam via Islamabad- Anantag, ruins in AWANTIPORA, then Jesus' tomb via Childress. Stay in our old stomping grounds Dham Dham Hotel. The Lidder Valley was fabulous especially given the ride we had.... We had planned to go to Awantipora and the Avantisvara Temple and Avantiswamin...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Bus to Jammu

6-16 Train to Delhi arrived on time, 6:45am and being quite 'cool' (32°C=90°F), we got a tuk tuk only to N. Delhi train station and walked the nearly 'empty' street to Ajay Guesthouse waiting 'til 11am to chk in to be able to stay 24 hours in room. Spent the day on internet uploading photos! Met Fiona & Kevin... Most of the day in internet waiting to leave on bus to Jammu this eve at 8:30. Will be glad to leave the heat (44 C.= 110 F+)... 6-17 Did the day again in the guesthouse under fans, it being 45°±C outside and 'only' 32°C inside! Had...

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