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Jun 27, 2015 - 23 June - Srinigar

After an overnight stop in Shargol yesterday, our 6 hour journey today became a 10 hour trip along a very narrow, windy, dirt mountain road. We have noticed the difference in our surroundings - this area is very Muslim and has a totally different feel to the other areas we have travelled in. We were stopped on the road and told we could not proceed till 3pm due to road works - our guides used all their persuasive skills and eventually we managed to get through straight away and headed up the road with a sheer drop on one side and raging...

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Jun 20, 2015 - 17 June 2015 - Nubra Valley

We left Leh at 7.30am for our second attempt at the pass. This time the sun was shining and we reached the top in a couple of hours, passing through magnificent mountain scenery and lots of deep snow. We stopped there for the obligatory photos then continued over the other side to our stop at Tirith Camp in the Nubra Valley. And what a beautiful spot this was. The fixed tents were nestled among laden apricot, apple and plum trees and surrounded by snow capped mountains. There was also a huge vegetable garden which supplied all their needs...

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Jun 20, 2015 - 18 June 2015 - Sakti

Our options for this morning were a monastery visit, hot springs visit or a lie in. The monastery didn't get a look in with half the group opting for a lie in and the other half a dip in the hot springs. The hot springs group were up at the crack of dawn for an early breakfast then into the bus for a half hour drive. The Panamik Hot Springs were not exactly what we expected - though set amid magnificent mountain scenery, the baths themselves were inside, with women in one room and the men in another. But the water was so hot and relaxing we...

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Jun 16, 2015 - 16 June 2015 - Leh

On Monday we spent the day exploring Leh. It's quite high here (3520m) and you notice the effects of altitude, but the town is beautiful, framed with snow capped mountains and dotted with many white stupas. The people seem more Tibetan than Indian and the food is delicious Tibetan cuisine (as well as Indian). We've seen more European tourists here than anywhere else on this trip. We first visited the Hemis Monastery, built around the 1500's. The Buddhist monks were performing some sort of dance/ritual when we arrived, not sure exactly what...

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Jun 15, 2015 - 14 June 2015 - Leh

Well, what a day! We left Jisper at 6am in the bus (the driver and guides had checked the pass out yesterday and decided we could make it) for the long drive to Leh. And what a long drive it turned out to be! The road started off fairly good and had been cleared of snow, but it was very cold. We were still drinking plenty of water because of the altitude so it wasn't long before the first pee stop. No trees around here, or bushes, or even large boulders, so we had to improvise - and as we were all squatting in a line on the side of the road...

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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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