Ladakh - Facts and Information
Day by Day 3: June 10th to 13th
Giant Buddha and exquisite old monastery


Leh 1
Leh 2
Thiksey & Hemis
Chang La & Pangong
Khardung La
Nubra Valley
Nubra Monasteries
Alchi Village
Alchi Monastery

June 10
Drove back to cross river at Khalsar (minor traffic jam due to two passing lorries getting stuck). Had a short wander around Samur and stopped at painters and joiners for a chat. On to Samtanling Gompa, interesting. Picnic bag in garden of guest house in Samur. Heading back went up to Buddha statue at Diskit, impressive with excellent views. Very, very hot and chickened out of long, steep climb to monastery. Had a look round and cup of tea in Diskit (bit of a dump). Went to see camels. Sand dunes underwhelming, had expected them to be much more extensive.

June 11
Exquisite morning and watched the veggie patches outside the tents being irrigated. Early start to avoid traffic and good run with excellent visibility on run to Khardung La. Stopped at North Pulla to consume elevenses bag then got held up by road closure for roadworks. Called in at Shakti office in Leh (able to check email - internet glacial) then onto Shey Village House for lunch and compulsory rest. Michael walked with guide to see carved rock below Palace - and feed fish, which seems to be local high spot. Frightening to see silt deposit from flood. (The August 2010 storm was reported in UK as a localised event in Leh causing relatively little damage/loss of life. In fact it covered an extensive area - all  of the places we went - and seriously damaged infrastructure. We heard various figures for killed/missing, 400-500 most likely.) Shey Vilage House. Large old house set in fields and very quiet. Stylish room, lovely staff and marvellous dinner.

June 12
Longish drive west along Indus valley, much of it with river in various gorges. Light lunch (excellent naan!) at Khalse then on to Lamayuru. Inspiring run back via old road which runs high above valley with excellent views before steep drop back down to Indus valley and on to Alchi for the night. Alchi Resort. Bedroom blocks scattered around garden in a very quiet and pleasant village. Room very basic but clean and quite acceptable. Food good, not much contact with staff but seemed friendly enough.

June 13
Up early for very interesting walk
on our own around village which had fascinating lanes to explore. Turning hot on way back for breakfast. Walked down to monastery, not many people there early but apparently heaves later in day. Monastery is mind blowing with fantastic murals and fittings (sadly no photography - most other places except museums allow it without flash). Back to main road and east to Likir for picnic bag in garden below monastery which has amazing setting and was very good. Then to Nimoo Village House for lunch. Very naughty and ignored guides’ instructions for rest and went for wander round village fields. Had cookery session with chef, interesting but disappointing as was based on evening’s Chinese dishes whereas we had hoped to get a lot general information about Indian cookery but did manage to get some by quizzing him. Nimoo Village House. Similar room to Stok, good views to mountains and also intriguing views into village street. Very easy to walk from here into fields. Great staff and good food.

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