Ladakh, Heaven on Earth

Day 5: 8th September 2005 Leh - Thiksey -Leh

After two days of disturbed sleep, I finally had a good night sleep. When I woke up, I hungry as hell and the breakfast of paranthas at the guest house was simply delicious.

We went to the DC office to apply for the permits; we had to figure out what to do and which forms to fill out. Thankfully every one there was ready to help us with the form and application. Soon we submitted our form and it was time for some sightseeing.

Our first thought was to visit Leh palace and Shanti Stupa, but we figured we would be better off going for a small ride. And the roads around Leh (as we had found yesterday) were a treat to ride on.

near leh

We went till Thiksey Monastery, but we didn’t go inside the monastery!!! Some how we figured the view outside the monastery was too good, so kept clicking till the time we realized that we had to be back at the DC’s office for the permits.

View around Thiksey monastery

view from thiksey monastery


view from thiksey

view from thiksey

Once we were back in Leh, we headed straight to the DC’s office for permits. Once there we found that permits were not ready. We to wait for the DC’s arrive and while waiting we were watching the Polo match that was going on the polo ground right next to the DC office. But watching a game like polo can be dangerous, as we soon found out. One of the players hit the ball hard; it flew and hit a fellow that was standing couple of feet’s away from us. Polo balls are made of stone like material and that guy received the blow right above his eye and he had to be rushed to the hospital. As for the rest of the spectators they went for cover!!!

Finally DC was back in his office and we got our permits by evening. It was time to make multiple copies of it, since we would have to deposit them at the various check points along the way.

Tomorrow we would be heading to the highest mote able pass in the world Khardung La.

Preface, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7-1, Day 7-2, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16-17