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Old 7th December 2011, 09:14   #1231
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Day 15
26th August 2011
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Rest Day in Leh.
Work shop day in Leh.
Spa day for the cars.

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HVK had promised me that he'd take me on a Gompa Loop in Leh, much before we had started the trip. So I just waited for him to finish all that was required for the scorpio and team for the next days.

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Lalu, HVK, Shibu, KSM & others on the Trip,

This is one JUMBO T-log, can become a reference 'Text Book' for Ladakh trip. The flower pictures are very good and changes the tone of the story.
HVK, waiting for the full log, would be one heck of a log from what I have seen from the past. Looks like you have stretched yourself this time, what new elements have you brought into these logs? Hats off to you to make it so thorough.

Looking forward to more, keep them coming.

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Lalu, HVK, Shibu, KSM & others on the Trip,

This is one JUMBO T-log, can become a reference 'Text Book' for Ladakh trip. The flower pictures are very good and changes the tone of the story.
HVK, waiting for the full log, would be one heck of a log from what I have seen from the past. Looks like you have stretched yourself this time, what new elements have you brought into these logs? Hats off to you to make it so thorough.

Looking forward to more, keep them coming.

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This is how my hand-written log book looks like.
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Let us re look at our Chennai to China trip plan that came up sometime beginning of last year, this time I'll drive and you can click!
Wow is this serious!! for real? Please let me know the details please...
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Wow is this serious!! for real? Please let me know the details please...
Chandini Chowk to China is cheaper - you can watch it on small screen!
Chennai to China - I don't have that kind of money to wrangle permits from Beijing and pay exorbitant costs.
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Chandini Chowk to China is cheaper - you can watch it on small screen!
Chennai to China - I don't have that kind of money to wrangle permits from Beijing and pay exorbitant costs.
Sigh!!! you broke my heart Kumarji but how do we manage to do international drives...
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That was some trip with a group who planned an international driving expedition and in India from Chennai to Siligudi - Thimphoo -Punakha - Paro- Siligudi - Nepal - Tingri to China. But that was not happening due to the costs.
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That was some trip with a group who planned an international driving expedition and in India from Chennai to Siligudi - Thimphoo -Punakha - Paro- Siligudi - Nepal - Tingri to China. But that was not happening due to the costs.
It is super-expensive One of my friends is doing it next year, will update you about it as it happens. As for me, I tried 2 years in succession - in the years 2008 & 2009 - but that did not happen because of visa/permit-related issues.

Indians at least can drive to the lovely Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan & Nepal, but unless Burma improves its road networks or Pakistan sheds its belligerence towards Indian motorist-tourists, we can continue to see the vast country that is all ours!
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Some views from Shey Palace
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A mega meet/celebration is happening here
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Chorten
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Shey Palace
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Construction of the roof
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HVK Scorpio reversing down the steep slope to Shey Palace
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It was a mistake to take the vehicle up there, with no space to manoeuvre and steep slopes.

HVK carefully took the Scropio down and we drove on to our next Gompa.


Entrance to the celebration/meet
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Thiksey Monastery from a distance
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We reached Thiksey Monatery by 13:30hours.
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Thiksey Monastery
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About the monastery
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The door was closed
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Maitreya Statue of Future Buddha
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Some pictures from the main Prayer Hall
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We left Thiksey Gompa by 14:00 hours
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Our next Gompa for the day was Stakna.

Stakna Gompa as seen from Leh Manali Highway
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Bridge across River Indus
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On to Stakna Gompa through the Bridge
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Views from Stakna
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Thiksey Gompa seen from Stakna
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Bridge across River Indus from Stakna
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HVK at Stakna
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We left Stakna by 14:30 hours

Indus River
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Bridge across River Indus
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A picture to remember
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HVK Scorpio crossing the Bridge
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Mera wala single tree (This tree is special to me since my wife got photographed under this tree with no leaves during her visit with her all girl gang to Leh in April 2011 - some bit of emotions too )
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We reached Karu by 14:45 hours and stopped for a quick bite till 15:15 hours.
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After lunch we proceeded to Hemis Monastery, but a wrong turn took us to Markha valley.

Markha Valley - what a find it was. I enjoyed our short drive there immensely. Very colourful valley to sum it up.

The wrong turn before Hemis which took us to Markha valley
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Shank Gompa
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HVK Scorpio near Shank Gompa, Markha Valley
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We turned back from Shank Gompa, since the road ceased to exist. Further is trekking track with prior permits.

The colourful valley
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We reached Hemis Monastery by 16:15 hours. Since I had visited Hemis in details in 2009, I did not go inside.

Prayer wheel at Hemis
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Hemis Monastery
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Hemis is protected by mountains on all three sides.
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There is an interesting read in 'Jesus lived in India' by Holger Kersten. As per the research by the German author, a religious historian and theologist, during the 12th-30th year of Jesus's life when there are no records of life of Jesus in the Bible, Jesus had travelled to India with the intention of perfecting himself and of learning from the laws of Buddhism and Hinduism. It is mentioned in some scrolls available at Hemis Gompa. Jesus had taken the Silk Route to India.

There are some interesting studies on the subject, and proofs. The topic is controversial that including His Holiness Dalai Lama has denied the presence of such documents at Hemis, and most documents from Hemis were moved to a different place.

There is also a documentary on the same, and from the information collected the actual tomb of Jesus is in Kashmir, apparently believed in Kashmir to be the tomb of an Islamic saint. It is currently under protection by the government of India, after a scholar wanted to take DNA samples to prove the case in pont. But 9/11 and its after math had made her studies impossible now.

Please google for more details if interested. I just wanted to mention the topic. I am in no way endorsing any of these views - But only putting forth to an educated TBHP community for awareness and further reading as interested.


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There is an interesting read in 'Jesus lived in India' by Holger Kersten. As per the research by the German author, a religious historian and theologist, during the 12th-30th year of Jesus's life when there are no records of life of Jesus in the Bible, Jesus had travelled to India with the intention of perfecting himself and of learning from the laws of Buddhism and Hinduism. It is mentioned in some scrolls available at Hemis Gompa. Jesus had taken the Silk Route to India.

There are some interesting studies on the subject, and proofs. The topic is controversial that including His Holiness Dalai Lama has denied the presence of such documents at Hemis, and most documents from Hemis were moved to a different place.
There are so many mysteries about Ladakh! After all, one of the branches of the Silk Route went through this region. The theory of Jesus having lived in Kashmir. Those intriguing Draupudi Kunds & Bhimbetas so far away from the conventional Mahabharata locations......and so on.

Hemis is the largest gompas in Ladakh and its hidden location suggests its strategic importance, maybe it hides many secrets like what Lalu says.
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