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Old 10th July 2010, 15:58   #1
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Smile "Innova"ted Ladakh: A photologue

Hi Team, After reading and looking at the magnificent Himalayas and Ladakh region, a group of 25 of us took the plunge and organised one beautiful trip. Flew Mumbai Delhi Leh. Then we hired 5 innovas from Leh and they stayed with us till Manali from where we volvoed overnight to Delhi. Del Mum by flight...

Day 1 : Leh (acclimatisation)
Day 2 : Leh Khardungla Leh
Day 3 : Leh Changla Lake Pangong
Day 4 : Pangong Changla Chumathang Tsomoriri
Day 5 : Tsomoriri Tsokar Pang Sarchu
Day 6 : Sarchu Barachangla Keylong Rohtang Manali
Day 7 : Manali Delhi

Bought a Panasonic FZ 35 a few days before the trip so some of the pics could have been better.

AMS hit more than half our group and 2 were worse than others. Diamox helped.

Landing into Leh surrounded by snow capped mountains.
"Innova"ted Ladakh: A photologue-landing-into-leh.jpg

Stayed at Hotel Lotus where were greeted with hot tea. Temp 12 degrees.
"Innova"ted Ladakh: A photologue-tea-outside-hotel-lotus.jpg

Stayed put till afternoon then drove to the big stupa overlooking Leh.
"Innova"ted Ladakh: A photologue-big-stupa.jpg
Leh From the big stupa
"Innova"ted Ladakh: A photologue-leh-big-stupa.jpg
Prayer wheel at market place in Leh
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More pics coming up.

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Lotus is a delightful hotel nestled away secretively. Rinchin, the owner, is gem of a person. Have enjoyed few stays there.

Climb up the stupa on day one would itself be contrary to "acclimatisation" moto set out in the program. Flying in is a good option but you need to be very careful about AMS.

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Lotus is a delightful hotel nestled away secretively. Rinchin, the owner, is gem of a person. Totally agree with you
Climb up the stupa on day one would itself be contrary to "acclimatisation" moto. Drove up actually

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Details from the stupa
"Innova"ted Ladakh: A photologue-details-stupa.jpg
Inside the stupa, with tripod,
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Lotus Dining hall, delightful..
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Street seller in Leh
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Nice pics Goandude. Its always been a dream to make it to Leh and i hope i will certainly someday. Just curious. Whats the street seller selling by the way!!!
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Dried apricots. And seeing the blurr of his left hand his prayer beads are moving pretty fast.
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Fantastic pics goandude! The panasonic has given good results. Congrats on the purchase.

Was the trip from tour operators/organizers or self planned/organized?
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Quite a focussed fast-track trip!
Must have been incredible sight from the aircraft.
Anyone was hit by AMS?
Any contact details of the Lotus hotel?
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Wow! Thats exactly what even I would like to do. Go on road one way and fly back the other!
Nice snap from the air! Share some more please!

Even I would like to know details about the hotel.
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Any contact details of the Lotus hotel?
Rinchin 09419178648 You can give my reference and can jog his memory by saying "Sudev Rally wale"

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Wow! Thats exactly what even I would like to do. Go on road one way and fly back the other!
Then go by road and fly back. It is better option as it helps reduce altitude related issues.

Hotel details in my reply to hvkumar.


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And seeing the blurr of his left hand his prayer beads are moving pretty fast.
Doubt it. Could be result of beads swaying back and forth. In Ladakh nothing is done "fast". Certainly not prayers and contemplations.

But where are the pictures. I need more wall papers for my collection.

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Then go by road and fly back. It is better option as it helps reduce altitude related issues.

Hotel details in my reply to hvkumar.
That is exactly my plan Sudev. I am just patiently waiting for my kid to grow.
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That is exactly my plan Sudev. I am just patiently waiting for my kid to grow.
Waiting for kid to grow? They grow all the time dude!
I'm waiting for an SUV and some bucks.
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Waiting for kid to grow? They grow all the time dude!
I'm waiting for an SUV and some bucks.
I am waiting for her to grow a bit more, so that she also remembers these places.
(I am not saying we go these places only once in a lifetime )
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That's one fast trip & you missed the famous Zozilla pass & view point at the entrance of Srinagar. Anyway, Leh is leh you guys made it.

I would like to know more about hiring cars at Leh. Appreciate if you can share some details on it. Tks.
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Quite a focussed fast-track trip!
Must have been incredible sight from the aircraft.
Anyone was hit by AMS?
Any contact details of the Lotus hotel?
HV i've mentioned that over half were hit with AMS but diamox proved to be very good to keep it away for me at least. Will pass on contact details when I get back to Mumbai.
Guys I'v had to go out staion for two weels so will be back with some more pics.
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Another Leh TL! It happened that way last year too. Raining Leh TLs! BTW, seems a well planned fast trip. Waiting for more pics.
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