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Our journey to“Land of High Passes” Leh Ladakh-Part 1
1st Day in Ladakh
My “Land of High Passes” Leh Ladakh trip started on April 17, 2019. I went on a flight with my family and reached Leh airport within 1 hour 30 minutes. We were greeted by our driver at the airport. As we approached towards the car, he asked us to quickly sit in a car, because of the low level of oxygen in Leh.
According to the web sources and our Travel triangle agent itinerary for the first day, we were asked to take complete rest so to adjust our body in low oxygen place.
Our family doctor prescribed us one medicine for high altitude sickness. We took medicine at the airport. I enjoyed a picturesque view of the quiet city on our way to the guest house. After lunch, we had rest for the whole afternoon.
Leh’s main market was just 10 minutes away from our guest house. We went to the market. Leh main market was a paradise for shoppers in such a remote location. A good place to shop for Kashmiri and ladakhi woolens, antiques, dry fruits and local crafts. Since we were tired of walking, took some refreshments in Neha kitchen restaurant. If you are looking for good North Indian food, then this is the perfect place for you.
I bought some ancient Tibetan jewelry here, which is the main attraction for women. I also liked the clutch purses of ancient pearls. We went to our guest house after spending 2 hours in the market. Leh market starts to get close by 8 pm.
I observed that people were simple, honest and calm. Even our staff at the guest house were very friendly and supportive.
After dinner, we went to our room. I was eagerly waiting for the next day, some beautiful places were set in our itinerary to be covered.
2nd day in Ladakh
We got ready by 8 am and went towards our car. The first place we reached was Ladakh Hall of Fame. As it was quite chilly outside, we covered our self with jackets. Ladakh sun rays are quite harsh. Keep good quality sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame is a museum built by the Indian Army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who spent their lives in the Indo-Pak wars defending the motherland.
The two-story Hall of Fame museum is divided into different sections containing several displays. There is a section called OP Vijay Gallery on the upper floor. Here you can see the various kinds of weapons used in the Kargil War including the different weapons and ammunition captured during the war by the Indian Army.
Some of the beautiful pictures clicked by me are below.
Gurudwara Patthar Sahib
Our next destination was Gurudwara Patthar Sahib. Gurdwara Pathar Sahib is a beautiful Gurdwara Sahib built in Guru Nanak’s memory, about 25 miles from Leh on the Leh-Kargil road, 12000 ft above sea level.
After Gurudwara Patthar, two more unique sightseeing was left for the day as per our itinerary. Our next interesting place was the Magnetic Hill. Heard a lot about this fascinating place, was very eager to learn about this. It was not very far from Gurudwara we reached here soon.
The theory of magnetic force is about magnetic hills. It states that from the hill there is a strong magnetic force that pulls vehicles within its range.
A yellow box marked on the magnetic road, a few meters from the Magnetic Hill road, Ladakh states the vehicle has to be parked in neutral gear. The vehicle starts moving at a speed of nearly 20 kmph from here.
Magnetic hill gives a perfect view to click photos.
River Indus and Zanskar’s confluence
Leh has a beautiful landscape one can enjoy its beauty from the car. Our last place for the day was River Indus and Zanskar’s confluence. The site is commonly referred to as Sangam. You can see the beautiful confluence from Top or you go do down to see the two-colored water next to the river.
There was one restaurant in Sangam point not too big. We ate Maggie there was nothing much in the menu. I would advise you to keep some dry snacks in such places especially if you are traveling with kids.
After spending some beautiful time there. Our second day ended superbly.
More adventurous of the 3 days will be shared shortly.