Leh Visit: Episode 2 (Khardungla, Diskit, Nubra, Hunder, Panamic and Sumur)

26th July, 2015:

Early morning after breakfast, we proceeded to Nubra Valley via Khardungla Pass.  It is the highest motorable pass in the world at 18,379 ft and the gateway to the Nubra and Shyok Valleys. The road is very good upto south Pullu, but detoriates upto Khardungla due to melted snow, rocks and landslides. The bad road condition continues upto north Pullu after which it improves again.

After about 10 minutes stop, we left Khardungla and proceeded to Diskit. It is advisable not to linger more than 10 minutes at the pass due to lack of oxygen.

The journey scenery towards Diskit is again fascinating and marvelously eye catching.

Diskit is the administrative centre of Nubra valley. Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. It belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo, a disciple of Tsong Khapa, founder of Gelugpa, in the 14th century. The monastery’s most prominent attraction is the huge Maitreya Buddha statue atop it, which was inaugurated by His Highness Dalai Lama.

We had our lunch on a wayside dhaba and proceeded towards Nubra. Where ever you are in Ladakh, the sceneries of road journey are always memorable. Same thing repeated here also.

Ultimately we reached the white deserts of Nubra.

We crossed the desert and reached Hunder. A small stream was flowing by. Some of us had double-hump camel ride and then some archery practice.

Then after a short drive we reached double-humped camp site at Mani Wheel junction, Hunder for night stay. We booked two double bedded tents through http://www.doublehumpedcampladakh.com. Campsite contact nos. 9469627556 / 57 Delhi booking office nos. 8826649952. They served breakfast, lunch and dinner.

27th July, 2015:

After breakfast at the camp site, we proceeded to Panamic in Shyok valley. There is not many things to see in Panamic except a hot spring, but the journey through Shyok valley is mind boggling.

Panamic is a hot spring and two cemented ponds have been built separately for men and women. Toilet facility has also been provided. You can go up the hill to see the source of the spring. The landscape from the hill top is magnificent.

After visiting the hot spring, we proceeded to Sumur again through fantastic landscape. It is a quiet blissful small village on the banks of Nubra river. You have to cross a bridge near the confluence of Shyok and Nubra rivers. The main attraction of Sumur is the Samsten Ling Gompa. A huge statue of Shakyamuni dominates the main hall flanked by statues of Maitreya and Mahakala.

Afterwards we returned to Leh via Khardungla. On the way we had our lunch in a wayside Dhaba.

We returned to our hotel Sia La Guest house in the evening and went to Gesmo restaurant in the market to have our dinner.

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