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Getting to Nubra Valley from Leh is quite a treat. You climb out of the Indus Valley to a height of 18,500ft (6500m) on what the Ladakhes claim as 'The Highest Motorable Road In The World'. We were proudly told that Red Bull had filmed adverts here... So I guess it must be true :). The road was built to largely follow the ancient silk trade route through India into China.
The beauty of this trip I think was how it came to be... We stumbled ...
After a long day driving through the Kashmir Jammu state, we got to Patnitop and had to stop as it was dark and we were exhausted.
The day had covered many beautiful valleys and very long traffic jams in the monsoon damaged roads. There were so many trucks tooting and overtaking on blind turns. Definitely an extreme driving. All along the road grows wild cannabis plants, it literally grows like a weed here! It ...
... in their hair and silver ornaments as well.
After a short exploration of Dha, we picked up our little bag and day packs and went on our way to Hanu Gongma! Connie has influence.
Brokpa in Biama Too!
We hiked the mile or so back to the motorcycle.
At the village just east of Dha, we stopped to take a picture of a Brokpa couple. She was doing the heavy road work, shoveling ...
... Ladakhis, if for no other reason that the clothes are designed for warm weather. Interestingly, on one of the statues, the clothing has paintings of churches, mosques, and other religious buildings, symbolizing acceptance of all religions. The ceiling includes many purely decorative designs that are not Buddhist in nature, and this is also unusual. The statues are made entirely of clay, and this is what saved them during the invasions of the 1830s: ...
... Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and masterminded by (the then) Army Chief and former commando General Pervez Musharraf, later to become President following a coup d'tat in 1999. The highly controversial and internationally condemned infiltration and subsequent war was a notoriously brutal affair with Pakistani soldiers hurling down bombs and missiles from the high peaks of the border areas. Eventually, after many lives lost ...
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