Vardaan Resort PatniTop
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Travel Blogs from Patnitop
... off one side but our wits and calmness in the face of constant oncoming, black fume belching, lurching trucks and careening buses. We were flies, we dodged today's swats... For the most part.
The main site visited was the Operation Vijay memorial. This commemorates the 1999 war pushing back Pakistan which had encroached upon Indian territory from Tiger Mountain to Tololing. The Pakistanis did this over winter, despite a gentleman's agreement ...
... We spent 2 hours walking around various **** hotels bargaining for a decent place to stay.
One of the places we looked at had 3 levels of room, one was basically a
dirt floor covered in mould with a cold tap inside for 500 rupees that
you wouldn't let a dog sleep in , although it looked like there probably had been many
dogs in it before..., then one floor up, was a room a bit smaller and almost ...
... hardly leave room for even one small monk to be inside, meditating or not….
Dave asked the monk who showed us around, how many monks were living at the monastery. Very few now, he said. They have all gone to other monasteries with the arrival of the cold weather. Supposedly, this is the largest in Ladakh with 150 monks in residence….. But who is counting?
Unless there is ...
... but the site is amazing and worth the drive (or walk). The monastery is relatively new, being built only 100 years ago or so ... but it is unique in that the monks do not believe in rituals. They recognize that many of the rituals involved in Tibetan Buddhism are legacies of the old Bon Po religion which dominated the region prior to the arrival of Buddhism. Buddhist monks adapted local practices, but the monks of Rizong do not accept these as necessary ...
... but early night - before the power went off.
As promised, our kind manager brought us hot water first thing in the morning. We did not have any electricity and so we went for any early walk before breakfast around Alchi village.
There was not a lot to see in Alchi, although it was interesting to look at the tiny stone walled local houses. One house had a lovely black yak grazing in the front. When ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking