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... tour", Tashi turned to us, eyes beaming saying that he had never experienced anything like this in 16 years of being a guide in the region. He attests the privilege to the diversity of our group, but I guess we will never know why the Monk decided to share so much of what the monks keep completely private from the public with us. I feel so lucky.
We headed further into the valley to see the double humped camels (Bactrian Camels). These were ...
... 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 ...
... great road and could drive as fast as we wanted or dared.
Then we hit a stoppage of dozens of cars and waited. Blasting had closed the road temporarily. How long? Nobody knew. We chatted with a couple of guys from Holland who were on a car tour. One liked to tease his driver. After this visit to Ladakh, they planned to go to Nepal for some trekking. Fun loving guys.
The traffic ahead began to move then ...
... We all agreed that Alchi was a very interesting stop and worth the drive.
We had a long drive after Alchi, and the road became very bad, particularly through the town of Sospol. We had to go very slowly: the road was dirt, pot-holed, and very crowded with trucks, busses, and other tourist cars.
The last visit was up a very narrow dirt road through a tight canyon, to the monastery of Rizong. The buildings themselves are not that ...
... overlooking the Mulbekh Monastry.
Dated around the 8th Century AD, this tiny monastery comprises two gompas, one Drukpa (new Buddhist school) and one Gelugpa (old Buddhist school) and is thought to be one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh. It is situated high on a pyramidical crag and has wonderful views of gently terraced barley fields and the distant snowy peaks of the Zanskar Mountains. The monastery ...