Day 02 – Leh Local Sightseeing on 11-Sep-2022

The day was for local sightseeing and we covered the following places:

  • Hall of Fame – Army Museum in Leh
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib
  • Sangam
  • Spituk Monastery
  • Shanti Stup

Hall of Fame – Army Museum in Leh is a museum by the Indian Army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending our country in the Indo-Pak wars. The Hall of Fame Museum is located on the Leh-Kargil Road, about 4 km from Leh. An impressive exhibition of the valour of various regiments of Indian army in the region Ladakh. Army personnel are enthusiastically providing information about Operation Vijay ( Kargil War) gives a fair idea of how difficult was to fight with Pak army at a high altitude from the lower altitudes. Must visit in Leh.

Magnetic Hill, Leh is a mysterious place that defies the laws of gravity. Here even if a vehicle is neutral gear, it still runs at a constant speed of 10-15 kmph for about 20-25 feet. We observed that the directions vehicles are moving in both the direction.

We met a professional biker on 11-Sep-22 at Magnetic Point Near Leh, Ladakh. His youtube channel is TRI-NATION SOLO RIDE. It was a great privilege to meet him who is on Himalayan Bike for last 6 months which covered 22 states of India and will be riding for 3 more months so as to cover whole India. He has already clocked more than 36,000 km on the bike and many more km to come… I was envying him as I myself could do long distance rides although I wished for a long time in my life.

Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, Leh is a highly revered gurudwara devoted to Guru Nanak Devi Ji and is located on the Leh-KargilHighway. Dating back to 1517, the Gurudwara houses a boulder with imprints of the head, shoulders and backside of Shree Guru Nanak Dev. The Gurudwara is maintained by Indian Army.

Confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers (Sangam Point ) located at Nimmu on -Leh-Srinagar Highway is 48 km away from Leh and is scenic spot in the Sangam Valley. One can see colours of Indus and Zanskar rivers at the confluence. We all did river rafting, which is “the World’s Highest River Rafting Point” for about an hour and enjoyed this scenic spot.

Spituk Monastery, also known as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa, is a Buddhist monastery in Spituk 8 kilometres away from Leh. Spituk Gompa is situated on the hilltop. It was established in the 11th Century by Od-De. The word ‘Spitok’ means exemplary. Today it is the home of 100 monks and a huge image of Mahakaal. This Monastery’s Museum has a rich collection of ancient masks, antique arms, other icons and numerous Thangkas.

Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) on a hilltop.  It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist BhikshuGyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. The Shanti Stupa holds the relics of the Buddha at its base, enshrined by the 14th Dalai Lama. The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Day 2 was marked by acclimatization of all of us in Ladakh and we enjoyed the local sightseeing without any hassle…..

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