Started journey from Pangong lake to Leh via Chang La Pass. Chang La Pass has a high altitude of 17,586 ft or 5360 m above sea level and is the third highest mountain pass in the world. It connects Leh to the Shyok River valley. We spent only 5 minutes here due to the lower levels of oxygen. The world’s highest research station by the Defence Research and Development Organisation is functional in Chang La.
The last day was planned to a rest day and also buffer day in case of any untoward incidence during our stay in Ladakh. However, everything was fine and we all were keeping good health, we decided to see some tourist places on Royal Enfield Bike and Honda Activa scooter, and we visited the following places:
- Thiksey Monastery
- Rancho Scheool, Leh
- Indus River Gat
- Leh Palace
Thiksey Monastery is a gompa (Tibetan-style monastery) is located on top of a hill in Thiksey approximately 19 kilometres From Leh. It is a twelve-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya Temple has a 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya.
Rancho’s Scheool, Leh School which is also known as 3 Idiots School, is a Buddhist cultural school located in Shey on Leh-Manali highway. The school became famous after the climax scenes of 3 Idiots Bollywood movie were shot in the school.
Indus River Gat Sindhu Ghat is the banks of the Indus River near Leh. A construction of Ghat is in progress.
Leh Palace is a former royal palace which was constructed circa 1600 by Sengge Namgyal. The palace was abandoned when Dogra forces took control of Ladakh in the mid-19th century and forced the royal family to move to Stok Palace.It is nine storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms. Much of the palace is in deteriorated condition, and little survives of its interior decorations. The Palace Museum holds a rich collection of jewellery, ornaments, ceremonial dresses and crowns. The palace is being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India. The palace provides panoramic views of Leh and the surrounding areas. We could not see the palace as we reached after the closure timings.
Day 6 was marked by passing through the Chang La Pass and Day 7 by riding on Royal Enfield Classic-350 !!!
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