Traveling India - stuck in Leh

Road to Leh - breathtaking views

We are right now in Leh (Ladakh region). It took a pretty long bus trip again (2 days) to get here after we managed to get out from Srinagar. Srinagar was OK, we even started to know the city and the people (after 5 days there they were saying hello to us like if we knew each other from long time ago). I must say that the bus drive was very spectacular; it was the most impressive and scary road I have ever seen in my whole life. The funny thing is, that we will have to repeat it to get out of Leh!

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

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road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

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road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

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road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

road Srinagar to Leh

We were planning to go to McLeod Ganj (where Dalai Lama lives) through another road (there are only 2 roads to get to Leh), but since the second road is still closed, we will have to enjoy again the 2 day trip back to the lovely Srinagar.

Here people are very nice, and they all look and act more like Tibetan than Indian. There are many of them that are refugees from Tibet. Even though we cannot carry or buy souvenirs, we bought a couple of Tibetan rings and bracelets with some mantras engraved (Om Ma Ni Padni Hum - the unity of the five elements).

We have visited a couple of places here (Tibetan palace that looks similar to the Potala palace in Lhasa, and a fort), but besides that, there is not much more to see... the Himalayas are beautiful btw.

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Om Ma Ni Padme Hum

Since the road is closed even to Srinagar, we are again trapped here in Leh without being able to go anywhere... not even paying! So we have to wait till the army fixes the road after the heavy downpour of rains. That is why we are doing all these posts btw :) If the weather gets better you won't here from us in a while.

Now it is 17.30 here and it is too early to have dinner...

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Hey you guys, thanks for the update!
And I must say, seeing the pictures from the mountains I am really really jealous! Good luck further and keep up the good work (posting!) ;)
Steffen.

Posted by Steffen on Tuesday, 05.18.10 @ 00:00am | #2463

Tot i que estigueu encallats, que agafeu busos de més de dos dies, que us feu amics de la vaques .... em feu molta enveja!
Disfruteu de l'Himalaya!

Posted by Alba on Tuesday, 05.18.10 @ 00:00am | #2464

Hi Guys!
I've took some time to read up a bit. Incredible stories! And also nice pictures.
Makes me wanna go on my trip even more!
Although it is a lot shorter then yours;)
Good luck on the bus
Dennis

Posted by Dennis on Wednesday, 05.19.10 @ 00:00am | #2465

Jo pujaria l'Everest mentre us espereu que arreglin la carretera. quin passada, una abraçada macus!
Jordi

Posted by Jordi on Tuesday, 05.25.10 @ 00:00am | #2466

Hola tothom!
Per fi hem pogut sortir d'alla i despres de molts autocars i trens, per fi estem al mig de la India. Ara hem comencat la part mes calurosa, el desert! Ja hem vist el Taj Mahal (bastant impressionant) i ara ja tirant cap aball!
Per cert, l'Everest tava una mica lluny, pero el K2 tava ben a propet ;)

Posted by Jordi on Tuesday, 06.1.10 @ 00:00am | #2467

UE! Per fi notícies dels travellers! Me n'alegro que tot vagi bé. Quan podrem veure algunes fotos més? Necessito alimentar l'enveja que em feu dia a dia. :)
D'aquí 20 dies marxo cap al plujosa Anglaterra. Això si que serà apacionant.
Cuideu-vos

Posted by Alba on Tuesday, 06.1.10 @ 00:00am | #2468

Hi Dennis and Steffen,
It is very nice to see that you really read and post comments from the Netherlands, we like it very much :) Although you are minority, keep doing so please!
Cheers

Posted by Jordi on Tuesday, 06.1.10 @ 00:00am | #2469

Hi Jordi and Olga
Very impressive what you have seen, it looks indeed a scary road when you drive with a bus on it. But it must be a beautifull view.
Regards Jan

Posted by Jan on Tuesday, 06.1.10 @ 00:00am | #2470

is the mantra "om mani padni ..." or "om mani padme..."?

Posted by wondertrash on Sunday, 09.16.12 @ 06:57am | #1338

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