Jeeps, Moonscapes, Snow and Mountains
Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
120Trip End Dec 13, 2006
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We celebrated Martin's birthday in style.. firstly we had rum as an aperitif in our room overlooking the mountains, then we went out for a lovely Indian meal - tandoori chicken etc... Afterwards we got the party going a bit more when we (Martin, Annie, Thomas, Paul and Mandy) were joined by Frank, Frank and Barbara (some French people who had arrived in Leh that night)
After a couple of days in Leh, we took a Jeep tour to the Nubra Valley where we drove along the highest motorable road in the world. The highest point was the KhardungLa pass at 18380 foot where we also fortunate enough to spot some rollerskaters who were attempting to break the Guiness Book of Records by rollerskating on the highest motorable road in the world!! The highest pass was also where lots of people put up prayer flags and as Paul was getting ready for the world cup, he put up some prayer flags in the hope that Wayne Rooney will get better and also that England will win the world cup.
For three days we travelled round the valley and back to Leh and stopped in Diskit (fab monastery), Hunder (lovely accommodation, great food, cute village children, and also where we met Sergio and drank lots of rum), Panamik (most northern point you can visit in India as a tourist, also has 'hot springs' - the photo explains it all) and Sumur (where we had a sandstorm). We also stopped a nice lake hidden away in rocks and saw some sand dunes. The area is very 'moonscape' like with some vegetation and the mountains are huge - hope the photos do the area some justice.
Manali is a very touristy (and for good reason as it is very picturesque - snow capped mountains, covered in forests - alpine like) with lots of western and Indian holiday makers.
We said a fond farewell to Martin and Annie yesterday as they were going trekking with Frank, Frank and Barbara then spent our day visiting nearby Vashist (very holy place, with lots of cows, farmers, hot springs and nice walking trails) and booking flights from Delhi to Varanasi which is our last destination before we head to France to visit Paul's family.