The Road from Leh to Keylong

After a few days in Leh we had enough from the endless noise of Leh. All the tourists that need a Royal Enfield to go from their guest house to a restaurant and back, all the cars that go up and down and in between the military trucks and what not. Also Helena and Jathin where running out of time. Since you need an expensive permit to go to Nubra valley and then have to get on an organized tour we decided to go to the Chander Taal or the Moon Lake since you can walk there from the road and do not need a permit.
That requires a two-day trip on the mountain roads of India. The first day is a piece of cake since you only need to book a bus from Leh the day before or simply show at the bus stand in the middle of the night. We had our seats and tickets and a friendly taxi that put us in front of the bus in the middle of the night. Money well spend since we could sleep about 1 hour more.
The bus left more or less on time – great. It was another hard day on the road. But the landscape is really nice. Here are some pictures for you:

Still in leh
We did pass a few military installations and picked up some soldiers with guns. That gives you that really “save” feeling. One of them was sick for most of the drive. Hmmm how can you kill the enemy when you have to throw up all the time?

Snake of PotHole
I name you “Snake of PotHole”

The Road from Leh to Keylong
Big sky and nice colours

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong
Stupa at the second highest pass in the world

Temple at Taglangla Pass
Temple at Taglangla Pass

The Road from Leh to Keylong
Mr. Miky does the tourist pose

The Road from Leh to Keylong
The other side – this is where we will go further

The Road from Leh to Keylong
Our ride – the good old Tata bus. Hard to kill and hard on your spine.

The Road from Leh to Keylong
The inside of the temple. I was the only one to take a look. Strange!

The Road from Leh to Keylong
That middle of nowhere feeling

The Road from Leh to Keylong
I gave the driver and the conductor a Coke at the breakfast stop. That was the best bribe ever! I had seat number 2 and 3 for myself for the whole ride – from dust till night! And the last few hours they put me on seat number 1. That was an upgrade from business class to first class! And there where many passenger that climbed the door and wanted to sit at number 2. Only in India!

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong
At first everybody will keep driving till the vehicles face each other. Than after a few seconds everybody starts to wave hands – in the vehicle and then out of the window. If the other vehicle is a truck or a bus than it takes some time. If it is a car usually the car has to back up. Since the car drivers should know that after a while it really puzzles me how they drive right in front of the bus all the time. And all the time we could save if the drivers would only stop where the other one could pass. Incredible India!

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong

The Road from Leh to Keylong
There are lots of rivers that come down the mountains. Sometimes it makes you wonder how the small cars can manage them. With the truck or bus it is more easy because of the big wheels.

The Road from Leh to Keylong
Finally we arrived at Keylong. We did find out that we have to catch the 5.30 bus to a junction so there where only a few hours to sleep. A few drunk guys did try to sell us rooms. With the usual how much and how far i decided to go with one of them. He wanted 70 Rp. I showed him 5 fingers – he stared at them for a second. Than i told him 50 and he did agree. I even gave him my bag to carry – and a 20 Rp tip. He was happy and smiling. Turns out that our room was a shitty dorm. In fact the worst dorm ever. Which was fun again. For a few hours that was our new home.

More Pictures from Leh, India

The next day I was off to the market in town to get some pictures. But guess what – there was almost nobody selling. Bad timing iI guess. Anyhow – here are the last few pictures from Leh for you:

Leh, India
On the way down from our guest house was a little temple that I passed so many times without stopping. This time I did!

Stupa in Leh, India
Nice paintings inside but somebody should take care of them.

Temple Leh, India

Leh, India

Leh, India
The mosque downtown

Leh, India
If it would not be for the shops – this would be a really nice building.

Namgyal Tsemo Monastery in Leh, India
The Namgyal Tsemo Monastery – with a lot of cables

Finally i reached the market or what was left that day:

Market Leh, India
All the food did look very fresh

Leh, India

Leh, India

Leh, India

Leh, India

Leh, India
He has water in the oil drum – they are moving the whole day and bring water somewhere.

Construction Leh, India
They remodel the whole inner city so it was all construction and dust.

Leh, India

Leh, India
Our room at the Rai-Wa guest house at Upper Changspa road. A nice chilled place with a green surrounding and a roof to sit and relax. The owner is super friendly but it was a bit expensive compared to the other rooms we had. We did pay 10€ for 4 people with the shower and toilet outside. I did pay less for an AC room with shower and toilet in Delhi. Still a nice room 🙂

A few Pictures from Leh, Ladakh, India

Since i was super lazy and there is not really a lot to do in Leh i show you the pictures from the few times i was down town. We decided to go and take a look at the palace so you will see a few pictures from that day.
Leh Palace is a former royal palace and was modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. The palace was built in the 17th century and is not really interesting from the inside. It is empty and there is construction all over the place so you see lots of tools and unfinished renovating. They had an exhibition of castles from Hungary – very interesting – not. And than there was no power so you could not even see the exhibition. Of course foreigner had to pay 10 times more than Indians – what for?

Palace in Leh, India
Looks good from the outside!

But since the palace is in the middle of Leh we have to walk there – and that is what we did see – some of the stuff..

Baby in Leh, India
The guy was parked there every day I passed the corner

In Leh, India
Looks like it is the red day – today

Heavy construction in down town Leh
Heavy construction in down town Leh

In Leh, India
Happy guy in the sun

The Temple of the Dogs  Leh, India
We did find the Temple of the Dogs on our way up to the palace. They do rest in the day so they can bark all night.

The Temple of the Dog
There where a few more on each side. Not everybody can sleep elevated. Some have to work their way up i guess.

Don't urinate here!
Don’t urinate here! Guess the guys that can read English would not do so. But the ones that can not read it did. Not sure why this message is in English. But the urine was the smaller problem on the way up. A lot of people come here to have a shit with a view – at last that is how it looks. And dog shit does look somehow different.

No Romance!
Well we walked all the way up here to discover that – good thing we where all only friends – so no romance involved!

Palace entrance in Leh, India
Finally – The entrance to the palace – that was almost the only thing to take a picture here.

View from the palace in Leh, India
View from the palace in Leh

View from the palace in Leh

View from the palace in Leh
This is where most of the tourist guest houses are. More green and with a view of the Shanti Stupa.

Painting in the palace Leh, India
Some painting – they could do a better job with preserving that place

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I have no clue how we did missed the Palace Museum but we did. Might be because there was no power so it was closed or they removed the sign to it? I guess apart from the view of the city that would be the reason to visit the palace! We stopped on the way down at a little coffee shop.

Leh, India
Nice street in the old part of Leh

Leh, India
Interesting fence construction

Royal Enfield
I think it will be hard to find 2 Royal Enfields that look the same when they are ot of the factory for more than a year or so.

Dog in Leh, India
Another sleeping beauty

 Leh, India
Cheese and Butter Milk shop

Leh, India
End of one of the many prayers a day. The place in front of the mosque fills up quick.

Baby in Leh, India
The Namgyal Tsemo Monastery at sun set. It was founded in 1430 and is still looking good.