We got up at 8.30am, had breakfast and left for Alchi. Mr. Hadi was our new travel guide cum driver from Kargil onwards. What made us very happy was that we were this time going to travel in a new & a much better and comfortable car!
We left from Kargil, parallel to Suru River which comes from Nun Kun Glacier. When we start with this by road, Baru Valley can be seen. We can also see the military base & a lot of shops which had got bombarded during the Kargil War.
We spent a few minutes of silence over there & proceeded further.
Next, on our way was Mulbekh. This village is scattered around the banks of river Wakha. This place is filled with poplars & orchards of Walnut & Apricot Trees. There a quite a few roadside Dhaba’s on the way.
We also had a quick look at the 7 metre high Maitreya (Chamba in Tibetan) Statue carved from the face of a gigantic boulder.
We then reached the – Namki La Pass (12198Ft above Sea Level!). This pass consists of Zig-Zag roads passing through barren desert-rock like Mountains.
Next we come across the Fotula Pass (13479Ft above Sea Level) It is the Highest Point on The Srinagar – Leh Road!
Next stop was Lamayuru – We halted there in Hotel Niranjana for Lunch. After having lunch, we took a few pictures of the Lamayuru Gompa (Monastery). Lamayuru Gompa is one of the oldest & one of the most important monasteries set in picturesque Moonland surroundings.
The white washed medieval monastery towers above scruffy cluster of tumbled down mud-brick houses from the top of near vertical, weirdly eroded cliff.…