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We had breakfast (Aloo Paratha & Tea) & headed for Panamik which is known for Hot Springs. It was overcast, cloudy and dull. We even experienced a drizzle.

A permit is required because Panamik & Sumur, both the places come under military governance as they both are close to the line of control border neighbouring China. On the way, you 1st come across Sumur, however we thought of 1st visiting Panamik & on our way back we visited Sumur.

Panamik is the northernmost point of India! Further to that the area is restricted. There are a few steps going up from the Ama Tsogspa Restaurant in Panamik where you find the Hot Springs. Hot Springs have a therapeutic effect on the human body. You can see the steam vapours coming out from the stream of water running down the mountain.

I then had Namkeen tea (Butter Tea) with a loaf of locally made bread at the Ama Tsogspa Restaurant. We spent quite some time there, clicked a few pics & left for Sumur which is known for it’s Samtanling Monastery.

This is one of the more Grand Monasteries we have come across. It is very wide and broad and has a very regal entrance. We got some really nice captures there and after that, we left for lunch to our Hotel. We were pretty hungry after the sight seeing.

Sachin was not keeping well, so he took a break after the lunch and I proceeded to click the pictures of the beautiful Diskit Monastery. This Monastery is also located at a good height. There are quite a few steps to walk but the visit is definitely worthwhile.

The temples inside are extremely beautiful and a must for every visitor to Diskit.…

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We woke up a bit late as we had slept quite late because of what had happened the previous night. Also this day was more of a sight-seeing day and we could afford to get up a bit late.

After getting up, we had a very heavy breakfast & then we booked a private taxi for sight-seeing in Padum (Zanskar Valley).

We had to see Stongdey & Karsha Monastery today and after booking a taxi for the same we came back to our room to take some rest.

At 2.00pm we left for the sight seeing. We had to book a private taxi for the same as our driver-cum-tourist guides were not allowed to do sight-seeing in Zanskar as they came from a different place.

Our way to Stongdey was extremely scenic & picturesque. There were many small towns spread across the way and these towns had homes and houses mostly made of stones and bricks. The people here as well were very warm and loving & so were the kids very cute & adorable.

The locations were absolutely gorgeous and breath taking. We simply couldn’t stop clicking. Before reaching Stongdey Monastery, we were not having a clue as to what was in store for us. But to say the least, the road to stongdey was stunning & the Stongdey Gompa was even more stunning.

Stongdey Gompa is situated at a moderate height where cars cannot reach. Our taxi driver came with us & guided us to Stongdey Gompa. What lied in front of us was simple Divine, Serene & Beautiful.

Stongdey Gompa is an extremely beautiful monastery. The monk we met there was very caring & helpful. He took us to all the rooms inside the monastery.…

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The night before was such an experience that we were praying that our next destinations should not be as biting cold as Rangdum was! Thankfully Padum our next destination wasn’t. It was cool & pleasant, but definitely not unbearable as Rangdum.

We saw the Rangdum Gompa on our way. Rangdum Gompa is the oldest Gompa and therefore has a very rich heritage. We then passed the Rangdum Gompa Museum.

Unmarried ladies in Rangdum are called as ‘chomo’ & men are called ‘lama’.

We then saw the Panzilla Gompa on our way. Immediately after that, we saw the Darang-Darang Glacier. Its a beautiful snow clad glacier and below it runs a river that seems to form the shape of the letter ‘S’.

The roads on the way are extremely bad and therefore we got too tired after reaching Padum. Padum is a place that comes in the Zanskar Belt & is also governed by the Zanskar Union.

Its a small town and we checked into our hotel – Hotel Ibex. It’s probably the best hotel in Padum & after checking into our room, we dropped our baggage & headed to the hotel restaurant for tea & refreshments as we were quite a bit tired.

I had Mok-Thuk (A Tibetan Soup with momo’s) & my friend Sachin had Tomato-Garlic Cheese Macaroni for dinner. We then had a nice Mixed Fruit Custard for Dinner and since it wasn’t too late we decided to chat.

After a while…all of a sudden, it came to Sachin’s notice that someone outside our room was peeping through the glass window of our room and could see us conversing with each other as the curtains of our rooms couldn’t be closed fully and one could see from the corners what was happening inside.…

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