LADAKH 2015

We took a jeep trip from Old Manali to Ladakh in the fall of 2015. Ladakh means the 'land' (dakh) of 'passes' (La) . . . some of them over 17,000ft. Overwhelmingly inspiring, imprinted, adorned and enlivened by Buddhist culture, ringing with silence. It is the most breathtaking land I have ever experienced.
Small Shiva temple, rare in this land of Buddhism  Small Shiva Temple in Ladakh near the top of a pass. While such temples are all over northern India, in Ladakh they are rarely seen. IMG 3383  That is the road we travel on the right. Rock formation in Ladakh IMG 3387  Small bridge and rock formations in Ladakh
IMG 3385 IMG 3389  This is a first calss road in Ladakh IMG 3390 IMG 3391
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IMG 3178 IMG 3181 IMG 3186 IMG 3196  Notice the road we traveled on cut into the rock face on right
IMG 2715  Prayer Flags on Pass, disseminating blessing to the world IMG 3200  The Orange Cable will carry the high speed internet wires to Leh. There is work going on all over the roads to get this done. IMG 2717 IMG 2718
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IMG 2728 IMG 2731  Small Gompa or monastery nestled into a rock cliff IMG 2736  The cultivated fields are all peas and potatoes which grow best in this high altitude, short growing season. IMG 2737
IMG 2741  The fields are irrigated by channels that carry the snow-mwlt water through the terraces. IMG 2742 IMG 2743 IMG 2758
IMG 2762  The peaks you see in the background are over 20,000ft IMG 2783 IMG 2788 IMG 2789
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These men are working on the road and burying internet cable alongside the road from Manali to Leh IMG 2890 IMG 2895 IMG 2897
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IMG 2943 IMG 2949 The top of the pass is covered with small stones cairns piled three high imitating small stupas IMG 2956
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IMG 2992  They work on these roads intensively during the short time they are not under snow. As you can see on the left side, the mountains are always crumbling and covering the man made scars of the roads IMG 2995 IMG 2996 IMG 3016  I call this rockface: Three grumpy old men. Can you see them?
IMG 3027  This is a high-class toilet which is nothing more than a hole in the ground. Around here, everyone goes outside. IMG 3034 IMG 3035 IMG 3046  Sarchu Tent Camp where we stayed overnight on the three day journey to Leh
IMG 3067  Prayer Flags are the ornaments of the passes IMG 3075  These are some of the highest motorable passes in the world and we went over all of them. IMG 3077 IMG 3091  Roadside Stupas in a lonely valley
IMG 3094 IMG 3098  There are avenues of Mane Stones leading up to many of the stupas, all inscribed with "Om Mane Padme Hum" IMG 3099 IMG 3102
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Door to main temple at Likar Monastery near Leh IMG 3040 IMG 3172 The Wheel of Life
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IMG 3213 IMG 3263  This is how the monks leave their blankets after they have left the hall IMG 3253 IMG 3256  The blankets of the monks seem to be continuing the meditation
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IMG 3282 The Wheel of Life, found near the entrance of nearly every monastery IMG 3291 IMG 3292
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IMG 3363 These prayer wheels are packed with scripts of paper all printed with Om Mane Padme Hum It means, 'Om, the jewle in the Lotus In the midst of the everchanging world of nature is the unchanging jewel of Truth
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IMG 3403 IMG 3288 Rohtang Pass and the return to Old Manali Everything becomes green again
The Vyas river valley and we are back