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Before I start with Day 6, sample these roadside warnings about speeding on various highways in Ladakh, all courtesy the BRO. Some are funny, while some are plain howlarious!!
I admire the humour and the attempt at rhyming to get the message across. :)

“Darling I want you but not so fast”

“The journey of life is long and the path unknown.”

“Whether you’re African or American, we’re all human.”

“Life is precious, avoid speed.”

“Make today an accident free day.”

“Peep, peep, don’t sleep.”

“If you’re married, divorce speed.”

“Accidents are prohibited on this road.”

“Do your dozing in bed.”

“AAAA = Always Alert Avoid Accidents.”

“Please drive slowly, someone is waiting for you.”

“Take heed, don’t speed.”

“No race, no rally, enjoy the beauty of the valley.”

“Don’t be a gamma (Indian wrestler) in the land of the lama.”

“Drive on muscle power, not rum power.”

“After whiskey, driving’s risky.”

“If you drink bourbon, you’ll lose your turban.”

“Mountains are pleasure if you drive with leisure.”

"Drinking scot…

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....blue skies mirrored
in the still lake,
confined together
occasional whirlpools..liberate.....

Alchi Gompa

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Thankas at Lamayuru

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Lamayuru ~ Moonland

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Bazgo

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The Sangam - Zanskar and Indus

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Zanskar at the top meeting the muddy Indus below.

Razor edged mountains

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Alchi Gompa

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Lamayuru ~ Moonland

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Bazgo

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The Sangam - Zanskar and Indus

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Zanskar at the top meeting the muddy Indus below.

Greenery in the desert.....a Leh village

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Greenery in the desert.....a Leh village

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The Sindhu...note how the road goes along

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Leh Logs: Day Three

We started day three hovering over Leh in a helicopter. Father had made this arrangement so that we would have the best sights. We traversed the Indus through the sky and I got some great shots at extreme angles. The pilot indulged all my requests to hover the craft at different angles so that I could get my shots. The chopper’s sides almost kissed a few pinnacles in that process. We got so carried away during these stunts that we almost reached the Kargil army camp further up the Indus. Since that area is a no-fly zone, they actually though we were an intruding aircraft and trained guns on us. Things started going crazy just then. Before the pilot could even establish our identity, one of the missiles zoomed towards the chopper blades ……..

Do I have your attention? (Tee hee hee!!..I know.. that’s a mean trick to play…and yes, maybe I should be a full time writer. Just my 2 cents of fantasy.)

Ok..now to the real travelogue.

August 22nd was going to be a long day. We were going to travel …

13 years and six months......still counting.

Sorry to interrupt the travelogue but this post cannot wait.

The right honourable P. D. Kode pronounced the court's verdict on 4 of the 123 accused who faced trial in the 1993 Mumbai Serial blasts case.

257 Dead700 Injured13 years and 6 months of trial123 Accused4 Convicted so far4 Acquitted so far686 Witnesses13,000 pages of evidence1 Court1 Act (TADA)
Statistics pregnant with a lot of possibilities.

So have we learnt our lessons?

Mumbai Riots - 1993
Gujarat Riots - 2002
Ongoing blasts in J and K
Blasts in Varanasi - 2006
Mumbai train serial blasts - 2006
Malegoan serial blasts - 2006

And these are just the milestones....

Year 2056: Court to finally give verdict in the 2006 Mumbai trains serial blasts case.......

Ladakh landscape

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Shanti Stupa

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Leh Palace

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The City from the Leh Palace window

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Stok Palace

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Leh Logs: Day Two - Noon

A fulfilling meal later, we were back on the circuit. The Stok Palace was the first location we drove towards. It is a bit further from Leh and on the way we encountered a dilapidated bridge. Mr. Jolly Driver, in his inimitable style and heavy accent described how the original bridge was washed away in the floods this year. Leh experienced more than its normal share of rainfall and as a result the predominantly mud structures came crashing down. One of those was the bridge. The wonder that our Army is, they restored it in a day using girders and heavy forks. Behind the well maintained network of roads in that region is the Army’s need for reach and rapid communication. They need to move supplies, equipment and men at a moment’s notice.

The structure of the Stok Palace is not as attractive as the museum it houses. The Royal belongings are preserved there. The typical finery, articles of daily use like pouches, padlocks, paintings and other works of art are displayed in well lit rooms wi…

Ladakh landscape

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Shanti Stupa

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Leh Palace

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The City from the Leh Palace window

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Stok Palace

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Leh Logs: Day Two - Noon

A fulfilling meal later, we were back on the circuit. The Stok Palace was the first location we drove towards. It is a bit further from Leh and on the way we encountered a dilapidated bridge. Mr. Jolly Driver, in his inimitable style and heavy accent described how the original bridge was washed away in the floods this year. Leh experienced more than its normal share of rainfall and as a result the predominantly mud structures came crashing down. One of those was the bridge. The wonder that our Army is, they restored it in a day using girders and heavy forks. Behind the well maintained network of roads in that region is the Army’s need for reach and rapid communication. They need to move supplies, equipment and men at a moment’s notice.

The structure of the Stok Palace is not as attractive as the museum it houses. The Royal belongings are preserved there. The typical finery, articles of daily use like pouches, padlocks, paintings and other works of art are displayed in well lit rooms wi…

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....lazy gulls scattered on the beach
waves crash
palms glow crimson
keep time....

Thiksey Monastery

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Thiksey Buddha

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Stone pillars

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Shey Buddha

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Shey Palace

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Sindhu (Indus) Ghat

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Juxtaposed!

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Thiksey Monastery

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Thiksey Buddha

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Stone pillars

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Shey Buddha

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Shey Palace

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Sindhu (Indus) Ghat

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Juxtaposed!

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Leh Logs: Day Two - I

Ah beautiful morning! Overhanging mist, sunrays filtering through clouds....it was perfect! Our first real morning in Leh.

Transport for the day was coming over at 9.30 am. We were taking it easy today. Sites and places around Leh had been chosen for the excursion. Nothing strenuous.

So far, none of us had felt light headed or had a hangover due to the rarified air. I took to Leh like a fish to water. Father concluded that my well being was due to the fact that there was nothing in my head to begin with.

It’s great to have indulgent parents like mine. I was the last one up and had a leisurely bath. Breakfast was even better! I remember having close to 4 toasts, with a thick omelette and tossed in a few pancakes as well! Mother chided me for the extravagance. We were, after all, returning for a lunch break in between the tours. I gave her a pained look. To wash it all down finally, I had excellent black tea. Its fairly common to drink this along with hot water in those parts. Since milk i…

Leh Logs: Day Two - I

Ah beautiful morning! Overhanging mist, sunrays filtering through clouds....it was perfect! Our first real morning in Leh.

Transport for the day was coming over at 9.30 am. We were taking it easy today. Sites and places around Leh had been chosen for the excursion. Nothing strenuous.

So far, none of us had felt light headed or had a hangover due to the rarified air. I took to Leh like a fish to water. Father concluded that my well being was due to the fact that there was nothing in my head to begin with.

It’s great to have indulgent parents like mine. I was the last one up and had a leisurely bath. Breakfast was even better! I remember having close to 4 toasts, with a thick omelette and tossed in a few pancakes as well! Mother chided me for the extravagance. We were, after all, returning for a lunch break in between the tours. I gave her a pained look. To wash it all down finally, I had excellent black tea. Its fairly common to drink this along with hot water in those parts. Since milk i…