Exploration date during Winter Experience of LEH LADAKH & CHADAR Trek – 2017: 20th January 2017
It was 20th January 2017 morning, I kept my 1st step on Leh around 7:45 AM after boarding flight (Jet Airways, Seat: 22D) from Delhi at 6:30 AM. Weather was around -17 degree Celsius in the morning when we got out of flight. Huge difference in temperatures inside Flight & Leh was Awesome feeling when i kept my 1st step at Leh Airport 😛
Deepa Iyer whom i met at Delhi Airport helped me to reach Hotel Bimla which is accommodation point during CHADAR Trek as provided by Adventure Nation SPOC person. Went on car which is came to pick-up Deepa Madam. Thanks to Mr. Sonam for dropping me to Hotel Bimla.
Reached Hotel Bimla around 8:30 AM and reported to point of contact Inam. He gave me 4 people room since 3 of the them will join me later who will reach few hours late to Leh. Hotel Bimla in-charge Inam charged room cost Rs 1500/- per day since 4 of us reached 1 day early to Leh and 4 of us divided room charge between us.
Note: During winters at Leh, Room charge per day will be costly in every hotel due to weather conditions.
Had breakfast and decided not to waste my 1st day at Leh Ladakh. Meanwhile 3 of them – Somesh, Shruthi Somesh & Suddhasatwa Banerjee reached Hotel Bimla around 11:00 AM.
As the day progresses, Temperature was around -5 degree Celsius which is common during winters at Leh.
Inquired about nearby places which i can roam in the morning. Hotel Staff told me Leh Palace is nearby and Best place to explore so decided to visit Leh palace in the morning. Informed my roommates about visiting Leh Palace. 3 of them told me to wait since they will go out and come for some work. Waited for them till 11:45 AM and moreover their mobile phones are on switch off mode so decided to go alone for exploration of Ancient Leh Palace which is nearby only!
About Leh Palace: Leh Palace is ancient one and is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. It is 9 storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms.
For more information, visit the link: Ancient Leh Palace
Note: In this article, i will refer Leh Place as Ancient Leh Palace.
Started around 12:00 PM in the noon from Hotel Bimla after little delay and walked on the streets of Leh Market.
Inquired with locals to find way to Ancient Leh Palace. It was clearly visible & easy to find way to Ancient Leh Palace from Market. Just you have to walk on Galli areas of Leh Market which will show way to entrance of Ancient Leh Palace. Half Kms. of easy hike took me to Ancient Leh Palace.
Reached Leh Palace around 12:30 PM. Entrance fees of Rs. 15/- paid at ticket counter and started to explore this 9 storeys high Ancient Leh Palace.
Explored Ancient Leh Palace around 1 hour and captured 9 Storeys high palace in Unique way through my Nikon D3100 🙂
Unique captures at Ancient Leh Palace – Album 1
Unique captures at Ancient Leh Palace – Album 2
Namgyal Tsemo Monastery can be closely witnessed from Ancient Leh Palace and there is clear trail to reach the monastery from Ancient Leh Palace. I decided not to explore the Monastery because it was closed in the afternoon 🙁
About Namgyal Tsemo Monastery: Namgyal Tsemo Monastery or Namgyal Tsemo Gompa is a Buddhist monastery in Leh district, Ladakh, Northern India. Founded in 1430 by King Tashi Namgyal of Ladakh, it has a three-story high gold statue of Maitreya Buddha and ancient manuscripts and frescoes. The Monastery was featured in a television commercial for WorldSoccerShop.com in 2011.
For more information, visit the link: Namgyal Tsemo Monastery
View of Namgyal Tsemo Monastery from Ancient Leh Palace
View of Leh City from Ancient Leh Palace
View of Shanti Stupa from Ancient Leh Palace
After exploring Ancient Leh Palace, started to descend around 1:30 PM and walked on the streets of Leh Market. Spent some time capturing the place and had lunch at Punjabi Hotel.
Reached Hotel Bimla at 3:15 PM and met my roommates.
Ancient Leh Palace is must visit place at Leh Ladakh!!!
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