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India – Ladakh september 2017

Last september I went on a very nice trip to the Ladakh area in NorthWest India.
Reisroute: Delhi – Amritsar (Golden Temple) – Dharamsala – Manali – Keylong – Sarchu –
Leh (along the famous ('dangerous') Manali-Leh road including some high passes >5000m - Leh – 5 day trek in the himalaya - Leh (Ladakh Festival)

Ladakh is also sometime called Little Tibet because of the atmosphere, landscape and monastaries.

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A direct flight from Schiphol towards Delhi.


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After a little sleep (since we arrived in the middle of the night) and before breakfast/lunch :D I went up the roof of our hotel.


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Our hotel was located in the Karol Bagh area. Lots of small streets, many, many shops and even more hotels and hostels.


In the afternoon we went on a trip to go to some interesting places in the southern part of Delhi.

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Tuktuk Delhi.


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Delhi was busy, nosy, a little chaotic at some times but also in several areas lots of green (which i didn't expected)


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A whole bunch of tuktuk and bicycle riksja’s are waiting at one of the metrostation for customers.


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On our way trough Delhi we pas a Sikh temple (Gurudwara Bangla Sahib).


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A bit later we arrive at the political centre of India.


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First real stop is near India Gate.


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Where they remember the falling soldiers.


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This day is really dry and very hot in Delhi so all the people look for things to cool down.


After the India gate we go on towards our next stop, the very impressive site of Humayun’s Tomb.

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One of the gates.


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And after that we have a great view of this building with it red sandstone! :cool:


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Build in order by Akbar, the son of Humayun, 2nd ruler of the Mogolempire
Like the garden the building itself is also symmetric.


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Impressive indeed.


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Inside you find several tumbs.


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The garden is a nice area to relax in the hussle and bussle of Delhi ;)


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“Isa Khan’s Tomb”


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On our way again.



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Arrived at the Qutb Minar complex, with most striking, the 72m tall old brick minaret.


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Beside the minaret you also find parts of the old mosque en even before that the old Hindu Temple....you will not find much mosque building with erotic scenes ;)


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Old remains of an other minaret which supposed the be even taller!


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Beautifull details on the minaret.


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Framed.


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Enough old bricks!


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Looking up!


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A very interesting place.


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In the bus on our way back to the hotel.


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Streetlife Delhi.


Next part we take the train towards Amritsar.
 

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Amritsar

Amritsar

the next morning we go early towards de central railway station of Delhi to take the train which will bring us in Amritsar.
At the station its a real hussle and bussle including baggage check. On the platform itself its pretty busy also :D

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Busy or not there is still room to take a nap. Just after this a train arrived and all the passengers who went of left this guy sleeping!


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Waiting for our train...


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En route.


Most of the time the scenery outside from the train was rural landschap with lots of
agriculture fields. Sometime a village or a town but mainly agriculture. Along the railroad there is a lot of garbage (maily at the villages and towns)

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Sort of bling-bling... ;)


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Right beside the normal building in this little town.


Like probably often in India? our train arrived almost three hours late in Amritsar...

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Our trainwagon.


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On route to our hotel in Amritsar with little taxivans we see plenty of this city.


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Hotel isn't far anymore.


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Nice gate and mosque near our hotel.


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Let see something of the city this afternoon. Nice monument and building.


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A bit further along in the city.


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Mainstreet of Amritsar which was very wel maintained. Real difference with al those little streets and alleys which are attached to this street. ;)


First made a visit to a park in the city center with a dark history. Its the location of the Amritsar massacre (Jallianwala Bagh massacre) of 1919. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianwala_Bagh_massacre

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Green soldiers.


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Lots of bicycles.


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In the centre of town you find a array of small streets and alleys which so much shops….but it looks like just wide enough for the tuktuk... :D


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Very busy.


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Plenty of life here!


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Almost back at our hotel.


Next post will be of our very early visit to the Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib) which was one of the highlight of the whole trip if I am honest! :banana: :cool:
 

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Harmandir Sahib - Amritsar

Golden Temple - Harmandir Sahib

For this “must see” attraction in Amritsar we went very early (around 4am!) on our way towards the temple and grounds.
Formerly know as the Golden Temple (renamed in 2005) its the most holy place for Sikhs.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Temple


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Already some people on the streets...at the complex itself there were plenty of sleeping people/pelgrims.


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No mather your own religion, everybody is very welcome to visit the site, temple and holy places as long as you follow only a few simple rules. (o.a. cover your head, bare feet, no alcohol or drugs etc)


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Trough the entrace building (on of several) our first view at that impressive GOLD! WOW :cool:


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Bling bling! :cool:


First we visit the ceremony with the holy book. Every early morning its moved from it safe storage place to the golden temple.

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In this holy water lots of Sikhs take a bath.
The ladies have there own secure place along the inner lake.


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Nighttime Gouden Tempel.


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From all sides it so impressive!! The atmosphere herewas really wonderfull and relaxed.


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Its getting a bit more light.. Later this morning we also visited the golden temple itself with its three stories (but no pics inside are allowed)
No problem at all, just beeing there between all the people and taking it all in is enough for some very special memories. :cool:


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Morning twilight. Inside this huge complex you can even find a huge free kitchen.


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People at the temple.


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All in line to visit the temple and elaxing at the lakeside.


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Sun is showing more of itself.


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Almost 'time for breakfast';)


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Surrounding buildings of the temple are sometimes allready beautifull in itself.


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One of the 'gate buildings'.


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White and gold.


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Zoom in a bit.


In the afternoon we also visited an other 'golden' temple in Amritsar (Hindu temple) and after that we also went to the Wagah border. But that will be the next post ;)
 

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final part in Amritsar

First thanks allready for the likes and comments :eek:kay:

Final part Amritsar

After our breakfast and some relaxing time, we went with a smaller group in tuktuks towards the other golden temple you can find in the city.
The Hindu temple ‘Durgiana Temple’. Like the Sikh temple this one was also situated in a 'smaller' lake.

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Lots of gold, but also more silver. In the temple itself the main gods were Durga, Laksmi and Vishnu.


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Details in the golden facade.


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Silver doors and stone facade.


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Statue near the main temple.


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Its was very quiet at this location (compared offcourse with the other temple ;) ).
Beside the maintemple you could find several other temples and shrines at the location.
Several places needed a bit more maintenance at just outside the ground a big piece of extra land was being constructed for I guess expansion of this temple grounds.


Towards the evening/late afternoon we went with our whole tourgroup towards the Wagah border.
This place is know for the borderceremony between India and Pakistan ; "lower the flags ceremony “

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View from the front seat in the minibus still in Amritsar.


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Again.


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Lots of people allready on the India side of this stadium(!!)


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Lots of noise, flags, and inciting the public is all in a days work ;)


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Military India.


Ceremony itself was even more noise and showing off to each other from both sides...

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View towards to two fences (and a little part of Pakistan :D ) Enough guns and stuff closeby also...


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The cellphone mast was strong in Pakistan...beiing in India my cellphone suddenly said...welcome in Pakistan.... :eek: :D

The next day we finally go on the roadtrip towards the Himalaya and the (in)famous Manali-Leh road.
 

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On the road towards McLeodganj

First day of the roadtrip: Towards Dharamsala / McLeodganj.

After our days in Amritsar it was time to get on the road again.
With two “Tempo’s” (minibus) and one passenger car we went on our way towards the Himalaya and the high passes.
But first its still "pretty low" :D On this first day on the road we are on our way towards Dharamsala/McLeodganj.

In McLeod Ganj the Daila Lama has got his residencae, while in Dharamsala the Government of Tibet in exile is situated.
We will stay in McLeod Ganj so we can visit the temple of the Daila Lama, Tsuglagkhang, and the Tibetan museum.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McLeod_Ganj

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After the first couple of hours we now enter an more hilly and green landscape.


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Everywhere in India, big city, small town or just along the road you will see those cows! :D


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Green and pretty good roads in this area.


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Around one o'clock we arrive at our lunch spot at a local family residence with some nice views of the mountains and Dharamsala, McLeod ganj…..
although views....there are plenty of dark clouds and thunder in the mountains can be heard.


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Lets zoom in a bit.


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Green and blurry ;)


After the great lunch its still like two hours driving towards McLeod Ganj and our hotel.
This time our driver suddenly lost the sights on the other bus and car....:D
After lots of questions to the locals he will find the right road to town ;)

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Just after arriving at the hotel a pretty big rain shower is getting active over the village and the valley below.


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Short but intense.


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Rainbow...later on it even became a double one.


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In the village itself its dry again.


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Looking down at our neighbours.


Later in the aftenoon we go and visit the Tsuglagkhang and Tibetan Museum.

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Buildings and mountains! :banana:


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Enough and Tibetans signs, names and flags in the village.


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Great view towards the really big mountains closeby. We are at around 1600m high now :)


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Statue on the grounds of the temple and museum.


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The Tibetan museum had a nice setup and was very informative.
It gave insight in the history from just before Tibet was occupied until now. The list with people who set themselfs on fire was long and imposing. :(


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Buddha in the temple where the Dalai Lama teaches the monks.


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View from the toiletarea! :D


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A big group of monks were meditating.


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Lead monk.


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Outside the complex you can buy enough souvernirs and stuff..


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One of the two mainstreets of the town. Here you can find more than enough shops, bars, restaurant, but offcourse also a temple!


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Walk clockwise and give a spin at the prayerwheels. Doesn't hurt ;)


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The day after beautifull weather! :)


Next we go towards Manali on at the end was our longest day of driving.
 
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