posted on Monday, September 07, 2009

Leh second day.


Took a taxi at 6am heading to Thiksey monastery where at 7 it is possible to join the monks for the morning chanting. The place itself is set on top of a hill dominating the valley and with a superb 360 degrees panorama of mountains and semi desert plains. The building was also remarkable; a typical tibetan monastery with white washed walls and a few touches of ochre and sienna. It is actually more like a village as from the hilltop where the main buildings are it spreads all the way to the bottom valley. The morning ceremony itself was a bit of a disappointment as despite being low season there was about thirty tourists and unfortunately some of them didn't seem to show much respect for what was going on. After that I walked about thirty minutes to Shey the old capital of Ladakh. Here there is the Royal Palace with a two storey statue of the Buddha towering in the prayer room. On the way back I experienced the discomforts of the local bus where I found myself squashed like a sardine with locals staring at me wonder what on earth was a tourist doing in their bus!