I wish I could've spent more time in Leh, but the road was calling, so sanDRina and I headed out but not before stocking up on Yos, the Ladakhi snack made of roasted barley and assorted nuts. Leaving the capital of Ladakh, National Highway 1 rides along the Indus River and it was flowing fast and full. I could only imagine what it must be like at the end of summer with the full force of the snowmelt.
A few kilometers out of Leh, there's a place called Magnetic Hill, where if you park your car in the designated spot and leave it in neutral, it will supposedly move uphill due to the way the magnetic field is aligned at that point. But of course, it doesn't work on a bike, because the kickstand is down. There, I met up with the Taj Royals, a big group of Bullet riders on a tour from Agra.
After some time, the landscape changed and looked very moonlike with white rocks all over the hill and then came Lamayuru, an old monastery said to be a thousand years old. It's a beautiful structure perched on top of a hill framed with beautiful snow peaks all around.
I crossed two more passes, Fotu La and Namika La, but after the really high passes of the Manali-Leh Highway, these seemed like hills. And then it was down into Kargil, the northernmost point of my trip around India. It was near Kargil in 1999 that India and Pakistan fought their last war and after reading so much about it and seeing those events transpire in the news, it was interesting to see that it's just a regular old mountain town. Traffic is busy, street vendors are selling all sorts of items and there's fresh bread being made.
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