Saturday, 3 October 2015

One of the world most Dangerous Road

There’s nothing like a road trip to lift the spirits – beautiful views, restful days, discovering new places. But maybe you’re the sort of strange cookie who finds that a tad boring. You prefer your panoramic views with a few spoons of hair-raising adrenalin.
What makes a road an adventure? Narrow gravel tracks perched precipitously on mountainsides certainly up the ante. As do roads so far away from civilization that taking survival supplies is mandatory. Then there are routes that you must time right, or you’ll wish you’d taken a boat instead.

Travelling via Toyota Innova from Leh to Nubra Valley

Scenic view with flora and fauna Along the Journey

Long winding road...
As narrow as you can imagine...

full with rocks , cliffs... 

Possible of rock and landslides...
even Mudslides...

Roads might covered with AIS during winter.

Long Winding Road with sharp Curves...

Of course :
full of scenic mountain view! 

Riding a motorcycle on this road can be challenging...

This was the ROAD that I travel...
one of the most Dangerous Road in the WORLD! 

The Leh-Manali Highway is a high mountain road situated in India. It spans over a length of 479 km (298 mi) among the Himalaya mountain range. It passes through some of the worlds highest mountain passes in the world, with a mean altitude in between 2 to 3 miles above sea level. Uncertain weather, high altitude, no roads, extreme cold and no civilization for miles make this a very treacherous track. Carry extra fuel and feel close to heaven.

This dirt gravel road connects Leh in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir state and Manali in Himachal Pradesh state. It crosses some of worlds highest passes including averaging well over 17,000 feet. The journey from Manali to Leh takes about one full day by jeep or two days by bus. It’s accessible for cars and trucks during several months in summer only and ts highest elevation is 5,328 m (17,480 ft) at Taglang La mountain pass. Because of the important position of Ladakh between China and Pakistan this Highway plays an important strategic role for India, which results in the maintenance of the road by the Indian army itself. In addition to the spectacular landscape the life on and next to the road is diversified because of a wide variety of people frequenting it. Construction workers from other parts of India are working for better road conditions during the summer.

This road is usually is open for only about four and a half months in a year in summer between May or June, when the snow is cleared by the Border Roads Organisation of Indian army, and mid-October when snowfall again blocks it. Avalanches and heavy snowfalls can sometimes block some sections of the road and can be extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. Conditions can change quickly and be harsh. Road closures can be frequent, so check conditions before traveling to this area. Tourists from all over the world, as well as a growing number of Indian tourists use this road for the scenic impressions of the mountains. Truck drivers transport their cargo to Leh and back to other parts of India.

The trip on this road includes a lot of dangers. The road itself, with trucks and buses that sometimes travel only at 15 to 20 km/h due to the road condition. This is not the most comfortable drive in the world. This is not helped by the fact that some of the roads have drops to the side of a good few hundred metres. You can observe crashed and unlucky vehicles cover with rust down the slope somewhere...  And some of the passes are really spectacular, especially if you have to wait on the side of the road for a truck to pass... The road is one of the most complicated and challenging roads in the world, with snow, never ending traffic jams, landslides and terrain making the journey exceedingly difficult for anything other than a capable four wheel drive vehicle.

Due its climb in elevation over thousands of feet, and pass through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. Owing to the rarefied atmosphere (low air pressure) at high altitude, less oxygen is breathed in and many travellers experience altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness, causing acute mountain sickness: headache, nausea, dizziness and vomiting. Ladakh is a cold semi-arid desert. It is cold along the highway even in summer (June onwards); the days are warm in bright sunshine but the nights are very cold. Check weather forecasts before leaving home, and remember that it becomes cooler and often more prone to storms at higher elevations.
Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. And that pavement can ripple like a roller coaster track in places where “frost heaves” are caused by seasonal freezing and thawing of the ground. It’s incredible what kind of vehicles are using the road - from tankers and goods lorrys, army trucks to whatever else comes along with a motor in it, or without the motor, as some cyclist do. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. It makes necessary to drive carefully and slow down whenever approaching an oncoming car.The road, built and maintained by the Indian Army, plays an important role in the movement of armed forces in Ladakh. It's cleared by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).

Proper preparation is essential to having a safe, enjoyable trop on this road. Due to the remoteness of the area, take special care to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip: inspect all tires and make sure they are properly inflated, check all vehicle fluids, replace worn hoses and belts, empty your RV's holding tank and fill the water tank, purchase groceries and supplies. For the vehicle, bring at least two full-sized spare tires mounted on rims, tire jack and tools for flat tires, emergency flares, extra gasoline, motor oil, and wiper fluid and a radio. It is also advisable to carry chocolates, glucose or other high energy food on the journey and spend only a little time at the high mountain passes. 

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

"A letter to My Daughter" - A letter to remind myself....

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To My Daughter,
You broke my heart today. You didn't realise. We were playing together, sat on the floor with your little sister, you holding one of your Elsa dolls. You turned to me and said "Mummy, when I grow up I want to be a doctor". I asked you why, and you said "So I could go to work with you Mummy, then I would see you more". That was the moment. 
Being a parent is the hardest thing I have ever done, and it's the best thing I have ever done. Your daddy and I both work hard so we can try and give you and your sister everything. I love you both beyond anything else in this world, and part of being a mummy is to be there for you no matter what. But my darling girl, please don't be a doctor. 
You say this as you play, and imagine yourself making your Elsa doll better from some imagined illness. You forget that you cried when I left for work last week. You forget that Mummy couldn't pick you up after school for two weeks in a row because I didn't finish work on time. You forget that I missed bedtime every night this week, and that I left the house before you woke up this morning. I didn't even steal in to give you a goodbye kiss, or to watch you sleeping. I worried I would wake you, and part of being a mummy is trying to do what is right, not what I want all the time. 
When I have a day off, I watch you playing with your daddy and my heart fills you love for you both. But part of me is sad. All those missed bedtimes and school runs, you and Daddy got to spend time together, and I can see how that has made you adore him even more than you did before. That is what I want. I want you to have that relationship with him. But I can't help the ache in my heart that when you fell over, you ran to him, not me. 
I spend my days trying to help people at work. I try to make them better, and that is a wonderful job to have. But when Mummy is late again because she is helping poorly people, it means I'm not there to help you. Part of being a doctor is putting other people first, but sometimes Mummy gets that wrong. It's very hard to say no when you can help someone, but that means Mummy missed your assembly again. It means I don't get to take you to your friends birthday parties at the weekend. It means sometimes Mummy feels tired and sometimes I get grumpy with you. That isn't fair. 
You asked why Daddy was cross last week - he was cross with Mummy. He was cross because he loves me, and once again Mummy hadn't had time to eat anything or have a drink that day. Work was too busy - too many poorly people. When Mummy comes home at the end of a busy day like that, I feel poorly and tired. Then I don't feel like playing with you and that makes me sad. 
I'm so sorry my darling girl, but Mummy isn't sure she can be a doctor anymore. Now the people in charge want Mummy to work harder and longer than I do already. I don't know how I can do that and still be there for you. I don't want to miss you grow up, and I don't wish for you the heartache and choices that I have had to make. Being a doctor used to be the best job in the world. And I knew when I went to work, I was making a big difference to all the poorly people. That made me feel that although I was missing you, it was worth it and I was really lucky. I never needed to worry I might not have a job like some mummies do. Being a doctor means I never needed to worry we couldn't buy the clothes and food you need, like some other mummies do. 
But now, it's not the best job anymore. It's really hard and sometimes it makes Mummy cry. Now I go to work and all I do is wish I wasn't there. When I have you and your sister to miss, when the news on the radio says Mummy isn't working hard enough, when the poorly person I see says I earn too much, when they shout and swear at me, then suddenly it doesn't seem worth being away from you for that. 
Someday, a long time from now, you might be a Mummy too. When you are, you will understand better. But for now, let's say you'll think about being a doctor, and maybe we can find another job that means you won't have to feel the way I do right now. 
All my love,
Mummy xxx
This is a letter for the NHS - written by me, as a Doctor, to my daughter. I have written this thinking of all the Junior Doctors facing huge uncertainty at the moment. There are parents, children, patients, doctors, nurses, and many other staff who are all a part of the NHS. If you want to share your experience, please write a Letter for the NHS. Share on "Letters for the NHS" on Facebook, or @Letters4NHSand #Letters4NHS on twitter. Behind the politics and the policies, are people. Sometimes that gets forgotten.

Saturday, 26 September 2015


Julley (जुले ) is not just a word. It’s a magical word. Not a single word, it's a complete sentence, or a story. And sometime, it is more than a sentence. Julley is a mesmerizing word that gets your work done anywhere in Ladakh. It brings you respect, helps you find way, gets you tasty food, brings you closer to local people, makes new Ladakhi friends, gets you helping hands and many more.

Julley (or Joolay) is a common word in Ladakh (and tribal areas of Himachal including Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur and parts of Kullu) which means Namaste, hello, hi. Meaning of Julley has changed over the time. Now some people use Julley to bid good bye also. The local people, mostly Buddhists, of Ladakh and Himachal wish each other with words like Julley and Tashi Delek (or Tashi Dile). The Julley word has grown so famous among the military people in Ladakh that they also have started to wish people by saying Julley every time they start conversation. If somebody says you Julley, just reply: “Julley” with smile on face and a little hunched shoulders to express your respect to the person.

Julley has now also become famous among the outsiders. It all started with tourism boom in Ladakh and local people here started wishing travellers with Julley. Now, whenever you visit Ladakh, you will hear Julley a lot of times a day. Julley refers to respect. If you want to start conversation with Ladakhi man or woman, just say Julley with smile on your face, and see the magic happening itself. The person will himself/herself show his/her interest in you, with faith and respect.
You are driving a jeep (or bike) and you have some technical problem. You want help. Just say Julley to occupants of that area and they will put all possible efforts to help you. You forgot your way back hotel, you don’t know from where to take diversion to Pangong Lake, you are searching for a dhaba, you are looking for a medical store, you want to know about the local culture of a village, your phone is not working and want local person to allow you to use his cellphone or want a lift in a car, Julley makes it possible for you. But remember; don’t feel like buttering, deceiving or getting your work done selfishly by riding on the shoulders of Julley. Julley is a respect. So earn it, spread it and make it your smile and your ornament. Respect local culture, respect Julley.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Leh: Fantastic Accommodation! Oriental Hotel

This was the place I stayed during my visit to Leh, Ladakh. I would give it a thumb up for its hospitality! What is good about this hotel?
  1. they settled all my trip in Leh! ( providing service to get all the permit done, look for good driver with good driving skills on the wavy mountain road)
  2. Good discount ! ( INR 2600 for a double room with 1 extra bed)
  3. They provided good advice before each and every of our trip, also advised us how to prevent acute mountain sickness
  4. they cooked for us even though the breakfast time not reached yet as we need to rush for our trip
  5. the owners are friendly, honest! 
  6. good library with all sort of books! 
  7. just next to Chanti Stupa
  8. Room 405, 406 with good mountain view! ( can see the morning ray! )
  9. opened 24/ 7
Oriental Hotel & Guest House has been in business since 1987 and has been able to operate successfully since then, creating reputation for themselves. Quite like a genial hostess, epitomizing the facets of an exquisite art; Oriental Hotel naturally wears the veil of being one of the best and affordable accommodations in Leh, Ladakh.The quintessence of Luxury, this is for those who are looking for some class-apart accommodation options. Spacious rooms -beautifully appointed, finely luxurious and infused with the unmatched Ladakhi Style and Hospitality. Beautiful interiors merging effortlessly with the ambience, this is a perfect setting to rejuvenate in the heart of Ladakh...

Another sister concern of Oriental Group, this company focuses on arranging Treks & Tours for our guests. With professional trekkers and local people on board, we are one of the leading tour operators in Ladakh. Be it a family vacation or awe-aspiring adventure sport activities, we can arrange it all for you...



With broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity in the premises, you can access internet all day long. We also have in-house STD/ISD telephone and Fax services for your convenience.


Since warmth is something that you require utmost when in Ladakh, we have heated rooms with Building C being centrally heated.


Food is one of the main elements which travelers look forward to and hence we make sure to allow you savor Ladhaki, Chinese, Western and Indian cuisines on your plate.


We offer special laundry services at your door step which includes ironing on daily basis. We also have dry-cleaning facility for special garments.


Water supply is never an issues at Oriental as all rooms have attached bathrooms with twenty four hour running hot water powered by solar water heating.


Indulge in reading with our informal but a wide-ranging library having books and magazines in many languages besides travel guidebooks on Ladakh.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Travel to Leh, Free & Easy

The barren beauty of Ladakh with snow capped peaks and clean azure sky have attracted the intrepid traveler since the region was opened to tourists in the 1970s. Since then, Ladakh has become a favorite haunt for trekking and mountaineering enthusiasts. The rugged terrain and the majestic mountains around, make an exotic cocktail for an adventure sport lover. But before you decide to fly away to the land of Buddhist monasteries and brave people, it is imperative to understand that you need at least a week to enjoy your tour to Ladakh. Since, acclimatization it self needs at least a few days in Ladakh.
Thinking of travel from Malaysia to Leh?
Options: Flights
Kuala Lumpur --> New Delhi ( Malaysia airline, Malindo )    * I managed to get Malindo air at RM 1300 (2 ways)
New Delhi--> Leh ( Go air, Jet Airway, Air India )    * I managed to get Go Air at RM 800 ++ (2 ways)
I think this is one of the good option to go to Leh! Of course, if you don't like to linger in New Delhi, just get a flight straight out to New Delhi! Other option is flying into NEW DELHI and get a charted car/ taxi to Leh. The second options will cost you 2 days travel at least! 

Things to bring:
  • Hat
  • lipgloss/ vaseline
  • sunblock
  • sunglass
  • jacket
  • long sleeve shirt
  • shawl/ mask ( mainly to cover your nose from the dust)
  • GOOD camera! ( with tripod if you keen to take Mr Milky Way)

Something to take notes: 
  • at time, internet connection can be quite bad in Leh, so, can opt for IDD at the shop which is not that expensive. Other options are activate your daily ROAMING with Maxis!
  • Best time for tourist June to August! But, if you choose not to crowd with others, you can choose to travel in September! ( can get good deals with hotel and discount for certain tour)
  • If you interested in mountain trekking, please come here earlier to acclimatise before you get AMS ( acute mountain syndrome )
Religion and Culture
This is perhaps what keeps going an ordinary Ladakhi in most inhospitable conditions. At a place where the mercury plummets below zero degrees Celsius in winters and the rainfall during the year is as scant as 50 mm, one needs to be little more than fit to lead a healthy life. Buddhism is the way of life in Ladakh, though there are people of other faiths in Ladakh who live in harmony with each other.
Life Style
Simplicity is the way of life in Ladakh, as the modernity has not touched the town as it has happened in other cities and towns of India. Cut-off from rest of the world, Ladakh is barren yet beautiful. Ladakh comes alive during the fairs and festivals as one can see Ladakhi people in their traditional dress. Ladakhis are the brave people who are industrious and cheerful. Perak, the headgear worn by traditional Ladakhi women is the striking feature of womenfolk of Ladakh. This is a common sight during the festivals. The other feature that is noticeable is the precious stones that adorn a woman's neck in Ladakh. 
Monasteries in Ladakh either belong to Mahayana or Hinayana sect of Buddhism. Hemis Monastery is one of the largest and most popular monasteries in Ladakh Travel. The monastery is quiet popular among tourists and most travelers visit the monastery during Ladakh Travel. The Hemis is center of action during the annual Hemis festival that takes place in June-July. The festival is held to commemorate the birth anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava. This is the best time to see the cultural side of Ladakh. During the festival, locals from remote corners of Ladakh converge on the Hemis monastery. 
Social Structure
Ladakhis follow a patriarchal society where the elder son inherits all the property. He is the one who shoulders the responsibility of the family. But when it comes to younger son or sons, the Ladakhi society permits him to become a lama if he wants. He can also remain in the family. Lamas are devoted to God and remain detach from world affairs. There are about 500 Lamas in Ladakh. Even Hemis Monastery can accommodate up to 150 Lamas.
Buddhism is the dominant religion in Ladakh and one can find its stamp all over in Ladakh. Be it monasteries, music or simple of way of life, Buddhism is essence of Ladakh. One can find 'tangkhas', masks, musical instruments and precious items in the Gompas in Ladakh. A huge painting of the Buddha inside the Hemis Monastery is the biggest draw. Thiksey and Shey monasteries are the classic architectural wonder in the region. No matter which part of Ladakh you travel, the smiling Buddha and His followers greet you in smile. 

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Nubra Valley- Simple Mathematic. How to Travel for FREE !??!?? and gain extra cash ( Part 3 )

What will you say to this scenery?
I only have one word for this God's creation!
if I have to give a price tag to this scenery, I will definitely give priceless!
Let say, I tagged it as RM 5000?
Will you pay RM 5000 if you will to savour this scenery for that particular day?
I definitely will! I think for you to go to New Zealand or Europe to have this kind of scenery, it worths that amount of money!

Simple Mathematic:
1. My cost for Leh ( flight, accommodation, transport, visa etc)= RM 5000
2. Pangong Tso scenery worth= RM 5000 (how much do you tag this scenery, if you will to see this ?)
3. Nubra valley scenery worth = RM 5000

Therefore, if I do simple maths:
Cost (1)- Values in return (2+3)= RM 5000- ( RM 5000 + RM 5000)
= - RM 5000
the trip is totally free!!!! because I paid RM 5000, but I got a value for more than RM 5000!
( that is why the trip is FREE!!! )

of course, this vacation means more than just numbers!
It depends on how you perceive the vacation, the trip etc...

Just some introduction for those who never been to Nubra valley:

Nubra (Tibetan : ལྡུམ་ར; Wylie : ldum ra; English : Nubra) is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 metres above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. 

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