2015 - Ladakh India Adventure Day 1, 2

Ladakh the Land of High Passes in the Himalayas 
The 4th International Festival of Buddhist Heritage of Ladakh from 21 Aug – 01 Sep 2015 (12D/11N)
At Nubra Valley sand dunes via Khardung La Pass (5,600m / 18,380ft), world highest motor-able road.
Ladakh road trip is all about crossing the various 'la' or mountain passes. Ladakh got its name from the mountain passes. “La” means Passes and “Dakh” means many, in short, Ladakh literally means land of many passes.

Day 01 (21.08.2015) – Kuala Lumpur flight to Delhi, India 

At 6.25pm we were on board Malaysia Airlines MH.0190 for a 5,626km flight in 5 hours from KLIA to Delhi Terminal 3 arriving at 9.28pm. The Singaporeans arrived earlier at 8.05pm and they had to wait for the Malaysians. At the arrival hall, we were duly met by the Singaporeans and importantly our Indian travel agent representative Mr. Ravi HP.07834832767 who then took us by bus to Ibis Hotel which was 2km from the airport. Sleeping at Ibis Hotel, Delhi

In the bus, Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee briefed us on the programs.

Sleeping at Ibis Hotel, Delhi
Day 02 (22.08.2015) – Delhi flight to Leh (3,524m / 11,562ft)

The morning call was at 3am and be at the lobby at 3.30am for breakfast. At 4am the bus took us to the airport terminal one for flight to Leh, Ladakh. We flew north at 6.40am by GoAir G8-203 flight in 1h 15min from Delhi to Leh Kusho Bakula Rimpochey Airport. Even though we had a rough landing, we really enjoyed the mountain view from the aircraft. If travel by road it would take two days (1,266km in 26 hours).  

  
At the Leh airport, we were well received by representatives from MIMC welcoming us with drums, banners and Ladakhi children with traditional costumes shouting “jullay jullay” i.e. greetings from Ladakh. We were then driven in Toyota Innova to Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) our host in Leh.

We had breakfast at 9am in MIMC ShangriLa Restaurant and then checked into our rooms for a good rest till lunch at 1pm. We then walked around to explore MIMC and took lots of pictures of the apples and apricots fruit garden and the surrounding scenic landscape. Here I met Bhante Karunanand Thero Tel: +919890437445 email: vipasanaest@gmail.com.

At 2.30pm the bus took us to the Nagarjuna Auditorium at Choglamsar Town for a special talk on “Empowerment of the women of Ladakh”. As delegates from Malaysia and Singapore, we were well received by Nagasena Thupstan Lundup the secretary at
Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) at the auditorium. It was a very good talk by the panel of speakers from India, America, United Kingdom, Sweden, Taiwan and Malaysia.

The Honourable chief guest was HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk the royal princess of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan. Special guest was HRH Gyalmo Diskit Wangmo (Rani Parvati Devi) the Royal Palace Stok, Ladakh.

We came back at 6.30pm for dinner at 7pm. After dinner we had our puja and meditation lead by Datuk Wee before calling it a night at 9.30pm. 


The Leh weather was nice: day temperature was at about 20° C and night was about 10° C. Sleeping at Global Family Home.

At Leh Kusho Bakula Rimpochey Airport, we were well received by representatives from MIMC welcoming us with drums, banners and Ladakhi children with traditional costumes shouting “jullay jullay” i.e. greetings from Ladakh.

L-R: Seow Key Me, Khow Kooi Heok and Ching Bee Geok with the Ladakhi ladies carrying flowers to welcome us at the Leh airport.


Ching Neng Bin with the Ladakhi ladies carrying gifts and flowers to welcome us at the Leh airport.

Panoramic view of the Leh town on the way to MIMC. Himalayas Mountain as the backdrop.


The entrance road to Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC).

Ching Bee Geok smiling on arrival at Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC).

We were all registered as delegates to participate in this festival.

Ladakhi in traditional dress.

At the entrance road, eager Ladakhi children rush out to welcome us with silken scarf and children performed their dances in colourful traditional costumes in the sound of drums. Children shouting “jullay jullay” i.e. greetings from Ladakh.   
L-R: Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee, Sudatta Eng Kong Kian and Lye Yu Choong leading the Malaysian and Singaporean delegates onto MIMC.




The little nun from MIMC

Sleeping at Global Family Home - It is one of the best places in Leh to experience the peace and tranquility. As Leh is becoming any other world city, Global Family Home is hassle free place to explore oneself. All the spiritual inclined person gather here to share their experience. There are also verities of spiritual activities which one can opt for like meditation, yoga, short trekking etc.

L-R: Ruby Song, Elaine Low, Ching Neng Bin, Lina Tan and Simon Looi

The organising chairman, Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, founder President of MIMC, is seen welcoming guest into MIMC. 



Taking our Ladakhi breakfast at MIMC.

Dal

Bhatura

We also had oats and porridge and of course Masala Tea.

L-R: Poh Wee Fah, Dr. Tan Ho Soon, Jerry Ong and Khaw Eng Aun

L-R: Teo Chiang Wee, Datuk Seri Victor Wee and Simon Looi

After breakfast, we all gathered at the car park to mingle with the local communities who also entertained us with music and dance.




Mike Khaw and I took the opportunity to play the Ladakhe traditional drums, while Ruby Song joined in to give her very entertaining dance which blend with my drum bit perfectly.


This is Global Family Home Block "A".

This is Global Family Home Block "B".

At the courtyard of MIMC, there is the flower, apple and apricot garden.



An apple tree. In Leh, our host is Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) where a barren arid 250 acre land was transformed into an oasis.

You can pluck and eat as much as you wanted and is free.



These are the sweet apricots. I prefer the apricots than the apples.


These are Poplar trees that can grow to heights exceeding 150 feet. Most Poplars that feature large sturdy trunks would measure up to 8 feet in diameter and is used for houses and monastery.


Here I met Bhante Karunanand Thero Tel: +919890437445 email: vipasanaest@gmail.com.

The breathtaking view of the surrounding scenic landscape from MIMC.




Our 1pm lunch at ShangriLa Restaurant MIMC.



This is Jerry Ong from Singapore. He donated US25k in 2014 to buy this school bus for Mahbodhi Branch School in Bodkharboo. We sincerely salute you dear Jerry Ong and would say Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

At 2.30pm Jerry Ong's bus took us to the Nagarjuna Auditorium at Choglamsar Town for a special talk on “Empowerment of the women of Ladakh”.

As delegates from Malaysia and Singapore, we were well received by Nagasena Thupstan Lundup the secretary at Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) at the auditorium.

The Nagarjuna Auditorium at Choglamsar Town.


















Prof. Datuk Seri Dr. Victor Wee

L-R: Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, President, Divine Shakti Foundation, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand and Gyalmo Diskit Wangmo, Royal Palace Stok, Ladakh.
L-R: Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati and HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk

The Honorable chief guest was HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuk the royal princess of the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, President, Divine Shakti Foundation, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.



L-R: Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati and Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati

L-R: Sarla Chewang, President Leh Mahila Mandal and Kiran Bali, Global Council Chairperson, United Religions Initiative, UK

The organising chairman Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, founder President of MIMC delivering his opening speech.

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, President, Divine Shakti Foundation, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.


After the speeches, we were well entertained by Ladakhi folk dances, music and songs.









We came back by Jerry Ong's bus at 6.30pm and dinner at 7pm. After dinner we had our puja and meditation lead by Datuk Wee before calling it a night at 9.30pm.

Sleeping at Global Family Home


Videos:
  1. At Mahabodhi, Leh, Ladakh 2009 
  2. International Meditation Centre, Leh-Ladakh 2011 
  3. A soldier becomes a Monk, Mahabodhi Ladakh 2013
  4. Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre diary 2015 
  5. Mahabodhi Devachan Campus the Himalayan Oasis 2015 
click below to view:
Day 01 (21.08.2015) – Kuala Lumpur flight to Delhi, India
Day 02 (22.08.2015) – Delhi domestic flight to Leh, Ladakh (3,524m / 11,562ft)
Day 03 (23.08.2015) – Thicksay and Shey Monastery, Leh, Ladakh
Day 04 (24.08.2015) – Leh to Hemis Monastery (41.2km) Ladakh
Day 05 (25.08.2015) – Leh to Nubra Valley (136km) via KhardungLa Pass
 

Day 06 (26.08.2015) – Nubra Valley to visit Disket Monastery (14.5km)
Day 07 (27.08.2015) – Nubra Valley returned to Leh, Ladakh (136km)
Day 08 (28.08.2015) – Visit Devachan Campus, Leh, Ladakh
Day 09 (29.08.2015) – Leh to Tingmosgang (90km) Ladakh
Day 10 (30.08.2015) – Bodhkharbu on the way to Lamayuru Monastery
 

Day 11 (31.08.2015) – Basgo Monastery, Tekchen Chosling and Alchi Temple
Day 12 (01.09.2015) - Leh fly to Delhi to catch the night flight back to KL 
Day 13 (02.09.2015) - Arrived KLIA at 6.55am
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13 comments:

  1. Lye Yu Choong02 October, 2015

    Bro. Ching, Sadhu!Sadhu!Sadhu! for putting the very nice story of the Ladakh trip.
    Bro. Yue Choong

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  2. Liew Shun Teck02 October, 2015

    Hi Ching,
    That was truely an awesome piece of work you did on your recent travel to Ladakh. I enjoyed reading your article and the beautiful photographs that adorned your article. It was armchair travelling of sorts for me. Looking forward in anticipation to the coming episodes. Thanks heaps.
    Warmest regards,
    Francis.

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  3. Teh Kee Lim03 October, 2015

    Thanks Ching, for the wonderful insight of your trip.

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  4. Philip Ting03 October, 2015

    Neng Bin, I always enjoy your postings. Keep it up.

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  5. Angie Ho Siew Eng04 October, 2015

    Hi Bro Ching
    Appreciate the summary of those trips. Allan was very impressed and asking me to read the fantastic and excellently written, not forgetting the pictures taken banyak bagus 100%. Take care.. Sis. Siew Eng

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  6. Teoh Han Seong04 October, 2015

    Hi Ching,
    Thanks for sharing the Ladakh India Adventure. Fantastic photos, see all the smiling faces. Very simple people with very rich cultures. Great, Like it. Thank You and Best Regards,
    Lt.Cdr.(R)Teoh HS

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  7. Ladakh is a very nice country. Hope you enjoyed it. I stayed in Hemis Gompa in Leh in 1984 as I was receiving teaching from HH Drukchen Rinpoche and his father Bairo Tulku. My girlfriend then at that time was a student of Thukse (Dungse) Rinpoche of Darjeeling who is HH Drukchen Rinpoche's root guru. I have not kept up with the Kagyus for a long time as I became Nyingma and actually, to be more exact, Dzogchen tradition.

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  8. Felicia Tai05 October, 2015

    Thanks for sharing.
    You are enjoying life.
    Best regards,
    Felicia

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  9. Bro Ching, awesome pictures! Thanks so much for sharing. Really brought back nice memories of my trip there a few years ago. I'm sure you had a great time there :)

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  10. Yu Cheng-Sun06 October, 2015

    Thanks Mr Ching, I enjoy reading your wonderful report.

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  11. Dear Bro Ching,
    Well done Bro for all your hard work and professional effort in compiling the pictures and videos. I would like to get your permission to use the pix for me to show my friends in effort to promote Ladakh as their next tour destination. A few of us would like to invite you for Yum Char whenever you are down here in Subang! Cheers from your dancer

    Ruby Song
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  12. Pauline Foo07 October, 2015

    Thanks for sharing your travelogue!

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  13. Guoy Lee Le08 October, 2015

    Hi Ching, thank you very much for sharing your trip to Ladakh. I went there with Datuk Charlie Chia of BGF in 2010. Your blog brings back fond memory of our visit.

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