2015 - Ladakh India Adventure Day 6

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)

Day 06 (26.08.2015) – Nubra Valley to visit Disket Monastery (14.5km)

At 7.30am we had breakfast followed by puja and briefing by Datuk Wee at 8.30am. At 9.10am we departed for the famous Disket Monastery atop a hill 14.5km away with the giant Maitreya Buddha statue facing Nubra Valley. Along the way from our resort we stopped by the road side to have a look at Seabuckthorn a kind of hardy plant with fruit which is good for health.

We left Disket Monastery at about 1.30pm and back at the resort for lunch at 2pm. At about 5.30pm we went to a border bridge area for scenic view of the landscape. Dinner was at 8pm.

Sleeping at Himalayan Eco-Resort, Hunder, Nurba, Leh-Ladakh
Proprietor: Tsering Lanzes email: tlanzes14@gmail.com
The Himalayan Eco-Resort with the beautiful mountain backdrop.

The surrounding was great, it was mountains on one side and river was flowing other side. Nice open area to walk.

You can see beautiful flowers at the garden of the resort.

So much of apples and apricots for breakfast.

Mike Khaw had a swing on the hammock.

Along the way from our resort we stopped by the road side to have a look at Seabuckthorn a kind of hardy plant with fruit which is good for health.

Sea Buckthorn, or hippophae rhamnoides, has been making the news lately for its remarkable health promoting properties. The benefits of Sea Buckthorn include treatments for high blood pressure, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatism and allergies.

A view of the giant Maitreya Buddha from the village.

The Maitreya Buddha is regarded as the future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. In some Buddhist literature, such as the Amitabha Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, he is referred to as Ajita.

Close to the oldest Diskit Monastery of Nubra valley, lies the impressive statue of Maitreya Buddha. Facing the Shyok River, the statue sits tall with a height of 32 meters and was constructed with the help of the natives of the valley.

The statute sits on a square box and inside it is a shrine with Buddha image and Tibetan monks.

The view of the Diskit Monastery from the Maitreya Buddha statue.

Founded in the 14th century, Diskit Monastery is the oldest and largest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley of Ladakh. 

L-R passengers in car 1: Mike Khaw, Jerry Ong, driver, Datuk Seri Victor Wee, Elaine Low and Ching Neng Bin

Passengers in car 2: Lim Tze Wei, Lim Fui Nee, Jeannie Heng Sok Giang, Catherine Tham Yoke Leng, driver, and Gary Lim Soon Kiat

Passengers in car 3: Lau Soew Choo, driver, Seow Key Mei, Ching Bee Geok, Lilian Agumo Estolas and guide Sonam
Passengers in car 4: Teo Chiang Wee, guide Tsewang Tamchos, driver, Ong Siok Leng, Lina Tan and Lynne Bong Mei Yao

Passengers in car 5: Driver, Patrick Phoon Yew Fatt, Simon Looi, Allan Chee Siong Kin, Angie Ho Siew Eng and Khow Kooi Heok

Passengers in car 6: Ruby Song, Tai Yoke Lin, driver, Lye Yu Choong and Poh Wee Fah.   NB: I do not have car 7 and 8. Can somebody send to me.

The Diskit Monastery is located beside a large gorge with a running river where water is collected for the monastery as well as the villages below.

The Diskit Village seen here below the monastery.

Sis.Ruby Song and Angie Ho.

Bro.Mike Khaw Eng Aun

Bro.Allan Chee Siong Kin

Approach to the monastery is through a flight of steps made of stones, which lead to the prayer hall of the monastery.

Bro. Jerry Ong

The magnificent landscape view of Nubra Valley from the Monastery roof top.

Monks carrying food for lunch at the prayer hall.
There is a huge drum located within the hall. In the chamber on the second floor, there are many images of fierce guardian deities.

The Monastery administration also runs a school with support from a NGO, which has computer facilities and teaches science subjects in English to Tibetan children of the region.

These are food for the monks.

A statue of Maitreya Buddha is enshrined in the prayer hall.

The narrow corridor.
The Sand mandala painting is an ancient Tibetan art form carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent the particular esoteric, textual traditions of Buddhism. The sand mandala is constructed as vehicle to generate compassion, realize the impermanence of reality, and a social/cosmic healing of the environment.

We were invited by the chief monk for a tea reception in another hall.

There are a good collection of ancient pots and pans in the room.

Back at the resort about 5pm, there was a sudden gust of strong wind blowing down from the mountain and all of us had to run for cover to avoid the dust.

At about 5.30pm we went to a border bridge area for scenic view of the landscape.

This bridge is over the Hunder River.

We trekked up the mountain for a better view of the valley and river.

On the way back to resort, two trees were blown down and landed across the road, and we all had to walk a short distant to our resort.

Dinner time.

Best dinner of the trip, it started from soup, followed by Paneer chilli, Paneer Kadai, Mix veg, Raita, Rice, Daal and Roti.

  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 
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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



  1. Once again modern day Indiana Jones aka Ching NB the adventurer brings us multitude of pics with stories told in them of his wide travels. NB had been shuttle happy to capture the unforgetable scenes of the Ladakh Himalaya Hills on his soul serching quest. Armed with his fairly-newly acquired camera, NB had exhibited his flair and his prowess on natural photography. The picturesque hills and valleys, and some striking, close-ups of the myriad colored flowers-it's great treat for nature lovers. Unfortunately I have been away to have skipped here and there NB Ching's travelouge that I really don't know where to start reading and browsing his reports. It's bad excuse alright, after all our smart phones could present us any page on e-mails, FB, Instagram etc. at the gentle touch of our fingers. I will not skip any daily post of NB's travel reports, but will select some for comments. Many thanks, NB Ching! You're real awesome! Regards, Alan Kok, KL.

  2. Ramakrishna Ramachandran14 October, 2015

    Mr. Ching. Good morning. Thank you for sharing your marvelous Ladakh India Adventure. That is great. I wished I was that fit to travel. May God bless you & all your company always. I enjoy reading the details even though I had been to some of those areas - Srinagar, etc about 20 years ago. Please continue sending your tracking adventure and etc. Thank you. Send my greetings & regards to every one when you meet them - Mr. Allen, Krishnan, Tan etc.....

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