2015 - Ladakh India Adventure Day 9

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)

Ladakh road map

Day 09 (29.08.2015) – Leh to Tingmosgang (90km) Ladakh

Today we drive west on Kargil-Skardu Road along the Indus River to Tingmonsgang (90km), which is the Valley of Apricots. Passing through Leh Airport, Indian Air Force Base, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Nimmoo, Phey, Machakka, Saspul, Uleytokpo, Khaltse, Nurla and turning right to Tingmosgang for our Namra Hotel. We arrived at the Namra Hotel for lunch. At the Namra Hotel camp site we walked around the green valley among walnut, apple and apricot trees.

After lunch we visited Mahabodhi Branch School, Tingmonsgang, which started in 1999 and now has 120 students. We also visited the Mahabodhi Branch School Hostel for boys and girls which was sponsored by Sis. Ramona Lai from Malaysia. At the hostel, four students were duly sponsored for one year by our members costing US400 per student. 

In the evening, we walked through the green valley among walnut and apricot trees. Sleeping at Namra Hotel Camping Tents, Tingmosgang

Today our tour guide is Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena himself and briefing us on the journey to Tingmonsgang which is also his hometown.


We stopped here outside Leh for a scenic view of the oasis.


A view of the Indus River valley.

The confluence of the Zanskar River (from top) and the Indus (bottom flowing from left to right) is 3 km southeast of Nimmu village in Ladakh.
Map of the Indus River System - the Zanskar is a tributary of the Indus.


The spectacular view of the Zanskar's central valley, Ladakh.

Noticed the different shade of the river water.


We stopped here and walked to the hill top for another scenic view and group photos.




Today, we stand united with all Malaysian in the world to support Bersih4.


The long way down to Tingmosgang, Ladakh.

The Tingmosgang valley oasis in Ladakh.

The Tingmosgang Village in Ladakh.





Namra Hotel and Camp, Tingmosgang in Ladakh.

From the hotel we could see the Tingmosgang Monastery on the hill top.

The Tingmosgang Monastery on the hill top in Ladakh.


We all stayed in this tents with attached bathroom at Namra Camp, Ladakh.





This apple tree with the so many apples in the garden belongs to Namra Hotel, Ladakh.

An old lady was seen taking out the seeds of apricots at the Namra Hotel, Ladakh.

There is a river that runs beside the Namra Hotel fruit garden.


Today for lunch we had chicken curry at Namra Hotel, first time in 9 days.




After lunch we visited Mahabodhi Branch School, Tingmonsgang, which started in 1999 and now has 120 students.















Prayers at opening ceremony.


The principal of the school gave his speech.

The speech by the teacher.

We were entertained by the school children with songs and dancing.




Very good dancing and singing performances by the student.



This is very interesting...called the "Belly Dancing".


Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, founder President of MIMC.

The overall best male student is Tsering Mutup who was sponsored by Md. Lai Chuai Peng the wife of Datuk Charlie Chia.

The best overall female student of 2015.


The best adult student from Malaysia was Datuk Seri Victor Wee.

From Penang, Oon Lay Kim and her sister Oon Kim Suan (right) receiving a token of appreciation from Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena for their kind services to the farmers in Ladakh. 


The sisters is setting up a skin care product called "Idemo" using natural resources from Ladakh. The brand name "Idemo" is a Ladakhi word meaning “Beauty of nature".  It is made from 100% organic apricot and walnut from Ladakh and then cold press in Penang so that the oil is fresh when blend into skin care. The profit made will be used to help the children education in Ladakh.




Line dancing by parents.

Distributing sweets to children.




Saying goodbye and thank you to the school.

Another view of Tingmosgang Village in Ladakh.

We also visited the Mahabodhi Branch School Hostel for boys and girls which was generously sponsored by Sis. Ramona Lai from Malaysia.



At the hostel, four students were duly sponsored for one year by our members costing US400 per student. The sponsors were: Tai Yoke Lin, Ruby Song, Ong Siok Leng and Lilian Agumo Estolas.

Ruby and her protege Master Stanzin Otsal, an 11 years old boy from a very remote village bordering Pakistan and Tibet.


In the evening, we walked through the green valley among walnut and apricot trees.

We had the best apricots from this Larjay Camping farmhouse.


We had tea at Sonam's house in Tingmosgang Village.



Dinner at Namra Hotel.

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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