The first spot was ALCHI MONASTERY which is a Buddhist Monastery. It took us around 1.5 hours to reach here and the journey wasn't so smooth. I felt nauseous almost throughout the ride and even threw up. Make sure to keep avomin or something similar handy.TIP: Since this is a religious place, make sure to dress appropriately and do not wear any short clothes. (Jeans and long dresses are fine).We spent good 2 hours here exploring the monastery, the local market and clicking pictures. The local shops had Apricot beer available (locally made). Although we didn't buy any but I would suggest you try it.
Alchi is a village in ladakh known for its Buddhist remains and origins.
There is a market before you reach the monastery and it is very nice, we repented not picking up few things in the hope of picking it up from leh market. As you walked towards the monastery take the left instead of going straight and you get to see beautiful view of the Indus river. It was bright and sunny and we clicked a few selfies! The paintings at the monastery are said to be 1000 years old. The colors are still alive and it reflects the amazing artwork that people did at those times. There are few cafes around the monastery to chill.
Day 2-We went to Alchi Monastry, 5 hrs-140Kms from leh, on the Srinagar-Leh highway. En-route, experienced the Magnetic hill,saw the Sangam of Indus-Zanskar river, beautiful and virgin experience.We did rafting in the river and on way back to leh visited pathar sahib gurudwara. took overnight rest at the hotel.Day 3 We started for Khardungla(the highest Motorable road) at 9am and reached khardungla point at 1pm. The temperature was freezing cold and it was vacumm there at the top. The military serves the public with snacks and tea and have oxygen mask for people who may have an oxygen deficiency(u may have).The route is nauseating and better carry 'hajmola' if you are altitude sick. By 4pm we reached hunder village and visited the Dikshit Gompa which is a 100ft. long buddha statue overlooking the hunder village. In the evening, we took rest at a boutique hotel at hunder which is a small hamlet with some unique stay options. The surroundings are quiet and you will at times feel cut off from the civilization.
Alchi is famous for its monastery which preserves 11 th & 12 th Century wall paintings. On the way is the "Magnetic Hill". It is a "Gravity Hill" where objects travel defying the laws of gravity. Bikes would travel uphill the road while the engine is stopped. This effect is created by some "optical illusion" stuff which we failed to understand as bikes literally rode upwards without any kind of force applied. Also the place is a good photo-op. In-fact any place in laddakh resembles a studio. Pictures are always perfect. On reaching Alchi we visited the "Nimoo Bazgo" Hydroelectric Plant (Dam).Road to the dam is a small ghat which was quiet narrow for a bike ride. On the return we halted @ the market for dinner and the day ended with rich, thrilling & chilling memories of the biking experience.