Reviews of Gurudwara Pathar Sahib • 12
You're very close to Leh now. The above picture was clicked from Nishan Sahib, which is opposite the Gurudwara and you have to climb there through stairs. You definitely must do it if you're in good health. If you're overweight or unfit, don't take the risk of climbing. The air is quite thin, and oxygen is less. You fall out of breath after taking 5 steps. Being unfit would risk you with a heart attack. In fact, you should not go to Leh at all if your heart is not in a healthy state. And apparently, your car needs oxygen too to burn fuel. Its efficiency will also be limited at this height of about 3500m.
We visited magnetic hill and gurudwara on our way back to Leh. Magnetic hill is hype! We were barely there for 5 minutes and we moved ahead to see the gurudwara. The Gurudwara Pathir Sahib is maintained by the Indian Army and it was fascinating to read about the history of the Gurudwara. You get awesome food at the langar. Lavi and I missed eating it though Mehul bhai and Disha relished it thoroughly. While we were waiting at the gurudwara we met an enthusiastic senior citizen group who had come to visit leh and were sharing their stories of how diverse their group is. It was amazing to see that age is just a number, if you are determined to do something, then nothing can stop you.
We visited Gurudwara Pathar Sahib after sangam. The Gurudwara is managed by Indian Army.
Our second destination for the day was Gurudwara Pathar Saheb which is maintained by Indian Army. We even had langar there cooked and served by army people.
You will also visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, a beautiful Gurudwara constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh and Spituk Monastery famous for its wide and varied collections of ancient masks, icons, antique arms and numerous Thangkas. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Leh. (B)You can stay at-
We visited the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib just before entering Leh, which has a legend associated to it. A monster attempted to harm Guru Nanak by hurling a huge rock at him. The rock turned to wax on striking Guru Nanak and the rock had molded to accomodate the shape of his body. Seeing this, the monster turned into his disciple. The sewa at the gurudwara is handled by the Indian army and we had good 'chai' and biscuits before heading off for our stay in Leh! It had been a fun filled, long day and greater adventures lay in front of us. This, after all, was just the beginning!This post was originally published on Arnav Deshpande's Blog.
Day 5 - Since we had literally been on the road for the past 4 days, we thought to take a day off in Leh. After having a lazy breakfast, the decision of visiting the local sights was taken for which I hired a Royal Enfield Electra for Rs. 700 and fuel extra, for a day. The visits to Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Leh Palace and Gurudwara Patthar Sahib was a mind blowing experience in itself. The rest of the day was spent eating good food and hoggling on free Wi-Fi's at the various restaurants and café's in Leh.
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is a Gurudwara on the Leh-Kargil Highway maintained by the Indian Army. We reached there early morning and enjoyed Chai-Rusk ka Langar.
On Day 6 in Ladakh we ventured to the Leh-Srinagar Highway (National Highway 1D) and our first stop was Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. It is built in the honor of Guru Nanak and is very well maintained by the Indian Army.
There is a beautiful Gurudwara known as "Pather Sahib" constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak, about 25 miles away from Leh, on the Leh-Kargil road, 12000 ft above the sea level. In the late 70s, during the construction of Leh-Nima road, a large stone was found in the middle. The bulldozer driver tried to push and throw away the stone but it did not move and in the process the blades broke and the work stopped. The driver had a dream that night not to move the stone. He narrated his dream to the army officer who did not give any importance to it. When all efforts to remove it failed it was decided to blow it with a dynamite the next day. That night the army officer also had a dream not to remove the stone but he again disregarded it. The next day being Sunday he noticed that early in the morning several Tibetans came and started showing reverence to the stone. On enquiring further he was told that this was a "Wax Statue" of their revered Lama, Nanak and it contained the imnprints of his shoulders, head and backside.he was told that during the period 1515-1518 AD when Guru Nanak was returning back to Punjab through Srinagar, after travelling to Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet, he rested at this place. A woman came to him for help. It was her son that was to be sacrificed to a demon who lived on the hill. Guru Nanak consoled her and asked her not to send her son to the demon. The demon was infuriated and threw a large rock at the Guru which hit the back of the meditating Guru and stopped there. The Guru's body is believed to be imprinted on the rock. The demon felt ashamed and prostrated at the feet of Guru Nanak.
Day 10 and 11: Leh – Pathar Sahib Gurudwara – Kargil – Srinagar – Delhi With a heavy heart, we packed our bags and said goodbye to this lovely place with which we had grown fond of. We left for Srinagar via Kargil town to catch a flight back to Delhi. Along the way we visited Gurudwara Pather Sahib very well maintained by the army. We also visited the Lamayuru monastery which is believed to be the oldest monastery in Leh. This place is also called the Moon land because of the landscape which gives a feeling of being on the surface of the moon. We stayed at Chaanigund army area with Bihar regiment overnight. And this is how the journey ended. I wish to get a chance again in future to visit this place and relish nature once more.