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After completing the Sham trek through 8 days, we came back to Likir. It was like coming back home. I felt relaxed and wanted to spend the last 4 days at Likir.
I have plans to visit Leh palace, Likir Monastery and the nearby hills before i left for Delhi.
The evening was spent celebrating the trek and Stanzin got Rum from his friend. We drank till death.
We left for Leh in the morning and discovered that there was a communal problem and the town was shut down till evening at least. To my surprise the Leh Palace was open to tourist and i went towards the palace. On the way i borrowed cigarettes from locals who shared gladly as there were no open shops.
After reaching the palace, i realized that the palace was there for me to explore alone. No one to stop or disturb.
Most of the palace is closed apart from the photography exhibition on different floors. I headed towards the first floor.
There were many rare photos on this floor, showing the different significant events in black and white.
One particular photo caught my attention. This is a photograph of a Tibetan traveller and it said that - People used to primarily walk on foot in Tibet. The concept of wheel was only restricted to prayer wheel. They believed that use of other forms of wheel will eventually destroy their culture.
Another exhibition had photos from places where we are not allowed to record as it might destroy the ancient art. One such example is the photo of wall paintings from Alchi monastery.
Then i browsed through the other parts of the Palace, which included the ancient prayer hall.
On the way down from the palace, i saw the old city that was built centuries ago and many heritage buildings.