Goecha La Trek with India Hikes: A Review

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I trekked with India Hikes (IH) to the Goecha La View Point I from Yuksom during April-May, 2018. Quality of the amenities and services provided during the trek varied from average, good to very good. Amenities Sleeping bags were not clean. Some of them stank. Tents were good. Food Food…

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Three things I love about Leh

Folk dancers before Ladakh Festival 2013 in Leh

Leh is doing the same. Leh is maintaining existing and creating new heritage attractions for tourists, travelers, and future generations. Many of these attractions are hidden in slim lanes and by lanes and / or crowning the steep rocky slopes. So, you and I can explore them on foot only, an age old way of doing and seeing the things.

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So-so Food at Moon Land Restaurant

Moon Land Restaurant in Leh serves okay food in a well-lit space. A meal at least costs INR 250 for two people. The vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurant at Fort Road closes during autumn and winter.

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Good or Bad: Pangong Hotel

We stayed at Pangong Hotel in Leh during September 18-October 6, 2013 as we got a good deal. Our experience was so-so. We would not book the hotel again because Leh offers several other accommodation choices. We would try something different.

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Good Affordable Food at Bon Appetiti in Leh

Bon Appetiti Restaurant and French Bakery is a budget-friendly eatery on Fort Road in Leh town. The eatery dishes out vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. We have eaten here many times and observed that all locals, tourists, and travelers enjoy the meals and snacks.

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The Infant Driver from Leh

Bikers love Leh. And we spotted “the future biker,” a young kid in a big private vehicle parked near District Library, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir on September 25, 2013. He was alone. The vehicle was probably locked. But the kid was happy and busy practicing “stationary” driving.

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Thiksey Monastery Restaurant Food

Aloo Chat, Thiksey Monastery Restaurant

In Indian terms, Thiksey Monastery Restaurant, a mid-end eatery, quenches thirst, satiates appetite, and replenishes energy. Both set and a la carte meal options are available. A veg thali, a set meal, costs INR 150 per person. Plain rice costs INR 50 per plate. Service charge (10%) is extra…

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HRTC Bus Stand, Mandi: hassles and harmony

    On ninth day of March 2013, we alighted at Himachal Road Transport Corporation (H.R.T.C.) Bus Stand Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) on busy Manali highway around 5AM. The bus stand was reeking of urine. The waiting area was somewhat littered.  However, the spacious stand was brightly lit. Many passengers were…

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