Day 8, September 6, 2014
Hundar (10km and back!)
Pangong Tso became a popular destination after it was featured in the hit 2009 movie 3 Idiots. Its unparalleled beauty is set amid a landscape very harsh and weather unpredictable. Given the incessant rains and the gloomy forecast, the lake would have to wait…for the next visit. This trip, we were getting an extra day in Hundar to spend at leisure – visiting the Nubra Sand Dunes and exploring the Diskit Monastery. Luckily, we were able to transfer our bookings to Nature’s Nest camp here without losing the deposit.
After breakfast we set out for the Monastery. It was not raining and it was not windy though the clouds were still hanging low. We spent a couple of hours walking through the monastery that, like so many others, is like a small village on a hill. We had landed in the middle of special week-long prayers. A brightly-coloured fresh mandala made with powdered precious stones was on display in the main prayer hall. It commemorated the special prayers underway and had taken the monks a week to prepare. After the conclusion of the prayers, it would be consigned to the waters of the river flowing in the valley below. Only saints could be this detached from something so beautiful created with so much effort. Read the rest of this entry »