divanooi Our first tea stop and breakfast. Bj the driver Inside the Ladakh nomadic tent. Gorgeous yak wool rugs on their beds that were seats during the day. The hikers outside the tent. Ladakh women cooking my omelet. 4d

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divanooi A few snaps on the way to Manali. I am wrapped in the envy of the bus crowd; the thermal plastic sleeping mat. Discussed for most of the trip. With eye shade on still freezing and loud hip hop indi music blaring. Two very funny Indian hikers sitting behind the drivers seat, told me I could travel with them the rest of the way to Delhi. Thanks, but I might go to Shimla before Delhi. We had some good laughs at Bj expense. 4d

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divanooi After leaving Leh at 2.30 am scheduled Time of dep 1.30am. We are on the road sitting in seat 11 front seat next to driver BJ, I ask him where my seat belt is? And my head rest? And my welcome drink? The other passenger laugh. Bj said" no sleep for u". Neon light shining, Bollywood tunes on high volume. I pull out my first class goody bag from Emirates that some left on the flight and pull out my eye shaded and ear plugs showing Bj, and telling him I like the music and u can play it as loud as u want! He has the window open the whole trip. No heating and I feel like I am in a truck. It smells like my dad's car, cement and cigarettes which I don't mind. I pull out of my day pack the just incase extra shirt and socks and a hand woven yak scarf a gift for Mark Thompson and a sarong. There is ice on the road side. The Swedish med student lends me his sleeping mat as a back rest. We drive for two hrs on the top of barren mountain. It's 3.30 am freezing outside, Bj pulls out his blanket and has a sleep. I wrap myself in the sleeping mat like blanket thinking of Charles Linthrop at the worlds in Adelaide wrapped in his board bag. So cold can't sleep but designing new uses for sleeping mat as a fashion!
We head off again it's 4.30am. I think Bj window was open too.
4d

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divanooi 11.30pm leaving Leh, headaches, dust, heat, 98% Israelites backpackers and my safe haven (guest house). No taxis available at that time so rigged up with my backpack I used 31yrs ago, to walk 2km or so, to the bus stop, thinking I would find a cafe to sit and wait in til the bus arrived. Out on the street it was pitch black, nothing open, only stray dogs,stray men, watching out for pot holes and gutters that jump out in the night, to where I thought the bus stop was( I was on the motor bike and must not of been paying enough attention). It didn't look like a bus stop as there was not a sole around or a light on in any building. My danger warning was coming on thick and fast. Deciding to walk to the Bus terminal where the jeep dropped me off, A pack of stray dogs came out of nowhere attacking me. I screamed, scaring myself. I started to fend them off and growling back at them. There must of been 20 of them or 12. No one came to my rescue, I was alone and had to put the cone of invinsable on. A found a small dingy hotel with its light on and went in for some help. The manger was smoking beadies with his 2 friends in the courtyard. He called a friend who drives a taxi part time to pick me up. We went to the terminal found the mini bus that was taking me on a 20 hr off road drive through 5000m 2nd highest road pass in the world. The taxi driver decided it wasn't safe for me to sit there being the only women and I could sit in his cab with him. We were having a lovely time and talking about life, world wars??? Cricket !!! All the men I have met on this trip love cricket, I tell them my husband loves cricket and would talk all day&night about it, but not I.Then the bus left without me. We started off but not in the direction of the bus!! Why aren't We following the bus???We were going in another direction. Panic again set in.Did he drug my chai? Thinking, I am doing everything I tell my daughters not to do.Then we saw 2 backpackers on the street swinging belts around to fend off the wild dogs. A bit further our bus loading up luggage. So grateful to my taxi driver I wanted to kiss him. It was a buzz of excitement and anticipation for our long journey to Manali. 4d

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divanooi A a small prayer for good health i am sending to u. 5d

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divanooi Many small tailor shops all down this one tiny lane. This my new friend sewed two cloth bags for my parcels I sent to Johnny and c/o the surf club @fionarrae. That's another story at the post office. This lovely man wouldn't let me sew them myself. Looking for new ideas. 7d

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divanooi Large tree growing over the small path which is being built around, instead of destroying it. Brought me great joy. 7d

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divanooi Start of my day! What fun, I kept thinking no helmet and my dad saying to me think before you do something! It was such a buzz until I got off and burnt my leg on the exhaust. He was showing where the bus stop is for tomorrow's 18 -24 hr drive to manali leaves. Then to the polo ground for the Independence Day celebration. 1w
  •   eddiebobbrown Sorry about your leg. What a fun trip. Like you I like to go without firm plans or reso's. Keep the updates coming. 1w
  •   judygeraghty I'm loving being away with you and now you have an Aussie travel stamp on your leg, fantastic.xxx @divanooi 1w
  •   kerriejeffs You look like a naughty kid! 1w

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divanooi Close up of the lovely Ladakh ladies dressed in there traditional clothes. I love there shoes and shawls. Just before they started the performance for Indian Independence Day. 1w

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divanooi As arrived I found these beautiful women getting dressed for there performance #Indianindependanceday #ladakh #kashmir 1w
  •   eddiebobbrown Wow thy are dressed similarly to the women in Peru 1w
  •   divanooi @eddiebobbrown isn't that amazing. We were talking about that in Kargil the other day. The knitting patterns on there socks are so similar and also their facial features and body shapes. I would love to come here when it cooler. It was so hot past few days. Global warming? Thanks for the comments Ed, glad your with me. X 1w
  •   kerrybellingham What an experience for you Di x 7d

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divanooi Morning chai stop. 1w

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divanooi Traveling in the front seat this time with a more friendly groups at in the premium seat, front which I had to pay extra $2. Worth every cent and more as one of the way back passengers was not handling all the swerves, s bends and gravel bumpy roads. This area is called the Bad lands. Breathtaking. 1w

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divanooi Leaving Kargil I realise after seeing a map I am on "the control line", but actually I have no control of plans, nothing booked no timetable. It's a great way to travel. Trust. 1w
  •   colonialtrading Take care, be aware 1w
  •   divanooi Walked past this school several times and then looked up and saw this walking the opposite direction. 1w

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divanooi I feel like I am adventurous again. Ancient city. We can see Pakistan. Lovely tea and sweet shop. 1w
  •   merrirobinson The colours of this place! 1w
  •   divanooi The sweets and tea is delicious too. The inside was a beautiful aqua. I felt too invasive to shot inside. Again only men frequent these places. But are very gracious and kind. @merrirobinson xxx 1w

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divanooi Kargil at last. 1w

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divanooi Which I took a photo a second later. My companion for 5 1/2hrs on this journey was not the friendliest of the seven passengers. She had the better view of course and didn't take one photo. Another lovely man had been doing this same trip for 5 years. We listened to Hindi, Bollywood music. 1w

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divanooi The hairy, scary, no seat belt drive in the most amazing scenic vistas I've ever seen on the boarder of Pakistan in India. The photo doesn't show the sheer height and beauty of this place. Lots of gopro videos though. Glaciers, wild horses, Shepards, nomads. Telling myself to breathe. 1w

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divanooi A little tea shop at our first tea stop on the way to Kargil. Road only opens May to October. 1w
  •   merrirobinson Di your photos are incredible 1w
  •   divanooi Amazing what cameras can do @merrirobinson. I remember when u put yr roll of film in an it took a week to get back and then half we're throw always. 1w
  •   kerrybellingham Great photo I hope the tea was beautiful 1w

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divanooi Not sure what this is called but that dark line is from women looking in to the mosque where the men pray. There were pieces of fabric plastic tied to the wall as well. It's a mystery. 2w

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