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manprit singh - sikh military road engineer - B.­R.­O.­ - khardungla pass - ladakh (india)

Sikh Military road engineer - B.­R.­O.­ - Khardungla Pass - Ladakh (India)

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June 18, 2009
Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Photos taken during a 7-week, 7000 Km motorcycle tour across parts of India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu and more) in May-June 2009.­

Photos of the Khardung-La Pass and Nubra Valley region, in Ladakh (India).­

Those pristine valleys are very close to Tibet, and near the border line with Pakistan-administered Kashmir.­ A special Inner-line permit is needed to travel in this region.­

The Nubra Valley region is only accessible by road during a couple of summer months, via Khardung-La Pass (elevation 5359 m or 17,615 feet).­

For more information on the Khardung-La pass, read the Wikipedia article:
en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Khardung_­La

For more information on the Nubra valley, read the Wikipedia article:
en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Nubra_­Valley

The Sikhs (India) 23 photos

Photos of Sikh people (India)

For more information about the Sikh faith, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Sikh

Sikhs traditionally allow their hair to grow naturally as a symbol of respect for the perfection of God's creation.­ Their long hair is covered by a turban.­ For more information, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Kesh_­(Sikhism)

I must say that all the Sikh people I met in India were among the nicest and most helpful folks I met there.­

On a few occasion my motorcycle broke-down in remote areas or small villages, at night, and I needed help to fix it.­ And very often Sikh people would help me a lot.­ One even insisted on giving me a free clutch cable, another one brought me warm food at 3am when my Royal Enfield motorcycle would not start and I was gonna spend the night in the street waiting for a motorcycle shop to open in the morning.­ And in remote army check-points high in the Himalaya mountains, Sikh Indian soldiers always insisted on giving me and my friends hot chai, nuts and biscuits.­

Not to mention that it is the Sikhs that provide free vegetarian food and hot drinks to the thousands of Hindu people who participate in the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage.

Sikhs are sometimes confused with Muslims by poorly educated people in western countries, because of theirs tradition of wearing a turban.­ They are neither Muslims nor Hindu.­ Sikhism is a unique religion and faith.­