army check-point - road to chang-la pass - ladakh (india)

Check-point - road to Chang-La Pass - Ladakh (India)

This army check-point is manned by Sikh soldiers from Punjab.­ They offered us free chai, cookies and nuts.­

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Photos of the trip to Pangong Lake via Chang-La Pass (Ladakh, India).­

The water of Pangong lake is salty, which gives it a very blue color.­

The Pangong Lake (Pangong Tso) is located in Eastern Ladakh, near Tibet, in the Himalayas.­

Parts of the Pangong Lake area are in a disputed territory between India and China.­ These photos were taken in the area controlled by India.­

For more information about Pangong Lake, read the Wikipedia article: en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Pangong_­Tso

For more information about Chang-La pass, read the Wikipedia article: en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Changla_­pass

Those are photos of my June 2009 Motorcycle road trip in the Himalayas (Manali, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar).­

I was riding a Royal Enfield "Bullet" 500cc Machismo, that I rented in Delhi.­

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 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.­