Day 11 – Last day at Leh –Thiksey monastery I had lavish breakfast at Lamayuru Restaurant to treat myself – Sandwich, Spinach Omelet, Hash Brown Potatoes, and Mint Tea – all for Rs. 180.The food at Lamayuru restaurant is good if you stick to regular dishes. The Himachal Transport Office on Fort road is just few shops away from the restaurant. It was closed. It opens up only in the month of July when they resume tourist bus services. Then walked down to the bus stand from the main market. The bus ticket to Keylong is 539. You will get one rupee back, if you ask for it! I got a provisional ticket. They give the proper electronic ticket next day as the journey date can be printed on the actual day of travel and not a day before it. The bus starts at 5 am. They asked to report by 4.30 am. If you buy the ticket early, your chances of claiming a better seat are more. Then boarded a shared taxi for Rs. 20 to Choklamsar and then another Rs.20 to shared taxi to Thiksey Palace. As I walked up the monastery, I sat in between to rest and read. I met an 80-year-old Nepali lama who too walked up the monastery. The entrance ticket is Rs.30.It was the biggest monastery I had visited till now. As I chatted with a Lama, he told me about different sects of Mahayana Buddhism being practised in Ladakh. Spent an hour reading in front of the old library at the top of Gompa. Many people asked if the library is open may be assuming I was the caretaker or regular reader there! Then got a ‘public’ lift by monastery mini-bus to Choklamsar and then again shared taxi (Rs.20) to Leh city which drops till Prayer Wheels. Since I had time, I chatted with local shopkeepers. Amochi from Amritsar wanted to repair my torn shoes since it did not match my rest of the dress. Then met an old woman selling woollen socks and cap in a shop. She informed me that it all comes from Nepal. I shared with her one of my bananas and in return I received a flying kiss!! I was on cloud nine. The Dolma knick-knack shop is being run by a woman from Bhutan and we chatted generally about her life. All the jewellery being sold in Lehcomes from Bhutan. She showed me her dress and how it was different from LadakhiGoncha. Then bought some books on Ladakh from the Ladakh Bookshop in the Main market on first floor of the main market. Actually it would have enhanced the experience further, if I had bought them during the initial days of my visit.