A journey to Leh / ladakh is the sort of journey that changes you as a person. It’s unforgettable with it’s ever changing multi coloured, stark and piercingly beautiful landscape. The softness and gentleness of the people. It invites you to question and realign your sense of self in all the vastness that inspires awe at every turn. It’s majestic and otherworldly and should be on your bucket list if it is’nt already.
This is a very late update(September holiday 2016) but hopefully an inspiring one !
Day 1 : Land in Leh (6 am)
- You land in the crisp morning light and head to a light breakfast and some compulsory rest. In the evening once you settle in and have acclimated to the altitude (BTW Altitude sickness is the luck of the draw , you could be the healthiest person ever and suffer the effects of high altitude and you can be an un healthy smoker and non exerciser and have no side effects. Diamox tablets a day before your departure are not a bad idea !) head to Shanti Stupa which you will soon realise is only a very gentle introduction of what to expect as you journey through Ladakh.
- We then wandered through the local Market with a focus on finding delicious Chuli ( apricots)
Day 2: Rancho school, Thiksey monastery, Cloud cafe which is part of the TUTC luxury camp, Shey palace, War museum, finishing off the day with local food at the Tibetan kitchen.
Rancho School is an award winning school for architecture, sustainability design, being solar passive and more….
is only 19 km out of the city centre of Leh. It’s perched on top of a hill in Thiksey village.Breathtaking !
SHEY PALACE and MONASTRY
Shey Palace was built by the King of Ladakh as a summer palace.It used to the capital of ancient Ladakh.Here the man made building seems to emerge out of the rocky landscape.
This palace is all about muted colours and beautiful wood and stone work. The view as is everywhere in Leh is spectacular.
Ladakh “land of high passes” is a cold desert that lies in the Great Himalayas on the eastern side of Jammu and Kashmir.
Leh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, it is now the largest city in the region of Ladakh (in Jammu and Kashmir)
Our trip , all details and co ordination was organised via http://www.theextramile.co.in/