Incredible LEH

LEH, one of the strangest and most beautiful places that God created. The steep barren mountains, the ruined forts that appear to be a part of the mountains surrounding them, the clear blue lakes, trees that turn yellow and red in autumn, and breathtaking views everywhere.

When i visited Leh in oct 2010, i was completely blown away by the sheer ruggedness of the place. Something about this place makes you want to go back there again and again.

The LEH palace.
The LEH palace.

The Leh palace, from the outside appears to be a part of the mountain on which its is built. Built in the 17th century, it lies in ruins now and is under restoration. The palace museum, contains pictures of the old kings, their ceremonial clothes and old pieces of jewellery. The colourful designs on the inside of the palace make it a starkly different place from the barren exterior.

A broken old fort in ruins atop a hill
A broken old fort in ruins atop a hill
The inside of LEH palace
The inside of LEH palace
All the autumn hues together
All the autumn hues together
Lichen fields
The melted ice creates marshy lands and lichens grow on them that create grazing lands.
Pengong lake
Pengong lake

A saline lake, without a single vegetation on it. The clear blue waters extends for miles and 60% of the lake lies in Tibet.

Hell's gateway.. enroute to Khardung la
Hell’s gateway.. enroute to Khardung la
Khardung la- highest motorable pass in the world at 18376 ft
Khardung la- highest motorable pass in the world at 18376 ft
Hemi's monastry
Hemi’s monastry
Little buddhist monks
Little buddhist monks
Shey palace
Shey palace

Confluence of Indus and Zanskar riversConfluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers

The muddied waters of Indus mixes into the clear turqouise blue waters of the Zanskar river coming down from the mountains.The outlines of the two rivers can be made out for sometimes, the clear blue along the brown river, but eventually it mixes into the Indus and turns muddy too.

Shanti Stupa
Shanti Stupa

I would like to visit this amazing place once again and trek through all the valleys, mountains ,crevices and rivers, and find my HEAVEN.

Advertisements

11 Comments

  1. Very pretty. Never been to Leh but I often wonder if it still houses the same charm it did before the onslaught of tourists over the last 5-6 years?

    1. It is!! And I visited Leh in 2010, it was still very rugged and untouched then, and it still is, judging by some of the pics that I saw on my friend’s facebook page a few months back. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s