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, 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 saline lake, without a single vegetation on it. The clear blue waters extends for miles and 60% of the lake lies in Tibet.
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.
I would like to visit this amazing place once again and trek through all the valleys, mountains ,crevices and rivers, and find my HEAVEN.