Leh, India in Photos

November 2nd, 2008. India
Fresh mountain flowers have been planted throughout Leh giving the town.  They contrast sharply with the whitewashed earthen buildings making it feel like you're walking through a painting!!

Fresh mountain flowers have been planted throughout Leh giving the town. They contrast sharply with the whitewashed earthen buildings making it feel like you're walking through a painting!!

Here are the earthen bricks I mentioned above.  Also beautiful in their own right!!

Here are the earthen bricks I mentioned above. Also beautiful in their own right!!

We started our day every day at Gizmo's.  They have an amazing breakfast of eggs, toast, hashbrowns and coffee.

We started our day every day at Gesmo's. They have an amazing breakfast of eggs, toast, hash browns and coffee.

We spent several hours a day wandering through the narrow streets of Leh looking to see what we could find.  The architecture of this town is so simple but when you see it as a whole, it becomes quite complex.  I could wander here forever.

We spent several hours a day wandering through the narrow streets of Leh looking to see what we could find. The architecture of this town is so simple but when you see it as a whole, it becomes quite complex. I could wander here forever.

More buildings we wandered around.

More buildings we wandered around.

I pressume that this might be the door the family cow enters at night to sleep.  Almost every home had one.

I presume that this might be the door the family cow enters at night to sleep. Almost every home had one.

There are a few commercial streets in town that are filled with handicrafts, sweets, trekking gear and rooftop restaurants.

There are a few commercial streets in town that are filled with handicrafts, sweets, trekking gear and rooftop restaurants.

Guest House Guest House...there must be a million guest houses in this town!!  If the two we stayed at are any sign, then the quality of accomodation is top notch!!

Guest House Guest House...there must be a million guest houses in this town!! If the two we stayed at are any sign, then the quality of accommodation is top notch!!

Pad locks are the norm here in India.  Most doors only have one, but some have three or five.

Pad locks are the norm here in India. Most doors only have one, but some have three or five.

River blue...as you will see in a photo below, the color of the Indus River has inspired the color palette of the town.

Indus River Blue...as you will see in a photo below, the color of the Indus River has inspired the color palette of the town.

Prayer flags drape across the Buddhist Stupa to the south of town.

Prayer flags drape across the Buddhist Stupa to the south of town.

The view of the river valley from the top of the stupa.  These tall skinny mountain trees were stunning.

The view of the river valley from the top of the stupa. These tall skinny mountain trees were stunning.

Nik enjoying the beauty of the Indus Valley.

Nik enjoying the beauty of the Indus Valley.

Prayer flags of all shapes, sizes and colors.

Prayer flags of all shapes, sizes and colors.

This is the entry side to the Leh palace.  It was built in the 17th Century and is now in a general state of disrepair.  It was fascinating to walk through the rooms and imagine what it must have been like to live or work here.

This is the entry side to the Leh palace. It was built in the 17th Century and is now in a general state of disrepair. It was fascinating to walk through the rooms and imagine what it must have been like to live or work here.

Leh, as seen from the palace.

Leh, as seen from the palace.

Green Water Can

Green Water Can

A palace made from the mountains.

A palace made from the mountains.

Leh View Restaurant...Nik and I went here twice for lunch.  The food was good, but the view is why we came back.

Leh View Restaurant...Nik and I went here twice for lunch. The food was good, but the view is why we came back.

Shanti Stupa.  We came up here one day at sunset, and we barely made it in time.

Shanti Stupa. We came up here one day to watch the sunset, and we barely made it in time.

Sunset over the Himalayas.

Sunset over the Himalayas.

We took the local bus a couple times to nearby villages.  This one took us to Basgo.

We took the local bus a couple times to nearby villages. This one took us to Basgo.

We got our best view of the Indus River on the bus...as it twisted and turned around the mountains.  See the Indus River Blue?

We got our best view of the Indus River on the bus...as it twisted and turned around the mountains. See...Indus River Blue!

The Chamba Gompa in Basgo.

The Chamba Gompa in Basgo.

A door to no where.  A door draped with prayers.

A door to no where. A door draped with prayers.

The view from the plane as we left leh.  We will be back soon for another adventure in heaven!

The view from the plane as we left leh. We will be back soon for another adventure in heaven!

Click here for my previous blog entry about Leh: Shey and Thiksey, India

Nik’s Blog: The First Two Days in Leh, India

Nik’s Blog: Trips to Chamba Gompa and Shanti Stupa

9 Comments

Bethany and I are REALLY enjoying your guys’ blogs… makes us miss the traveling lifestyle more than ever. Enjoy it while it lasts… and don’t get homesick because America is really boring! haha

Dad:

11-02-08 Your photos are fabulous. Leh is nice with the simplest of architecture. I’ll walk all day with you!! Picture from the plane of the mountians is very impressive. Love ya, Dad 5:40PM

These photos really make me want to hop on a plane!

Stephanie:

Breathtaking! Bravo!

A good friend of my spent some time this summer in Leh extracting teeth (she’s a dentist and had an awesome opportunity over there). Anyway, beautiful images and a great way for me to get a better sense of where she was.

Anne

soumya:

I’m totally enjoying urs and Nik’s blogs. Awesome pictures and detailed articles has made a fan of yours. U Guyz rock!!!!!

Looks amazing! too far north for this next trip for us though…

You have nice blog and pictures are awesome. I am Indian but i never get the change to visit such beautiful place while this place is not much far from my living place.

Thanks for the pictures.


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