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!!
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.
More buildings we wandered around.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leh, as seen from the palace.
Green Water Can
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.
Shanti Stupa. We came up here one day to watch the sunset, and we barely made it in time.
Sunset over the Himalayas.
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...Indus River Blue!
The Chamba Gompa in Basgo.
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!
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