Leh, India

You know how sometimes you feel like you’re going to love a place even before you arrive there?  Ladakh is one of the places I’ve been most looking forward to visiting on this trip, and the major city in the region, Leh, is just wonderful.  It’s set 3500m above sea level in the most stunning mountain ranges, covered in colourful prayer flags and Buddhist temples.

Chowkhang Gompa, Leh

View of Tsemo Fort with prayer flags

The sun is shining; the views everywhere are spectacular; I ate delicious dhal and mint naan bread last night by the light of Chinese lanterns and candles (every now and then just by candlelight when the rather erratic electricity supply gave up the ghost), listening to the evening call to prayer from the mosque compete with Sandy Denny on the stereo; I’m staying in a cosy guesthouse in a room with the most enormous bed I’ve ever slept in; and once I’ve acclimatised to the altitude, I’m going to be trekking all over the place – can’t wait!

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