Visiting Heaven: Leh

Driving from the airport to my homestay, I couldn’t hear a horn honking and the streets looked clean from plastic rubbish, I definitely wasn’t in Mumbai anymore. I had however gone from sea level to 3,500 metres in altitude in 4 hours, which very quickly turned into mild altitude sickness: a thumping headache and lethargy sent me to bed for 15 hours, delaying my exploration of this new town.

Leh is a small town, but its a friendly place and one I think I could easily spend a couple of weeks exploring.  Dominating the valley is Leh Palace and Tsemo Fort, both perched on the hillside. Walking up to Leh Palace is a gentle walk uphill, passing a few gompas on the way.

Walk to Leh Palace