As our plane landed on the Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airpor, I was kinda flabbergasted to see that we were landing in the middle of an ice bowl...all jagged snow capped, threatening, dark peaks!!! I double checked with Anshu bahin...whether we were landing right there...
The plane took a round circle of the Leh airport and started descending..a mind bogling experience for me...as I had never stepped into a world like this.
We were sitting in a sunny parlour...all made of glass n wood in a cute hotel called Lotus Hotel in Leh.We were all dressed in more warmers than we had ever worn..maybe not Chinoo as shes much more used to the biting cold than us because of being in England.The day started with hot toasts, melted butter which froze as soon as it dropped on the plate, yummy apricot jam and omelettes with hot( gettng cold) tea and coffee.We were advised to sleep off our temperature-lag..as the drop in oxygen level can be really lethal..
We did just that...all of us...but by evening we were rearing to go and didn't much feel that lassitude and headaches...till much later.
Local Bazaars, Shanti Stupa..Momos...day ended with just that.
The day dawned bright and sunny and biting cold again...with snow all around...covering the Himalayas..the sleepy city and the landscape...all well..
except...the change in temperature and weather had probably affected me..and I got sick..usual symptoms of headaches, indigestion,exhaustion,lassitude,loss of appetite and ofcourse bad stomach disorder so I stayed put and everybody else scooted for a good sight seeing , visiting known monasteries and other scenic beauties!!
Thiksey Monastery, Spituk Monastery, Sindhu River, Ice hockey matches...and many such sites..Not to be missed the local bazaars!
The day saw me feel better so I decided to see Leh again...a day in bed had done me some good afterall...and ofcourse staying away from the typical Ladakhi food which I had to do away with..
We saw the Sangam of Sindhu and Zanzkar rivers...an amazing sight...the azures and emaralds mixing in a hue so unique that it was diffficult to separate them..the temperature had dropped down to -22* at that point...surrounded by icings of snow all around...the rivers curled and gushed forward teppting the onlookers to snap away their cameras to glory!
Other sights..Pathar Sahib Gurudwara..12000 feet above sea level....toe melting cold stone floors covered by rugs ...and a huge rock in the middle..constructed in the 16th century in the memory of Gurunanak Dev to commemorate his visit .
Loads of places...loads of shopping of Ladakhi stuff...Shawls..gonchha..turquoise jewellery..metal and wooden artefacts..all this ended our three day trip to Leh..a trip worth remembering..
A visit to be taken AGAIN..but in summers for me!