Leh is the biggest city and the capital of the newly formed Union territory of Ladakh. It was also the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Ladakh or Maryul. This high-altitude (3,524 m or 11,562 ft) cold desert city is located by the bank of the river Indus and is surrounded by lofty mountain ranges. Leh is the only base for anyone travelling to Ladakh as it is well connected by road (to Srinagar and Manali) and by air to the other major cities nearby. As a continuation of my Ladakh series, today I will share my first day of touring experience in Leh.
The region of Ladakh is the highest plateau in India which is drained by River Indus (or Sindhu). It lies within the high mountain ranges of the Himalayas and the Karakoram. Also known as the upper Indus river valley, this high-altitude desert land, with lofty mountain ranges and multiple rivers snaking through offers a striking geographical and topographical landscape. One of its major rivers is Indus which gave our nation the name India. Today, I will share my journey through this incredible land of high mountains, rivers, and valleys scattered with man-made monuments and statues aesthetically blending in.