Leh is on everyone’s mind. The serenity and beauty of it is just serendipitous!
A belated Birthday gift for myself in 2017, it was a 10-day trip to the Himalayas with my family. Our trip was planned by an acquaintance of my brother in law who is based in Leh and runs a travel agency called Traventurist from there. Unlike other travel companies, Sankalp focuses on small groups and often accompanies them on all trip as and when he can thereby offering the unique experience of a personal touch.
Leh is the joint capital and largest town of the newly formed union territory of Ladakh in India. Leh, located in the Leh district, was also the historical capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, the seat of which was in the Leh Palace, the former mansion of the royal family of Ladakh.
Day 1 – Arival In Leh – Once, we landed in Leh, we collected our baggage and headed off to locate our local driver. Stanzin, though shy at first, was one of the highlights of our entire trip! We reached our hotel and were greeted by the friendly hotel staff that also took time to brief us of the dos and don’ts especially for the first 48 hours after arrival.
Leh is situated at an altitude of 11,562 feet and therefore, it is a must that you acclimatize to this change. Though you may not feel significant difference, it is recommended that you eat light, do not shower for at least the first 12 hours after arrival and most importantly get out and walk around to get used to the climate and altitude. We took time to explore our local area and the markets on our first day.