There is always a special moment when you land in a new city . A new wave of excitement seizes me..its something that Ive never been able to explain .

I took a deep breath and felt the pulse of the city inside me the moment I landed in Leh . The mountains crowded me and they formed the entire cityscape of Ladakh. Subconsciously I touched my head to wonder if I felt giddy, but I could only feel the slight shiver of excitement running through my bones. Ladakh was waiting for me .

The journey from airport to the hotel was over within minutes. We passed crowded market of Leh and entered Chubi where my guest house was located. The mountains gave us company and as I climbed the first step, I felt breathless. And then the dizziness hit me. The windows of my large room opened into a beautiful garden of flowers and vegetables and that probably was the only source of oxygen to us out there..and then it hit me as I fell into a deep slumber just before dinner.

The twilight hour had come and gone and we were slowly acclimatising to the heights.The weather had already changed from foggy to sunny to being cold . We walked down the steps to join the other guests in the garden for an early dinner. There was an Italian at the table next to ours and he was waiting for his friends. We politely opened the conversation to realize that he could speak only Italian. Sharath and he hit it off and the conversation was purely through signs and images. The dinner arrived and with it another round of deep slumber and all our headaches and dizziness vanished with the end of day 1.


  1. charu 3 February, 2010 at 20:23 Reply

    very true – your first sight of a new city is very special – that is why sometimes getting to a new place by train is better – train stations are usually bang in the middle of the town and the moment you step out, you feel the pulse of the city…

  2. CJ 3 February, 2010 at 21:48 Reply

    I am new to your blog, and i say its great. I always thought that Ladakh was very beautiful. Now I just have to go there and see how right I am. I love the pics. Hoping to see more.


  3. Sak 4 February, 2010 at 01:11 Reply

    One of my best friend is from Leh, we studied together for five years and can you believe I haven’t been to Ladakh- not even once..After seeing your pictures I am very inspired to visit. Regarding my friend, she is the first and only female dentist in Leh..Her name is Stanzin Choeing and their family is pretty famous in the town..

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  6. iamyuva 4 February, 2010 at 21:05 Reply

    beautiful pictures..

    would be nice to hear about ladakhi language.! is it still local language of choice.!? and how people there feel about mainland india.!!

  7. Trotter 5 February, 2010 at 04:13 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! Great to see anew post here!! Would love to get to a new city… Hard times!!

    Blogtrotter 2 is cruising with the Liberty of the Seas. Hope you enjoy it and have a great weekend!!

  8. asha 5 February, 2010 at 20:21 Reply

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  9. Janit 6 February, 2010 at 16:44 Reply

    Dunno what is it that makes these snaps from Ladakh look so beautiful. Is it the lack of mist in the air or is it that everyone who goes there totes a DSLR.
    Awesome snaps.

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