I do not believe in the concept of must see places, for every place casts its magic on me – be it an unknown or an offbeat location , a known city or a tourist destination. But Ladakh was an exception.

It was a dream destination , something that had always seemed unattainable . It did not matter to me that I had not yet seen the Taj Mahal, but it irked me that I had not visited Ladakh. It was a destination that had given me sleepless nights. But when I woke up on a sunny morning in the capital town of this land of high passes, after spending a dizzy first night , it seemed like a dream still.

It was extremely hot and all the giddiness had vanished. We feasted on some aalu paratha with some garden vegetables freshly plucked from the garden and started our monastery trail.

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In ladakh as in any where else, the dilemma is always the same. So many places to see and yet so little time. Earlier, I wanted to see almost everything possible and my eyes used to greedily devour every possible sight . But now, I decided to pick and choose. Its not so much about the choice of these sights , but its more to do about how much you want to soak in them.

If you just need a picture against every Buddha statue that was built in Ladakh, then you could cover as many places as you want. Also there is something called stamina when it comes to Ladakh. Even if you are acclimatised to the heights, most monasteries are atop hills and you need climb several steps to get there . They are breathtaking alright, but chances are with less oxygen, you would feel breathless climbing them.

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Nevertheless, we started our day rather early. We skipped Leh and decided to do the monastery circuit outside the town.We planned on four monasteries, which in retrospect was quite a bit for a day. However, as they were rather close, we managed to spend quite some time at each place, absorbing the sights and sounds. We went to Stakna, followed by Hemis and then Thiksey and Shey before returning to Leh with a quick trip to Sindhu darshan..more on each of them in a while.

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  1. Jeevan 12 February, 2010 at 18:50 Reply

    there isn’t a destination in nature and space, and like a compass we revolve around a place called destination.

    excellent post! it inspires to visit the ladakh.

  2. abc 14 February, 2010 at 16:39 Reply

    Awesome! To repeat everyone’s thoughts – the photos are amazing and your word play adds so much more beauty to the place. I am definitely going there – soon, I hope!

  3. Trotter 23 February, 2010 at 03:24 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! Sorry for another long absence, but after a busy start of the year I decided to make a break during the Carnival week, anticipating new hard weeks ahead!!

    So, you also have a must see… ;))
    Wonderful place!!

    Meanwhile, Blogtrotter 2 is at sea, waiting for you… Hope you enjoy and have a great week!!

  4. Shijoy 28 February, 2010 at 10:28 Reply

    From where you are finding such a huge amount of time to travell???

    I have read almost all topics in this blog..its just amazing…truly inspired by yoy and started my blog..clouds-end.blogspot.com
    Keep going…waiting for the next one

  5. Trotter 1 March, 2010 at 17:24 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! Happy Holi. Great Festival of Colours!!

    Meanwhile, Blogtrotter 2 is still in Haiti, now at Malfini Beach. Hope you enjoy and have a great week!!

  6. India Tour 13 March, 2010 at 18:09 Reply

    Leh Laddakh tour is really an exciting experiance.It seems that after a long time Leh will also connected by train. This will result a greate tourist attraction towards Leh and Laddakh. Greate Job done by Railway Minister.

  7. Trotter 19 March, 2010 at 13:40 Reply

    Hi Lakshmi! Lucky girl, travelling again… ;))

    Blogtrotter 2 waits you and your comments at the Cayman Islands. Enjoy and have a great weekend!!

  8. peter 29 July, 2010 at 16:13 Reply

    There is no doubt about that every place have its own specifications & attractions. I have couple of places in mind to visit but unfortunately i can afford only a place to visit due to my travel budget. I am also getting some suitable information form Hank Freid about accommodation packages in order to make my travel budget friendly

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