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ROAD LESS TRAVELED

LEH & LADAKH

TRAVELER

INDIA

HOLIDAY 2019

PUBLISHER

Dave Parsons
EDITOR

Kristy Tolley
ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Janean Flowe
SENIOR DESIGNERS

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Morgan Keith
GRAPHIC DESIGNER

High in India's Himalayas spreads Ladakh, a region that serenely
rises above the Kashmir portion of the state to which the high-altitude

Rachel Hawkins
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desert belongs, Jammu and Kashmir. Perhaps the rugged beauty of the

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mountains keeps away the volatility between India and bordering China

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and Pakistan. Perhaps this trekkers' paradise is left in peace because the
tenured presence of Tibetan Buddhists and their monasteries have made
it a place of tranquility. Or, perhaps it escapes factionalism since weather
conditions cripple, and sometimes completely prohibit, access to these
high-altitude lands for roughly half the year. Whatever the reason, Ladakh
welcomes adventurers seeking solace among colorful prayer flags, hiking
from village to village, or hoping to spy an elusive snow leopard.
Leh, the capital of Ladakh, provides an urban gateway from which to
explore the area's canyons and peaks, and the treasures they hold. One of
its gems, Leh Palace, lords over the city from a rocky outcropping where
it was built. The 17th-century Tibetan architecture, statues, paintings and
other artifacts offer an overview of Buddhist culture. A stop here prepares
travelers for visits to other gompas - Buddhist temples or monasteries
- scattered throughout the region, notably Spituk Monastery with its

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famous image of Mahakal.
Trekkers often use Leh as a base from which to observe traditional

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the roadless Markha Valley. Here, green valleys spread below razor-sharp

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heights and stark deserts strewn with rocks and boulders. Ladakhi villages
dot the route, making it easy for through-hikers to find homestays while
simultaneously gaining a look into the authentic lives of the Indo-Tibetans
settled here. The whole of Markha Valley falls within Hemis National Park,
so while it may be possible to spot a snow leopard, the amazing scenery
proves an equally - and more accessible - reason to visit all of Ladakh.
- Amity Moore Joyce

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