Mountains, markets, and monasteries: Magical one-day tour of Leh town in Ladakh

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If there was ever a desert I would call magical and otherworldly, that would be Leh, though it does not look like a typical desert, save for its monochromatic browns, especially visible from the plane ride. Perched at approximately 3,500 meters (11,482 meters), this capital of Ladakh in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is surrounded by the magical Himalayas and Karakoram mountain ranges.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Magical Leh town from the plane. (See more aerial photos of Leh and the Himalayas in my Delhi-Leh plane ride post.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Leh town is  surrounded by the world’s highest mountain range.

After resting on our first day to acclimatize to the high altitude, my travel buddy and I began our Ladakh adventure with a day tour of Leh. Because of the winter weather (Leh has no Internet during winter, but the forecasted temperature we checked online beforehand was between -7 C at night to 10 C…

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