Ladakh Journals

Ladakh -- Little Tibet

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A June 1997 trip to Ladakh by Eleven Shadows

Ladakhi kids1 Photo, Ladakh, India More Photos
Quote: Traveling to the far reaches of Ladakh, including the world's highest salt water lake, the highest motorable road in the world, ancient monasteries, and more.

Ladakh -- Little Tibet

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The Hemis Festival, which has become somewhat of a hit with the tourists but is nevertheless quite fascinating; hiking; Pongong Tso, the world's highest salt-water lake, and of course, the genuine warmth of the Ladakhi people themselves.Quick Tips: Don't book a hotel room at exorbitant rates before going to Ladakh (too expensive -- plenty of hotels and guest houses in and around Leh). We HIGHLY recommend the Tibetan Kitchen near the end of the old Fort Road for an exquisite, vibey dining experience, with gourmet Tibetan cuisine that is delicious.Best Way To Get Around: Walking around is of course fascinating in Leh. It is quite easy to arrange a 4WD to get you around to other outly...Read More

Rainbow Guest House

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The people who run this guest house, like many of the guest houses in and near Changspa, are very friendly. Many of the guest houses in Changspa are frequented by long-term and budget travelers, many of whom are studying Buddhism and prefer the peace and quiet of the small town of Changspa to the relative hustle and bustle of Leh. Changspa is a ten-fifteen minute walk outside of central Leh, up a small road. Many of the guest houses, including Rainbow, also have small gardens and patios where travelers tend to congregate, usually sipping tea, eating Tibetan pastries, and reading or planning their next trek or outing. The prices for these guest houses are usually under 100 Rs., or in other wor...Read More

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Rainbow Guest House
Changspa - Karzoo, Near Circuit House Leh
Ladakh 194101
01982-252211

Tibetan Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Tibetan Kitchen -- slurrrrrp!"

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The Tibetan Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants I have ever eaten at. I live in Los Angeles, and have traveled extensively, so this is really saying something! The restaurant serves Tibetan cuisine, not usually known for its incredibly diverse taste (although I personally like Tibetan food), but this restaurant seems to serve a decidedly gourmet version of Tibetan food. Although we liked literally all the food we tried, we were especially taken with the momos (both steamed and fried, with a variety of meat and/or vegetable), as well as the thukpa noodles, which we could not get enough of. We ended up going back to this restaurant every day. Although we tried some of the other restaura...Read More

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Tibetan Kitchen
Hotel Tso-kar
Ladakh, India
+91 01982-253071

Nubra Valley -- The Green Valley

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Sumur Photo, Ladakh, India
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We highly recommend a trip to the Nubra Valley. The Nubra Valley ('Nubra' means 'green') is a well-cultivated, fertile valley that contains pretty little villages, a great deal of greenery, forests, wildlife, hot springs, and believe it or not -- a desert complete with Bactrian (double-humped) camels!!! The Ladakhis have taken advantage of the run-off from the tall snow-capped mountains that bracket either side of this wide valley, and have used the irrigation to build their farmland and charming villages around. The people without exception treated us with a great deal of warmth and respect, although they were often quite shy around cameras. I was invited in to several houses while I was wal...Read More

Pangong Tso

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Pangong Tso Photo, Ladakh, India
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This high salt-water lake, allegedly the highest salt-water lake in the world (certainly in Ladakh!), is at 4300 meters in elevation, and is surrounded by mountain peaks over 6500 meters high. The lake is extremely long, approximately 150 km long, but is only a couple of miles (2 km or so) wide -- basically, shaped like a pencil. The water is probably the bluest water I have ever seen, even bluer than the waters of Lake Titicaca in Peru, which is at about 13,500 ft. The sky and water at Pangong Tso were so blue that when I had my pictures developed back home in Los Angeles, the developer asked what kind of filter I had used. When I told him that no filter was used, he was incredulous, and sai...Read More
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Before I left for Ladakh, I went to a web site containing a picture of the Dalai Lama, and printed out about 60 pictures. I took these to Ladakh, knowing that the people, like the Tibetans, greatly revered the Nobel Peace Prize winner. Giving pictures of the Dalai Lama proved to be a series of extremely moving, memorable experiences for us. I would reach into my backpack, pull out pictures of the Dalai Lama -- particularly when someone had just done something nice to us or had tried to communicate with us for a while -- and invariably, they would be extremely touched. Frequently, people would cry or grow misty-eyed, and touch the picture to their forehead and thank us profusely. It also was ...Read More