On arrival, I checked into the hotel, which had a serene Tibetan feel. The room was comfortable and I was given strict instructions to only rest for the best part of the day due to the altitude of Leh, which stands at 3500m above sea level. Seeing as I hadn’t slept the past week this was no problem! Come late afternoon, I made a short trip to Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist shrine, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of Ladakh, which looked especially spectacular with the setting sun.
Leh has a vibrant feel about it, which was apparent when walking through the bazaar. The region is known as ‘Little Tibet’, so it’s no surprise to find that many of the souvenirs and goods for sale are Tibetan influenced, although there are also plenty of other handcrafted items from other parts of Kashmir.
Tomorrow I should be fully acclimatised, and look forward to a day of white-water rafting on the River Indus and checking out some of the nearby sights.