#2 Travel Diaries- Leh(India)-Breathtaking..Literally

View From Plane Before Landing at the Ladakh Airport

Our journey to Ladakh had a stop between, in Delhi- the duration of Chennai to Delhi being longer than Delhi to Ladakh. My sister had fought to sit in the seat next to the window on the long ride. Being the elder sister, I had to give in and get that opportunity in the second ride. Only after getting closer to Ladakh did I realise how lucky I was that we had our seating arrangements this way. The plane ride from Chennai to Delhi had nothing but dust, smoke, buildings, and cars.

While taking photos of the clouds, slowly, snow-capped mountains started to appear.

Above the clouds

Airport Experience

The airport was smaller than any other airport I had been to, if my memory serves me right. The  Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is 10,682 feet above sea level and in a region of rough terrain. Naturally, the landing wasn’t very smooth.

Breathing Difficulty the First Day

Along with how chill the place is, it is also at a very high altitude, hence with lower oxygen levels. It was very hard for us to walk long distances(especially for me).

Me, on our first day in Ladakh. Wearing my father’s jacket over mine, unable to walk any further.

After the first day, I thought this trip was going to be a nightmare.But with time, our bodies adapted to the conditions in Ladakh. We had a wholesome experience, thankfully.

Food- A surprise!

The primary food in Ladakh is meat. Being vegetarians, we thought we would have a hard time finding food in Ladakh, but we noticed that all the hotels were pure vegetarian! Not understanding why this was the case, we asked our driver. He said that they eat meat, but they strictly do not give it to tourists. “Our bodies are adapted to the oxygen levels and climatic conditions here. Eating meat will only make it worse for the tourists.”

Leh Palace

The Leh Palace was a dilapidated building, almost completely dark inside. With nothing to see and great difficulty in breathing, we walked away after looking through the first floor. We didn’t have it in us to walk a couple more raggedy flights of stairs.

View from the Palace
The Leh Palace

Shanti Stupa

The Shanti Stupa had a very unique architecture. The colourful patterns and the symmetry of the buddhist temple made it a sight to behold! Being at a high altitude, the Stupa also provided a beautiful view of Leh

The Shanti Stupa
The Buddha idol in the Shanti Stupa
The spectacular view of Leh from Shanti Stupa

Camphor- A myth or a fact?

While we were struggling to breathe, we noticed a healthy, elderly couple at our hotel. “How are you managing in these extreme conditions?”, we asked them. They pointed to the camphor in a porous bag, serving as a pendant to their necklaces. “Whenever we feel difficulty in breathing or feel nauseous, we take a sniff of this camphor, and it goes away.”


Whether this is true or if it was a feeling in their minds, I do not know. I wasn’t able to try it out as I got to know this only on my last day there. But if you are ever to visit a place with these conditions, please do try it out and let me know!

To the readers– Instead of making it long like my previous post, I’ve decided to split each trip into bits so that it’s easier to read. After Ladakh, I’m planning on doing Thailand. Stay tuned for the next post ! πŸ™‚

31 thoughts on “#2 Travel Diaries- Leh(India)-Breathtaking..Literally

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  1. The place must have beautiful views since its a high altitude area. The low oxygen must have been an adventure. The camphor might be true or myth(belief) as you said that came true to them through utmost faith in its working.

    Leh palace seems to be such in history. The description almost fits the old abandoned castles with stories that send chills. I like the Shantis design, awesome.

    It’s good they people consider the tourists need in food- vegetarian diet so highly. I liked your trio to Leh. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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    1. It was an adventure, alright. I almost even gave up my want to go to Antarctica! “If Leh itself is this bad, there’s no way I’m going to Antarctica! “, I said to myself. But I realised with time that the altitude was the problem more than the weather.

      Yes, it could have been their faith in its working.

      Haha. Now that you say it, the Leh Palace does feel like the abandoned castles in story books.

      Both good and relieving for vegetarian tourists like myself. Thank you !

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    1. It’s wonderful to hear that you’ve been there too. The view had me gobsmacked. One of its kind indeed! Did you hear the Camphor myth as well ?

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    1. Thank you so much for nominating me. I’m very honoured πŸ™‚
      I have decided not to do any more award posts. However, I shall answer some of your questions on your site itself.

      I’m sorry for the late reply, your comment had been deposited in the spam file and it went unnoticed.

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  2. Leh is so interesting, hoping I can make it to there someday. Looking forward to the upcoming posts. And small bite sized posts are so much easier to read during the breaks of day to day life.
    PS. you write very well πŸ™‚

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    1. Make sure that when you do visit, you take your time in each place and absorb as much as you can. Please do not listen to the other tourists who tell you to rush it through.
      I’m now glad that I decided to break each trip into bits.
      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I read your comment with a wide smile.

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