Traveling India - stuck in Leh
Road to Leh - breathtaking views
We are right now in Leh (Ladakh region). It took a pretty long bus trip again (2 days) to get here after we managed to get out from Srinagar. Srinagar was OK, we even started to know the city and the people (after 5 days there they were saying hello to us like if we knew each other from long time ago). I must say that the bus drive was very spectacular; it was the most impressive and scary road I have ever seen in my whole life. The funny thing is, that we will have to repeat it to get out of Leh!
We were planning to go to McLeod Ganj (where Dalai Lama lives) through another road (there are only 2 roads to get to Leh), but since the second road is still closed, we will have to enjoy again the 2 day trip back to the lovely Srinagar.
Here people are very nice, and they all look and act more like Tibetan than Indian. There are many of them that are refugees from Tibet. Even though we cannot carry or buy souvenirs, we bought a couple of Tibetan rings and bracelets with some mantras engraved (Om Ma Ni Padni Hum - the unity of the five elements).
We have visited a couple of places here (Tibetan palace that looks similar to the Potala palace in Lhasa, and a fort), but besides that, there is not much more to see... the Himalayas are beautiful btw.
Since the road is closed even to Srinagar, we are again trapped here in Leh without being able to go anywhere... not even paying! So we have to wait till the army fixes the road after the heavy downpour of rains. That is why we are doing all these posts btw :) If the weather gets better you won't here from us in a while.
Now it is 17.30 here and it is too early to have dinner...