The Indian Himalayas have a way of putting life into perspective
And make you look at the larger picture..
If you want to find real inner calm, the peaceful Buddhist region of Ladakh in northern India will rebalance you better than any spa retreat.The high Himalayan valley sometimes referred to as 'India's Tibet' seems dry and barren, a mineral dusts cape relieved only by strips and scraps of green around villages and riverbanks. Occupying the upper reaches of the Indus, a sacred river whose lower basin was home of one of the world's first urban civilizations, the former kingdom of Ladakh is one of the highest continuously inhabited areas in the world. Most of the villages lie at between 3,200 and 4,000 metres - the height of the permanent snowline in the Alps.
Roads here are feats of all-weather engineering. Flying into Leh, the former capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, feels more like landing on the moon than landing in India. Its harsh, mountainous terrain is starkly beautiful and very dry, due to its high altitude and cold desert climate. Ladakh is India at its most enchantingly human and scenically stunning; a rugged high-altitude desert softened with Tibetan temples, irrigated paddies and mesmerizing mountain lakes. Ladakh has a tendency to rouse a multitude of emotions, most of which are fervent, some of which are conflicting. There’s no doubt that travelers get overwhelmed by the rugged high-altitude desert and snow-capped peaks that pierce the heavens. It’s actually an incredibly humbling experience to be completely surrounded by mountains, ancient rivers, green oases, and grand mountain vistas that continue to draw travelers from all corners of the earth to Ladakh – known best by its acronym “Spirit of the Himalayas”.