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DAY 1: HOTEL LADAKH GREENS, Leh, Ladakh, India

In a quiet neighborhood, 15-minute walk from the town centre, Hotel Ladakh Greens  offered a delightful experience contrary to our routine urban life. We enjoyed sitting at the garden, having a cup of coffee under the morning sun, hearing the songs of birds and seeing the two cats chasing each other around the garden. From the moment we received the white welcoming khata to the last day we waved farewell to the hotel manager, Hotel Ladakh Greens was like our “home” and offered us peace of mind services. We didn’t spend much time on planning before this trip.  With the help of the host,we made a few day excursions and did some hiking in the surrounding region.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEntry into the small cabin where the reception lobby was located.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe hotel garden also doubled as the outdoor dining area.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur room was a corner room at the upper floor ( top-right corner of the main building in this photo.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASolar panels were used at the hotel to heat up hot water. Hot water service was reliable and was much needed after a long day of activities.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA large part of Leh was located in a river valley where trees could thrive in this desert dry landscape.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis photo was taken from the the roof top of a building with a view to the garden under the shade of  a row of tall poplar trees.

DSC_3604The Stok Mountains viewed from the hotel rooftop.

DSC_3614Distant mountains and the moon taken from the rooftop.

DSC_3647We love the poplar trees. We love hearing the sound of leaves dancing in the wind over our heads. When we looked up, the tree felt tall and we felt connected to nature again.

DSC_3662Our first dinner in Leh. We didn’t have much appetite when our body was adjusting to the high altitude. We shared a bowl of vegetable soup and a dish of chicken kabobs with honey mustard sauce; and we had our first honey lemon ginger tea.

DSC_3657Hotel Ladakh Greens at night.

DSC_6505Starry sky as we took a short stroll outside the hotel after dinner.

DSC_6510Frequent traffic passed by the bumpy Fort Road near our hotel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASimple and comfortable. Our airy room with a touch of local decorations.

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Other posts on 2016 Ladkadh & Delhi:
Introduction – LADAKH – The Land of High Passes, India
Day 1.1 – ENROUTE TO LEH, Ladakh
Day 1.2 – WALK TO MAIN BAZAAR, Leh, Ladakh
Day 1.3 – LEH PALACE, Leh, Ladakh
Day 1.4 – HOTEL LADAKH GREENS, Leh, Ladakh
Day 2.1 – NAMGYAL TSEMO GOMPA, Leh, Ladakh
Day 2.2 – LALA’S CAFE AND TIBETAN CUISINE, Leh, Ladakh
Day 2.3 – SPITUK GOMPA, Leh, Ladakh
Day 3.1 – MONASTERIES OF THE INDUS VALLEY DAY ONE, Ladakh (with map)
Day 3.2 – THIKSEY GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 3.3 – CHEMREY & TAKTHOK GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 3.4 – HEMIS & STAKNA GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 3.5 – MATHO GOMPA & SHEY PALACE, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 4.1 – ON THE ROAD WEST OF LEH, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 4.2 – LAMAYURU GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 4.3 – ALCHI & LIKIR GOMPA, Indus Valley, Ladakh
Day 4.4 – FORT ROAD IN THE EVENING, Leh, Ladakh
Day 5.1 – SHORT HIKE NEAR PHYANG, Ladakh
Day 5.2 – PHYANG VILLAGE, Ladakh
Day 5.3 – NOMADIC WOOLLEN MILLS & BON APPETIT, Leh, Ladakh
Day 6.1 – ZINGCHEN GORGE, Ladakh
Day 6.2 – SHANTI STUPA, Leh, Ladakh
Day 7.1 – LEH AIRPORT TO RED FORT, Delhi
Day 7.2 – RED FORT, Delhi
Day 7.3 – JAMA MASJID, Delhi
Day 7.4 – FAREWELL OLD DELHI, Delhi
Day 7.5 – UNITED COFFEE HOUSE, New Delhi

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