22nd August 2003 - Page 2
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To beat the Delhi summer, this year we decided to visit Ladakh, a land famous for the beautiful monasteries, celebrations and the birth of the great Indian civilization. The area besides being pollution free and cool, being at a height varying between 2752m to 7672m, offers some breathtaking views of nature at its best. It's god very own place on the earth with the lofty, sun kissed mountains reaching out to talk to the azure blue skies above and Sindhu, the crystal clear mystical river flowing through all its splendor. 

The region also has some fascinating sights, like the Khardungla Pass at an altitude of 18,350 ft, which is the highest motorable road in the world and the natural magnetic hill where a vehicle as big as the TATA Sumo is pulled up the slopes of the hill when parked in neutral gear, without handbrakes. 

No description of Ladakh can be complete without a mention of the beautiful monasteries that are spread all over, with each having its own significance. These continue to be the center of Buddhist culture and learning. 
Would I recommend this trip? Not to the faint hearted. But if you have a yen for adventure and the wilds, there is none better. 
Have you walked through clouds on ice and touched noses with a yak? If the answer is no, 'book your tickets to Leh'.

Anisha Mathur X B

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