Ladakh part II: The lay of the land

Jun 26th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 3 min read

Three years after I visited Leh, capital of the former Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, I┬áremember what my guide said to me: “In Leh, it is so quiet that you can hear your own thoughts.” When I think about Ladakh now, I can still hear the novice nuns we met beneath the apricot tree grove calling out to us: “Jullay! Jullay!” That’s a Ladakhi word meaning…

The wise old man of Ladakh

Jun 25th, 2012 Featured, On Travel incoherentboy 5 min read

I’ll be traveling again soon, but I thought I’d start this blog with a blast from the past. Back in 2009, I was traveling with a friend in Leh, which sits in the shadow of the Himalayas in the arid region of Ladakh. Ladakh itself is located in the disputed territory of Kashmir, which you will often see in the same news reports as the…