From an Altitude of 215 metres at New Delhi  ( 24 degrees C) to a dizzy 3800 metres at Leh, Ladakh ( -10 degrees C)  within an hour meant the first day was reserved for the entire group to acclimatize to the drastic change.

The breathtaking views and rarefied air at an high altitude left me gasping for air.

All the photographs were taken from the Mahey Retreat Hotel , Leh ,Ladakh on the first day of an Enchanting trip.( please check out my blog titled LEH TEASER at

fields cottage and Himalayas
The View from the Room

The landscape at Leh is amazingly stunning and unique.

Behold the Snow Clad and Mighty Himalayas viewed through a screen of leafless trees.

trees and himalayas
Snow Capped Himalayas 

It was so Enchanting to see the Himalayas close at hand. I felt I could reach out and touch the mysterious Himalayas, home to the mysterious Snow Leopards.

wisps of clouds
The Sun shines brightly on the Lofty Mountains

The intensity of the Sun is multiplied manifold as the Rarified Air does not filter sunlight. The result is that Snow dissolves leaving barren Mountains like the one in the picture below.

The picture was taken from the window of the Hotel, the rooftop of which can be seen in the foreground.

hotel roof top and a barren hill
Barren Hill and Clear Blue Skies

Leh during the winters is Spellbinding and leaves you Breathless literally and figuratively .


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

37 thoughts on “BREATHTAKING LEH”

      1. I can well believe it. My room had a huge window on one side; nice and warm whilst the sun was up, but as soon as it set everything froze and I would sit in my chair reading wrapped in all my blankets!

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  1. Amazing Mukul! Your photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing your adventures with some of us who can only dream of that at the moment! I’ve always admired the Himalayas from a very long distance.

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      1. That’s it and….you don’t just keep your pictures and experiences to yourself – you get to share. My experience is that it also improves your appreciation of what you capture – conscious that you have an audience:-)

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