"…that this was pleasingly beautiful, while the other was sublimely grand" -Meriwether Lewis, June 14, 1805
Perhaps India’s most forgiving city, Leh is both traveler friendly as well as beautiful and relaxing. With awe-inspiring vistas and views of nearby Stok, this as-easy-or-as-difficult-as-you-make-it place to reach is also close to numerous tucked-away monasteries and thus a great home base for exploring, whether by bus, motorbike or foot. Seated in the Ladakh Range, considered by some to be the foothills of the Himalayas, the town’s base elevation is nearly 11,500 feet. It is high altitude desert, and while precipitation is low, the temperatures outside of the summer to early fall season are daunting.