A cold evening at Leh saw me and my friends climb up Shanti Stupa as part of our acclimatization program. The short, but steep climb is a great way to get adjusted to the high altitude. This was the idea when we climbed, but when we reached the top, we were pleasantly stunned by the aerial beauty that was on offer.
The entire town of Leh with its barren tree cover could be seen from the top of Shanti Stupa. The Himalayan mountains surrounding it added to the aura. And as the evening set in, the rays of the setting sun dressed these views in splendid gold making for some fantastic sunset moments from Leh.
The barren Western Himalayas, the Leh town and the army camps below, each seemed to shine in the golden light making for some treasured views of the Leh town. These beautiful views more than made up for the puffing climb to the top of Shanti Stupa that included climbing over a steep flight of 200 to 250 plus steps.
A word of caution though; Don’t get confused by these bright scenes, which give a feeling of warmth. In reality, it was a good 15 degrees below zero or even lower when we saw these spectacular sunset moments.