farewell Ladakh

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I’ve been in and out of Leh, Ladakh, northern India for the past 3 weeks.

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Leh town for tourists is a disaster, actually.

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I doubt the current beautification scheme will help much.

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Very few local people have much concern for cleanliness or sanitation.

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Many streets look like war zone slums.

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I was passing this construction site when a shopkeep yanked me into his store. Workers dropped a metal sheet – by accident – close to where I would have been walking.

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The biggest churches and mosques are clean, however.

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If you walk long enough on side streets, you can find tidy buildings. Nice homes. The rich are very rich. And educated. India has good schools.

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Banks machines work well. That’s one example of things getting better.

Internet goes out for DAYS at a time, however. 😦

They need the SPCA. Sick and starving dogs are pitiful.

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Holy cows are a different problem. Hindus like having them wandering the streets.

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One sheep hangs out near the mosque. I assume it’s waiting on the next Muslim feast.

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Very few examples of quality can be found in Leh in 2015.

I was happy with my $30 Hotel Chube. One of the top rated on Trip Advisor. It’s at the bottom of the Fort stairs.

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The best restaurant in town is OK – Chopsticks Noodle Bar. Many of the other top ranked choices I found lacking.

The best bookstore in town is excellent – Leh Linkg Cafe. Likely the best Ladaki bookstore in the world. I spent a lot of time in the used bookstore – The Book Worm– as well. All winter, when tourists are scarce, the owner opens the shop each day and reads his own books on a chair in front.

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The Good-For-All shop is a plus. They’ll take your used batteries.

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The tourist attractions are impressive: Castle Tsemo, Palace and Shanti Stupa. I’ll post photos of those over the next few days.

My favourite image is that of the peace Stupa lit up at night.

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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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