Farewell from the Himalayas at Leh, India (09/2018)

view across a mani wall towards Leh Palace

view across a mani wall towards Leh Palace

Our work in the Indian Himalayas was finished and we were ready to leave the mountains behind.

On our last day, we wanted to visit the remote Pangong Lake, but torrential rains throughout the night and the morning meant that the roads were blocked. We were stuck in Leh and therefore decided to visit the famous Hemis Monastery instead. I also climbed up to the Leh Palace and enjoyed the view across the old town.

We returned to the hotel around lunch time and began packing our belongings and the collected samples as we would depart on the following day. In the afternoon, we learnt that the daily flight to Delhi was cancelled due to the bad weather conditions and we began to wonder whether we might get stuck in Ladakh! Fortunately, our flight on the next day was only delayed by a couple of hours and eventually, we passed over the mighty, snow-clad Himalayas and reached the cloudy North Indian plains.

Since flights from Leh to Delhi are frequently cancelled, I had planned a bit of a layover in the capital until my return flight to Germany. I spent this time with more packing as well as some sightseeing.

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