Ladakh: land of blizzards, brigands and pashmina
High, high in the mountains, where the air is almost too thin to breathe, the mule train picks its way, hoofs clicking on rough rock, carrying its precious cargo for the boutiques of Fifth Avenue and the Champs-Élysées.
Battling nature in the Himalayas
By the time we near the 5,600-meter Parang La Pass of Ladakh, my breath is coming in deep, drawn-out heaves and we are spread out over several kilometers, with mule and men finding their own pace.
Hanging on to a way of life by a fine thread
Over the Tanglang Pass of the Ladakh region and west into a series of valleys, we come to a place that time seems to have relinquished and given to the winds.
Basking, buzzing and oozing with ancient energy
Traveling Ladakh – the remote Himalayan region of India near Tibet that has long been an important cultural crossroads where Islam from the west meets Tibetan Buddhism from the east – I enter the relaxed pandemonium of its capital, Leh.
Get low to add drama
Traveling around Ladakh on a motorbike for three months allowed me to visit a lot of Buddhist monasteries.
Over high passes on the trail of Pashmina
Hello Ladakh, the remote Himalayan region of India near Tibet that has long been an important cultural crossroads where Islam from the west meets Tibetan Buddhism from the east. Cut off from its ancient trading routes into Asia and Tibet by the closure of borders by China, it has begun to open up to visitors who come to experience a traditional but fast-vanishing way of life.