There are only two roads into Ladakh: the Srinagar-Leh Highway, and the fabled Leh-Manali Highway, the second highest motorable road in the world. This cuts through incredible scenery, including the 17,585 ft Lachang la Pass. In the winter, these roads are blocked, and the only way to get here is by air. Even during the short summer season, they need constant repair due to landslides.

Nestling between the Karakoram and Greater Himalayan mountains, the high altitude region of Ladakh is like nowhere else in India. Ladakh will quite literally take your breath away. The altitude of the main city, Leh, is 3505m (10500 ft). Ladakh is more Tibetan than Indian. It is an entrancing mixture of Tibetan monasteries, palaces and a thriving culture, set in some of the most rugged and spectacular scenery in the world.

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The high altitude region of Ladakh, India

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Steve Davey is a writer and photographer based in London. For over twenty years he has travelled to some of the most remote, exotic and spectacular places on earth, photographing and researching a variety of features. Steve is the author of the Footprint Travel Photography and has launched a range of travel photography tours to show people some of the fantastic places he has travelled to whilst improving their photography

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