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In Ladakh, the tops of every pass are decorated with Buddhist stupas and Tibetan prayer flags - perhaps as a mark of reverence to being that little bit closer to heaven.
In my view out of appreciation for having made it to the top in one piece would be more appropriate 😉. In any case, this was NOT one I walked to the top of. This is Khardung La, the highest pass in Ladakh and the top of the world's highest motorable road. At 5,600m I definitely felt dizzy as I stumbled off to get my celebratory chai!

#trekking is one of the best ways to see the beautiful mountains and landscapes of Ladakh!
Many people cover long distances by car for sightseeing in Ladakh, and while that's one way to see things, you miss out on all of the beauty you can't see from the road. Treks range from one day to 7 and vary in difficulty! Being a newbie I did a 3 day "baby trek" in the sham valley. Definitely not something for babies 😉 but it was doable and I got to see some stunning landscapes - no sightseers or cars in sight!
You can read more about it on soultravelblog.com of course 😉
Have you tried trekking in Ladakh?

Wandering around Sumur in Nubra, I came across this small monastery. Unlike some of the more popular monasteries near Leh, I had this place to myself.
During my time in Sumur In Nubra Valley, I stayed at the amazing Nubra Ecolodge @nubraecolodge - a beautiful tented camp which has its own organic garden and solar power. In a place with an environment as delicate as Ladakh's being mindful of things like how much energy and water we consume are so important.
Have you been to Nubra Valley?
You can find more about my time in Sumur and at Nubra Ecolodge on soultravelblog.com - link in bio 😉#hosted

Looking down onto the Nubra Valley in Ladakh was one of the highlights of my trip.
Here, slow travel takes on a new meaning - with long, winding, unpredictable roads and no phone signal one can't help slowing down.
Where would you like to try "slow travel"??

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The monasteries of Ladakh are almost the stuff of dreams - white towering structures perched upon mountain tops against (usually) blue skies... Perhaps it's that they're closer to god, but either way they take your breath away.
This is Likir monastery (far fewer tourists here than at Thiksey) which was the starting point for my 3 day trek in the Sham Valley.
Want to know more about #trekking in Ladakh? Read my post on #soultravelblog about trekking the Sham Valley.
Where's your favourite place in the world to trek?

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Gazing out over the mountains surrounding Leh was definitely worth the huffing and puffing for 40 minutes to climb up to the Shanti Stupa to look down - as the cars drove past me walking, I couldn't help but feel like I'd earned my dinner and that the view was that little bit more beautiful for the climb.
Do you feel that little bit of extra effort is usually worth it with travel experiences?

Up in the himalayas, Ladakh is a world away from the rest of India - in fact it's only accessible by air for 6+ months of the year as snow makes roads south and west impassable.
The differences here from the rest of the subcontinent are tangible: Tibetan Buddhism holds a lot of influence - stupas and prayer flags fill the hills; there's no Indian Railways; and even the chai is different. Has anyone tried butter tea?? 😊

From the mountains of Iran to the mountains of the Indian Himalayas: Julley Ladakh!! Landing on the roof of the world was quite an experience... not only for the stunning views but also for the shift in altitude... Leh is at 3,500m and if you fly here you're strongly advised to rest for a couple of days before getting your trekking boots on!
Where's the highest up you've been? #soultravelblog

I can't think of a more appropriate way to leave Iran than with this serene view of the Zagros mountains from Abyaneh.
Want more on Iran? Then head over to @gadventures where I'm taking over their insta stories thru sunday with highlights of my trip to Iran with them!
So where's next? If you've been following my insta stories over the last month you know already 😉

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The final mosque of Iran (well on my @gadventures trip at least and for now) packed a punch.
There's a message on one of the walls in this mosque that makes you stop and think. Has anyone been here and know what I'm talking about??
This mosque is in Kashan - between Isfahan and Tehran - there's more up on the blog today about what to do in Isfahan - beyond the mosques - head over to soultravelblog.com to read!
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I came to Iran prepared for the gorgeous mosques and shrines, the friendly people and the rich culture.
What I didn't come prepared for were the mountains! And especially not the idyllic mountain retreat village of Abyaneh, set in the Zagros about 2 hours from Tehran.
A visit to Abyaneh is going back in time: the village is thousands of years old and a dialect of Persian from around 500 years ago is still spoken here.
The village is only inhabited by a few families - who sell dried fruits and earn a little from domestic tourism.
This place (and the views) was just perfect for relaxing and watching the sun disappear behind the mountains.
Where has really surprised you on your travels?
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After visiting a country people will ask, how was it, what was it like?
Of course we always get strong first impressions. But when many of us can only travel for 1-2 weeks, how accurate is that impression? Can we get a true feeling for that country in that time?
I spent two wonderful weeks in Iran with @gadventures and I know one thing: I only scratched the surface. I want to go back for more. In two weeks I saw enough to have a taster: of the architecture, of the culture, food, landscapes... but no more than a taster. Two weeks does not make me (or anyone else) an expert.
How long do you think it takes to really get to know a country?
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