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The rafting adventure the previous day took it’s toll. As this day dawned, we realized Vivek was down with a bad case of tummy blues and Fever. Others had various degrees of aches in parts of their bodies. Post breakfast, we decided to make the most of this day and head into the Leh Market – without Vivek!

Cool embroidered Tshirts

Cool embroidered Tshirts

We ambled outside the hotel before noon to a bright sunny day. There are incredible T-Shirt shops (selling embroidered Tshirts) lined along the way outside the hotel. An immediate draw for all especially Jayanth 🙂 They have these incredible T-shirts and assorted wares at extremely afforable prices.

The Leh market had a lot of street vendors and they made for some real interesting portraits –

Street Vendor Portraits

Street Vendor Portraits

Street Vendor Portrait

Street Vendor Portrait

Shahana sharing her sketch

Shahana sharing her sketch

Shahana was at her sketching best and an impromptu sketch with some local street vendors caused much delight to them. Great smiling faces..

Delighted at Shahana's sketch

Delighted at Shahana's sketch

This is what caused the excitement:

Shahana's Sketch

Shahana's Sketch

In spite of how cool it was, Sunitha did not buy this..

In spite of how cool it was, Sunitha did not buy this..

The sun was getting quite hot and Sunitha and I ended up buying caps. Everyone else finished their shopping and we treaded along until we hit a gem of a restaurant called Leh View Restaurant. Two floors above, the terrace offered some spectacular views of Leh. The afternoon sun was gorgeous making for some awesome pictures. We had beer served in kettles and a tasty lunch of egg curry and rice. After a few days in Leh, simple dishes have a lot of culinary value. Here are some pictures from our extended casual lunch

Leh View Restaurant / Beer from a kettle

Leh View Restaurant / Beer from a kettle

Classic Architecture

Classic Architecture

Leh Palace

Leh Palace

Rustic Leh Town

Rustic Leh Town

Leh against the backdrop

Leh against the backdrop

Angry Clouds? Temple at bottom left.

Angry Clouds? Temple at bottom right.

Everchanging Cloud formation against temple and Mountain backdrop

Everchanging Cloud formations against temple and Mountain backdrop

Heavenly

Heavenly

Sun filtering through Netted Green RoofTop making for great natural light!

Sun filtering through Netted Green RoofTop making for great natural light!

Post lunch we headed back to the hotel after getting some dinner from the German/World Peace Cafe. Unfortunately both Sunitha and I were not feeling that great that evening and we decided to stay back at the hotel along with Vivek – the trip to Pangong Tso is early next morning! I grudgingly stayed back in order to be fit for the day long mental assault –  the drive to Pangong Tso and back. Jayanth, Shrinath, Shubra and Shahana attended Day 2 of the Confluence. They had a a whale of a time with the main act – Terrakota from Potugal – a high energy Afro-reggae fusion band known for their brilliant stage outfits and performance. Will try to share some video footage at a later time. The earlier parts of the day apparently had some great music by Rajasthan Roots and Shaa’ir + Func. Read a review about Day 2 of the Confluence at Indiecision here.

Terrakota

Terrakota

I am still beating myself up as the highlight of Day 2 was the Drum circle by Roberto Narain around a bonfire – a ton of people jamming away to beats whether they knew to play or not. I guess not everything is meant to be.

I added a few extra pictures than I wanted to in this post. The biggest difficulty is choosing among the tons of pictures I shot to include the right ones to convey what we experienced at that particular time. A nice problem to have on hand I suppose.

Stay tuned to read about this amazing place called Pangong Tso in the next post.

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