At 11,480 feet Leh Ladakh is one of the highest destinations on earth. In the Indus Valley, Leh is surrounded by the majestic, spectacular Himalayas. Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Originally a stop for trading caravans, Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking. Massive 17th-century Leh Palace, modeled on the Dalai Lama’s former home (Tibet’s Potala Palace), overlooks the old town’s bazaar and mazelike lanes. The people are gentle and a pleasure to meet.