‘God’s wonderful gifts are everywhere in Kashmir’
Often referred to as little Tibet, Ladakh has been home to a Buddhist culture that has endured for more than 1000 years. This land of high passes has attracted travelers from across the world.
Deborah, an American tourist, an actor by profession, shares her experience on her visit to this region in 2015.
What inspired you to visit Ladakh?
I have a friend in Kashmir who always talked about the beauty of Ladakh and when I saw the pictures on internet, I was amazed to see the exquisiteness and was keen to visit the place.
How was your experience?
Amazing! It was more beautiful than I had expected. It was the most exhilarating experience I had in my life. The mountains, food and people everything had an appeal. I travelled along with local Kashmiri friends who were of great help and good companions during my journey. People here are very hospitable.
Which places did you visit?
I visited Kargil and Leh and the places like Hunder, TurTuk and Pangong Lake.
Will Ladakh attract you again?
Yes, Definitely I would love to come again and revisit the place. I would in fact want my friends back home to accompany me.
Did you stay in Kashmir?
I had spent couple of days in Kashmir before leaving for Ladakh. But as I have local friends here in Kashmir, I will be staying in the Valley for more time. I want to explore every bit of this place. This place is a magic where once sees God’s wonderful gifts everywhere. People are also equally good. I was overwhelmed by the hospitality shown by locals. I felt like princess.
Where you apprehensive of travelling to Kashmir?
Well when I told my friends that I was travelling to Kashmir in India they did not approve of the visit. But I was very keen to travel and my family supported my decision. Now am here, I don’t regret my decision. I wish others also to visit J&K and explore nature.