Because Leh is at altitude, we knew we had to take it easy for the first 2 days in order to acclimatize. We therefore spent the first day simply walking down the hill from Sankar (where we were staying at the Silver Cloud guesthouse) to Leh. On the way we passed many religious sites, for example stupas and prayer wheels.
In Leh we wandered around the town (which was being dug up in a beautification project) and walked down to a cafe called Bon Appetit for lunch. We grabbed a taxi back up the hill to the guest house.
Leh was once the hub of a bustling caravan trade between the Punjab and Central Asia and between Kashmir and Tibet.