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Contrary to visiting Ladakh in summer(June- Sept), i decided to visit in winter as these adventures can rarely be undertaken as one grows old. Also, ladakhi locals are too busy during summer catering to the tourism inflow and rarely find time to show the local culture and places not so frequented by tourists. So i let go of the usually known sightseeing options and went there without a predetermined plan.
Staying in Leh city was not the top of my list(though Leh is a beautiful and old city) and while browsing through Airbnb, i stumbled upon "Old Likir Guest House". A beautiful house in Likir village, with a room that has glass windows covering two walls and the view of the mountains- enough for me to immediately book. I searched though internet and found out that it's an interesting village 50 kms from Leh airport.
Unfortunately, i got a seat in the plane that had no windows, so i somehow missed the grand view of the himalayas from the top. I arrived at Leh on 13th morning and the pilot announced upon landing that the temperature outside was -5. I quickly put on my down jacket before going outside and felt comfortable. The grand Ladakh view starts from here.