It was a relief to be off the mountain roads, following the river valley with its sweeping curves rather than the torturous hairpin bends of the mountain passes.

Thikse Monastery

and its tourist monks

There are a lot of Buddhist monks around as the Dalai Lama is in town, there are various posters welcoming him

The smooth tarmac was a delight to ride on, we finally made our way into Leh

And a welcome cold beer on the steps of our hotel