A Summer Trek To Markha Valley

Rainbows, daisies, butterflies in a broad green valley - the rewards are many as you complete this slightly demanding trek in Ladakh

Hiking through lush green valleys of Markha river Photo: Chris Hunkeler/Wikimedia Commons

Ashwini and I were getting to know each other well. The furtive calls. The waiting. The disappointment. Now, over the phone, in twilight hours, the airport duty manager was making promises he knew I so wanted to hear. "You are my priority-exacerbated passenger, maam, I will make sure that you will be the first person on the first morning flight to Leh." In the skies, the Sun God and Fog God continued to wage their battle. The next morning, I embarked resignedly on my third trip to the Indira Gandhi airport in 24 hours. But Ashwini kept his promise, breezing through a murderous crowd of stressed passengers to hand me my boarding pass as soon as I walked in through the doors.