Of cold wind, lush valley, sand-dunes, clear water mountain lakes and majestic snow-capped peaks, the call of the mountain up North India is loud and irresistible as September sets in. Soon, the monsoon rain will soon go away and it’s time to follow the green trail up the cold climb, before heavy snow begins to fall and cut off the region from the rest of the world.

Take a look at some of the insanely beautiful, breathtaking and captivating views of Leh-Ladakh up North in Jammu and Kashmir.

Srinagar-Leh Highway in Ladakh

Srinagar-Leh highway in Ladakh
The mountains look resplendent in shades of blue and sand. This Srinagar-Leh National Highway in Ladakh crosses several high mountain passes. The most well-known are Fatu La (4.100 m) and Zoji La (3.528 m altitude) (Getty Images)

Temple and Leh Palace

This Massive 17th-century Leh Palace, modeled on the Dalai Lama’s former home (Tibet’s Potala Palace), overlooks the old town’s bazaar and mazelike lanes.

Thikse Monastery in Ladakh

Thiksey monastery
Thiksey Monastery in Ladakh. Also known as Thiksey Gompa, the monastery is located on top of a hill in Thiksey village, approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh in Ladakh (Getty Images)

Leh Village

Leh village
A view of the Leh village seen from the Santi Stupa. Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in Jammu and Kashmir. Originally a stop for trading caravans, Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking trails.  (Getty Images)

Pangong Tso Lake, Leh

Pangong Tso Lake lies serene against the blue sky and Himalayan mountains in Leh, Ladakh. This endorheic lake in the Himalayas is situated at a height of about 4,350 m. It is 134 km long and extends from India to China (Getty Images)