Leh, Ladakh, India, 15 August, 2019:
It is a great and festive mood here in Ladakh. I am here as part of a 15-days motorcycle tour that began from Shimla. The entire trip is around 1800 kilometres, has taken us across Six of the highest motor able passes. We have travelled across Shimla, Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahaul, and are now here in Ladakh, and what a wonderful time to be here – in time to celebrate India’s 73rd Independence Day in Leh!
Congratulations to the people of Ladakh – I am glad to be part of the Independence Day celebrations here in Leh. There are banners everywhere thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what the people here see as a welcome gift (of Union Territory status for Ladakh). In the company of my friends Raj and Jiten, and local residents and business partners, it is not just a memorable trip, but is now also a historically significant memory for me!