Stuff's Monastery Escape 2018 photo diary

Nothing quite clears the cache that burdens your brain like a drive to Leh. Buckle up for the bliss…

There’s plenty of ways to meet the mountains, but Mahindra’s got the method locked down like a certified science.

As part of the brand’s marquee drive named ‘Monastery Escape’, our 24 strong convoy spent eleven days on the road starting in Delhi and culminating in Leh. If there’s any example of journey outshining destination it’s this. Tucked safely inside the confines of our trusty Thar, we took on the terrain in search of titanic thrills. A torrent of sights and sounds will smack your senses in the process, but nothing summarises the experience quite like jaws firmly on the floor. With that said, we’ll let the visuals do all the talking from here on...

Photography: Farhan Kapadia / Shot on: Google Pixel 2 XL

Another one of Mahindra's mountain goats Jispa-ssing through a river. Comfortably crawl across water bodies while the machine does all the work.

Sometimes life comes full circle. As do rainbows. And capture your aircraft's shadow dead center. Just a taste of awe-inspiring visuals that await your arrival.

The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is a mouthful for sure. But it's an eyeful too. At 10,682ft, it's also the highest located commercial airport in the country.

Locals that inhabit the gorgeous Lamayuru monastery aren't just living on a prayer. Or in this case, their prayer wheels. A photo will cost you. After all, tourism is what they truly thrive on.

Neighbouring villages surrounding the monasteries are blessed with backyards straight out of your retirement dreams. 

You've really Gata check these loops out. A grand total of 21 hairpins cradled between those mighty mountains. Legend has it that the ghost of a traveller passing through haunts these joints in search of water. Dehydration caused his unfortunate demise. 

A mere 45km ride out of Leh will bring you to this: Hemis monastery re-esablished in 1672.