Liz Harris has put it to good use here in her novel, The Road Back, about 1960's English girl, Patricia, who goes to Ladakh with her father, Major Carstairs, to travel his 'road back' to the place that had enchanted him during the war. Here she meets the love of her life, Kalden, the fourth son of a Ladaki family who is destined to become a monk.
Ladakh is to the north of India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, and so very different from England, and Liz draws it beautifully, making it reflect the relationship between these star-crossed lovers. The story is sensitively paced as their love grows, but will they travel the 'road back' to each other? Is it even possible?
You will have to read it to find out!