During a humid Sunday afternoon in Mumbai, I was scrupulously cleaning my shelves and to my utter delight I managed to find a few complimentary flight coupons which I had won via an online contest earlier. My languid memory had again come into action. But God decided to be kind and to my luck, the coupons hadn't expired.
To make the most of my newfound luxury, I decided to head to Leh but only for two days as I had to get back for some urgent work.
...and my excited soul couldn't wait for the day to arrive.
Leh is a quaint little town in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir, it is located at an height of 11,562 ft (yes, you can catch AMS).
There aren't too many options to get to Leh, it's either via road or flight.
Delhi-Leh via Manali is around 1000 kilometers. The journey is picturesque but pretty tiring too. If you're quite the adventurer getting a bike is the best option. I didn't travel by road due to my acute shortage of time, but I hope to do so one day.
Leh is well connected from Delhi. Flight tickets are cheap if they're booked well in advance. I flew from Mumbai to Delhi and then onward to Leh.
Landing at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is quite a serene sight. The airport is right in the middle of the mountains and the flight descends onto the runway in no time.
As the flight begins to near Leh, the clouds disappear, skies turn blue and barren lands with no vegetation greet you. This amalgamation of colors gives you the feels!
The Ladakh region is a cold desert, there's a paucity of water, bright sunlight and cold winds. Yeah, it's quite a combination.