There's a saying by John Muir – "You are not in the mountains. The Mountains are in you."
Every bit of the line is true for me when it's defining me. As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, I am a doctor and frankly speaking I don't have a lot of free time to travel. But, when there's a bit of holiday - I always give a visit to the mountains.
Leh-Ladakh is a must to go places in the travelers' list, be it Indian or foreigner. So, it was on my list also. After traveling to a place like Ladakh actually needs an extensive research about the place, I had started to read various blogs to gather information about my trip. But, life is full of surprises. All these research and planning went in vain when I had to cancel my trip 3 times in the month of June this year. Shattered, exhausted all I did was packed all the papers and bags and put that back in the almirah.
Now, when the mountains want to see you, it will give you a silver lining. Suddenly, on the 4th day of July, I got an opportunity to have a break of my own. The first things I did back then were booked tickets for the bus for Manali from Kashmere Gate ISBT and another bus tickets from Manali to Leh via HRTC. Let me tell you, I didn't have a single booking for any of the hotel and didn't have a travel plan with me. And yes, I was going SOLO.
Having a solo trip to Ladakh is the best-est thing I could imagine then, and that was going to happen.
Now, if you are thinking, that surprises end here, then you are wrong.
*Note: To all those travelers, who have a sudden plan with a short time to visit Ladakh and booked tickets to go via bus, do check the airfare to Leh 1 day before your journey date. If you are lucky like me, you can have an air ticket of less than Rs. 2500.
So, on 6th July evening, finally, I had a ticket with SpiceJet to Leh from Delhi. All I need to do back then was to pack my rucksack and camera.