Much awaited and Unforgettable Driving trip to Laddakh :All Girls

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5th Jul 2018
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Laddakh :The lord of serenity and peace

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This place had my curiosity from years.

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So it all started in Feb when my sister came down to see me,And all of a sudden we planned to see more places with my fun and soul like friends Jyoti , Sonam , Nandini and Nisha .

We started checking Google maps,asking friends and all the possible routes which can be taken to reach Ladakh. My friend is very good in seeking information and so she was  running for information everywhere possible and she gathered so much of information in 2 to 3 days.After some days, Routes were finalized and By now we had figured out that the most beautiful though difficult route is from Chandigarh-Manali-Rohtang-Sarchu-Leh-kargil-Srinagar.

Next thing was budget we kept 15 k budget per head additional to our tickets as we were coming from Pune .We booked tickets three months prior to our travel .It was exactly 10 k INR up and down from Ladakh.

We booked the cab for our whole trip as it was going to be an all girls trip, also made list of things which are must to be packed.We finalized our first aid kit and bought so many medicines like Citrizin , Diamox, Paracetamol, Avil and Disprin .

Precaution is better than cure and From my experience ,If you are traveling to Leh in the company of  people ,who live at height of sea-level(Pune) and hardly ever traveled . They may get all kind of allergies and sickness throughout the trip.

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drive from pune to mumbai
Day 1

At this moment our primary job was to get enough fruits ,fuel in the vehicle ,carry extra fuel ,get big good amount of drinking water in the car ,As we will be driving full day.But we girls know well to ignore most important task by focusing on less important one :).

So here , One of my friends wants to catch up with her amazing friend and another girl wants to have a coffee with one potential husband .Meet me i have resigned recently from my current organization and given interviews in other companies and here i receive a call from my may be new employment HR: "Mam why you have not submitted any documents yet".I say Mam i have called you so many times and now i am on a 15 days vacation i cannot submit any documents to you at this moment,

She said you will loose this opportunity and i trust destiny so much so that i feel its my best friend so i happen to say i am so much fine with loosing this opportunity .

So me and my sister closed all the above mentioned important tasks except filing extra fuel in the vehicle because we did not get any good petrol stations near by.we tied all the luggage on the roof of Xylo. We had a small argument with the driver that the car was not brand new but little old later we drove in the same vehicle.

Later what i learnt

For such an adventures trip trust your driver more than the kind of vehicle you are going in .You need a driver who is good person and never give up from going in any terrain.

I was so lucky to have one. Chandigarh to Manali is a 8 hrs drive .As we started heading Mandi It got evening and we had to stop .Most of the hotels serve good food so don't fuzz about food .Moreover ,never worry when you are in North India. Where did we stay, It was some instant negotiation at Mandi road as We wanted to stay for the night only and had already lost lot of time today not even reaching Manali.

Day 2
Photo of Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore

Please be with me for my next section Manali to Rohtang Pass and further.I am tired for today as i also have a day job to carry on.

Photo of beas river bridge manali, Beas Bridge, Tibetan Colony, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore
Photo of beas river bridge manali, Beas Bridge, Tibetan Colony, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore
Photo of beas river bridge manali, Beas Bridge, Tibetan Colony, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore
Photo of beas river bridge manali, Beas Bridge, Tibetan Colony, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore
Photo of beas river bridge manali, Beas Bridge, Tibetan Colony, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore

Mumbai

Photo of Mumbai Airport (BOM), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Rakhee Rathore
Day 1
Photo of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore
Photo of beas river bridge manali, Beas Bridge, Tibetan Colony, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore
Day 2
Photo of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore
Photo of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore

So i am back,I re-invent every skill i love and i am somebody who cannot seat idle for longer than an hour :).You understand your friends better when you travel along.This became a bag-packing trip for all of us very soon.We had none of the bookings anywhere and had no place finalized for food.Innate nature of each and everyone started to roll in day by day.I ll come back to this later.

So, We started our trip from Pune to Mumbai as our flight was from Mumbai to Chandigarh, It was morning flight 8:24 am 5th July 2014.By now we were 4 girls and my sister was going to join from Chandigarh.At 11 am we reach to Chandigarh ,My friend had booked Mahindra Xylo some friends vehicle yes it was not a private vehicle it was a taxi number which starts with PB 01.So we will have to grab a lot of permits.

Apart from below all non HP vehicles will also require to get the permit to enter Rohtang-Pass. This you can also get from Mall road.

Read it here

https://www.lehladakhindia.com/innerline-permits/

Drive from Mandi to Manali is along the gushing river byas and the landscape is too refreshing .Check the local life around Mandi streets it has Buddhism prayer flags all around different bridge on top of the river .You can really enjoy the view of water flowing through the pine Forest.From miles and miles green plains around us .We too  were traveling almost hanging half body outside our car.It was something i had never seen before.I clicked and recorded everything on my camera.Now we started feeling the Himachal Pradesh the terrain, the mountains and the friendliest people.

What we were not prepared for was rains and we still don't have fuel ,So please note Tandi is the last petrol pump on this route.

Fill the fuel carry extra in your vehicle after.

Photo of Tandi-Manali Road, Keylong, Himachal Pradesh, India by Rakhee Rathore