It's 5 am in the morning and to our horror we had leakage in our fuel tank. No, not the actual car fuel tank but the one that we were carrying as an additional source. So we decided to borrow it from the owner of tent (without telling him though..shhh).
So now we are travelling from Sarchu to Pang and the first highlight was the "21 Gatta" loops. Good that we started early morning to bypass all the unwanted traffic (yeah, there's traffic in hills as well), gave away some waste bottles to the "bisleri baba" and then took a shortcut to cut down our way between two mountains. I swore that day that I won't take shortcuts ever again in my life even if google maps tell me to!
I am in a state where i kept praying for the road to never end, like a concrete road not to end and wallah, journey ahead was the best so far as we entered into the "More plains". A 40 kilometre stretch of awesome landscapes, barren lands, pure bliss of happiness. From here it just never ended, I mean my happiness and the road both never ended. It was like a paradise amidst the treacherous mountainous and it stretched to as far as my eyes could see. Just one thought though, these elderly foreigners spend their savings to come to this place and cycle their way with their backup transport travelling at a snails speed behind them. Hmm, seems they could not find enough space to ride a bicycle anywhere else, just kidding. At least they are onto something which i am not. Anyway, we drove and travelled, crossed Tanglangla and a series of mountains, up and down, round and round, here and there just staring everywhere.
5 hours passed by and finally there was a sense of excitement in the air and just as we passed the red rocks, we saw the signage "LEH CITY - 32 kms". A feeling sent chills down my spine and like an anxious dog I kept looking out for the next signage.
The river on my left, cool breeze gushing through my hair follicles (what did you expect ;), its not like i have very long hair ) and hard to hide the excitement on my face. It was a feeling that I hadn't experienced in a very long time and i was living every moment of this.
But as I entered into the city, my excitement level went down as i saw airtel boards coming up, minor traffic jams, construction work, dust, noise and once again, in no time, reality hit hard right on my face. Where the hell did i reach, I was under the impression that it would be a quiet place to live in, I never expected this much crowd or commercialism. From where did all these tourists came from. Huge disappointment!!
Nevertheless, we checked into the hotel, roamed around in the market only to find things hell expensive and the rest is history.
Time for a reality check:
1. Delhi roads are the best..I love them now :D
2. Life does exists without mobile phones and electricity..yes..Electricity!
3. Wear appropriate clothes when its freaking 0 ℃ out there!!
4. M not gonna look at Maggi and Bread for at least few weeks now :D
5. It's only the long hours of journey which will take you in a limbo
The best part apart from the journey is that every second business was being run by a women, no matter if it was a tea stall or a restaurant. I guess Leh is doing something right which the rest of the India should learn from!
And the adventure doesn't end here, however, you'll have to wait for the next blog. If I decide to write again, I'll continue with the truth ahead i.e. Nubra and Pangong and back!