Travel to me is like food for the mind and soul! And every time I saw articles or blogs on trips to any destination, I made a mental note on my favorite list. Leh Ladakh was at the top of the list! I had always dreamt of going there someday and ‘boy am I glad that I made it there’. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I recommend that everyone should go there at least once. The beauty, the mountains, the rivers, the lake, the desert, the people………….. I don’t know where to begin!!!
So on to business: What will you find in my article – an itinerary, an approximate budget, pics, and my experience, duh!!!
So my first step was to go through every article possible about Leh Ladakh to decide on the route and destinations. Second, I scoured every travel website for accommodation options. Third, I made up an approximate budget for the trip. And finally I found a local contact who helped me find an amaaaaazing driver for our trip. So let’s begin!
Day 1 – Me and my friends (a group of 5) caught an early morning flight to Chandigarh, which we booked around 2 months in advance for Rs. 9,000 – 13,000. We reached Chandigarh airport around 12 noon and took a bus to Chandigarh bus stand. We had booked an overnight HRTC bus to Manali. We had lunch at a hotel inside the bus stop where we had the yummiest parathas. We then waited in the AC waiting room at the bus stand for the bus that was to leave at 5 PM. Not mentioning rates coz you should opt for the private bus service and not these. We had to travel in a bus that we were sure would breakdown midway and had a lot of drunkards. Anyway we reached Manali bus stand by 3AM and our hostel denied us an early check-in. But the hosts at Manali Apple County were completely accommodating. It’s an awesome place to stay in Old Manali.