Enchanting Ladakh!

Tripoto
16th Jul 2018

My 1st ever solo trip to leh'd

Photo of Enchanting Ladakh! by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Enchanting Ladakh! 1/2 by Peripatetic_swa
It was my 1st solo trip, The Himalayas!
Photo of Enchanting Ladakh! 2/2 by Peripatetic_swa
Checked in into this beautiful Hotel after travelling for 8 hours! Pune-Delhi-Leh.

Make sure you take plenty of rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. Some of you make feel acute mountain sickness (AMS), short breath, headache, nausea etc. Drink enough water, do not go on higher altitude for atleast 24 hours and dont forget to carry Camphor with you to help you breathe in case you feel out of breathe. Some medicines also may help you but consider them only after a consultation with your physician.

Day 1

After a powerful nap I started my day 1 at Leh with local sightseeing -Hall of fame -Museum/Memorial run by Indian Army :0 This gave me a short intro to culture and history

Photo of Hall of Fame, Leh by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Hall of Fame, Leh by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Hall of Fame, Leh by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Hall of Fame, Leh by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Hall of Fame, Leh by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Hall of Fame, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

Pinned my wishes for Indian Army too!

Photo of Hall of Fame, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

Built in 1991 very peaceful pagoda

Photo of Shanti Stupa, Shanti Stupa Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Shanti Stupa, Shanti Stupa Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

Panoramic view from Shanti Stupa

Photo of Shanti Stupa, Shanti Stupa Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

Me trying pose....:)

Photo of Shanti Stupa, Shanti Stupa Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

Strolling through Leh market

Photo of Shanti Stupa, Shanti Stupa Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

You can buy these handcrafted souvenirs at cheaper rates in Leh market (I decided to revisit this market on the last day of my trip to avoid overloading my backpack for 5 days)

Photo of Shanti Stupa, Shanti Stupa Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

Not to miss Veg steamed Momos and Veg Thenthuk (Tibetian food) at Wanderers Rooftop Cafe

Photo of Shanti Stupa, Shanti Stupa Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa
Day 2

After a quick breakfast I started heading towards Nubra valley via Khardungla Pass (world's Highest motorable road and all thanks to Border Road Organisation #BRO) This was the 1st stop i took for Hot Chocolate in spine chilling cold weather at one of the cafes

Photo of Khardungla Pass, Khardung La Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

From snow capped mountains

Photo of Khardungla Pass, Khardung La Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Khardungla Pass, Khardung La Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

To streams

Photo of Khardungla Pass, Khardung La Road, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

To Valley- Nubra Valley

Photo of Nubra Valley, Hunder by Peripatetic_swa

I chose this pleasant stay at Hunder-Nubra Valley (Bookings.com) I checked in and went for a walk and camel ride nearby

Photo of Nubra Valley, Hunder by Peripatetic_swa

Please do not miss camel ride in Hunder- Nubra valley...

Photo of Nubra Valley, Hunder by Peripatetic_swa

Lazy evening after travelling for straight 5 hours from Leh

Photo of Nubra Valley, Hunder by Peripatetic_swa

I enjoyed this short walk from my hotel in the evening

Photo of Nubra Valley, Hunder by Peripatetic_swa
Day 3
Photo of Nubra Valley, Hunder by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Nubra Valley, Hunder by Peripatetic_swa

I started exploring Nubra valley and came across this! (I dint know about this beforehand)

Photo of Khalsar by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Khalsar by Peripatetic_swa

Unfortunately I count take ATV ride because it was under maintenance that day, I started heading to the most awaited location of my dream trip...

Photo of Khalsar by Peripatetic_swa

On the way to Pangong Tso Lake

Photo of Khalsar by Peripatetic_swa

By this day i made new friends..and joined a girl gang that was heading to Pangong with their motor bikes!

Photo of Khalsar by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Khalsar by Peripatetic_swa

Mesmerizing views

Photo of Khalsar by Peripatetic_swa

I was totally awestruck and couldn't wait for a minute to capture this stunning view

Photo of Pangong Lake Road, Karu by Peripatetic_swa

Shades of blue

Photo of Pangong Lake Road, Karu by Peripatetic_swa

It was late by the time I reached to the camp site at Pangong..I decided to relax and stroll around the camp site

Photo of Pangong Lake Road, Karu by Peripatetic_swa

7:30 PM

Photo of Pangong Lake Road, Karu by Peripatetic_swa

Bonfire at -2 degrees and ended this tiring yet thrilling day

Photo of Pangong Lake Road, Karu by Peripatetic_swa
Day 4

I woke up to this view..chilly morning

Photo of Pangong Lake by Peripatetic_swa

Day at Pangong Tso

Photo of Enchanting Ladakh! by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Enchanting Ladakh! by Peripatetic_swa

Hey! Did you remember anything? yes? Kareena ka scooter!

Photo of Enchanting Ladakh! by Peripatetic_swa

Mandatory picture

Photo of Enchanting Ladakh! by Peripatetic_swa
Day 5

I started my return journy from Pangong to Leh Via Changla Pass...I missed going to Tsomoriri because of short time and i dint plan well for it too.

Photo of Changla Pass, Pangong Lake Road by Peripatetic_swa
Photo of Changla Pass, Pangong Lake Road by Peripatetic_swa

Not to forget them..

Photo of Changla Pass, Pangong Lake Road by Peripatetic_swa

This soldier was standing bare feet in terrifying hail storm and when I asked him how could he? his answer was Adat hai Madamji...

Photo of Changla Pass, Pangong Lake Road by Peripatetic_swa

I went completely nuts till I reached here coz the road was so so narrow and it started raining with hail storm...was in no mood to ask someone if they could click a picture of mine...still I did and reached to my hotel by the evening in Leh

Photo of Changla Pass, Pangong Lake Road by Peripatetic_swa
Day 6

Started the last and final day in Leh little late with brunch at a local restaurant The Tibetian Kitchen ...veg Sebagleb...so yummy and satisfying after eating Maggi for so many times!

Photo of Leh by Peripatetic_swa

It was a time to get adventurous again coz I was going for River rafting...

Photo of Confluence of Indus(right)and Zanskar(left) by Peripatetic_swa

Post river rafting in Indus

Photo of Confluence of Indus(right)and Zanskar(left) by Peripatetic_swa

Feel it!

Photo of Confluence of Indus(right)and Zanskar(left) by Peripatetic_swa

Took blessing from here and had prasad in lunger. Don't miss out the relevant story of this place. I headed to local market..of course for shopping and souvenirs.

Photo of Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, National Highway 1, Phey by Peripatetic_swa

so after I finished my shopping, I reached here,alas! Can you spot the runway from here? Last stop

Photo of Spituk Gompa, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

This was the last stop i took a day before flying back to Delhi from Leh...I chose this Gompa over Thiksey Gompa which is very famous among wanderers..less crowded and so peaceful.

Photo of Spituk Gompa, Leh by Peripatetic_swa

Ladakh is full of wonders..Its amazing what you can see if you know where to look..the mountains, the dessert, the valleys, the rivers and the monasteries. I never thought I would choose this over any other luxury escapes. It was my 1st solo trip immediately post PG exams. I explored other side of me. It was worth it!