The drive back was scenic to the core. A swathe of barren dry land and for miles no human in sight. It was sunny, with blue skies, good roads and amazing landscapes, with some good music made for a great drive back. Even though I had well acclimatized, the drive over Tanglang La did give me a headache ( lots of water and driving down to lower altitude eased it out completely).
I had no precedent to this travel, everything was new, exciting and exhilarating The lack of luxury was a luxury in itself, conditioned and accustomed to luxuries turning into necessities, it was refreshing to witness the difficult terrains and weather, the simple life - the hard life, the generous and kind nomads.
It was a rare experience...something that I will cherish for life. There is a magic in the mountains, of course, one can list innumerable reasons as to what that magic is. But in the end, there is something you cant put a pin on, there is something that makes you wanna go back, creates a yearning, a want that becomes a need.Mountains are not just calling, they hook you on for life.
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