After discussing with my friends in July 2016 about our most awaited trip of the year, all plans dropped. Someone was busy, someone didn't have enough leaves, some people just ditched.
I was planning for Sach pass, and on the travel blogs there was an ad which read as follows " things to remember, if you travelling alone in India ". Some foreign author had written on his blog about Indian solo trips.
And it just clicked my subconscious part, and I just deleted the itinerary for sach pass, and new tab, with a title, Solo_Leh_trip.
Private job, limited leaves. But, I still managed to plan a ten day trip from 5-15 August. I will not share my day wise trip here, you will get common itinerary on many blogs, and even you can plan better, according to your interests and days. I will share my experiences and some tips.
I left from Noida on 4th Aug at 3:30 pm, I saddled my Classic 350 with the bare necessities and set out on the long road to Ladakh. As, it was the monsoon season and I expected the ride to be challenging. But the road from Noida to Kiratpur Sahib was easy enough--a series of shifting landscapes.On crossing Rohtang La, I discovered how fickle the trail can be. There wasn't any road to speak of. Only a meandering path across a sheet of ice interspersed with ditches. But my bike did not fail me. As always! I remember last time, when we were returning from Chanshal Pass, the rear break failed, but the lucky charm did not fail me.
So, next day morning, at 9:30 I was in the line for Permit ( SDM office Manali ). For permit, you need registration paper, pollution certificate and driving license. Very friendly staff, it took just 5 min, and I started towards Leh.
Two important things are: Shoes and Petrol cans. Carry a couple of really good shoes as you may need to pass some water crossings. If you don't have high boots, You will get these in Manali for a mere Rs. 200-400. Petrol cans are a must, I took two 5lts cans for about Rs. 150.
Smiles along the way