Ladakh: A journey into myself

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16th Aug 2015

A walk to remember-- Leh to lamayuru

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Nadiya ke Paar-- Dal Lake, Kashmir

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Skyway to Heaven-- Sonmarg, Kashmir

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Things you do who as a traveller-Sonmarg, Kashmir

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Zojila- Connecting Kargil and sonmarg

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

A glimpse in the history-- Lamayuru monastery wall

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

A sight inside -- Paththar Shahib

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Paththar sahib

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Lantern which lighted my heart with delight, Leh

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Khardung La- test your endurance

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Chilling washroom, Khardung La

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

beauty of small things, Khardung

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

a bridge which connect hearts, Nubra

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Love for cactus, Nubra

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Selfie time, Nubra

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Pang: next chapter started

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

A colorful shadow, Tso pangong

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

BLISSFUL MORNING, Tso Pangong

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

MIRROR OF NATURE, Tso Pangong

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

NOW YOU SEE ME, Tso Kar

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

UFO, Sonmarg

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Sonmarg

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Zoji La

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Mulbeik

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Dreamer's Diary, Mulbeik

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Dreamer's Diary 2, Lamayuru

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Wisdom tripping from roofs

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Paththar Sahib ji

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Magnetic Hill, Leh

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Mystic Evening, Tso Pangong

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Rise n Shine, Tangste

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Ride to paradise, Nubra

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Burning beauty, Zingral

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Power of Devotion, haridwar

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Diskit Monastery

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Fire in the sky, Pangong Tso

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Let's fly in the wild, PathanKot

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Zoji La 2

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Shades of Laddakh, Leh

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Shades of Laddakh 2, Khardung

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Shades of Laddakhh 3, Khardung

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Shades of Laddakh 4, Durbuk

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

"JULLEY", Chushul

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Mormots in Laddakh, Wari La

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Nomad's Paradise, Haridwar

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Shades of Laddakh-A panorama

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Shades of Laddakh- Let's fall in love again

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Mirror of nature, Pangong

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Tso Miriri

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Keep Riding, Loma

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Village hidden in the stones, Agham

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

Leh Palace

Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena
Photo of Ladakh: A journey into myself by Kaushal Meena

--People often ask me why do I travel ? Travelling is such a painful affair. From Planning to execution. you save money for months and then in few days your hard earned green piece of paper will be gone, just like smoke in the air. People tell all kinda alternatives that what could have been possible with all that money and time. Pictures are available all over the internet and they don't forget to tell you the risk involved; especially if you are trekking or biking. They will try their best to scare you with all the stories which they might have heard somewhere. And I like it all. I like to hear their stories, their concern, their suggestions, their depriving comments and questions. 

Even I myself ask the same question to me whenever I travel,"why do I travel". Answer is always the same:

Travelling is not as materialistic as people present it to be. It can not be. It is an art; In which a feeling ignites in deepest part of your conscious and spread by the means of passion through out your body. You feel restlessness, you feel burning inside. And no matter what you do, it does not abate until you give that feeling a shape. Like a musician which gives it a shape by his instrument, A actor which gives it a shape by his acting and a traveler gives it a shape by travelling: By meeting new people, by seeing new places, by helping a stranger, by satiating your stomach with unknown food, by loving the nature, by knowing about the world and most of all by knowing about his self. 

Every time I travel I get to discover something new about myself. Every time I travel I get a chance to be happy. Every time I travel I get a chance to be me. You can not understand this world if you do not understand yourself. I get to explore myself by exploring world.

Ladakh is a destinations which is not only about nature, Buddhism, adventure, bike riding, camping and high passes but it is also about spiritual elevation.  Ladakh tests your physical limits as well as psychological. The best thing about this place is that once you have been there you will never again be you who left for this journey.  By starting journey to Ladakh, you starts a journey which never ends. It might end as per your itinerary but it never ends in your heart. Peace full monasteries, tranquility of nature, innocent faces, honest people, solitary rides, beauty of lakes, serenity of roads and a word 'Julley' are some of many things which will keep haunting you for the rest of your life. You will miss these, most of all you will miss yourself at Ladakh.  

There is no best place to stay, every one has his own story to tell and each one is amazing. We stayed at very odd places like Zingral near Chang la and Khardung after Khardung La, Pang near sarchu and Sumdo before Tso miriri. These places are generally not recommended for staying but we had hell of an experience Which can not be described in words. We only stayed at two places as per our pre trip itinerary and those are Srinagar and Manali. Rest were improvised as per the need.

My suggestion is that if you are planning than don't spend too much time in planning, go and explore. There are awesome moments waiting for you.  Keep your itinerary as flexible as possible. DO NOT FEED THE WILD ANIMALS, DO NOT LITTER, ALWAYS DISPOSE YOUR GARBAGE IN DUSTBIN, DO NOT DISRESPECT THE LOCAL CULTURE, OBEY THE RULES AT LAKES AND MONASTERIES.

I UNDERSTAND THAT CLEANING IS NOT YOUR JOB BUT KEEPING IT CLEAN IS SURELY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. 

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