I was planning this Leh-Ladakh trip since 2017, but my friends refused to accompany me because they were a bit scared of going on such a long trip on a bike. It was one of the things in my bucket list. I wanted to do this trip on my personal Royal Enfield Bullet. So I decided to share my plan with my parents. As was expected, they refused straightaway. But they gave me a choice, saying: you could either catch a flight or find a company, someone with whom you can go. Consequently, I made earnest attempts to convince my elder cousin to come with me. Luckily, he agreed.
The next obstacle now was the total weight. We planned to ride on my Standard Royal Enfield 350. We decided that I will be the only one who will drive the bike because my cousin was not able to handle the bike with this much weight (my weight-90 plus my cousins weight-65 plus luggage). We reduced our clothes also. In the luggage, we had a pump, a rain coat, a warmer, all the necessary mechanical wires, a small tool-kit, a puncture kit, some dry fruits, a tent, a pair of slippers, a bottle of rum & water bottle, some medicines, two caps and two pyjamas. That was it. We hadn't purchased any special shoes, jackets and gear cases. At that time, I was 21 and was completing final year of my graduation in college. We purchased the essentials