My love towards the Himalayas started way back in 2016 when I first visited Sikkim.
Getting to know the driving experience through the highest motorable passes in the world, the Himalayas & Leh - Ladakh had always been on my to go list. I dreamt of travelling to Ladakh with my friends, but ended up travelling all alone.
I decided at last asking my self … why not alone ? and it all began.
I spent around 10 days exploring Leh with strangers unveiling many chaotic, refreshing & fulfilling stories, while i would love to open them as we go down the blog ;)
First of all check the weather forecast & Second of all a lunar calendar - before booking your tickets...!! Mhmm.. there might many questions for you ? you will get your answers as we go :)
My Travel dates - July 25th 2019 - August 4th 2019
Day Zero : Excitement
Hyderabad to Delhi - Delhi to Leh
I had to sleep overnight in Delhi airport to take an early morning flight to Leh and I met a few wonderful people who were also travelling to Leh. I have a story to tell why I called them wonderful, for now it's encapsulated :)
A pro Tip : Always book a window seat in advance else you will miss that pinch of the trip, the grandeur view of the Himalayas from the plane.
See the picture below and you won't afford to do that mistake :)
Day 1 : Acclimatize and getting ready.
Landing in Leh, from the airport I took a cab to the town. I checked into the hotel I booked prior and spent some time speaking with the locals. I felt a sudden dimness and fatigue because of the sudden altitude change. I tried to walk around but it became very very difficult. Gave myself some time hydrating and doing some breathing exercises, slowly I reconciled.
I booked my bike at www.wheelstreet.com for a very low price(16000 INR for 10 days), and I chose a Royal En-field Himalayan.
Also applied for the travel pass online to ride around Ladakh and went to the DC office to get the stamping and permissions on my passes.
Permits : Book online in advance and get to the office on the first day in Leh.
I went back to the hotel, took a quick nap and went out to fill the fuel (Always make a full tank and fill in those extra cans if you can carry).
Admiring the beauty, along the way I lost my thoughts and started chasing a snowy mountain , not knowing where I was heading and how long..!! I rode 40+ Kms away from Leh, later when I realized, I was on the Leh Manali highway. The views were stunning and I was spellbound by the beauty of nature.
Tip : Don’t rush !! Take 1 or 2 days time at Leh getting assimilated to the altitude. Take care of everything before you start your journey anywhere in Leh.