LEH – LADAKH || 12 Days, 12 People, Travel to be cherished throughout the life
LEH, Name always glittered in the soul.
A trip we were contemplating since last year, however we got late. And finally thanks to Mr. NaMo- the PM.! We booked our tickets during the biggest monetary lockdown in India – Demonetization 2016.
Khusbhu, one of our friend booked tickets for 13 of us. We also had to ask for leave in our respective offices as it was a long trip. Couple of months passed and we all started the planning.
Understanding the routes, weather and climate, culture was also equally important. We also took guidance from Manish sir of Kutchi Trekkers. As days passed, the level
of excitement kept on increasing. 2 of them backed out and one was added to it. So finally, count of 12 was good to fly. So, the Month of July started & we started to
count the days.
18th Jul, 18 days left.
About a week prior to our journey, there was an attack in & around Srinagar where we were planning to start our journey from. This was an attack on CRPF from the
locals which killed the officials.
2 weeks ago there was an attack on pilgrims going for Amaranth yatra. Bus was attacked by terrorist groups and 56 people were injured and 6 killed. Many of our
relatives & friends advised to cancel the trip, but we had to go.
Karna hai, toh karna hai, toh karna hai.
On Sunday, the day we had to leave, there were heavy rains all across Mumbai. Our flight got postponed and the connecting was getting missed out. This created a huge
hassle about 12 hours ago for us. There were lot of hiccups in the pre-journey stage. We did lot of ways to get the flight issue sorted. Finally, l fight to Delhi was
preponed from 9 am to 6 am. We spend whole night at the airport. We spent sleepless night due to the anxiety and excitement.
The Day 1 – 18-07-2017 Mumbai -> Delhi -> Srinagar
On Monday midnight, we did our check-in and boarded the flight and reached Delhi. Took a brief overview of the Delhi Terminal 3.
Fledd off for Srinagar at 1:45 PM.
Our traveller car was booked for the day by the hotel Nishat – our roof in Srinagar. Yogyata’s bro is the Commanding officer, Head of the force at Srinagar. He came to
meet us at the hotel. Did brief talks with him.
Left from hotel in the evening went to resto Krishna dhaba had amazing veg food – dhaaba style. Post FullTummy, we reached Mughal gardens and on the other side of the
road is the world famous DAL lake. Witnessed the beauty of DAL lake while the sun was settling down. funtimes clicked. We couldn’t go ahead for the shikara ride as it was already quite dark outside.
Returned to Hotel, had snacks, played cards, slept and then woke up early in the morning.