A trip to Ladakh had been on my bucket list for a long time. Last July, I made a solo backpacking trip to Ladakh and checked off another box in my long bucket list. Although I could have made this trip more comfortable by spending more money, I purposely wanted it to be challenging. My plan was to commute the way local people did, camp in the wild and eat at inexpensive restaurants. I believe, the less money you spend on a trip, the better you connect with the people and the place. At the end, I completed this trip in less than ₹8000. In hindsight, I feel that it was a great decision to plan the trip on a shoe-string budget.