Pune to Leh – A journey which taught us some life lessons!
Till now, we did trips for Leisure only. I was never afraid of any trips prior to Leh-Ladakh because they were all relaxing, fun trips. Going to Leh, isn’t. But I had heard so much about going to the height of Leh & all those passes where people get breathing issues & other problems & I am a specialist on panicking but somehow, it had to be ticked off mine & Shamik’s ‘To dos’
I don’t think it is required to explain why Shamik wanted(always) to go to Leh. He said, it’s on top of bucket list since many years. The sole purpose of buying a new car was that, so we bought S-cross – the shiny, strong (we’ll get to that one later) & spacious piece of machine, to accommodate almost everything! Also, After much speculations whether I would get the leave for 2 long weeks or not, my boss approved the leaves & I was at the peak of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin (whatever applicable).
Our detailed & finalized plan at the start of Trip. Looking at this, you can now understand our enthusiasm.
PS: Never be 100% sure of the plan made. Man proposes, God disposes is the key thought here.
Then came the long awaited day – July 5th, 2019 on which the ship finally sailed, we took off on our brand new car for the ‘Adventure of lifetime’.
That the new shiny companion which saw the dream becoming reality.
Now because I had to attend a training in Bangalore, I reached back Pune on 5th evening & decided that we should leave in the evening & travel till Thane so that we can beat Mumbai traffic early morning & can cover our 1st target of reaching Udaipur & below is the route we decided to take.
We started at around 8 pm from Pune.
Gears for Journey:
1. Thermos & Sipper(Most used item throughout journey as it’s best to use when driving)
2. Snacks (loads of it!!)
3. Warm clothes + wind cheaters + Umbrella
4. Safety gears: Torch, Stun gun, iron rod, Knife
5. Other gears: Scissors, empty can(for diesel), tyre inflator, puncture kit, window shades, multipurpose tool set, tow cable, jump start cable, battery water, engine oil, 2-3 pieces of old clothes for car cleaning purpose, a small dustbin(made out of an old jar), lot of used plastic bags, old newspaper.
Raining throughout. It was delight to drive. And didn’t hit much traffic when we entered Thane.
We reached thane around 11:30 pm & on the way itself, I booked a room at a service apartment through #Booking.com
Service Apartment: #London’s Hyde Park
Cost : Rs. 2100 including taxes