When my exploration for Leh went little too far

Leh Mountain-Dessert

I just could not get enough of Leh. No matter how long I stayed, how many people I talked to or how much of its lifestyle or culture I absorbed, Leh continued to surprise me at every next step I took.

Continuing my journey towards Leh – Kargil highway along the Indus river, my destination was Sham valley covering various marvels over my way. After around 25 kms, I took a halt at Gurudwara Pathhar sahib to pay a visit. It is created in the memory of Guru Nanak Dev. The story of the place goes somewhat this way that a demon tried to kill Guruji with a heavy stone which actually turned into wax after touching him. The stone is still kept at the Gurudwara and people worship it.

I had just carried on with my journey and another 4 kms brought me towards the magnetic hill, the magical place (quite literally). The spell there was  that the magnetic force is so strong that it can pull cars/vehicles uphill defying the laws of gravity. The road is lined up with a specific area marked with paint to experience the phenomenon. I tried it too and quite to my shock, it was true! After talking to people around, I got to the depth of the mystery. That actually came out as a natural optical effect. The short stretch of the road that appears to be uphill as a matter of fact is downhill and this is the reason why vehicles slowly gain momentum at the specific spot.

My day was full of amazements and wonders and I loved it. Further passing through the picturesque landscapes, I got to see the confluence of the Indus And Zanskar River, the pure and natural sight. Next I visited the Likir monastery. In the isolation, this monastery houses a 25 feet statue of Buddha predominantly made of Gold and is a perfect place to attain some peace. I sat there for quite some time and took my lunch.

I continued my drive along the River Indus visiting Rizong Monastery. The monastery is majestic and is known for its extremely strict rules and standards.

With so much to recount for the whole day worth spent, I decided to take some rest and hence reached the camp site. The day holds a special place in my life as it gifted me a bag full of lifetime pleasant memories.

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My journey to Leh – A never ending addiction!

Leh Ladakh Sham valley

I always get excited about hearing the travel stories. After all, a place is all about its experiences and culture. So whenever someone narrates the personal encounters, I used to visualize things and make it my own. There were many Leh Ladakh stories too with the most interesting revelations about them. And hence, Ladakh made a clear cut place on the top of my bucket list from then.

As I was proceeding with my journey towards Ladakh, each passing day filled my heart with immense happiness. The journey from Sarchu to Leh was finally going to strike it off my bucket list. I started at 8 in the morning and my route plan laid somewhat like this:

Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh

The terrains are so risky yet beautiful and the landscapes portrayed the real land of adventures. I dint realize it was lunch time and we had reached Pang. I ate something and further continued passing through Skyangchu Thang, the biggest and highest plateau on earth on the stretch of 42 Kms. When traveled Leh, you might forget the counts of biggest, highest and largest’s you have gone through, that’s the specialty of the place.

I finally reached Leh at 6 in the evening and it was dark outside. Though my happiness levels knew no bounds, I was tired to hell. Checking-in into the hotel and resting was the only option I had.

My destination for the next day was Nubra valley, the cold desert with river, sand dunes and some scant vegetation. This seducting combination of various ecosystems pulled me magnetically towards it. I started my journey at 10 and soon reached the Khardung la Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft. Prayer flags around the milestones provided a magnificent color to the surroundings to make it more lovable.

I reached Nubra around 3:30 PM and checked-in to the camp. After having lunch, I took the opportunity to explore the village nearby. The villagers enjoyed a simple and plain life style despite the adverse climatic conditions of the region. Even the children were happily adapted to the vulnerable surroundings that innocence was reflective on their playful faces.

After talking to some of the locallites, I came back to my camp, as the chill of the surroundings was making it very difficult to stay outside. Having my dinner afterwards, I had a sound sleep that day.

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