Travel – Heaven or earth?


True beauty, the kind that takes your breath away and leaves you speechless, can be very difficult to find but, once you do, it’s as good as witnessing heaven on earth. That’s exactly how I would describe Leh Ladakh.

Its been eight years since I visited this beautiful Valley and Mountains but the aftertaste still lingers on. Its not always in life that you set out as a group of four girls with bag packs in tow to witness a beautiful land. When we boarded a train from Mumbai to Chandigarh we didnt know that this trip was going to be one of its kind and a memory for a lifetime.

So there we were settling all our luggage in to board a train to Chandigarh, a memorable train journey followed by a bus journey to Manali. I dont remember a lot of the bus journey followed after the long Mumbai Chandigarh train journey except stopping at a roadside dhaba somewhere in Himachal for a nice black dal with some fresh hot tandoori rotis. The tiredness of the train journey made us pass out post this lip smacking meal and the next memory I had was getting up for an early breakfast up in the beautiful Himachal Pradesh Landscape; we were close to the first leg of our destination now; Manali.

Manali was at its touristy best, with temple visits and market visits; but the best was yet to begin ! After spending the night in Manali and enjoying the famous Mall Roads of our lovely hill stations we loaded our luggage and set out for the best journey of our life.

The all road trip from Manali to Leh had begun and we were loving the landscapes we were crossing. Small quaint villages, beautiful green pasture, innocent village folks occasionally giving us the lovely smile which is a rare sight in the busy Mumbai lives.

We stayed the night in a small village on the border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir and our phones had lost their network and we were told the only time we were going to get it was when we arrive in Leh which just made the setting all the more perfect.

Spending the night in the beautiful village, early morning post breakfast we set out our journey in Jammu and Kashmir and I do not exaggerate when I say that I have travelled quite some part of the world but the beauty that we witnessed through this travel was one of its kind that I have never witnessed before or even after this trip.

We visited the famous Khardungla Pass before making way to Leh, what made the trip all the more mesmerising was since this was an all out road trip the change of the land topography from the green pastures of Himachal Pradesh to the rocky terrain of Ladakh was so evident that it kept us inspired to see more.

Every day that we spent in this trip had something new and unique to offer. So after a few days of hills, no road, tibetan momos for meals and some traditional tibetan garlic soup for comfort we reached Leh.

Leh was a lovely little city adorned with a lot of cultural beauty . We used Leh as a base for a few days and visited some lovely spots around the area.

One of the them being the beautiful Pangong Lake, I can easily say that this spot is one of the most locations I have visited in my lifetime. There is a reason why the Pangong Lake makes it to every Leh Ladakh travel brochure.

To be continued…