In Pictures: A pillion in the Himalayas

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Say what you would. But Ladakh is a destination that played on my mind for a couple of years now. However, unlike many people  I know who would claim so, 3 Idiots had no role to play. In fact it was @Srinistuff‘s love for Himalayas that brought me to the brink of a never ending obsession that eventually made him realize, how critical for me it was to visit the high passes of Himalayas. Not to miss, my mother’s obsession with ‘Kashmir’ as a paradise on earth. Well, Ladakh is not Kashmir, but it is situated in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Suffice to say, it was a reason enough to prove to my mother, that I eventually stepped in the ‘crown state of India.’ Never-mind my  whimsical ideas 🙂

For ages, (kidding, it has been just a few years now), but I used to browse through “Got Leh’d” diaries on Facebook and had to satiate myself with “tell-all” travel stories of some bloggers. It was a yearly ritual and it is safe to say, I came to a conclusion that Ladakh was another centurion light years away from me. And then there is this twin-sister of Ladakh, called ‘Spiti’ which lured me to visit her side-by-side. Confusions and tears abound. But when co-traveler and travel writer Neelima, penned her article , I knew the time had come. And finally @Srinistuff and I made our way through all the possible obstacles and landed at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee (Leh) airport.

Though, I would have preferred a road trip, @Srinistuff was short on his leaves and all we could pack was a quick air-trip. But what is a journey without an adventure and what is Paradise without tasting some “through from hell” moments. @Srinistuff decided to gift me a bike rider and bestow me with the crown of “A pillion in the Himalayas” tag.

So, lo and behold, here is a quick glimpse from a ‘pillion’ eye-view’, my journey to ‘the roof of the world.’

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‘Early signs’ at the Mumbai Airport

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Blue skies with grey clouds. Any excitement of Himalayas pops up 

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Landing at the campsite- Bikamp Adventures

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Sunset scenes at the camp site- more on the camp site, coming up 😉

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Mode of transportation- whichever you prefer 

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Game on at the Leh Polo ground, some call it the world’s highest polo ground

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Srinistuff and his love

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This is a perfect site to build a house, me thinks, at the Shey Palace

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Passing through villages of Nimmu, Basgo, Ulley, Alichi on our way to Lamayaru

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The only vehicle in sight for miles

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The land that was once an Ocean, as per my Geography textbook – Nubra Valley

Evening Delights

Evening Delights

Meeting Maitraye- the future Buddha, who nearly ditched me and my date (More on that later)

Meeting Maitraye- the future Buddha, who nearly ditched me and my date (More on that later)

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Changthang- region of cold barren mountains and pristine glacial lakes

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Reflections at Tsmoriri lake

Tell me what you think about the Shangri- La in comments. Also, what are some of your favourite Ladakh moments? 🙂 

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