In Pictures: A pillion in the Himalayas


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.’


‘Early signs’ at the Mumbai Airport


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


Landing at the campsite- Bikamp Adventures


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

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Mode of transportation- whichever you prefer 


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


Srinistuff and his love


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


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


The only vehicle in sight for miles


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)


Changthang- region of cold barren mountains and pristine glacial lakes


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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