Day 0: 29/6/2017: Bangalore As Is

4:17 A.M – iPhone rang.  Yes I never keep it in vibration mode while sleeping.
On the other end : Mam megacabs, and my fear turned true again.

Post my cab booking the previous night , I had a strong hunch that the booking has been misunderstood for AM . As per norms I didn’t listen to myself and brushed aside this notion too, only to be woken up during early morning hours. I was not surprised. Rather anxious. I was supposed to travel today and undertake the much desired vacation – to the mystic land of monks, monasteries and mountains – Ladakh.

Nestled in the Himalayan landscape of India, I have always yearned for the much hyped bike trips to this terrain. But when SB asked me to join for a Junglelore trip , I instantly said Yes. You should never wait for the odds to be in your favor, and a decision I would never repent for the rest of my life.

Went to office , had fun, everyone wished me a safe journey and indeed it was going to be one as suddenly, I was ill . Nevertheless came back home , took rest and was all set to travel at 5 PM for a 9 PM flight.

If you have ever been to Bangalore or are a resident of  Bangalore, you would understand the 4 hour gap, which to my horror seemed less when M.G road just choked.


And google maps turned dark.

Thanks to the no signal zone, I was at airport well in time .

Bangalore airport is beautiful and equipped with all state of the art facilities to ensure you are well satiated and entertained.

As for company, I had them to tug along:

Thanks to Mom’s stuffing, I was overweight . Once past the usual haggling and security-checkin, I was  at the gate entry where I devoured mom’s parathas.  Suddenly,  the camera bag fell, and to my horror I realized that none of my cabin luggage had security tags . Not now. Finally absence of tabs in everyone’s luggage reminded me that this rule is relaxed for a while at some Indian airports . Relieved , I started my 2hr 40 min flight to Delhi.

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Even at midnight, Delhi was hot.  After a while, SB joined me from Mumbai. Tired and excited, we whiled away our time by devouring subway and coke, filter coffee and masala dosa. Had never been hungrier at 3 PM in the night.

A brief glimpse of the Delhi airport:

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And at 5:10 AM started for Leh.

We weren’t prepared for what followed next.

As we approached Leh, the view from the flight was just breathtaking.

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Our journey had just begun.  And so have my blogs. I am writing these after my vacation so might not be able to justice to Ladakh. However, will try my best to give you an introduction to a slice of earth from a prehistoric era, which is trying its best to adapt to modern mayhem.

 Day 1: 30/6/2017 Leh

Day 2: 01/07/2017 Leh

Day 3: 02/07/2017 Lamayuru, Alchi, Leh

Day 4: 03/07/2017 Hemis, Thikse, Sindhu Ghaat, Shanti Stupa

Day 5: 04/07/2017 Khardungla, Nubra, Hunder Sand Dunes

Day 6: 05/07/2017 Turtuk, Diksit

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