Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Part Two of Three
The late night bike journey was undoubtedly tiring, but we felt extremely elated when we woke up the next morning to the most gorgeous views of the Himalayan range. We were so excited as we had really been looking forward to particularly this chapter of our expedition! YES!, We had reached our Milestone, Leh Ladakh!
Before getting ourselves a place to settle in the city for the next 2 days, we visited the Hall of Fame (A museum constructed by the Indian Army in memory of the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives defending the motherland in the Indo-Pak wars).
After freshening up, we walked through the authentic local markets of Leh, where we interacted with the locals, purchased some souvenirs and ate a lot of freshly steamed hot momos! We then walked back to our hotel as we needed an ample amount of rest before embarking on the thrilling journey planned ahead.
At this point, I’d rather let the pictures speak for themselves. We honestly did try our best to capture the essence, but trust me, these pictures don’t do even the tiniest bit of justice to what we witnessed there.
We had planned a list of activities for that day and at the end of the day I was feeling so overwhelmed with the whole experience. We started off with River rafting in -2 degree C freezing water, had lunch at an army based Gurudwara, visited Leh Palace and put an end to the day watching the sunset at Shanti Stupa. Blissful you say ?!
Now, to the highlight of this eventful day--- “Riding on the world’s highest motorable road”.
We were at 18 thousand feet above sea level at “The mighty Khardungla Pass”. The first thing we did even before we digested the fact that we were on the highest pass, we went to the medical camp to test our vitals and oxygen levels, because a lot of people end up having altitude sickness or difficulty in breathing.
Sipping a cup of hot chocolate, watching the snow capped mountains, and experiencing the 2-degree cold sharp wind is just indescribable!
While, descending the pass, we stopped near a shallow place where the snow had started to melt. I laid down there listening to the melodious music of water flowing, wishing if I could do that all day long.
As our journey progressed, every stage got more challenging and exciting at the same time. Our eyes thirsted to behold more and more of these scenic views as we rode through the silent valley of Nubra. The 108 feet Buddha statue welcomed us at the Diskit monastry where we spent our entire evening.
Under the starry velvety sky, with the massive mountains on one side and sand dunes on the other, we experienced our first tent stay at 0-freaking-degree temperature! Crazy or not, It's a once in a lifetime experience I wouldn't trade for anything!