That dream road-trip to the heaven up North, Leh-Ladakh is on everyone's bucket list. We remember our time when we were so full of excitement, anxiety, happiness, nervousness, and some more emotions, all at the same time. It wouldn't be any different for you'll too. So, tickets booked, reservations made, bags packed, itinerary sorted, now what? Well, what we thought we could share with you'll are some incredible experiences we had on this life-changing trip, and think you shouldn't miss them at any cost. So grab a notepad and take notes!
1. Having butterflies on the twisting, turning, edgy roads
This is one experience you are bound to have without even trying for it! The roads are crazy, and all types of crazy. Crazy good, crazy beautiful, crazy dangerous, crazy narrow, crazy edged, and the list goes on. The first day we thought we are going to have a heart attack! Lol! But the best part, you get used to it and how. We are sure we are never going to get motion sickness for life, after being on these roads. Also, those quirky signs that BRO (Border Road Organization) has put up, make for a hilarious read every now and then.
2. Spotting Himalayan Marmots on your way to Pangong Lake
Marmots are giant squirrels that you may spot exclusively on the road from Leh to Pangong Tso. They are these fuzzy little cuties you wouldn't want to miss out on seeing. We were so lucky to have spotted these. Do note, they are from the squirrel family, so they are extremely quick and can hide in their burrows in no time. You need to have a keen eye and a soft foot if you wish you capture one of these in your camera frame.
3. Being in awe of our Indian Army Heroes by visiting the Kargil War Memorial
We can't even begin to explain the goosebumps and the sense of patriotism we felt at this sacred haven. The Kargil War memorial is built in honor of our war heroes, who laid their precious lives in the Indo-Pak war. You must also watch the documentary they showcase. We were in tears and just so proud and humbled. It's an experience of a lifetime. You could get some souvenirs and also send yourself a postcard from here.
4. Including Turtuk in your itinerary
So we had been going through tons of itineraries for over a year to make ourselves the perfect one for our trip. I'm sure you must have done almost the same. We had hardly ever come across any itinerary, which included Turtuk- the last Indian village in it. But all thanks to our dear friend and tour host Stallon, we got to visit, know, and live in this magical place. A place we can never, ever, ever forget. So trust us on this and get it on your itinerary too.
5. Making memories at the three highest motorable roads
Duh! Obviously. I mean, it's not every day that you will be road-tripping the highest motorable roads in the world, right? So there will come a time (it happened with us) that you will just give up on taking pictures and just look out of the window and take it all in as you travel. This will happen because every inch is beautiful and you just can't keep clicking. But do keep in mind to get back some memories of these three points. Our best memory was at Changla Pass, where we experienced snowfall for the very first time in our lives!
6. Understanding the locals and their ways of living
Locals here have been living in these rough terrains for years and have made a living from such limited resources. There is so much to learn from them. We need to be grateful for the lives we live where most things are available to us. While chatting with uncle Mashooq, he told us how he used his only tool, the hand-weaver, and has made a living for himself and his family making clothes out of camel skin for years now. When asked about the hardships he faced, he just said no there are none, and greeted us 'Julley' in a happy tone, as we took his leave.
7. Staying with the locals & experiencing the joy of giving
The locals here live a very content life. They expect nothing extra from you. In fact, they open their hearts and do more than just renting yo