Everyone says that to enjoy the Ladakh trip, one must take the roads. I couldn’t agree more butwhen we reached the Lehskies(from Delhi, in 2 hours), we were already spellbound by the blue, green and brown colour combination which was spread all through the place. While experiencing this, I realised – no matter how you reach here, Ladakh is going to be magical! We (a group of 7 people) stayed for almost 6 days and upon our return, I remember everyone mentioning how they have left a part of themselves in the picturesque Ladakh. During our stay of 6 days, each of us had even chosen their favourite mountains as each mountain has a different colour and texture. Yes, it may sound lame but really, you would know what I mean when you reach there (wink, wink).
Although our days were scheduled beforehand, we managed to add up few things as per our taste and went to the Shanti Stupa at 5 am, went for the Zanskar-Indus confluence rafting and not to forget trekked through the Leh city up till Leh Palace. Our Shanti Stupa walk required us to climb 500 odd steep steps and after stopping several times on our way up, we managed to reach the Stupa in 2 hours. Oh, it was horrifically quiet up there (hence, the name Shanti Stupa, I reckon) and when a local person saw us panting, he and his granddaughter offered us some freshly picked apricots from the tree in the vicinity.
While on our way to a monastery one day, we found the dear Indus River flowing with ease and minding its own business and we thought we would stop and say hi. While sitting near the river, we all went quiet for sometime because we all wanted to seep in the tranquillity and comfort, the river offered.
I felt as if the river is trying to teach us how we can compose ourselves even if are feeling a bit ambiguous in the inside. I felt it taught composure.
We ended our journey in Leh with a cup of Gur-Gur chai offered by the sweet lodge owner and from there we started our journey to Srinagar. Honestly, the Leh-Srinagar road trip was quite scary for me and I am eager to experience the Leh-Manali highway now. Needless to say, it was the most welcoming place I have been to so far. If I may add, Ladakh seemed like a calm, innocent young monk that is kind to everyone and it lets you sigh with wonder.