Nice start to an interesting Travelogue. Leh TL's are always interesting & the enthusiasm is evident...."A dream is a wish your heart makes."
It all started with a dream that I had one night; it was I was living a life I want to be in. Suddenly I heard loud noise “Oye tune office nahi jana kya” and it broke my dream and brought me to the real world. I told my roommate you could have waked me a few minutes late, I would have completed my dream and he started to laugh and said this is what a roommate is for. With dream still in my eyes, I started for work. As soon as I reached office, the first word I heard was ‘Leh’ and I instantly said that’s it, that was my dream last night.
Looks like even the God was giving some sort off indication that buddy go and live for some days. And after that it all started by looking on OLX and local dealers to find my dream ride and rest is history.
I started narrowing down on type of vehicle on which I wanted to accomplish this trip. And the name I had in my mind was our one and only ‘Royal Enfeild’.
I asked my brother to search a bike for me at my native town and was bit hesitated to discuss this with my parents initially, but I took the courage to inform about my plans to buy a bike and to go on a trip to LEH. I initially discussed with my mom and explained everything, you know Moms are Moms and she has a soft corner for you, you know what I mean and as all mothers have pet dialogue to say no ‘Papa se puch le, Main is baare mein baat nahi karungi’. And in my mind two words came ‘Lag Gayi’. And when I started to talked to my father he was totally in denial mode (seems like mom has leaked my intentions). At the end was able to persuade them. J
I started finalising the bike. And one fine day when I was in office I received a whatsapp from my brother, When I checked that message I saw pics of multiple bikes that he has finalised for me. I was just checking those pics and in between he called me and said ‘Beta, Bike lai ti teri (I have bought a bike for you)’. I was shocked, I said when, where, from whom, model, colour, cc. He just replied come home and see yourself. I said what !!!! and next day early morning I left for my home.
And I can tell you it was love at first sight after looking at that bike. I thanked my brother.
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gr8 fun ,............. keep it up.............................DAY 4 – Tuesday – 16th August – Leh – Lamayaru – Leh – 240 Kms
Route – Leh – Pathar Sahib Gurudwara – Magnetic Hill – Nimmoo – Saspol – Khaltsi – Moonland – Lamayuru – Back to Leh
Today we waked up late in the morning as we have already decided to rest for a day. It was 10 AM, we moved to ‘Wonderland Kitchen’ to have our first breakfast in Leh. The food was perfectly cooked, it was just yummy and we were satisfied. With our tummy full we went to DC office to get the necessary permit for our onward journey. By 12 afternoons, we had all the permits with us and there was very big smile on our face with permits in our hand. We were in a confused state, should we go back to hotel and have some rest or should we explore nearby areas, and you know it was unanimous decision that we should explore nearby areas. We took out map and the plan we build to find nearby attractions. The first name came to us was Lamayuru.
Below is some info about Pangong Tso – Hanle permit via chushul.
Main Checkposts – Chushul (50 Kms from Spagmik) – Tsaga La (50 Kms) – Loma (30 Kms) – Hanle (60 Kms)
Below are all the receipts they do charge you for:
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Jasdeep told me that we can remove the flag from bike now. And the same my parents suggested at the end of last day. I felt the confidence and respect that our National Flag has ignited in me. So I decided I will not be removing flag from my bike. And throughout the trip our national Flag has given me different identity altogether.
Roughly around 12:30 PM we started for tomorrow with a plan in our minds to cover Lamayuru Monastery, Pathar sahib Gurudwara and few brief stops in between for some cool pics like Moonland.
Before Lamayuru we stopped by mesmerizing view (Gut feeling came that this is Moonland and later confirmed after viewing sign board). We had some pics there and explored the beauty around the valley. Its an amazing place with amazing view and you really feel that this place doesn’t belong to earth.
The landscape took our breath away and we’re so numb. We just kept staring at the Moonland. At this spot only we met one guy from Hyderabad, Mr. Anil. And we had a very good chat then and there. He liked my bike because of the national flag and had some pics with it. We talked about the places, diversity, culture, religion and I think it was because of 15th of Aug only. Hehehe J. After that healthy and informational discussion, After capturing the pics in our camera and our eyes, we headed towards Lamayuru Monastary.
Some Pics from Moonland:
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The most precious moment that we had on this Lamayru route was, when we had a red carpet type entry in Monastery Complex, For me it was bit surprising that why I am getting this type of treatment, I was numb than I realized the cheer was not for me but for the Pride that we were having at that time. It was National Flag of India. My Home! My Country! In words I can’t explain that feeling that I had at that point of time. I was overwhelmed; overall I had a very nostalgic feeling. I am proud of my country. There as well a man asked us to get clicked with bike and both of us. He is Mr. Mehul Patel from Gujrat.
Pic with Mehul and Lamayuru Monastery:
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We started the exploration of Lamayuru monastery, and I can bet you it’s one of the best experiences I had till now. I can now understand why artist poets look for such places to work. In simple words it’s just a heaven on earth.
Some More Pics of Lamayuru Monastery:
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we started our journey back to Leh. Till the time we reached Khaltsi (30 Km from Lamayru), I felt some problem in breathing. Although I was well, but didn’t wanted to take any risk, so I stopped by Khaltsi Army Camp and got my Oxygen level checked. While leaving I asked my Military Doctor, How much I can pay you? And he instantly replied ‘Koi ek shwaas kharid nahi sakta, Hum kisi ko kya zindagi denge’. And it showed the spirit of military. After that we didn’t stop till Magnetic Hill.
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When we reached magnetic hill and it was getting dark. I saw tyre prints on sand mountains along with Magnetic Hill road, and I remember someone told me that you can take your vehicle till your guts. We started driving our bikes and it was all sand and it was very hard to drive bike there. It was bit scary up there
Jasdeep almost lost his control and was about to fall from the bike when we reached the quite high on mountain. But luckily we managed to control the situation. It was a big relief and we decided to go down like good boys without any further mischiefs. When we reached on highway, people were inquiring about the mountain experience and we said bit risky and dark don’t try.
Pics from Magnetic Hill:
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And finally we started for Pathar Sahib Gurudwara. It was dark when we reached there. We took blessings from Baba Ji, we had our share of Deg (Prashad). After spending few minutes in silence we decided to move for Leh. Finally we reached Leh around 8:30 PM. Directly went for dinner to our new favourite food joint ‘Wonderland Kitchen’ and again we had our tummy full to its peak.
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To Be Continued ...........................