HOW I GOT LEH’D – Last part of the Journey

Last part of the Journey: The Grand Dewachen in Kaza is placed so beautifully that when I opened my eyes the next morning, I was greeted by a warm mountain looking back at me and saying “Are you ready for another exciting day?” and my response as I stretched on the cozy bed was, “Why not? But can we wait just a little longer so that I can continue to admire you? That’s how beautiful you are.” We were nearing the end of our tour but I never tired of the mountains and its magnanimous yet welcoming presence. We were …

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Interview with Maheka Shankar

Maheka is eight years of age and is a student at Shishuvan School, Matunga, Mumbai. She was one of the team members who trekked along ‘The Trail of the Pandavas’ organized by The Road Less Travelled in July 2017. Lets hear what she has to say about this seven-day trek that she went on, along with her father. Qs. Hi Maheka, Welcome. How does it feel to be one of the youngest person’s to have trekked on the trail of the Pandavas? Ans. I feel very excited because I was the youngest child to go on this trek. Even in …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART 7

The night we reached Jispa, I took way too long to fall asleep. I realized that it was partly due to the after effects of the long drive, which should ideally have put me to sleep, or probably it was because I slept quite a bit on the drive. But I think one of the main reasons for this was the drive across the Bara lacha la, where the snow was so close and its whiteness probably resulted in an overwhelming after effect. This allowed me to finish writing the previous night itself, giving me time in the morning to …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART 5

And so we continue… When I first heard the name Diskit, I was a bit confused until I realized it was the name of a village and not a tongue-twister biscuit. Then I wondered what Diskit meant. This village, located in the periphery of the desert in the Shok Valley, shares its name with that of the 350-year-old monastery within the village. This was our day to explore some parts of the Nubra valley, especially Diskit and look around this magnificent monastery and more. Diskit Village is an administrative center of the Nubra Valley, comprising of various government offices in …

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#The Snow Leopard Trail

When I was packing my luggage with trepidation and uncertainty, considering that this was my very first adventure trip, I could only think of cold weathers, lifestyle changes, food troubles, stomach troubles and not to mention elusive wild creatures.  I asked myself “Why did I plan this trip?” I should have probably stayed with a small trek around Mumbai. But, in my heart I knew that I wanted to do something very different. I wanted to get away from the city and challenge myself to achieve something that I had not done so far. Reminding myself of this, I set …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART 3

And so we continue……. In Leh, the early mornings remind me of this amazing brown doughnut topped with blue and white icing. I used to wonder if I could just bite into it, so that I could savour the succulent brown mountains and landscape topped with the bluest of blue skies and specks of cloud. This was my view from my beautiful room at Grand Dragon, on our first day at Leh. Having decided to start our day a little late, we all gathered for a late breakfast that comprised of a complete indian & international spread.  We had two …

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HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART2

And so we continue…….             When we say ‘a cold morning’ in the mountains, it is actually a term that can be used for almost every single morning. But the coldness, with a stray ray of sunshine maneuvering its way through the crevices in the cloud, is a feeling and a sight to behold. I knew I was quite tired after a long Day 1, but there was something in the air that woke me up and I guess this serendipitous encounter with the morning sun was the exact ammunition I needed to get started. …

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The Snow Leopard Trail 2018

No matter what you do in life you have to be passionate about it and so are Shankar Ganesh and Vinayta Raheja, (big time travel fanatics) who head The Road Less Travelled. The Road Less Travelled is a travel company based out of Mumbai who conduct a host of excursions like self drives, food trails, treks and heritage drives and The Snow Leopard Trail is one among them and if I had to be honest, The Snow Leopard Trail is the most exciting and the most adventurous trip they have in their portfolio. It was not even a month after …

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