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 …

Continue Reading

HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART 8

And so we continue… I was pretty sure last night was a dream. But then, I also remember the smell of late night chai as we sat together, huddled, looking at the sky at 2am, watching the Milky Way. What a spectacular moment that was? As I lay in bed, I started to wonder. When I write the most memorable parts of this trip or prepare a list of must-dos and must-watch, how was I supposed to narrow down the list to a few? The trip seemed to be getting better day-by-day. Our morning breakfast was very different here. We …

Continue Reading

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 …

Continue Reading

#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 …

Continue Reading

HOW I GOT LEH’D – PART 4

And so we continue……. This was my fourth Parle G with tea. The biscuit was the fourth but my tea was the second. I usually don’t keep track, but the view that I was looking at would undoubtedly compel me to stay a bit longer which would eventually mean more tea and biscuit. But that’s just part of what I wanted to say – what was truly capturing my attention was the spectacular view of the ‘valley of flowers’ also known as the ‘orchard of ladakh’ also known as the nubra valley. We were at the monastery, which was up …

Continue Reading

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 …

Continue Reading

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 …

Continue Reading