Juley!! a word that is the most heard word in Ladakh. Hi, Hello, How are you, Thankyou, Welcome and Bye all can be substituted as Juley! And the way you understand is based on the situation. And the way Ladakhis say it is lingers on you for long. The 3 men who went to Ladakh ( the inspiration of this blog) still greet each other with Juley!!!
Coming to the trip, after almost 4 years of planning this dream was realized, times were coordinated and after an initial group of 12 people who were interested, 3 people actually boarded the train to Chandigarh. From Chandigarh it is an overnight journey to Manali which formed our base camp. We visited some locations in Manali which are usually famous as the day tourist points that most taxi guys would take you to.
The overnight stop at Keylong is at in tents at the Himachal border in the Himachal Tourism Hotel. Your mobile signal will start reducing from this point on, but on the other note, who cares? The nature captures you and keeps you enthralled. You will pass many high routes from where some stunning images can be captured
There were 2 most interesting parts to our bus ride.
The drive hurt the back as the bus takes 30 hours for a drive of approx 365kms. But it was worth all the pain because of the treasure captured in the eyes and the camera. It was also the first trip where I took my DSLR out with just a 18-55 mm lens at disposal. Cant get into further detail as the trip was about 4 years and this is the detail I remember.
Word of caution
|View of Leh as you approach the city|