Ladakh is one of my favorite destination 🙂 There are two ways to go to Ladakh, one by road through Srinagar or Manali and other by air. I decided to go by air because I planned to travel alone and upon calculation, I realized that solo Ladakh tour is too expensive. Because public transport is limited and cost of a taxi to go from one place/town to other is high in Ladakh so, I thought why not try a package tour. After searching the internet I came across a 10 days Ladakh tour and decided to go for it. The one I had selected was departing after 4 days. I booked it instantly.
My flight was at 4.45 AM from Delhi, all flights to & fro for Leh are in the early morning due to high altitude. The oxygen in the air is less and during the day air gets it gets thinner due to temperature rise. This can be harmful to airplanes.
I had my lunch and guide for the tour came to meet & brief us. During this meeting, I came to know that in my group we are only two 😀 . The other gentleman was 60 yrs old nice gentleman from Singapore and was working in Chennai with an MNC. So two of us got a 8 seater SUV with a driver and most of the time guide was also with us. In coming days it turned out to be a custom made Ladakh tour instead of a group tour and the other gentleman turned out a was very polite & no fuss type.
After Lunch, we reached there after 30 minutes drive and from parking walked towards stupa. It is relatively new construction done by Japanese Buddhists. There is a prayer hall before stupa and some monks were meditating there. It is the nice and very peaceful place.
The stupa is slightly up & surrounded by mountains and valley. It is the beautiful and perfect place to enjoy the feel of Ladakh. I spent some time there looking around and taking pictures.
My hotel was a small property with 2 dozen rooms, they have a small kitchen garden. Sometimes they used the fresh vegetable from the garden for our meals.
Few things to remember –
It is advisable to drink to drink lots of water and decided to take a bit easy and eat proper meals. Also, do snack in between (Water & food intake helps a lot and I vouch for it from my experience). By next day I acclimatized though for some people it is difficult (One of my friend when she went, she was not felt fit throughout the trip).
We layered clothing because temperature keeps on changing and in sun it feels hotter, so if one wears layered clothing then it is easy to wear or remove layers in case you feel hot or cold.
Carry cash because there are ATMs in town but sometimes queues are very long to withdraw cash.