For past few days, I had been contemplating the date of travel for my 9th trip to Ladakh. Since this is going to be another trip with friends, planning the trip meant, I had to consult with them as well.
Finally, after much deliberation, we decided on a date and late last night, I booked my flight to Leh through my favorite flight booking app, Goibibo (get Rs. 3,000 goCash by signing up with my invite code, yo42511).
I have traveled to Ladakh 4 times in September-October, twice in October-November, one time each in June-July and December.
So for my 9th trip, I wanted to travel in a month I hadn’t visited Ladakh earlier and thus, one of the best months to travel to Ladakh, August, was chosen for this trip.
August in a way is peak summer season in Ladakh when greenery is at its peak and weather is pretty good (unless a western disturbance moves in).
Last year, I was unable to take a shared taxi or bus from Leh to Manali, something I had been thinking about doing for a while now. So even though I will be flying to Leh, while coming back, I intend to take a shared taxi or a bus.
Unlike last year, this year’s trip is going to be dedicated to photography and I have already started making a few plans for it.
I also intend to bug Otsal once again by staying at his Guest House in Leh (+919419177276, +919622951977, [email protected]), a place I love quite a bit, not only for its beautiful room and peaceful nature. But also for the warmth with which Otsal and Sonam uncle welcome me into their home.
I or my friend will likely rent a motorcycle for local sightseeing and taxi for covering other places. And for both, I can think of no one better to bother than Dorjeychubi (+91-9906971501), since he has taxis and motorcycles for hire.
In a way it looks like the trip is all set, especially since I know I would likely be staying with Rehman bhai (Habib Guest House, +91-9469736543, 01980-221039 and 01980-200344) in Nubra and at Pangong Villa at Spangmik (Dorjey +91-9419342720, 9622960460).
Truth is, with Ladakh you can never be 100% certain or for that matter, rigid with any of the plans and you have to go with the flow. And I intend to keep it that way, when I once again revisit, God’s high altitude art studio, Ladakh.