Ladakh – not just a destination but an experience

Me and my cousins went to leh ladakh on 23rd june 2015. It was my first experience with veena world.

Leh in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir reveals a very different picture; the picturesque little town, cocooned amid the hills, is drowned in calmness. You can savor every little moment and enjoy your holiday in the true sense of the word. Leh, you realize, is not just a destination; it's an experience. THANKS to veena world and tour managers for making this trip a memorable one.

This little town of Leh is adorned with remnants of Buddhism as you take a walk through the main streets. The market place and the street corners, all give way to a set of Buddhist Prayer wheels which u can just push gently and let the prayer rolls inside invoke the almighty. The people whether the sweet meat vendors or the Tibetan handicraft sellers are so amiable and warm as against the spine chilling cold Ladakh. 'Ju-Ley' was how they said Hello, Bye, often times Okay and its the kind of unique identity of a Ladakhi. Another common sight is that of Monasteries with their beautiful aesthetics, seen at every village and every settlement in the region wherein the religious leaders preached and enlightened the community. Its Buddhism I guess which has made people so warm and unselfish. All my 7 days there I never heard a ladakhi soul uttering forget a Bad Word, not even a sigh of irritation. They can be synonyms for Happy Face. While travelling to Pangong Tso (Tso, as they call it, means a lake) I faced that strange helplessness that happens when our body reacts to abrupt change in altitude. Beginning with a mild headache, it aggravated to nausea and sometimes leading to break down of sensations during the journey. And after twists and turns we almost reached a level ground soon to be followed by the magnificent sight of the stretch of blue waters which helped me almost instantly forget what I just went through to reach there.We also visited the hemis monastery during the The Hemis festival which is one of the biggest and the most famous religious festivals of Ladakh and is an attraction for both the tourist and the local people. We were lucky because the tour managers Alok lokhande and makarand made sure we visited the monastery during the fest time.the confluence of the Indus and the Zanskar rivers is also a rare sight.

On 4th day we left for nubra valley. The Nubra valley, at a distance of 150 km from Leh, is again a must-visit. Famous for being a cold desert, when there, a ride on the double humped camel, also called the Bactrian camel, is worth experiencing. Driving on the world's second highest motorable road at Khardung La, at an altitude of more than 18,000 feet, is again a must-do. The managers and drivers made sure we were safe. They gave us camphor so that we wont have to face any breathing issues. We stayed in tents for 2 nights at nubra valley and it was a mesmerizing experience. A visit to Shanti Stupa was my last rendezvous with Lord Budha. The Stupa which overlooked the town of Leh almost symbolically expressed the influence of this prince turned spiritual leader over each and every nuance of a Ladakhi.

Last but not the least our tour managers Alok lokhande and Makarand ghanekar. They changed the itenary according to the weather conditions and made sure no one faced any issues during the entire trip. They provided us with camphor tablets and there was oxygen available if there were any breathing issues. They were there whenever we needed them. They were pretty helpful, professional and fun too. They gave us important information regarding the places we visited and explained the next day’s itenary during lunch and dinner hours. They made sure that we bid farewell to ladakh with a smiling face. Leh Ladakh has more than what meets the eye and all that I can wish you is 'Do visit Leh, but with all necessary preparations in place'. I will make sure I will suggest about veena world to all my well wishers. Keep it up. And a big thanks to the our driver Mr norboo, Mr sonam and alok and makarand.

Shreya More
(Guest Veena World)