We have different moods and opinions when we think about travel.
Everyone of us have different preferred months and seasons of travelling.
But its obviously not possible to travel enjoying every weather all the year by everyone.
Being born in India has got its own perks, be it the serene and ancient culture or our own heaven on earth (Ladakh).
So this time i am writing my 11 days experience which may help some fellow travellers to experience different weathers in this short span of time.
I am starting with my day 1 when i left for Noida from Jaipur at 2 AM and it was obviously cold at night. With time, the sun took leave for the day and sent the clouds for proxy 🙂
It took almost 2 hours to reach a distance of 50 KMs because of heavy rain and Delhi’s blessed traffic. Here is a picture
We left for Manali late night at 11 PM and it was again raining on the highway till Chandigarh (360 KMs from Delhi) which slowed down our speed and journey.
As we started entering the himalayas the rain went away and the environment was humid with some fog. A shirt was OK to wear while riding.
Woke up early to start the ride but again had to wait for a couple of hours because it was still drizzling. Manali was quite warm that day with cotton like clouds in the sky.
When we stopped to have a coffee, the locals asked us to wear warm clothes becasue it was going to be cold up there. Guess what? just after 10 KMs, the weather completely changed with freezing air and so much of fog that we barely could see at the range of 15 feets.
Another surprise came after 20 KMs at Rohtang La (Approx 13000 feets) when there were clouds gathered to welcome us from the whole world.
The moment we started descending the Rohtang pass, again the weather turned hot and we made ourselves comfortable in one layer of cloth. We took a break in Jispa for night halt. A Tent with a river flowing near to it just on a distance of approximately 100 mts.
The night was freezing cold with the temperature going down to 0 degree celcius.
Day 4. Jispa to Upshi
Started our ride early in the morning at 5 AM. It was warm in the morning. We were having tea and chilling and felling happy and warm till one of the shopkeepers told us to have more warm gloves and scarfs because the temperature was supposed to be -13 degree Celsius. We were comfortable until the time we started ascending the mountains, high passes and visible snow gave us the indication to wear more layers and when we reached the highest point of the mountain (Baralach La Pass, 15500 feets), i remember i was facing breathing problem, my nose was wet and i was not comfortable even standing there and clicking pictures. But thats what its all about, riding is all about. I must not complain.
A vest, then inner, then Tshirt, Then one more Tshirt, then shirt, then jacket.
I had a sigh of relief and it was quite shocking also. Just after 15 KMs after getting down from the pass, the sunrays starting biting me and forced me to remove 4 layers of clothes. It was a relaxing ride forward from there until i got affected by High Altitude Sickness. Vomiting and severe headache plus a puncture in the rear tyre slowed down the journey. This made us to take a halt 50 KMs before Leh in Upshi because the oxygen level was comparatively good there.
The Next Day, we started our journey for Nubra Valley, a desert in Ladakh, via Khardung La (18280 feet, highest motorable road in the world). My main moto of the ride was to take my motorcycle to Khardung La which i consider the temple of Motorcycles.
something unexpected was experienced when we were about to reach the highest point, snowfall. Light snowfall made our day and took away all the tiredness of those long rides. Temperature was also -15 and a sign board indicated, “Staying here for more than 15 minutes can be harmfull to your health”.
Rest of the ride was chilling and warm till nubra valley.
PS – Yes, I am crying in this pic 😉
The Next Evening, we were at Leh and the weather was all same as the previous day.
The Next Day, we headed towards Karzok, Tso Moriri Lake. This journey was very hot and i was only wearing a tshirt while riding. The weather again started turning cold and after the past days experiences, it was no big surprise this time. The lake is at 16000 feets and taking the shirt off to pose near this lake was a task of life.
The Next Day when we left for jispa to end the journey, it was the coldest morning i have ever had in my life. Even thick clothes and bright sun couldn’t help me to get rid of shivering. Well this was the day when my ignition key broke into two pieces and some travelers helped us get out of that trouble.
So, for all the people out there, if you want to experience winter, summer, rain, fog, clouds, bright sunshine, freezing breeze and snowfall in this short time, this is the destination for you.
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Thank you. Love. Asif