An Ordinary Ladakhi Tale | Day 0 | An Intro

Please don’t kill me for the title! But to be honest, all the blogs and notes that I have read that talks about people’s experiences and trips in/to Leh-Ladakh has such fancy words… This was my 3rd trip to Leh-Ladakh and I don’t think any of those big, fancy words is able to justify what one feels! So, instead of browsing through the dictionary to come up with a better and bigger word, I have decided to call that feeling as ordinary. At times, just an ordinary feeling is what you need… The way one gets up early just to take a walk around the town…to steal the morning sun rays and the ghost-town sort of a look of the valley…the first cup of Tea…the way the river dances when it pours…the way the words of a book make sense…the sparkling lakes, the majestic mountains, the tricky roads…every second acting like a reminder of the self being alive…for me this is what ordinary feels like… finding something truly important in an ordinary minute…

“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.”

With this, let me pen down the memories of a 9 day and 1500 kms journey. Here’s a map (especially made by Pooja) that charts our route.

The Epic Route

The Epic Route

We took a Volvo from Vidhan Sabha metro station, Delhi. A decent dinner stop, a flat tyre that took an hour to fix and the driver’s obsession with the movie Befikre which he kept playing on loop…it was the beginning of one heck of a ride!

There was major traffic Kullu onwards because of the construction of the 4-lane and it took us about 15 hours to reach Manali. We quickly freshened-up at the guest house… This was day 1 of our trip and we had decided to stay the night at Jispa. We had booked our trip with none other than Black Sheep Motto Adventures in Manali. Their office is on the main road in Vashisht Chowk near Panchayat Bhawan and there is this amazing Tibetan café, called Tibetan Phuntsok right next to it. The Mutton Chowmein here mixed with a lil bit of red chilli sauce is to die for!

Over the years, Black Sheep Motto Adventures (you can follow them on Instagram too) has become our trusted travel partners. The people here are super talented and act as the guardians in the hills. From ensuring safety to all the travel nitty-gritties, they manage it like a boss! They had designed the trip’s itinerary keeping our choices, whims and fantasies in mind and it was better than what we had expected!

And here are some quirky personality statements of the group. We, for the most part were tripping on these dialogues throughout!

The guy has been wanting to go to Leh Ladakh since forever!

The guy has been wanting to go to Leh Ladakh since forever!

This guy is beyond funny! All he wanted to know was TaRaRa!

This guy is beyond funny! All he wanted to know was TaRaRa!

The quiet one! Her one liner remarks at times will kill you!

The official photographer of the trip and a big time foodie!

The official photographer of the trip and a big time foodie!

Ram, please don't kill me for this!

Ram, please don’t kill me for this!

Lead guy from Black Sheep Motto Adventures! Khataron Ke Khiladi!

Lead guy from Black Sheep Motto Adventures! Khataron Ke Khiladi!

Bantu's partner and a super cool guy!

Bantu’s partner and a super cool guy!

You can read rest of the trip details here:

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About Trippy Travelette

A digital marketeer by profession, I was bitten by the travel bug when I was 18 years old. My Mother had gifted me an envelope that had to and fro rail tickets to Gujarat. I had studied in a boarding school in Gujarat and was more than happy thinking about the reunion with my girlfriends who were still there in Ahmedabad and Anand. I was travelling alone but being backed up both morally and financially by my mother, I was a bit relaxed. That trip was where I first experienced the urge to say, ‘I was here, I saw this and it mattered to me.” There was no looking back post this! I was falling in love with the idea of picking up the bag and leaving for the unknown! The travel experiences started becoming a reminder of human insignificance and frailty. Today, I am most particularly in love with Himachal Pradesh. The landscape, the culture and the people here have become a special part of my life. And you will see most of my travel experiences talk about the same. A complete tea addict, nothing gives me more joy than a 'pahadi chai' with some butter toast! Looking forward to exploring and exchanging awe inspiring stories. Happy Travelling!

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