This time we decided to fly to Leh. Driving up,I feel,is better though.The places enroute,both from the Srinagar & Manali side,have their own beauty & not to mention the acclimatization is taken care of.But time…oh dear!Its always such a fight..for time,against time!
We went early in the tourist season.At the beginning of May the passes hadn’t opened & the schools hadn’t shut in the north & so we managed to beat most of the crowd.Each month of the tourist season has something to offer.May has the pale beauty of the apricot blossoms & snow,July is a riot of colours with the wild flowers blooming & then there are the festivals spread over various months & with the accompanying hordes! Take your pick.We made trips to Dras, Batalik, the Nubra valley, Pangong Tso & Chumathang. Tso Moriri would have required more time & for some obscure reason Zanskar didn’t feature on the itinerary.
So at the end of this visit I have worked out the itinerary for the next!Will begin with Tso Moriri & take it from there. I’ve heard so much about the Chadar trek too but the one piece I did read about it,ironically,was about why we should NOT be doing it.It made total sense & as it is for someone like me who can turn blue, even south of the Vindhyas in winter,I’ll pass & hope global warming doesn’t get to it before I do!