In the globe, there are two categories of people: those that wish to travel and those who do not. It's more likely that you'll run into people who fall into the first category. Furthermore, if you have a desire to travel and are fortunate enough to be able to do so, best wishes. But, for the most part, we become tied up in the whirlwind that is "Life." Priorities determine our days, days determine our months, and the travel plans we make at the end of the year are replaced by the priorities of the next year.
If reading this aloud depresses you, don't despair. We've got the perfect travel anecdote to get you excited about your next trip.
Priyanka Nag, the girl next door who works a full-time day job, shared the same desire to travel. She needed a break from her routine, but her workload prevented her from planning a trip anytime soon. Time passed, and her travel intentions were relegated to the status of postponed plans. The plan was sometimes postponed because of her priorities, and other times because of the friends. But then something occurred to Priyanka, and she decided to try something new.
Getting To The Plan
It was a bright and sunny day when she decided to take a risky step. She could never have taken that step, but it turned out to be amazing for her. Priyanka made the decision to travel alone.
If you're an Indian or are aware of how women travellers, especially single ones, face opposition when following their travel goals, you'll agree that it was indeed bold. Priyanka, on the other hand, refused to budge.
She went on and researched trip destinations, as well as various service packages, before deciding to tackle the big Leh-Ladakh Bike Trip in July 2017.
Women travelling alone, with strangers, on a bike ride to Ladakh for the first time! WHAT!!??
Everyone in Priyanka's immediate vicinity had something to say about it. Many people complimented her, but the majority of them advised her to reconsider her decision. It got to the point where she was having second thoughts about going on the trip days before it was supposed to happen. Priyanka, however, opted to take on the task, saying, "Be courageous in the pursuit of what puts your soul on fire."
The Leh-Ladakh Bike Thrill Begins
She began her solo bicycle trip to Ladakh, the majestic Land of the High Passes, on July 24, 2017 with a group of bikers.
If you want to travel, we're sure you've heard about Leh-Ladakh. Ladakh is a beautiful calm travel destination that soothes your soul as soon as you arrive there. It is an area on everyone's travel bucket list and a region for which there are no words to laud. It's as though the Gods have performed a miracle on Earth.
Priyanka selected to travel with Thrillophila's famed Bike Trip To Leh Ladakh For 10 Days Package, where she sat as a pillion passenger with a bunch of strangers who later became her best friends.
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"I had started traveling for this trip by myself," she says, "but I didn’t know that I would return with a bunch of insane people becoming my friends."
Leh, Rohtang Pass, Khardung La Pass, Ladakh, Nubra Valley, and Pangong Lake were all included in the package. Manali – Rohtang Pass – Koksar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Sarchu – Leh – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Koksar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Sarchu – Leh – Manali – Rohtang Pass – Koksar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Darcha – Sarchu – Leh – Manali. They also went to well-known locations such as Nubra, Pangong, and Spangmik. It is truly a lovely feeling to ride through the gorgeous passes of the Leh region.
"What could be a better choice than biking across challenging mountain roads?" she quotes, as she rubs the bike tires through the curvy parts. “We began our journey in Manali's lush greenery and ended in Leh's mountain desert. The entire tour felt like something out of a dream!"
“Living the Dream” Itinerary
The trip began with a team introduction with the other travellers, during which Priyanka mingled with the group. After exchanging greetings, they set out on their journey to Leh, passing through green valleys, snow-capped mountains, steep passes, and adventurous terrains.
If you're a biker, you're probably familiar with how it feels to ride through such terrain, with the cool breeze on your face and the hammering of your heart drowning out the motor.
Priyanka, who was raised in the city, had to make a few changes in order to go on this journey. But that didn't stop her from being a traveller. Everything was worth the journey, from setting up camp to responding to nature's call in a flash. When she recalls the list of things she did on the trip, she still laughs. We've all been there, right?
"I can still feel the wind in my hair and the feeling like I'm flying," she says in a rapid response when we asked her to sum up the entire experience in one statement. Ladakh entices you with its mysterious land in this way.
The itinerary included scaling the Rohtang Pass, which is at a height of 3790 metres (one of the highest road points and the gateway to the Lahaul and Spiti valleys), riding to BaraLacha Pass (1620 metres) and Sarchu, which is the midpoint of the Manali-Leh route, and finally mapping the curves of the world's highest motorable road, the KhardungLa Pass.
That is the best part about Ladakh: it has something for everyone, no matter what kind of traveller they are. If you are looking for a unique travel experience, Ladakh will provide you with breathtaking splendour as well as a variety of adventurous activities. If you enjoy bike rides, Ladakh has beautiful landscapes and challenging roads that you will be happy to conquer.
Ladakh is the ideal travel destination, with magnificent mountain passes, high peaks, great weather, gorgeous monasteries, colourful festivals, and generous towns. There is so much to see and do in Ladakh that no day is the same.
The Success Of A Travel Is In Preparations
It appears to be lighthearted and inspiring, but keep in mind that Priyanka did not simply turn on a switch and embark on her Leh-Ladakh bike adventure. There was a lot of physical and mental preparation that went into this. The high heights of the Leh-Ladakh region make it difficult for most visitors to get around. One aspect of the voyage is proper breathing exercises, mental preparation, and gathering the necessary equipment.
Priyanka also has a 5-pointer guide that is particularly useful for first-time solo travellers:
It is completely safe for a female traveller to travel alone. Don't hesitate if you truly want to do it.
Altitude sickness is a common occurrence. You should not be alarmed if you experience minor headaches during the first few days. Simply follow your trip leader's directions.
Stay with the group at all times if you're a first-time solo nomad. Do not leave the group or attempt to ride alone, no matter how daring you are.
Photography is a lot of fun, but after a few days in the area, you'll want to take a break. For all the right reasons, you'll choose to live the moment rather than photograph it.
These trips aren't actually vacations. There will be difficult times, but the truth is that those difficult times will become your fondest memories.
We're convinced you have a traveller's soul if you've read this far about Priyanka's 'dangerous' voyage. If that's the case, schedule a trip to Ladakh this summer.
"I work to travel," Priyanka said, and when we asked about her next destination, she said, "Mt. Everest Base Camp."