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The Abrupt End Of My Ladakh Trip

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The Abrupt End Of My Ladakh Trip





Ladakh still remains elusive for me. I have been chasing Ladakh for the last two years. I feel I have developed a kind of love-hate relationship with the most reclusive mountains in the world. Although I?m intrigued by the divine beauty of Ladakh, I also have a kind of resentment for not being able to explore Ladakh till date, after so many attempts.
     My original plan was to visit Ladakh along with Kashmir in the summer of 2015. I wanted to do that Srinagar-Kargil-Leh road trip. But, that didn?t work out for me, so I did just Kashmir. Later, I tried going to Ladakh again in October, 2015. I had booked my tickets, too. But, I had to cancel that trip as well, due to personal reasons.
Also read: The Unsung Valleys Of Kashmir   Well?I CAN?T BELIEVE I could savour only the first flush of astonishment while landing in Leh. My dream of exploring Ladakh still remains a dream.

It was supposed to be a 15 day solo trip ? perhaps an ideal way to explore Ladakh. It was long-due and much-awaited. I wanted to challenge myself as a photographer, and as a traveller. I wanted to experience Ladakh quintessentially.
BUT, Ladakh still remains a dream for me.
My journey in Ladakh could last for only two days?
I had to cease my trip in Leh due to illness and return home. Of course, I didn?t give up so easily. I still wanted to continue the trip despite my bad health. But, I guess you can?t control things beyond a point. I was in such a bad shape that I didn?t think it was wise to go beyond Leh with an unfit body.

Yes, I?m deeply disappointed for not been able to do Ladakh even the third time. I know that I can plan another trip anytime in the future, but I?m still deeply saddened for now.
So, what?s my state of mind right now beyond the obvious disappointment"
As a traveller, I have learnt a few things with this experience. I really want to hold that quote close to my heart that says, ?I wish I had never gone travelling? said no one ever.? So yes, there are no regrets when you look at a situation from a traveller?s perspective. Each travel experience, whether good or bad, has something to teach.
Travel is unpredictable.My two-day sojourn in Leh reconfirmed my belief that travel is unpredictable. There?s nothing that you can really rely on. No matter how good your research and planning are, you can?t predict ?unpredictability?. So, the good idea is to take the unpredictability in your stride and enjoy it.
Adventures can wait. Health comes first. We all know that Ladakh is a demanding destination. It?s a place where you need time to acclimatize your body according to the high altitude. Falling sick in Ladakh is not unusual. I also fell sick and couldn?t continue with my journey. There are two things one can do to avoid falling sick in Ladakh ? one, travel by road to acclimatize slowly with the high altitude; two, take necessary medication before your trip starts. 
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