The mountains are calling and I must go- John Muir
There’ve been many interpretations of the quotes so far, but what we like to stick with is that there comes a time when nature calls you to seek solace in its lap and you must do so.
The Story of Prashant & Priyanka
We all run in a constant loop, doing the same thing over and over again as a part of the urban race. Heck, we even forget when was the last time we took a break or actually had a time of leisure just for our own peace. Similar is the story of Prashant and Priyanka.
Working as a Software Engineer in Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore – Prashant Desai is a person driven by his passions. He loves driving, traveling and making friends. Still, the urban hodgepodge keeps him occupied. Taking breaks between the hustle and pushing himself to pursue the passion, he along with his wife Priyanka has scaled South India the most.
The One Who Wants to Travel – Prashant
“After our marriage, I’ve traveled a lot. Prashant loves traveling and I mostly tag along”, says Priyanka. The couple had a tiring span of work and hustle for a while when they decided to switch on to the travel mode and plan something large. Well, the googling began.
The Leh-Ladakh Decision
“Deciding to travel Leh-Ladakh was a plan out of frustration”, adds Priyanka. We never had any prior plan to scale the mountains or the land of high passes but the search for a long vacation, fortunately, landed us on the ‘Ladakh Bike Trip: Manali Leh Srinagar’ by Thrillophilia. ‘We cannot thank Thrillophilia enough for the amazing, hassle-free time we had in Ladakh’, the couple says.
The Leh-Ladakh Itinerary
Prashant and Priyanka were accompanied by three fellow travelers viz. Shilpa, Anup and Siddharam, which now are the more family than friends to them. The itenary that the couple opted for took them through Leh-Ladakh whilst covering Manali to Jispa via Rohtang Pass, Lahaul Valley, Jispa to Sarchu via Baralacha La, Suraj Tal, Sarchu to Leh, riding on 21 Gata Loops, 45kms of Pang ground and the high mountain pass Tanglang La, Nubra Valley over Khardung La, , Pangong Tso, Shyok Valley and drive along the Shyok river, overnight stay at Pangong camps, exploring markets of Leh, Lamayuru monastery, Basgo Palace, Giant Buddha at Mulbek en-route, Kargil, Zoji La, Drass among other amazing itenary destination or activities.
Check Out: Things To Do in Ladakh
Check Out: Things to Do in Leh
“We were so in love with Ladakh that we even planned to open a shop and settle here some day. Good times.”, laughs Priyanka. Although, it took the couple a planning phase of around 90 days to know and gather all the prerequisite and information of what the experience would be like. “It was worth the planning, we had an amazing time”, they add.
Mentioning the major highlights of the Leh-Ladakh trip, Prashant says, “The trip was memorable as a whole. The roads and local songs along the way, chatting with the driver who was showing us places, getting to know the how people live in the region, seeing the kids wave at us while crossing the places (as shown in movies), the Bhajarangi bhaijaan point, Jab we met ka scene, and many more.”
“We’ll miss the surreal views and calmness of nature in the city now”, they add. Prashant and Priyanka were so in love with the trip that they are already planning their next trip with Thrillophilia to the region with a bunch of their friends.
Stories such as this one show how you open yourself to the unknown possibilities when you make the move. You take action on something you’ve been meaning to do, or maybe sort of a drive to check off that bucket list item and you allow yourself to experience a new vibe. Godspeed to all the dreamers.