With a love for family and a love for traveling, Guruprasad Kulkarni combined the two for a much inspired tour to Leh- Ladakh. The Hindi movie, 3 Idiots did a lot to boost the tourism for Leh-Ladakh and Guruprasad was not left behind. He says, “I was very inspired by the movie – 3 idiots and was instantly captivated by the breath-taking landscapes of Leh- Ladakh, especially in the last few scenes. I immediately made up my mind to travel there and enjoy its immense beauty which I felt would probably surpass my imagination and it did.”
“After scouting through various locations that can be visited with the family and finding out the proper time to visit those places, we zeroed to Leh-Ladakh. Once the destination was finalised I got in touch with the various travel agencies offering their services for Ladakh region. We finalized Thrillophilia because we loved their tailor-made package to Leh- Ladakh for a 7-day trip, which was ideal for us as a family.”
A Family That Travels Together, Stays Together-
This lovely adage is definitely true for Guruprasad. He says, “I traveled with my family, which is more fun when you are in the company of people who know each other well and also share your dreams and madness. My co-travelers were also equally excited about the upcoming adventure and we did a lot of research about the place collectively. As we were going to a high-altitude area, we all underwent rigorous exercise regime a couple of months before the trip to keep ourselves fit and healthy for this adventure and also to acclimatize ourselves with the low oxygen levels.”
The amazing 7 day trip to Leh- Ladakh- family memories made forever-
With excitement written all over their faces, this family of 6 started their journey from Mumbai’s domestic airport on the morning of 6th May for a week-long trip. Guruprasad recalls his trip in his own words like this:
“We caught a direct flight from Mumbai to Leh and once we landed at Leh early in the morning, we were taken to our hotel. The entire day was spent getting acclimatized to the high altitude of Ladakh. We rested a bit in the hotel room in the morning and later in the evening we were taken to the local market for sightseeing and shopping.”
“We started our day by witnessing this amazing and unusual phenomenon of our car sliding up the hill on neutral gear on the intriguing Magnetic Hills. We were awestruck and dumbfounded at this unusual occurrence. After that, we proceeded to Alchi Monastery which is one of the oldest Monasteries in Ladakh with beautiful resplendent idol sitting atop.
On our way back, we paid our reverence to the Holy Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and then headed to see the confluence of River Indus and Zanskar, which was an amazing sight to behold.
We ended our fruitful day with a visit to the Hall of Fame, a museum constructed by the Indian Army showcasing war memorabilia from the famed and historic Kargil War. It is filled with martyr’s biographies, busts of Shaheed Jawans, images and weapons used during the war and other battles fought in Ladakh.”
“We were again ordained by rains and bad weather and our driver advised us to either stay put in our hotel or change our itinerary. We opted for the latter and travelled to Tso-Moriri via Chang La Pass. It was a beautiful drive with snow-clad mountains and we were lucky to catch a Snow Leopard from a close distance.”
“After a good night’s rest, we proceeded towards Tso-Moriri Lake and spent our time soaking in all the beauty of the nature. It was so relaxing and serene.
After having a good time there, we left for the campsite at Pangong Tso and reached there later in the evening. On our way we had a small stop-over at a place where we got to see some Marmots.”
“We enjoyed our morning at the famous Pangong Tso Lake and truly, the images don’t do justice to its beauty. We enjoyed yak and horse rides near the Lake and saw all those places where the Ladakh scenes in the movie 3 Idiots were shot.
From Pangong Tso, we left for Nubra Valley and on the way enjoyed ATB rides at Hunder. We stayed at Hotel Wooden Nest, which comprises of separate wooden cottages surrounded by snow-clad mountains and a water stream flowing through it. It was so picturesque and serene.
Later in the evening the owner organised a camp fire after a delicious dinner for his guests. It was a perfect end to the day.”
“We left Nubra via the famous Khardung La pass and reached Leh, where later in the evening we visited the Leh Palace and the Shanti Stupa before retiring for the day.
“With heavy hearts and sweet memories of our trip, we made our way back to Mumbai from Leh. We were basking in its afterglow for days long.” We were happy and satisfied with our lovely trip.”
Guruprasad recommends this trip to every one of those travel connoisseurs who seek beauty in their journey.
Guruprasad’s high point in the journey-
Guruprasad and his family had a wonderful time during this trip. Not only did they bond as a family, but they now carry beautiful memories from this gorgeous place forever. When asked as to what was the high point of his journey, Guruprasad says, “There were many to choose from, but the three things I consider as the best parts of our trip were-
- The Hall of Fame Museum
- The snow clad mountains, and
- The Pangong lake
I can never forget these majestic sights in a long time and will surely make a trip here again.”
Things to know before starting this particular trip-
When asked as to what advice he could shelve out to other future travellers to Leh-Ladakh in preparation for the journey, Guruprasad says, “We googled about Leh-Ladakh daily for almost 6 months before this trip for the purpose of research. So, we were mentally and physically prepared for this adventure and what to expect on the trip in terms of terrains, weather, and things to do and see.”
The most memorable moments of the trip-
We make memories out of the experiences and situations which have impacted us and stayed with us for a long time. One such experience was a memorable one for Guruprasad and his family. He describes that memory as such- “Our visit at the confluence of Indus River and Zanskar was an experience we can never forget. It was a sunny evening and we were all very excited at the prospect of doing some river rafting. But the weather has a mind of its own. By the time we reached the place which was down the road, it had started pouring and the organizers had to take their boats away. We were surprised and very disappointed with the way the weather had changed in just a few minutes.”
Also, when asked as to what he missed the most regarding the trip, Guruprasad clearly says, “Obviously the weather. During our stay the maximum temperature was around 7 degrees, whereas, here in Mumbai the temperature is around 32 degrees.”
Guruprasad’s Favorite Quote-
Live life King Size!] This quote best describes Guruprasad’s philosophy on life. And he likes to live it every chance he gets