It’s 6 a.m. and I’m wide awake. Sitting in my NYC apartment I’m surrounded by the noises of a city that’s exploded into motion. Thoughts of my schedule for the day come to mind and I close my eyes to meditate (and to escape). The same images of faraway mountains appear and I immediately sense my body beginning to relax. I can feel the strong vibrations of a land that is distant but yet so tangible. How you may ask? This is the gift Ladakh has given me.
I wasn’t sure what to expect before I visited Ladakh. I’d heard ‘it’s so beautiful’ and ‘you’ll absolutely love it’, but I’ve heard that about many destinations. Now, describing it to you it’s difficult to explain the uniqueness of this land. In a nutshell, it was a place where all my senses came alive. The cool dry clean air touching my skin, the fresh simple food where I could taste every ingredient and inhaling the purity of the land.
To be honest, I’d had a tough few months prior to this trip and I was in desperate need of recharging. The calmness of the people, the sheer vastness of the land and the spiritual energy answered so many of my questions. In this incredible space I was able to access the answers that were all within me, I just needed to listen.
If you do plan to visit Ladakh, here’s some information that I hope is useful;
We flew straight from sea level to Ladakh which resides at high altitude. Make sure you include an extra day in order to acclimatize to the thin air. The first day was spent resting and hydrating.
I highly recommend The Ultimate Traveling Camp (www.tutc.com) for accomodation.
The camp planned all our excursions and Kesar (our amazing guide) organized some truly memorable experiences
Rafting . This is suitable for all ages but if you’re seeking a more intense ride you must be 15 years or older.
Hiking to Wari La (It’s at 17500 feet so you may feel light headed and carry extra oxygen)
Thiksey Monastary (Aim to visit at 6 a.m. to witness the Lamas starting the morning with blowing the conch followed by chanting- truly unforgettable)
Lunch on the River Indus
Alchi Monastrey & street shopping in Alchi village is preferable to Leh town.
We skipped visiting Pangong lake due to the distance. I was with my daughters and thought it would be a tough journey.
For me Ladakh was more than a holiday, it was an emotion- Spiritual, Calm and Connected. Leaving you with a quote that beautifully expresses how I feel.
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life, and travel, leaves marks on you.”
With love and light,