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Ankit's Journey


Editor's note: Ankit's journey in his words and images. His journey was also featured on NDTV's Salaam Zindagi, however the link seems to be down now.

 

 

Pristine Landscape… Horrible roads...Freezing cold weather…Meeting surprisingly helpful people…Solitude…A chance meeting with a world renowned travel photojournalist…Getting stuck in water and later in sand at heights of over 10000ft with not a soul around…Witnessing talks by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in a small village, north of Leh called Diskit…Staying with ‘Changpas’/Nomads at 15000ft above sea level near china border, eating goat milk and dry chapatti for meals with them, no electricity or telephone…Having tea and some fascinating conversations with random people…Absolutely in awe of the Indian army personnel posted at the border(hats off to them)…Experiencing nature’s grandeur…A walk at the highest motor able road in the world…Riding through snow…Having ‘Gajjar ka haluva’ next to Pangong Tso Lake at 13900ft above sea level (134km long brackish water lake of which about 88kms is in China) made by an old man who welcomed me into his house…

 

3500km clocked…over 3000 images shot…One motorbike…One camera and a 21yr old boy traveling alone for the first time in northern India (Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand) for a month…Valuble lessons learnt, many fears overcome and a lifetime of memories to cherish… ?

 

I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within. ~Lillian Smith

 

Cheers to Life Unlimited and a big hug to every person associated with it.