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Being an adventure freak and travel enthusiast, I believe travel has the power to heal and it certainly ignites a strong sense of purpose in me.

Venturing into unexplored territories, meeting new people has helped me embrace life. One such life-changing experience was my recent road trip to Leh Ladakh.

We were 8 ordinary individuals (I along with my 7 friends) navigating through the backdrop of snow-clad mountains, appealing valley, passing through the most picturesque places on earth, our 10-day journey covered Srinagar, Sonmarg, Kargil, Leh/ Ladakh.

Personally, it was a dream come true for me, to ride a bullet (old heritage, mean machine, which is not a bike but an emotion to the cult followers) in the Himalayas. Through this piece, I would want to take you through the less traversed roads and share a few emotions I went through while navigating through prominent places that were being visited.

Emotional Journey:

Soaking in the visual treat of the appealing, beauteous valley, snow-clad mountains, and lush green surroundings, we continued our journey towards Drass, the second coldest inhabited place on earth, which is also famous for the epicenter of the Kargil war that took place in 1999.

Kargil War Memorial is built in the memory of our martyrs who gave the supreme sacrifice for our motherland. As we rode, our memory flashed images of Kargil war and how our brave soldiers foiled the plan of intruders to capture the highway whose strategic importance we are all aware of.

The path that leads us to the memorial is nicely decorated/ surrounded by India flags, has a huge epitaph with names of all the officers and soldiers who were martyred.

With moist eyes, we realised that our martyred jawans are truly immortal who always held their love for motherland superior to heaven or worldly pleasures.

Blissful Journey:

Just a few kms away from the magnetic hill, there is Gurudwara Sri Pathar Sahib, which has gained prominence and is told to be built in the memory of Guru Nanak, a Sikh Guru.

The most prominent aspect of this Gurudwara is that it is located at an altitude of 12,000 feet and is managed by the Indian Army. This very Gurudwara has a huge rock with the imprint of Guru Nanak Dev’s body and demon’s footprint.

We all sunk in the blissful environment, realising all regions have one objective and preaching which is: live a truthful life with purpose, believe in one God, respect others, and have high moral standards.

Like every place of worship, divine energies/ vibes and calmness embraced us from all around, so we spent extra time before Guru Granth Sahib. We also had community food that was served to all visitors irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, gender, ethnicity or economic status. There was a lot to learn from the entire aura. After spending a blissful time at the Gurudwara, we headed to cover other local places of interest.

Journey of contentment & borderless love:

During our journey, I witnessed 2 kids crossing a rusty iron bridge and finding them innocently charming and cute, I stopped by and got playing with them, smitten by their simplicity. A small stop at this place taught me a great lesson for life i.e. to observe and learn how people with just bare necessities, no visibility on their future are divinely happy and satisfied with whatever comes their way, then be it strangers, harsh weather, or attacks by unfriendly neighbors. They just do not complain at all and seem to be devoid of any visible stress in life. After getting enlightened, we headed to Turtuk.

Turtuk is a remote village, that is only 2.2 kms away from the LoC (India Pakistan border). After walking a few meters, we reached the northernmost village of India called the Thang village. Interestingly, before 1971 the twin villages namely Thang and Pharnu (now on Pakistan side) were in India and people used to stay at one place and work at the other place. But after the war in the year 1971, on December 16th and 17th, the villages were separated by the LoC and ironically the families were separated and till date, there are members from the same family that are living in two different countries and are divided by borders. Extremely sad, but true.

This 10-day trip has potentially transformed my life, giving me new perspectives and turning me into an author before I could even come out of the trip hangover. My e-book titled Tenu Main ‘Leh’ Javanga – Journey of 8 ordinary men is a small attempt from my side to encourage and inspire readers to: i) explore new places, ii) re-connect with near and dear ones, iii) apply learnings from experiences had, iv) crave for funny/ light moments in life, v) take up new hobbies, and vi) enjoy life to the fullest.

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63 Comments

  • Suraj Gagnani
    Posted June 18, 2020 9:28 am 0Likes

    This is my all time location in my wish list but always other places get prioritized for many reasons and this is left out

    • Vinayasheela
      Posted June 19, 2020 11:29 am 0Likes

      Hello… Kamlesh
      This book has indeed given me so immense pleasure and hope to travel across the world.!!
      As we read the book we feel as if we too travelled to a road trip accompanying with you all with an awesome nature,mist with snow clad mountains,valleys … Really its an indeed wonderful journey accomplished!!!

      • Kamlesh Kaltari
        Posted June 30, 2020 5:52 am 0Likes

        Thanks Sheela – happy to know you were on a virtual tour

    • Kamlesh Kaltari
      Posted June 30, 2020 2:58 am 0Likes

      A must visit. Plan for 2021, n I would be happy to help with all the info

  • Deepak
    Posted June 18, 2020 11:04 am 0Likes

    Awesome 👌 book

    Really makes you feel one is going through journey in real

  • Aashna
    Posted June 18, 2020 11:10 am 0Likes

    I have not been to Leh Ladhak yet but your book made me travel through this beautiful place! Beautifully written ❤️

  • Tanveer
    Posted June 18, 2020 11:55 am 0Likes

    Dear Kamlesh,

    I want to let you know that your book, Tenu mein Leh jaavanga is the best book i have read so far .. I felt like I am travelling to those areas (snow clad mountains , highest motorable road , srinagar etc ) it was ike a dream while reading your book . Thank you for writing the book and sharing your story to help others.

    Thank You !
    Keep spreading smiles …

  • Ketaki
    Posted June 18, 2020 11:58 am 0Likes

    Kamlesh, your book is really awesome which gives virtual experience of travelling to leh. Keep writing more..!!!

  • Sheetal
    Posted June 18, 2020 12:30 pm 0Likes

    The Author of this book has penned down his journey so well that the person reading the book feels like he/ she is in the journey to Leh. Can read the book any number of times. Cheers !

  • Muragesh
    Posted June 18, 2020 12:40 pm 0Likes

    Hi Kamalesh, being nonreader, still I dare to read your book, it’s really awesome..while reading I felt like I was riding …
    Keep Roaming, Keep writing, and keep motivating …

  • Deepak S
    Posted June 18, 2020 12:49 pm 0Likes

    Hello, Kamlesh sir
    Excellent work ,Keep writing ..

  • s.
    Posted June 18, 2020 1:41 pm 0Likes

    Hi Kamlesh

    Very nice inspirational story and very well written. Keep writing and keep roaming.

    Thank you.

  • Vinoda
    Posted June 18, 2020 2:44 pm 0Likes

    Nice book and very well written by author,,

  • Shama
    Posted June 18, 2020 2:50 pm 0Likes

    Hey Kamlesh

    Enjoyed …enjoying reading your travel story. You have pulled the reader also inside the story, very well narrated. Lots of life time memories you guys stored in to cherish and inspired many to experience this fantastic journey of life time.
    Very much useful guide for people who are planning a trip to ‘Leh’. Great planning, organising and very well excited!

    Best wishes to our emerging author on your future writings!

  • Roshni
    Posted June 18, 2020 6:34 pm 0Likes

    Good writeup up,n very well explained.The journey n picture will really make so fond and excite you to go through full story.
    WORTH READING!!

  • ashwin
    Posted June 19, 2020 7:00 am 0Likes

    Excellent writeup. This writer seems to be very experienced in writing. I am surprised that this is his first book. Eagerly waiting for much more to come from him

  • Gunjan
    Posted June 20, 2020 12:31 pm 0Likes

    Keep writing. Beautiful words put in this book. And the journery was perfectly explained. It makes you connected and take us to a different world.

    • Kamlesh Kaltari
      Posted June 30, 2020 6:28 am 0Likes

      Thanks, Gunjan – it was an honest and amateur attempt from my side to pen down the beautiful emotions we went through the bike trip/ journey

  • Usha
    Posted June 21, 2020 1:18 pm 0Likes

    Hello KK …
    Enjoyed reading your book….
    This book is an inspiring read with each chapter dedicated to the astonishing beauty of Leh Ladakh .It’s a perfect blend of adventure..endless humor and thrill .
    Reading this book actually takes you to iconic beauty of Heaven on Earth. It’s a combo of emotions ….enthusiasm…with all that is needed to keep the reader’s eyes glued…
    Keep writing and inspiring us

  • Umesh
    Posted June 22, 2020 2:55 pm 0Likes

    Good one. Very interesting and inspiring journey

  • Anuradha
    Posted June 23, 2020 11:06 am 0Likes

    A very good book with beautiful pictures…I could visualize the place in my mind while reading the book … Will be waiting for more write ups..

  • sneha
    Posted June 25, 2020 8:35 am 0Likes

    Amazingly expressed..Just loved this book..Beautiful words,very well written..Just loved it.It made me connected. I hope to see a new journey i.e a new story soon.

  • Dhwani
    Posted June 27, 2020 7:07 pm 0Likes

    Beautiful writing!

  • Manoj
    Posted June 27, 2020 7:18 pm 0Likes

    Hello Kamlesh sir, while reading the book i didn’t feel like it’s your first book… It’s awesome! I felt like I actually was there while reading the book…
    It inspired me to travel… I can’t wait for your next writing adventure… keep writing…!

  • Avinash
    Posted June 27, 2020 9:35 pm 0Likes

    Beautiful words put in this book. And the journery was perfectly explained. It makes you connected and makes you understand how beautiful Ladakh is and makes you to plan your journey there. 👍

  • Ankit
    Posted June 28, 2020 6:57 am 0Likes

    Amazingly written book!!! I have personally been to leh ladakh and can totally relate to everything described by Kamlesh in his book. I can literally visualise every narrative. So beautiful written. It was like my second trip to leh ladakh while travelling through the book!!!
    Cheers Kamlesh!!!

  • Rajiv
    Posted June 28, 2020 7:25 am 0Likes

    Nice reading…feels like i was also in this exploratory journy! That is geat Kamlesh
    .

  • Ketan
    Posted June 28, 2020 10:54 am 0Likes

    What a fabulous and adventurous journey Kamlesh. Looking forward to more of such inspiring reading.

  • Sandesh
    Posted June 29, 2020 4:24 am 0Likes

    Very well written Kamlesh!

  • Sreedhar
    Posted June 30, 2020 9:37 am 0Likes

    Nice trip Kamlesh and explained moments very beautifully. Life is a journey to be enjoyed every moment of it.

  • Roshni
    Posted July 12, 2020 6:59 pm 0Likes

    Superb life learnings

  • Pavankumar
    Posted July 20, 2020 1:27 pm 0Likes

    Hi Kamlesh, I enjoy reading this road trip story and its an inspiring one.

  • Shanaz Rafiq
    Posted August 2, 2020 8:43 pm 0Likes

    well written there 👍

  • Riddhi mishra
    Posted August 10, 2020 12:15 pm 0Likes

    You made me experience your jorney with your words man!!! Amazing work

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