"Ladakh has always been one of my travel destinations (esp. from a photographer's point of view) and this past summer I was given the rare opportunity of the time and ability to travel there alone, with just my photographic gear. I was introduced to Travel Another India (TAI) and contacted them for prices while providing them with a rough itinerary. Within a couple of weeks, we had chalked out a travel plan which included all my requests as well as additional trips that I had not been aware of. For a woman traveling alone, and also having specific food requirements, TAI made sure they accommodated all my needs in the best possible way! Needless to say, my trip was a huge success in every way and thanks to Travel Another India and their wonderful staff for all the arrangements. I ended up changing my itinerary at the last minute while in Ladakh, and even that went smoothly.
Ladakh is unspoilt in its natural beauty with the kindest and friendliest people inhabiting its land. The views of the mountains and the rivers Indus and Zangskar are stunning and breathtaking! While the entire region is at a high-altitude and temperatures can fluctuate between extremes, traveling within Ladakh is far easier than one would imagine, given the incredibly maintained roads and the high security there. I stayed at a local guest house in Leh with a panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas from my room window! I was able to travel to all the destinations in my itinerary (the monasteries, Leh city, Pangong Lake, Nubra valley, Lamayuru with a stay-over at Uleytopko and Tso Moriri lake which was an added feature)! I am so glad I changed my trip - Tso Moriri is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited! It is remote, with harsh weather, but the experience of driving to Tso Moriri and staying at the home-stay there with a braying donkey outside my window on a snowy night is by far the most unforgettable experience I have had! The other very memorable experience was at Pangong Lake - sitting by the lake at 7 a.m. looking at the magnificent mountains across the lake and listening to the silence - a happy, peaceful warm silence.
As I mentioned in the beginning, Ladakh has the friendliest people I have ever met! They are a patient, shy and forgiving lot and I suspect a lot of it has to do with their religion and culture. While I am all for everyone experiencing Ladakh at least once in their lifetime, it is also my hope that the tourists learn to respect and admire and emulate these simple and happy folk!"
- T Sunita