Adventure junkie Amit Sadh traversed the length and breadth of Ladakh to soak in the natural environs as well as for the adrenaline rush. The actor took off on a bike from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Ladakh. This is not the first time that Amit set off on a biking expedition as he has criss-crossed several parts of the country on a two-wheeler. The actor recounts his trip to the land of passes, high altitude and clear skies...
On the way to the Taglang La Pass
The Rohtang Pass on the Leh-Manali Highway which is at a height of 13,051 feet
I have a lot of friends in Manali and after the shooting of my film Guddu Rangeela wrapped up, I went to catch up with them. I was at a friend’s place one night. He told me to ride his Bullet 550cc back to the hotel. That night I could not sleep — the mountains were calling. Early next morning, I took all my stuff and went to his place. I loaded the bike with the gears, etc and left for Ladakh. I had not even recovered fully from the ankle injury I had sustained during the shoot of Guddu Rangeela. But that did not deter me. I have spent my childhood days in the region as my dad was posted there, so it is familiar territory.
The view after crossing the Taglang La Pass
Stop and stare
I took three days to reach Leh, though in my earlier trips I have done it in less time. This time I was in no hurry as I stopped at various places and soaked in the beauty. You place your camera anywhere and you get breathtaking shots.
At the Taglang La Pass
The snowy trail just before reaching Kalong
At the tranquil Pangong Lake, which is one of the most beautiful places in the country
By the time I reached the mountain pass Taglangla, which is at an elevation 17, 582 feet, I was breathless. It is the second highest pass in the world.
The vivid colours of nature on reaching Leh
I also saw a group of middle-aged women who were cycling to Leh and got inspired. Next time I will cycle to Leh.