So here we are… At Ule Tokpo Camp… Enjoying the best moments of the trip… Calmness and serenity all over.
As usual, it’s 5.30am and I knock everyone’s doors to wake them up. We get ready, freshen up at the common toilets and bathrooms (clean as ever.. hats off to the way these guys maintain) and get set for our breakfast. Nearly 3 hours pass out in this process and then we plan to go for river rafting. Damn excited by the prospect of thinking about it.
Tough luck… Due to some kind of accident at the river, the rafting was cancelled. Alas! Got to stay at the hotel…
11 of us… Planning how to kill time… All of a sudden we thought about having a body massage available at the hotel. (Guys! Don’t act like perverts! Its a normal body massage with the massagers from Kerala’s Coconut Lagoon something.. And males are handled by males and females by females… Sigh! Hehehe.)
(Tip: Bargain guys! I am very bad at bargaining… I nearly coughed up the actual amount. But thanks to some professional bargainers with me that I saved a few hundreds. Hehehe.)
So a Rs.700 body massage (1 hr duration) costed me actually Rs.500 and this way we all could kill our time. A short nap after the massage eased away my tiredness(and also the pain of my butts!!!) It’s an hour to go before we have our lunch and we head straight to the games room to take another shot at the billiards table.
The gaming is over by now, the lunch is ready… Aah! Delicious aloo parathas, karela sabji, mutter paneer… Yummy… And the stomach’s full. (Lucky for everyone that nobody had to answer nature’s call after such a heavy food.)
It’s time to take our luggages and move towards our final destination… Leh.
We bid adieu to the Ule Tokpo Camp and get ready for a two hour journey towards Leh. (By the way I forgot to write that the Ule Tokpo Camp is situated at an area called Shaspol. It’s a village I guess. So anybody having difficult to find it can do so by checking Shaspol on the map.)
Two hours gone… 70 odd kms passed and here we see the first sight of Leh. The Leh Airport, Hall Of Fame, Thicksey Monastery, Shey Palace (guys! I aint doing sightseeing today, these places are just on the way) and the Leh Market.
We reach Hotel The Kaal (Looks like we have a fan of the Karan Johar movie.. Hehehe.) and we are welcomed by felicitating us with a special scarf like cloth. It may not be as good as the Grand Dragon Hotel but its definately worth living out here.
We freshen up, have evening breakfast and kill the rest of our time by playing cards.
Nothing much special to write about except that the weather is pleasant during this time. And it’s time to sleep.