Sri Lanka is just so much better than India there are actually hardly things which are better in India than in Sri Lanka, food might be the only thing.
Goa was the last place I visited in India. I was there for about one week at the end of September. The season usually starts on the first October, and the rains regularly stop around the beginning of September.
Let’s be honest, Indian city are mostly not the preferred places to spend your days, chaotic, dirty, loud, and full of annoying tuk-tuk drivers. But Jaipur is actually different, and there is some charm within the city.
Food and trying different cuisines is one of the best things while traveling. Discovering new things and just randomly order something without really knowing what it is are my favorite things to do. These randomly chosen dishes are mostly the best, and you’ll probably find your new favorite recipe like that. And one thing I can tell you already, the food you know from home is totally different than the food in the country itself. So, if you don’t like the Chinese restaurant around the corner, wait until you are in China – it is a different world.
After a comfortable night in a Hotel in the Nubra Valley, we were supposed to leave early to reach Pangong Lake at a reasonable time to enjoy the beauty of it. But because I was on tour with 60 Indian people that plan of leaving early wouldn’t work. I finally went with the first guys at 9.30 instead of 8 AM, and we took the lead of the group. The road was simple, and there were only a few turns with clearly marked signs of the Pangong Lake.
After the legendary trip from Manali to Leh in 3 days, I continued the tour around Leh with another company. In my previous group were some problems with the guides and so I changed. After two rest and acclimatizing days in the beautiful Leh, we started for another three days on the motorbike. Starting from Leh, we arrived and slept in the Nubra Valley the first night and at the Pangong Lake the second night before driving back to Leh on the 3rd day.
After a freezing night, I stepped out of the room to find a beautiful valley and a clear blue sky without any clouds at all. It was wonderful. We had breakfast and prepared our bags to be ready for a 250 km ride on that day.
After a surprisingly comfortable night, I woke up with my alarm at 7 am and went to ask for some hot water to wash myself a little bit. When I stepped out, I was disappointed to see that many clouds in the sky but at least it wasn’t raining. After breakfast, we prepared our bags and jumped on our motorbikes. 140 km were in front of us.
The motorbike tour from Manali to Leh was absolutely amazing, and the landscapes are so crazy it’s impossible to describe them in words; therefore, I decided to film the best parts and cut them into a video. I put together a video for every day. The landscapes were changing so many times and from green valleys on day one to dry, and empty landscapes, in the end, is everything there. Just see for yourself. This was the first day.
While I was in India, I couldn’t resist visiting the majestic mountains in the north of the country, and I couldn’t have a better time. Manali is such a charming small village in the middle of the mountains. But what I did then just toped all my expectations and change my image of Indian landscapes forever.