“All of this looks wallpaper perfect!” shouts a fellow passenger on my Delhi-Leh flight, waking me up with a jolt from my 45-minute deep slumber. I look down the window and what I see is difficult to comprehend - huge piles of sand and stones, some capped with snow, stretched as far as eyes can see. They look like thousands of gigantic anthills or stone quarries that are hundred-fold bigger than those I have ever seen. For a first-time Ladakh visitor like me, this is beyond fascinating. This is something I have never seen before.
I land at Leh airport, fighting my urge to click pictures at this no-photography premises. So, I just visually soak in the jaw-dropping view and reach the hotel where KTM’s master trainers and the managing team warmly welcome me. I am here to be a part of the KTM Great Ladakh Adventure Tour. I join the expedition from Leh four days after it began from Manali. While I have missed some of the action, there’s no regret as the real essence of the tour lies over the next 10 days.