Once you’re settled in Goa, I guess it gets difficult to actually plan a trip and go somewhere else. They say the breeze that makes the palm trees sway also makes their people lazy! I can vouch for that. But then months of living by the sea can also make you want to feel the mountains. The warmth of the salty waters make you crave for the frozen glaciers. This year post the end of the ‘Tourist Season’ in Goa; I felt the need for the climb, for that lack of oxygen and the lure of the snow-capped peaks. I chose Ladakh and I went with the plan. I wanted to travel aimlessly and see things I had wanted to see for some time now.
The nearest airport from Changthang is Leh. Ticket prices are expensive and one should plan and book in advance. The other option is to fly to Srinagar or Kulu and drive to Ladakh. Both the drivesrequire an overnight halt and is highly recommended for the scenic surroundings.
The nearest Railway station is Jammu or Pathankot depending on which way one wants to drive to Leh. It is extremely time consuming to plan a train trip since it takes 2-3 days to get to Leh from whichever station one decides to disembark at.
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Leh can be reached from Manaliand Srinagar. There are taxis and buses available from both places. From Leh to get to Changthang it takes 6 hours across the Changla Pass to reach Spangmik. Merak is another 3-4 hours depending on the streams and rivers en route. Merak to Chushul is another 4 hours approximately. Since there are no paved roads, it is impossible to speed on these tracks.