Since '02 xBhp is different things to different people. From a close knit national community of bikers to India's only motorcycling lifestyle magazine and a place to make like minded biker friends. We have one common religion - Bikeism.

T-shirt
Magazine
Castrol Power 1

Work on your panic braking skills.

Our Partners



User Tag List

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 28
Like Tree19Likes

Thread: Leh The Dreams Come True

  1. #1
    Addicted saikarthik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Chennai
    Posts
    151
    Blog Entries
    1
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default Leh The Dreams Come True

    Leh! Everyone knows the name in the biking community, Everyone's dream to ride the paradise, the destination & the path. With this dream, I always wanted to ride to leh, on my own bike, which came true after long years of craving and 3 months of planning.. Myself and one of my friend started on the heavenly trip on our bikes CBR 250R (Mine) & Impulse.



    The story follows the pic shortly, whilst the Mod approves.. Please!!!!!

    I was so excited & hesitant at the same time to write this up here, that is because I had a 14 day trip record hand written journal with every awe-spiring moment & I lost it.. In time, the excitement overcame the hesitation and here am writing this travelogue as in my Memory,

    We started preparing for this trip 3 months back from the date of Journey, and well I have said that already, haven't I? In spite of all the preps, my bike had an engine problem just 2 days before the day of departure. With great difficulties got the bike ready, just the eve before the D day. I felt hfff, RELAXED! Boy we were so excited, that we knew its difficult for our brains to avoid thoughts bombarding and get deep sleep. I told my friend -- > we need to leave as per planned time to avoid Delhi traffic. So alarm up..

    Next day morning, my saddle bags on the bike & ready to leave. I started ringing him up, the bugger doesn't pick up.. He slept off.. Arghhhh.. We started an hour late..

    Finally everything in place and we rode 10 kms from our home and tak takkkk tak.. My gear Shifter lever came off.. Panicked me, trying to see what the problem was, by gods grace it was just the thread of link rod which came off. I tightened it (cursing the service mechanic tough).. And we started again.. Our plan was to reach Murthal for Breakfast. We reached there at 10: 30 AM, Had some nice paranthas with desi makkan and left for the road.

    No PICS on day 1 as we were late already. We took few breaks just to hydrate & de-hydrate and of course food. We came across beautiful roads once we entered Punjab, people were nice, started asking about our trip and few of them even invited us to their homes to have tea seeing us like this



    Yup that's the friend I was talking about who slept off!

    Hmmm, let me get back to where I left.. Our target was to reach Jammu on day 1 (From Bhiwadi), but we made it only up to phatankot. It was getting dark and we had to purchase few stuff, so we took it as a day.


    DAY 2:

    Target - Srinagar
    Start - 6: 30 AM.

    We woke up and had a quick breakfast and tea. And at the night we had shopped off what we needed, so we started the journey again. We were expecting good day as we were about to enter the northern most state of India. We took a decision to bypass Jammu and reach Udhampur using a short-cut. Locals said the road is good, they were right. It was good road according to them, but it was full of trucks carrying quarried rocks and we lost precious time in that road. When we were almost exhausted, there was a tea shop out of nowhere. We stopped by and had some tea and a quick smoke for my partner.. That place was so green and remote with just one shop, quiet..PEACEFUL.



    After the Tea, back in business.. Ride on.. We got out of the shortcut & got to the highway. We were picking up some pace and reached batote, where we took our vehicles into a garage and got fixed my gear shifter leaver and some brake adjustments.

    The mechanic we met was like a nomad, who would reside in a town for few months and move on to another and repeat it each year. He even had an Enfield modified as R1, strange but good job though.

    We closed Anantnag was good twisty climb, and we saw the first view of Kashmir valley.. From this moment we were awestruck and words fall short, even photographs.




    Panorama of a turn.. Nice Apex..



    Beauty at first Sight

    We passed through a 5 km tunnel, was a wonderful feel seeing our flags every 200mtrs which opened us to Srinagar. We reached late, found a decent hotel and went off to sleep, as we need to get ourselves ready for the first pass on the route - ZoJi La.

    DAY 3:

    Target - Kargil

    Day 2 just gave us a teaser of what Kashmir would be like, with lot of excitement, we started day 3. 1st stop was Sonmarg beside the river stream crossing a wonderful forest block. Had nice breakfast -> softest batture ever had, and tried local delicacy called "Kashmiri Kuzhur" Wah!

    This time I started writing my logue, sitting by the side of a flowing stream, cold but bright whether with tummy full.



    Me recording the moment!





    With our faces full of grin, and at the same time *Gulp* thinking about the Zoji la, we geared up and cranked the engines.. we reached ZoJi La and mid way of the climb, traffic Jam..Whattt???? Yup there was rock fall and some Ice on road, dozers were clearing the road.. there were so many cars, stuck and we waved past them till we could. There we met few bikers, some were kids with passion but no gear, funky helmets, some were impatient.

    But noticeable were F650GS and Africa Twin. Two Europeans were touring the world and we met them, they were interested in our impulse and we had some similar interests on which we talked about. we waited there 2 hrs, so we got along well. We were touring with them for next 2 days catching up once in a while.

    Finally the traffic was clear and we topped the first pass on the circuit and the feeling of being on the pass is wonderful even if its a difficult climb.



    ZoJi La humbly let us pass..



    On route to Drass. The roads started getting bad n worse.. breaking our backs, I was foolishly carrying a spare Michelin front tyre strapped on to saddle bags which kept poking my back, and wow the migraine started playing its part the altitude, dust, bright sun just tested me.. All of a sudden my friend honked heavy and I stopped, he then pointed out the Saddle was rubbing against tyre when the suspension is on full travel and the petrol can (Plastic one) started leaking from the saddle. We emptied the can into fuel tank, arranged bags and kept going.

    Reached Drass.. And I learnt the Kargil memorial is just on route. So we took a break and went in. As soon as we started seeing the stories on the walls, names of the martyrs on board, we were emotional and I forgot about the headache. Lost into a deep feeling and respect. Looked upon the Tiger Hill.

    We started our ride to Kargil with different mindset now, was confident and at the sometime roads got better, well laid tarmac, marked with reflectors and barricaded sides.. I was sweeping the corners in dark and my friend switched off his useless low beams (just parking lamps for the conspicusy - safety) and followed me blind. We reached kargil in no time and found a bed and bunked. Had a tablet after dinner - Diamox & Vasograin, slept off!

    Day 4: Kargil to Leh

    Finally our destination is just 2 passes away (No disrespect), yes we started late after nice bread toast knowing that its another 250 odd kms. After a short ride for an hour we met the European guys again we took a tea brake and had a nice chat. We started ahead of them and kept going when we saw a nice road we thought of taking few pics, so we stopped at edge of the road, again foolish me parked the bike on sand & it fell.. This time, it was the coolant hose to radiator which came off.. We fixed it immediately and thank goodness only a little coolant was leaked and it was not that hot.



    This was the spot.

    ​Now gently riding ahead towards Namika La, and past we reached Fotu La (Highest pass in Srinagar-Leh route). To our surprise we met another biker, this time fellow countryman "Leo". He had travelled to Leh from Coimbatore on his modified RE for the 7th or 8th time. We got amazed and even stunned when he said he toured China in a car & about his plans to conquer the world on this Modified RE.



    Mod using imported parts

    After a brief chat and sharing some snack, we head towards Lamayuru. A distant view of a monastery looks barren and dusty. We got our prayer flags there and continued forward.



    Lamayuru!

    Then came the land of epic emptiness, dry, mile and miles of aloneness.. We experienced crosswinds like never before. Scary but stupendous. Pardon me for a repeat pic. But it deserves.



    And then at the end of the Epic road was the Epic city of Leh, visible and taunting us. Every mile we ride closer, the feel of reaching the destination you waited for long grows restless. Am unable to put that in words. One has to feel it.



    Farther Side of Leh!


    Attached Images Attached Images               
    Last edited by saikarthik; 10-13-2015 at 12:26 PM.

  2. #2
    Moderator The Monk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Gurgaon/ Kanpur
    Posts
    9,026
    Mentioned
    390 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    Travelogue Approved

    Bring it on!

    Also, are you the CBR rider i met at BIC, the Hero guy?
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

    Touring Blog: Cycling in Mongolia!

  3. #3
    Addicted saikarthik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Chennai
    Posts
    151
    Blog Entries
    1
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    Bring it on!

    Also, are you the CBR rider i met at BIC, the Hero guy?

    YUP! Thanks for the thread approval..
    Last edited by saikarthik; 10-12-2015 at 08:58 PM.

  4. #4
    Rusted TheArcher84's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Chennai
    Posts
    2,268
    Mentioned
    47 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    Love the teaser pic. If the road had lead to a horizon like..It would have been a splendid one. Waiting for the rest of the t-log
    R15S - Current
    Honda Dio - Current
    TNT 600i - Sold
    Classic 500 - Sold
    Pulsar 220 dtsi - Sold
    Yamaha YBX125 - Sold

  5. #5
    Rusted krishna77's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Dum Dum, Kolkata
    Posts
    4,299
    Blog Entries
    2
    Mentioned
    91 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    Bring the rest of the story!

  6. #6
    Addicted saikarthik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Chennai
    Posts
    151
    Blog Entries
    1
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    DAY 5: Leh

    Take a day off! Yup, that's right. We took a day off to rest & acclimatize for the Khardung La. Found a nice Hotel with Wi-Fi, contacted our parents & Friends, Ate some nice food repaired the bikes for the minor things. Roamed around in Leh palace, had nice street food in the evening, did some shopping for back home. Just relaxed!



    Leh palace

    DAY 6: Leh - Khardung La - Shey -Leh

    Big day, I'd rather say High day.
    We started ascending and got caught behind line of army trucks. To their generosity, they let us pass by slowing one by one & leaving way wherever possible. We reached south pullu, registered our names in check point & 1st time I felt my bike losing power due to altitude, on the other hand my friend's Impulse struggled to climb. We took some tools from army guys and removed air box cover, jet modified to lean the mix. Now it starts pulling better. No roads further, were just mud.. A mild off road fun. We reached the top, of one of the highest motor able roads. 1st things first - a warm black tea. Then back to clicking few pics..



    No comments...



    Cyclist..

    We spent some 1 hr on top (not recommended but we got carried away) and descended to shey, attended a prayer ceremony in Thiksey Monastery luckily. It was something out of this world.
    Then back to Leh.

    DAY 7: Leh- Pangong lake (Camping)

    We left Leh heavy hearted as this was the return leg, but we hoped to enjoy more scenic but tougher Leh-Manali highway.
    Reached karu(Kharoo) and we filled up our fuel tanks, started for chang La. It was one of the toughest climbs ever, Loose dirt, boulders right in middle the middle of a ascending hairpin (U) turn & loss of power made our bikes struggle, Specially my friend had to "push assist" (am gonna trade mark it) the bike to climb. After enduring such climb, we had juice and tea on the top of chang la, and then continued towards the lake. All the way one could see the beauty of the blue waters and the mountains.



    Best maggi ever had. Must visit..

    We reached there by evening & we waited till the people left, we even assisted a stuck Scorpio out of the sand and then seeked permission from a patrolling army soldier to camp on the bank alone. And we did camp where no one was there, but a frightening storm cloud with wind howling & it was cold.



    Camping...



    Storm clouds trying to swallow our bikes.



    Scary!



    Mid Night Beauty - Photo courtesy --> My friend

    The night was thrilling, scary wind throwing sand on the tent, cold as hell. We made instant noodles and tea ourselves. Morning when we woke up, the mountains were not snow capped, they were snow knee'ed. It was an amazing experience. Some passerby said to us - U two must have spherical objects of steel" am being decent here!

    DAY 8: Coming soon in next page!
    Attached Images Attached Images           
    Last edited by saikarthik; 10-13-2015 at 11:09 PM.

  7. #7
    Rusted krishna77's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Dum Dum, Kolkata
    Posts
    4,299
    Blog Entries
    2
    Mentioned
    91 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    Amazing set of pictures!

  8. #8
    Addicted saikarthik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Chennai
    Posts
    151
    Blog Entries
    1
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Amazing set of pictures!

    Thank you man.. Most of the pics were taken by my friend! I will convey your comment to him.

  9. #9
    Rusted sanjaynk15's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Bangalore
    Posts
    487
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    Beautiful log and amazing pictures buddy!
    saikarthik likes this.

  10. #10
    Addicted jatinarya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    haldwani
    Posts
    222
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Leh The Dreams Come True

    Love the pictures & narration
    Last edited by jatinarya; 10-13-2015 at 01:38 PM. Reason: Pressed the send button by mistake
    saikarthik likes this.
    Safety is a Cheap and Effective Insurance Policy !!!


    Yamaha Rx100 = 1994 to forever
    Honda Unicorn = 2005(sold)

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [Photo Feature]: Sometimes.. Dreams Do ComE True==> My First SBK Fz1
    By umeshmenon5 in forum Superbike And Imports
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 12-19-2014, 03:46 PM
  2. [Photo Feature]: Dreams will come true one day
    By accuengineer in forum The Tourer
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 02-10-2013, 08:18 AM
  3. True Wanderers 2.0: Wrangler and xBhp are back, searching for India's True Wanderers
    By sunilg in forum Wrangler Search for True Wanderers
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-15-2012, 09:01 AM
  4. Hi XBHP! Realizing dreams
    By harikrishnanp in forum Who Are You?
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-30-2012, 07:00 PM
  5. dreams come true
    By doktor in forum Who Are You?
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-05-2009, 12:14 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •