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    Nice ones till now, but the real stuff still awaits...bad luck with the power cut though.

    Even I guesses the cam was being imported when Swagat told me the last time. Congrats on the deal.

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    Hey Praful great pics and nice write up buddy keep it coming I think now with your Day3 log things will start getting interesting...... waiting for more

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    Previous Navigation :

    0. Teaser

    1. Prologue
    2. The Riders
    3. Day (-2) & Day (-1)
    4. Day 1 : Delhi - Amritsar
    5. Day 2 : Amritsar - Jammu



    Day 3 : Jammu - Srinagar

    Tuesday, 22nd September: This was one of the rarest of rare days, a day where we all got up well in time and were packed and ready to leave around the time that we had decided upon previously. It was a shade before 7AM, our bikes were packed, we were geared up and the twisties awaited us. At this early hour also the, humidity was almost unbearable. Soon the heat that we'd faced in the past 2 days would cease to exist and it would be just chilled mountain air. My cousin brother had woken up earlier than his usual time to bid us farewell and wish us luck for the journey that lay ahead of us.

    At my cousin's place early in the morning.
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    There were no bunks along the exit to the city that looked trustworthy to fill fuel, so we just continued on our way as we had fuel for at least another 150 kms considering the worst mileage. Along with the twisties a light morning fog also greeted us, the drop in temperature was a welcome change as were the curves. There was light traffic along the route, and in about half hour we had found ourselves a 'suitable' petrol bunk to tank up. We decided here that we'd not stop till atleast Udhampur so that we don't loose time like other days. We intended on reaching Srinagar before dusk. But, the beauty though nothing exceptional was bewitching none the less. Within about 20 minutes of starting from the petrol bunk we had stopped for photos. But as time passed by we got used to the scenery and it lost its WoW factor, good for us we din't stop more than probably 2-3 times till we reached Udhampur.

    Some random shots from the breaks we took before reaching Udhampur.




    We had a heavy breakfast so we stop for lunch late. The scenery progressively got better as did the size of the hills. The hills turned into mountains and mountains unlike we'd ever seen before. When I would look up to find the top of the mountains the sheer size of it made me feel extremely small and insignificant. So large were the hills that they made the western ghats looks like a mound of mud. At times the road was pretty bad, almost as if the road had melted. We took a few stoppages, sometimes for the scenery and sometimes to hydrate and the other times for Veda to play catchup .

    The scenery took a change for the good on approaching Patnitop, the conifers increased and the temperature dropped. But the scenery from here was just WoW. As we got down from Patnitop there scenery change back to what it was but a slightly more extreme version of it i.e. the landscape was comparatively more barren and the temperature was relatively higher.

    Taking a break beyond Udhampur





    Patnitop & Beyond...




    Landslide in progress




    Another spot where we stopped for a photobreak.




    The last break we took was at about 1.30PM and thanks to the heavy breakfast we still had enough energy to keep going. Thankfully the terrain had a little bit more greenery. We stopped for lunch somewhere before Banihal for lunch at a small dhaba. This again was 'vaishno' dhaba and we had roti and rajma dal. My helmet had developed a strange habit of falling down from the bike in the past few days, it fell once more when we reached the dhaba. Only difference was that this time it actually broke the visor mechanism. I thought I'd tape up my visor and ride with it down throughout the trip, but luckily for me I manage to fix it to certain extent only problem being that every time I put the visor down it would involve a bit of circus antics. We din't spend much time at the dhaba we were packed and ready to go within about 40 minutes.

    Beyond the dhaba the scenery was undergoing a welcome change, a change that would truly manifest itself on the other side of the Jawahar tunnel. But for now we were smitten by it and stopped at a place just a few kilometers after the dhaba where we had our lunch. We took a couple of pics and for the first time in the ride we saw bikers who were coming in the opposite direction, a friendly wave was exchanged. Right above the place where we had stopped a couple of local boys were all excited looking at us and were cheering us on from the top, they wanted their photo's to be clicked, I was wondering what is the point they might never get to see it ever in their lives.

    The place around the dhaba where we stopped for lunch.




    A few kilometers before the Jawahar Tunnel.



    I was pretty excited about Jawahar tunnel as I had read about it in my school textbooks, but nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. Before entering the tunnel we were supposed enter our details at a checkpost at the entrance. I was shocked and amazed to see that tunnel was actually very small in height and was quite unlike I had imagined it. But being small in size meant sound would act differently, so I pulled the clutch and revved hard...the roar of the bike was awesome and I had fun in doing that once in a while passing through the 2.5kms long tunnel.

    As soon as we got out we din't know what to expect and so we stopped at the first view point that we saw. Nothing and I mean nothing would have prepared us for the vista that lay in front of us, it was nothing short of STUNNING!!! Our jaws were open for the few minutes before any thoughts of clicking it could come to our minds. There it was, Heaven on Earth, the Kashmir Valley. We spent some time here sipping on tea and letting the beauty sink in. Srinagar was just short of 100 kays from here and it did not seem so far considering the beauty that surrounded us.

    After this view point, the roads descended down into the valley and the roads were pretty bad till we reached the bottom. After this the roads were pretty good and were could manage to hold some decent speeds. We stopped at one more place before Srinagar, here the dry yellow grass spread far out and had beautiful look to it.

    The first view of Kashmir Valley





    The field where we stopped for photos




    We reached Srinagar around 6PM and went straight to Boulevard road along the Dal Lake, it took some time to find a place to stay as nobody was there at the reception in most of the hotels that we checked out. Finally with a little of bargaining we had nice place that had a view of the lake and a safe parking.

    Veda had to buy a Kashmiri saree for his mother, and I was looking for sort of gloves that would protect my hands from the cold weather. It was Eid and almost all shops were closed in the main market area. Finally the both of us managed to find what we needed and could head back home as the situation in the market was getting scary with lots of people acting like hooligans screaming, shouting away. We rushed back to the safety of the hotel soon after. I wanted to eat some non-veg Kashmiri speciality food, but none was to be found and we had to satiate ourselves with roti, dal and sabzi.

    Though not tired, we fell asleep almost immediately. The next day was a important day, it was going to be our first step into Ladakh. We were going to Kargil..... well not quite




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    7. Day 4 : Srinagar - Drass
    8. Day 5 : Drass - Leh
    9. Day 6 : Leh
    10. Day 7 : Leh-Diskit
    11. Day 8 : Diskit-Panamik-Leh
    12. Day 9 : Leh-Pangong Tso
    13. Day 10 : Pangong Tso - Marismek La - Leh
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    I'm lost in the pictures. Old Fox's Spiti valley and this. Its foolish to be in India and not experience this. Ladakh for me next year as soon as all the places open. I'm in a daze.
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    Good log and pics, load-carrier!

    I was awaiting for you guys to touch the hills. Now, let's proceed towards Leh.
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    Man O Man!!! Very Beautifully Written!!
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    good pictures with a well written trip log ! waiting for more bro !

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    The landslide pics are like ..I wonder what triggered em!!

    And the pics are just getting better and better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diffuser911 View Post
    Nice ones till now, but the real stuff still awaits...bad luck with the power cut though.

    Even I guesses the cam was being imported when Swagat told me the last time. Congrats on the deal.
    Thanks dude! The next day is alway more of the real stuff...it just keeps getting better and better!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shivanshu View Post
    Hey Praful great pics and nice write up buddy keep it coming I think now with your Day3 log things will start getting interesting...... waiting for more
    Thanks for the appreciation buddy!

    Quote Originally Posted by silver_falcon_46 View Post
    I'm lost in the pictures. Old Fox's Spiti valley and this. Its foolish to be in India and not experience this. Ladakh for me next year as soon as all the places open. I'm in a daze.
    All the best, just ensure you have nothing from family/work stopping you from doing this...apart from that you will be fine!

    Quote Originally Posted by kirosh_03 View Post
    Good log and pics, load-carrier!

    I was awaiting for you guys to touch the hills. Now, let's proceed towards Leh.
    Leh ahoy!

    So I'm load carrier now

    Thanks for the comments man!

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    Man O Man!!! Very Beautifully Written!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by burnoutz View Post
    good pictures with a well written trip log ! waiting for more bro !
    Thanks man!

    Quote Originally Posted by chicane1879 View Post
    The landslide pics are like ..I wonder what triggered em!!

    And the pics are just getting better and better.
    We later were pondering over it and I have a feeling that its actually probably a man made landslide!

    And thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by inder.cool View Post
    To all the dhabas i have been there..mostly of them wrote the correct spelling of the words..!!!

    In fact, even here in pune when one goes outskirts to dhabas/restaurants its the same thing..i remember the last time i had been to bhimashankar there was one restaurant which a LOT of spelling mistakes in its menu card even .. leave alone the bill that comes..!!
    Which mean they did have 3 cocks


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