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    Awesome pictures praful. What a vivid blue sky. Too bad you guys had to do nimmo to leh in dark. Else could have seen some pretty photographs from that stretch.
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    @PKM, we made up for it in the next day

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    Good Pics there.... Didnt take any pictures of indus river.....

    U missed the magnetic hil while riding in the dark i suppose
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    We were lazy...Yes!
    We reached places late....Yes!

    Did we miss key places because of the above two conditions.....Hell No!!!



    More on that in the evening!
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    I still remember getting the sms from veda that you guys had reached leh. That late in the night, i was wondering what you guys were doing riding so late in the cold himalayas

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    Quote Originally Posted by prafultripathy View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by prafultripathy View Post
    We were lazy...Yes!
    We reached places late....Yes!

    Did we miss key places because of the above two conditions.....Hell No!!!



    More on that in the evening!
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    Day 6 : Leh


    Friday, 25th September: Got up early by 7AM and as usual just walked out of the room with my cam in hand. It was cold outside and I mean real cold. After a few minutes I had to rush in to get more warm clothing. I din't click too many pics as there was not much visible from the compound of our guesthouse. I took Pranay's casio watch which registered a chilling 6.3C at 7.55AM.

    Good Morning Leh!







    In the meanwhile Pranay had gotten up, but Veda refused to wakeup come what may. So Pranay had to showcase some of his mongoloid martial arts...



    The agenda for the day was to get the permits from the DC's office, get our bikes washed and do a minor service, eat tonnes of momo's. Lazy as we were, we reached the DC's office pretty late around 10.45, that was not before giving our clothes to a laundry and I got my army boots polished. It took us about an hour to get the permits, but I'm not so sure if we were charged right, it costed us 180 rupees per person , I thought they were free...

    After successfully getting the permits we started our search for Juma the mechanic and a place to get the bikes water washed (High Hopes! :P). We found Juma's and he pointed us in the direction of the Maruti service centre for getting our bike's water washed. We were told that it would cost 150 bux for getting the bike's washed, we politely left the place and decided that we would wash the bike ourselves. I would like to add here that the bike's were performing fantastically till now, we had now issues or niggles with them so far, Veda's bike had been returning low mileage from the start of the ride apart from that bikes were performing really well. We just got our chain and airfilter cleaned at the mechanic's place. Veda got his bike re-tuned, thank god for Fuel Injection

    After this was sorted out we headed back to the centre of the town, the hunt for momo's ended as soon as it had started. We found this small place that served authentic Tibetan food. Me and Pranay had a gala time, while mr. veggie Veda had to make do with a veg thupka.



    Me and Pranay had a plate of mutton momo's each and a Mutton thupka and mutton fried rice respectively, after that meal atleast the both of us were more than stuffed. Pranay declared that he's gonna have a nice afternoon siesta, whilst me and Veda would be heading out of town to explore the places that we had missed last evening due to darkness. We started from Leh at about 3PM and this time my bike was sans any of the luggage, the only thing I had was my camera backpack. After riding for close to 1300kms with so much luggage tied down onto the bike this felt like a welcome break, just out side Leh as soon as airport is left behind the road start emptying out and this was a good opportunity to whack open the throttle, within moments the bike was at 120 and Veda was now just a speck in my rear view mirror. I was having a gala time blasting down the straights and twisties, with no luggage to slow me down I felt like a free bird. Veda went from a speck to nothing, the Fuel Injected twin was showing its edge over its carb'ed brother. Then I hit this really straight section of road where the bike was barely managing about 85-90 in topgear, took me some time to realize that it was not really as straight as it seemed to be but it was an upward incline. Even with all the ripping it took us about 45 minutes to reach our first stop, Magnetic Hill. I had heard so much about it and I wanted to get a first hand feel of it. But not before a little bit of fun on the mountain side

    Magnetic Hill Climb!





    After this we saw a bolero do the magnetic hill trick, it just rolled up the road. I tried to replicate the same effect on a bike with no positive results, but finally after a few tries I could get the bike to rollup the hill on its own will , the tilted horizon thing was working. The trick is to keep rolling at about 5 kmph and then pull in the clutch, the bike won't slow down it just kept climbing up without loosing speed at all.

    Making the Magnetic Hill funda work for a bike!




    Next was to find the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar, I had completely forgotten to read up where it was and with no boards seen last night and no idea where it actually was we started on what seemed like wild goose chase. But it soon bore fruit, infact much sooner than we had expected. The grand valley at the bottom of which the clear deep green waters of the Indus met with the muddy waters of Zanskar was set in very surreal surroundings.

    Confluence of Indus & Zanskar rivers






    At magnetic hill Veda had found himself a hitch hiker pillion to keep him company, well that just slowed him down further so we decided to ride separately as I wanted to enjoy riding my luggage less bike to the max. On the return I stopped to click a few more pics just beyond Magnetic Hill.






    We met up at the Pathar Sahib gurudwara where we paid our respects before returning to Leh. After this there was that same stretch of road where the bike was struggling to do 85+, only now I was in the opposite direction so I did not hold back on the throttle as the road was arrow straight and gave plenty of visibility of the road ahead. I hit a speedo indicated 130Kmph, on a 220 with a stock front tyre that would be about 133 kmph Again me and Veda split up but decided to meetup at the main petrol bunk in Leh town.

    Pathar Sahib Gurudwara





    "Its not a runway, its a highway", the road where I hit speedo indicated 130.




    Taking a random trail off the road, Leh Town visible in the background.






    Leh, when viewed from afar.




    We were back in town before it got dark, we needed to get more copies of our permits done so we searched for a xerox shop. Finally we found one, while I waited out side, after a few minutes Veda walks out with someone who looked very familiar, it took me a few seconds to realize it was Darth_Lucifer aka Amit Patil from Mumbai on a solo Leh ride, after chatting for bit we realized that we had similar plans so we decided to ride together for the rest of the trip and what a great company we had with Amit, I don't think the trip would have been this great without that unintentional bump into him at the xerox shop. We had dinner together that night, it was great to find a level headed rider as a riding companion and it worked out better for us, we had someone with prior experience.

    We retired to bed a bit weary from the day's running around, but the excitement of the next day would keep us going....More so coz the next day we would be conquering the Highest motorable road in the World and much more....

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    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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    Wow So u conquered magnetic hill........ indus river looks awesome... the pics have come really well...

    pranay missed the fun of ripping haan?????

    ok now there wil be four musketers.....

    did u visit leh palace??
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    praful sir,once again

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