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    praful .. u lazy bugger, make it FAST !!!!! where r the rest of pics and logs dude... bring them on
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    wow.. those are some amazing snaps man..! teaser after teaser..
    - You spend half your life before you realize your are ordinary, you then, either are too lazy to change or you do the extraordinary and change the world!

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    Here's my contribution for now.

    DoN\'t LivE tO DiE, dIe tO LiVe

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    Praful....thats a gr8 job done with the cam....keep it coming

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    Praful bhai.. so much time? Its been 2 days now... Hurry up!!

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    congratulation Praful,Pranay & veda

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    Quote Originally Posted by prafultripathy View Post


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    Praful, who is on the 200..??

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    Quote Originally Posted by inder.cool View Post
    Praful, who is on the 200..??
    Thats darth_lucifer from Mumbai.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pranay View Post
    Thats darth_lucifer from Mumbai.
    Was he also with you or did you guys catch him enroute..?

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    0. Teaser

    1. Prologue
    2. The Riders
    3. Day (-2) & Day (-1)


    Day 1 : Delhi - Amritsar



    Sunday, 20th September: Today's ride was going to be really long and judging by the heat in Delhi, I was sure things wouldn't be getting any better along the route. Our plan was to start about 5-6AM from Delhi and try and reach Wagah border before ceremony that's held at sun down at the border gates. We had a little version of Mr. Murphy working for us that day . By the time we were up and ready to it was already the other side of 6AM. But wait! that not the end of it, Pranay's clip-on had somehow come loose. To tighten the clip-on one needs a allen key. My set of allen keys were at the bottom end of my saddle bag, so had to get off all my luggage and empty the contents of the saddle bag. In the process, I discovered that the can of engine oil I was carrying had cracked and leaked out. So we had two minor fiasco's to deal with, once these were sorted out it was already close to about 7AM. So we took a small break to dry up the sweat we had worked up and left from our Karol Bagh hotel.




    Kamal (visible in the red jacket and Honda Unicorn) was going to escort us out of the city. He was not only our savior for the day but also the night before, where he helped us get back from the Dhaba meetup till our hotel in Karol Bagh, and also helped me find a medical shop at 12AM to stock up on medicines/first aid for the trip.

    After a brief stop over at a local fuel bunk we were ready to roll. The wheels of motion had been started, we were on our way to get 'Leh'd'. For that early hour we had a considerable amount of traffic to deal with on our way out of Delhi. It took a little while getting used to the excess luggage on my bike, but I was 'acclimatised' soon. As we hit the outskirts of Delhi, I had hoped that the traffic would thin out so we could increase our pace to make up for the time lost in the morning madness. The guys had told us to stopover at 'Jhilmil Dhaba' in Karnal. Soon enough we had pulled into the dhaba which we nearly missed. I had read about this place in other's travelogues, and was quite curious to know whats special about this place. The combination of mast mast parathas, makhan and dhai was a mouthwatering combination alright, but I was a disappointed as the paratha's were not upto the mark. We arrived at this place around 9.30AM and considering that we were making good time, but reaching Wagah seemed almost out of question. But we decided not to loose hope and keep trying.







    With our bellies full, we resumed riding after this nearly hour long breakfast break. This time we had gotten used the traffic much better were able to hold higher speeds, we were cruising around the ton mark. Small towns and villages were just whizzing by and then I felt it. I started to feel asleep, a week long of late nights coupled with the lack of sleep from the previous night was showing up finally. Now I am used to this feeling and usually counter it with opening my helmet's visor and letting a air in to wake me up. But even that was not helping much, so not wanting to push my luck too much, I pulled everyone over and took a power nap. I took the nap somewhere after we reached this distance board.




    I rested for about 10 mins and was feeling much better after that and we kept rolling. Roads were not as what we had expected them to be, there were potholes sneaking up on us at times and the traffic was pretty dense, I never expected to see so much of it on such big NH. We were taking breaks every hour or so and I would use those breaks to catch a few winks. As the day progressed it got progressively hotter much to our dismay. We were carrying a mix of electrol and glucon D to help us cope with the heat and maintain the balance of fluids in the body.




    Although not very hungry thanks to the paratha's that we'd stuffed ourselves with in the morning, it was imperative that we ate something. It was about 3PM when we pulled into 'Lovely Vaishno' dhaba and I was left wondering why aren't there any dhabas that serve non-veg food. The heat was really hard on us and this break was necessary not only for food to but get rid our all our riding gear and let the cool breeze cool our bodies. Lunch was again combination of Dal Makhni and Paneer sabzi. Though it might not seem like anything great for those of you live around that region, for people like who are starved of the 'real deal' this was one of the highlights of the trip . We took a nice longish break at this dhaba.






    All throughout this trip which ever dhaba we would stop, the people working there would all come out see the 'Aliens' who had arrived at their place. This dhaba was no different, as we were packing up to leave all the guys from the kitchen had come out to have a look at us. Since I had the most of amount of luggage I usually take longer to pack up my stuff and get ready to move. Keeping that in mind I signaled the other guys to continue and I would catch up. With the others gone, one of the cook's mustered some courage and walked up to ask me where I had come from as he had never seen a number plate with 'TN' . His last question to me was, "Bhaisahab aap itni garmi mein yeh jacket kyon pehene hai???" (Why are you wearing "this" jacket in so much heat??). I just smiled and tried to explain him the benefit of the armour, but he din't look pleased at all . It was close to 4PM when we had left this dhaba, and Wagah was definitely out of the question but we still kept our pace so that we can reach Amritsar in as much day light as possible. Somewhere beyond this place the railway line goes pretty close to the highway and it was fun to race with a train. I was shocked to see observe that the train was doing close to about 115kmph (my speedo shows about 2-3kmph lesser than a stock 220). But we lost to the train as it did not have to bother about traffic on the road.



    After we crossed Jalandhar the roads lost the centre median and we had deal with oncoming traffic which slowed us down considerably. Prior to this point we were riding in strict formation with me in the lead and Pranay sweeping. But a single lane road makes the difference in speeds between riders more apparent and the formation broke as approached Amritsar. But we regrouped outside of Amritsar, it was already dark by then. With a few phone calls made and a few rounds inside Amritsar we found a decent place to crash for the night. We all got fresh and decided to pay our respects at the Golden Temple. The heat had gotten to Pranay and he decided to stick at the hotel. A friends friend of Veda who's resident of Amritsar was kind enough to help out with the directions to get to the gurudwara. Me and Veda spent some time inside the complex, it was the third time was visiting Golden temple, but this time was different.... I had a camera in my hand. I took a few shots using Veda's camera and our helmets as a 'tripod'.




    Pranay decided to skip dinner as well so me and Veda had a quick dinner before retiring for the day. Once that was done we were ready to crash for the night, but my night would take a little bit longer to end as I had meet a friend of mine who was traveling around Punjab and Himachal. Mr. Kuldeep Singh aka hillpanther (as he's known in some forums) had actually put up his 5 month old camera for sale. And I really like the offer he had made, after a few failed attempts at trying to pickup the cam from him in Delhi itself. I had the opportunity of catching up with him in Amritsar. After dinner we spent a few hours chatting about cameras, photography and life in general. I have no regrets of retiring to bed at 3AM that night for one I had made a dear friend who's more like brother to me now and got myself my first 'proper' camera.

    Sleeping at 3AM on a day when you have about 400 kms to cover of which more than 75% are in the hills will have its consequences..... More on that in my log for Day 2....

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    5. Day 2 : Amritsar - Jammu
    6. Day 3 : Jammu - Srinagar
    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
    Last edited by Praful; 05-12-2010 at 11:23 AM.
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