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    Memorable ride in life...good going praful

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    Day 2 : Amritsar - Jammu



    Monday, 21st September: The night before had been pretty long for me and before going to sleep I had made a backup plan in my mind to counter for the lack of sleep. Our original plan was to ride to Srinagar from Amritsar taking the shortcut via Samba, but if we did the Amritsar - Srinagar route spread over two days we would be able to relax and catch up on sleep. I slept till about 10AM while Pranay and Veda paid a visit to Jallianwala Bagh. Today was going to be the second day that we started late, and that was a trend we'd be maintaining almost all throughout our journey. By the time we were packed and ready to move it was close to 1PM. And as soon as we were out of town we stopped over at a dhaba for lunch.



    Considering that the distance we had to cover for this day's ride was just about 200 kms we were riding pretty relaxed. There was a place where I pulled over for a break, but Veda was on a quest for some 'Lassi' so he and Pranay carried forward. Here, I took out my cam for the first to use.




    The quality of roads were decent to say the least, there were places where the resistivity of our backs would be tested and there were roads where it seemed any speed achieved. I recollect this one instance in a village where we slowed down, a couple of youngsters saw us started shouting at the top of their voices, "Dhoom, Dhoom, Dhoom" . Soon we were in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and the Jammu town was still about 90 kms from here. Roads after the toll gate were pretty good in most of the parts as the construction of a 4 lane high way is more or less complete. Since we had been riding very relaxed uptill now, we had increase our pace so we reached in daylight.




    We were at the entrance of Jammu at about 6PM and it took us a while to decide on a place to stay, finally we stay at my cousin's house in Jammu. The late start from Amritsar had helped charge ourselves really well, the effect of heat and sleep deprivation were taking toll on our bodies had been greatly reduced due to this. I had expected Jammu to be cooler, but it was no different, infact it was a lot more humid than any of our last few places of stay. With sumptuous dinner prepared my bhahi we were stuffed and slept like pigs in the night.

    The next day was when the mountains and twisties were to start, I was excited and a bit nervous...but more on that later!





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    8. Day 5 : Drass - Leh
    9. Day 6 : Leh
    10. Day 7 : Leh-Diskit
    11. Day 8 : Diskit-Panamik-Leh
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    Hey Awesome ride till now..... And the paddy fields look beautiful.....

    i Have stayed in Udhampur for 2 years and i have felt jammu to be hotter than delhi.....

    waiting for more praful......
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    Nice read Praful ...

    It was about 3AM when we pulled into 'Lovely Vaishno' dhaba and I was left wondering why aren't there any dhabas that serve non-veg food.
    I think you meant 3 PM. And the reason you didnt get non-veg was because you pulled into a "Vaishno" dhaba which in lay man's term translates to Vegetarian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mibhin View Post
    Hey Awesome ride till now..... And the paddy fields look beautiful.....

    i Have stayed in Udhampur for 2 years and i have felt jammu to be hotter than delhi.....

    waiting for more praful......
    Yup, the "Khet's" of Punjab are something else!

    Quote Originally Posted by kurtrules View Post
    Nice read Praful ...



    I think you meant 3 PM. And the reason you didnt get non-veg was because you pulled into a "Vaishno" dhaba which in lay man's term translates to Vegetarian.
    Thanks for pointing out, I will correct it.

    Thats what I wanted to say, there were only 'vaishno' dhaba's and if there were others, they were pretty inconspicuous!!!
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    Default Congrats on getting Leh'ed

    Waiting for the real stuff to surface..!! seems like a nicely planned ride to me apart from Mr. Murphy coming to highlight here and then !

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    Superb Praful...

    congrats again for the 450.
    initially i was thinking that you got it imported when you told about collecting it from Amritsar :P

    'm sure to see superb outputs from the Canon...

    missed to meet you here in Delhi

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    Quote Originally Posted by prafultripathy View Post
    we were stuffed and slept like pigs in the night.
    Wonder how would it look like!!

    Waiting for the valleys and mountains,now!!

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    Lost and entire day's log thanks to a stupid power cut!!!

    Will re-write it again soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by prafultripathy View Post
    Lost and entire day's log thanks to a stupid power cut!!!

    Will re-write it again soon!
    Damn! I was eagerly waiting for your next post, and probably the hills to start to have a mention in your triplog.
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