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    My first ride ever -




    Khardung La – 18380 ft.






    Riding to the World’s Highest Motorable Road








    Ever since I got a license in 1988 (yup I am 41 years old) to ride a bike, I had dreamed of riding a bike to the World’s Highest Motorable Road. There was no special reason why I couldn’t go to Ladakh. Every year there were reasons; actually excuses; like getting married, busy in business, having kids, going out of India etc. for not following through on my dream. So this dream remained a dream till this year.

    Ever since I joined xBhp, this dream seemed more like reality because now I had hard core bikers and some very experienced tourers as my buddies. I now had a forum where I can actually share ideas, get actual guidance and info from experienced riders.

    Initially, I started discussions with a Mumbai based group but they had planned for a 25 day itinerary and I couldn’t manage getting away from business for this long duration. So had to drop this idea.

    I started by asking around the group about who all were interested in going to Leh this year. Some guys were initially interested but couldn’t join due to other commitments. Finally found a Pune-Mumbai joint group heading towards Leh this year. However, I was not able to convince myself to take 15-16 day off from the business so was trying not to take any decision.

    Inder literally cornerned me by calling every 15 minutes - ‘Aare Sun Na….Tera final hua kya? Train Ticket karavaane Hai’. Without him pushing me, I would still be in two minds about going to Leh. One fine morning, I told him to go ahead about the train tickets and will tackle my family later one. Next day, told my parents, wife and kids that I am going to Leh this year. They all were agog with my decision of actually going to Leh instead of just talking about it. Actually my marriage anniversary was falling during the tour dates but wife was quite supportive and no objections from this quarter. I know she will extract her pound of flesh later on but that’s ok; I am used to it.

    Did I mention somewhere that this would be my first tour ever to anywhere (except a ride to goa in 1989)

    First of all I would like to thank –

    My family -- for supporting me
    My friend Girish -- for lending me his FZ
    Nikhil -- for lending me his saddle bags and tank bag
    MG -- for taking out time to give me off road practice run
    Rohit -- for lending me his sack and accompanying me to buy various items
    Ankit -- for lending me gloves
    Praful / Satyen / Rachit -- for detailed advice
    Inder -- for pushing me in actually taking a decision
    Jakrap -- for lending me foot pump
    Mr. Pandit -- from Mumbai for carrying all our luggage from Srinagar to Drass
    My friend Himanshu -- for arranging permits, accommodation in Leh, Pangong and carrying our luggage around



    Index :

    1.Pre ride Preparation
    2. Preparation
    3. Day 1 : 31 May 2010 – Pune to Delhi
    4. Day 2 : 1 June 2010 – Delhi to Pathankot
    5. Day 3 : 2 June 2010 – Pathankot to Srinagar
    6. Diversion Ahead
    7. Day 4 : 3 June 2010 - Tourist in Srinagar
    8. Day 5 : 4 June 2010 - Srinagar to Drass
    9. Day 6 : 5 June 2010 – Drass to Leh
    10.Day 7 : 6 June 2010 – Leh to Pangong Tso
    11. Day 8 : 7 June 2010 – Pangong Tso to Leh
    12.Day 9 : 8 June 2010 – Leh – Khardung La – Hunder/Diskit - I DID NOT CONQUER KHARDUNG LA
    13. Day 10 : 9 June 2010 – Diskit– Khardung La – Leh
    14.Day 11 : 10 June 2010 – Leh local
    15. Day 12 : 11 June 2010 – Leh – Kargil – Drass
    16.Day 13 : 12 June 2010 – Srinagar - Katra
    17.Day 14 : 13 June 2010 – Katra – Vaishnodevi - Jammu
    18. Day 15 : 14 June 2010 – Jammu
    19.
    Day 16 : 15 June 2010 – Delhi - Pune
    20. Preparation for Leh
    21. Medicines to carry
    22. Altitude Sickness for Bikes
    22. Expected Costing

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    Topic Approved.
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    Thanks Aryan for the fast approval.
    Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and then beat you with experience.

    Check out my Ladakh travelogue - Ladakh Ride 2010

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    Superb start Vishwas..!!
    Multiple log from same journey.. Will love to read the journey from different point of experiences..!! Awesome.. Bring it on guyz..!!!
    My office days will be better now.. Today itself I saw 3 Recent new Ladakh threads of my friends.. Am loving It..!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trustvishwas View Post
    First of all I would like to thank –

    My family for supporting me
    Nikhil for lending me his saddle bags and tank bag
    MG for taking out time to give me off road practice run
    Rohit for lending me his sack and accompanying me to buy various items
    Praful / Satyen / Rachit for detailed advice
    Inder for pushing me in actually taking a decision
    Mr. Pandit from Mumbai for carrying all our luggage from Srinagar to Drass
    My friend Himanshu for arranging permits, accommodation in Leh, Pangong and carrying our luggage around


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    Quote Originally Posted by trustvishwas View Post
    Thanks Aryan for the fast approval.
    Another thread approved, today seems to be the-leh day @ xBHP!

    Congratulations on the dream coming true.... I will have to wait for another year! But mighty hell I will do it for sure!
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    @Satyen: I cannot help but agree. Today IS actually the Leh Day!
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    Nice start Vishwas.
    Now here we are going to enjoy two differently narrated stories of the same ride.
    One narrated by Inder and One by Vishwas.
    And don't tell me Aman and Inder's friend are also penning their own account of story

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankit63 View Post
    Ahem! Ahem! Did we miss someone's name here?
    Corrected sir.

    @ Biru - Since we were actually not riding together, inder's version would obviously be different than mine. I don't think aman writes anything other than cheques and Inder's room mate is not on xBhp so your put your worries to rest.

    ... when I say me and inder were not riding together, I mean that me and rudra (inder's room mate) would be riding around 20 min ahead of paaji and waiting for him at various spots.
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    Vishwas thats great, bring on the log now

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