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    SPITI - Blanket of Snow

    It was a long cherished dream to visit Spiti at time when its entirely covered by snow. It's no more a dream now. I rode to Spiti Valley in March 2011 and explored a completely different side of majestic valley. The entire region was covered in thick blanket of snow. It's been four days that I've returned to Delhi but my mind refuses to accept the reality.

    It still is tangled in the splendid vistas that were a constant companion throughout the ride. Riding was difficult on those terrains, not due to freezing conditions but due to constant urge to click a picture at every inch that I used to cover. The ride lasted six days which is a story of numb fingers, freezing conditions, million cups of tea & unadulterated riding satisfaction.

    I thought for a long time before starting this thread to fill it with special title, words & use of high flying sentences, etc. Now I realise that words fall short and nothing can actually bring out what I've actually experienced in six best days of my life. I sould also admit that my ability to write a log is very poor. So this is a very simple & humble effort from my side to share my side of story with my xBhp brethern of the best ride of my life.

    Some pics before I actually start writing:

    The Beautiful NAKO village


    The NAKO lake - frozen


    Enroute KAZA


    I'll be posting more as soon as I'm done with high volume of pending work in office.
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  • #2
    beautiful..

    Travelogue approved.
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    • #3
      Mind blowing.
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      • #4
        Thanks for your efforts & please bring it on.
        The teasers look splendid, so cant imagine what the rest will look like.
        Waiting for more....



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        • #5
          Wow!
          This year too we have a Spiti in March travelgoe.
          @Abhishek - Keep it going. We all are eagerly awaiting
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          • #6
            WoW ... waiting for details and more such amazing pics !
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            • #7
              brilliant--for a moment I thought it was the annual OF pilgrimage --

              this remains always in my to do lists
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              • #8
                Wow....... Now we have one more SPITI log to look out for
                Stories of the open road...........

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                • #9
                  Day 1 & 2

                  Date : 12th & 13th March


                  Subject: the ride till NAKO



                  Riders:
                  Lovish on P150
                  Shaantonil on P220
                  Nitin on Discover
                  Abhishek on P220S


                  It all started a few months back when this idea struck me - ride to Spiti in March. A sight that I had always imagined - the whole valley covered by snow, conditons just less than risky & no rush to cover any place at a fast pace. Discussions & meetings followed as to who all will join, what all will it take, etc. The weather in Delhi was also getting warmer by end of Feb indicating that it would be easier to ride in hills. But then who says plans materialise the way you think? the weather took a turn for bad, it started drizzling in Delhi & raining cats & dogs in hills. Phone calls to hotels in hills and they advised not come. Some friend went to Kalpa & Sangla on a 4-wheel and came back with head nodding in negative. WTF??

                  So will my dream not realise in 2011? Would I have to wait for one more year to get precise conditions for this trip? The enthu of fellow riders also went for a toss and March had already started.

                  Some days later.... a call from Sarahan and the hotel manager on the line sadi, "Sir, weather theek hone ke chances hain. Aap thodi himmat karein to bike se Spiti pahunch skate hain."

                  Wait for nothing and I packed my bags. A phone call to Shaantonil and he requested to postpone the ride or one week. I relented as it's always better & more enjoyable to ride with pals to such places. A week later, i.e. on 12th March, we were cruising towards Panipat where Lovish would join us. And yes, Nitin had joined us at the eleventh hour.

                  The first day halt was Rampur. Its a routine 12 hour mundane ride via Shimla & Narkanda. I must mention that Shimla - Narkanda stretch is deteriorating regularly. Everytime its worse than earlier. But the nice tarmac after Narkanda kinda makes up fot it. A nice and cheap hotel at Rampur, very good dinner, some pegs of whisky and league match of world cup (IND v/s SA) was all that our evening consisted. The target for next day was NAKO which is just 200 kms from Rampur.

                  We all were ready at 8 in morning on 13th to carry on further. Some delicious paraathas, omelettes, many cups of tea & noodles at Bhavanagar was our breakfast. The bill presented to us was of Rs.140 only and my eyes had to be kept back in their sockets at the sheer shock of bill being so meagre. Anyway, bill paid & we rode on.

                  The roads from Wangtu to Powari have improved and were not so difficult to ride as earlier. Though this argument wasn't bought by my fellow riders. Even the stretch further is not so bad, also to admit that I enjoy slowly treading on rough stretches. Plain & smooth tarmac gets boring for me after a limit. The ride after Powari was eventful where Lovish & Nitin started stopping frequently to capture the vistas. I was getting restless at such breaks but could understand their excitement as being on this stretch for first time does compel you to stop and bring camera to use.

                  I was happy trundling slowly on rough road whereas others were almost riding like pro-rally racers. They used to disappear within no time of starting from any point and I was left with no option but to cover the distance without causing my bike much pain.... imagine a pulsar being ridden harsh by a 100kg rider. SORRY!! I can't do that to my P220. Pooh came & passed by but I didn't want to stop. Nitin wanted to have lunch but non-availability of any open eating joint washed out his hope.

                  1600hrs - we were in NAKO. None of the hotel or home-stays were open at this time of year. Thankfully, a small dhaba remains open throughout the year besides Helipad and the Mr. Dharampal, the caretaker of the dhaba, graciously agreed to make arrangements for our stay as well. Two days of ride got over. Since it had been an easy affair till now, none of the riders were tired. After some snacks & tea we headed to NAKO lake.
                  The lake was completely frozen & snow was shining like pearl. There was snow everywhere..... on lake, on fields, on road, in houses, eveywhere. See in any direction and the views are beautiful enought to sweep you off your feet. All cameras at work for next half an hour. Pictures were being taken from every possible angle, zoom range and what not. In my view-finder I suddenly spot Shaan walking on the lake. I paused but he didn't and kept walking. After covering half of the lake he said to me, "Bhaiya, meri ek aise pic kheecho."
                  5 mins later we all were jumping on the lake. Though my jump was combined with caution. Heavyweights don't take anything easily. Well after all the frolic & fun we returned to our dhaba and Mr. Dharampal was happily arranged bonfire for us. It was getting colder with every second.... extremely cold. The view of snow laden mountains was spectacular at night as well. I spent half an hour gazing at them and yet wasn't satisfied. I could hear words like long exposure & tripods, but preferred not to capture that sight. Somethings are beautiful because they are not accesible everywhere. The moonlight gave that extra dimension to already multi-dimensional landscapes around us.


                  2200hrs - All of us inside blankets, discussing about what we should expect for next day. It's going to be big.... ride to KAZA. That's what we were riding for. Eyes closed but dreams were white for the first time.



                  Some pics:

                  Somewhere OTR (on the road)


                  Near POOH


                  Bhagat Nallah


                  Enroute Nako... just after Kizags





                  Trees stand tall while snow is abundant at base


                  A hill in B&W


                  Nako as seen from Helipad


                  White & Frozen - Nako lake


                  Just before Sunset


                  Nako frozen lake


                  View from Dhaba


                  View from Dhaba


                  Just snow



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                  • #10
                    Amazing Pictures..looks more like going through a good dream.....your narration is also good ...keep it coming.
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                    • #11
                      WOW!! What amazing pics of snow-covered hills...Nice log...Bring on the rest of the log soon bro...Am eagerly waiting...
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                      • #12
                        WOWnderful pics...

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                        • #13
                          living in the snow land through your pics want more pics

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                          • #14
                            Amazing pictures man!! and you lived one of my dream... Spiti in Snow is always a one which i had in my mind...will try to do next year.

                            Keep the Log pouring!!!
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                            • #15
                              Just 4 months & look at the change
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