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    12 June 2010
    Vaibhav: Let’s try and scale as much as we can… Let’s try to cross it if possible.
    Archit: Let’s give it a try…
    Me: I am in… whatever you guys say…

    This was the conversation that took place between three guys, stuck at Sarchu as B-La was closed due to a heavy land slide and the whole glacier came down on the road. They tried crossing it, but all went in vain, and they had to cover a whole 1500KMs in place of 500KMs..
    With heavy heart, they started their bikes, looked back at the B-La and out of anger, frustration and hope they promised each other to scale it before the end of this season.

    9th Sep 2010

    More than three months have passed since that fateful day and the promise was yet not complete. I had a chat with the two guys and since our other ride plan went under the covers so we thought of completing this unfinished promise.
    So, the decision to ride to B-La was made and that too before a few hours of the ride.
    Now, most of you guys know Vaibhav and Archit. We had one more friend joining us this time. Let me introduce you to Puneet…
    Puneet has been on rides to Himachal before as well, and his love for the place in unquestionable. This lad spent a whole Month, roaming around in Himachal, exploring different places and learning about their culture and lifestyle.

    Day 1 Route: Chandigarh – Bilaspur – Bhunter – Naggar – Manali – Rohtang – Keylong

    As decided, we reached Kurt’s place at 4 A.M. in the morning. But it was not before 5 A.M. in the morning that we finally set off for our voyage. As always, we reached Ropar in no time and took the turn towards Manali. We stopped at a Dhaba to have our Morning tea. The tea was great and so was the morning and so, we resumed our journey. Soon the straight roads gave way to the curvy roads… I love the curves, believe me I do… even on the roads…








    The roads were ok, with a few rough patches. There are 4 new cement factories coming up on the way to Bilaspur and thus, the roads had a few bumps.. but then, its fine as we can handle a few…
    We reached Pandoh at 11 A.M, and decided to have our meal break over here…
    Pandoh is a dam en route Manali and has a beautiful lake





    En route Aut Tunnel :





    We started our journey again and reached Manali at around 2:00 P.M. via Bhunter and Naggar.











    Filled our tanks and started off for rohtang without any delay. Now, this was the first time I went to Manali and I got the same feeling for the place I have for Simla, that is, overcrowded. But then again the crowd is the Economy of these places… so let it be, let the economy prevail and I’ll find my own remote little town, where I can be at peace..
    Oh stop stop stop… before I go further, let me inform you, that even if you are not entering Manali city, you still have to pay Rs100 each for a Bike as Maintenance charges to the government or you can pay a cumulative sum of Rs100 to the person sitting at the window and zoom ahead. We took the latter option.
    Ok, now let us proceed to Rohtang. The road to Rohtang from Manali is fine till Gulaba and is in a perfect shape till Marhi. You’ll reach there in no time and it has some splendid vistas to offer and to satiate your nature hungry eyes.











    After Marhi, the views remain the same but the roads changes drastically and that too on the negative side. Oh yes, the roads are hell hence after… Due to the recent Road Widening activity for Manali – Leh highway, there were around 200 explosions done on the same day, which left the soil loose and rain brought all of it on the road.
















    Somehow, we tread through those s#i^^Y roads and ascend towards Rohtang. Now I hope you remember, that this was my first time up there and all I know of Rohtang is traffic Jam and bad roads. The bad roads were there, hell I was riding on them.. but where is Traffic? All I could manage to see was two Electras, one CBZ X and my Dragon. Where is everybody else? What happened to the traffic? All of them went down the valley? Why are we all alone?
    Not that I was missing the traffic jam, but then I had a reputation for Rohtang. Please don’t spoil it… bring some traffic.. for god’s sake… please. I pleaded, but there was no one to listen. The only people over there were sitting on there respectable and lovable machines and Zooming ahead, trying to cover that muddy road as fast as they can..
    Me, engrossed in my thoughts lost sight of them and was lost all alone on the road. The road conditions Improved and clouds started hovering around us, It is always a good feeling to ride through them, and a few shops came up. I had an impression that Rohtang will be somewhere nearby and I zoomed ahead. Soon, I saw something and stopped to click it..





    And I started wondering where the pass it. Just after the next curve, I saw the rest standing on one side, with there bikes parked and gears off… I enquired about the pass, as there are no customary indications about a pass on this one, and was affirmed that we are at Rohtang.
    So, time for some pics:














    The Riders:





    After spending sometime at Rohtang, we started off to Khoksar. Now, initially we planned to stay at Khoksar and start for the journey ahead the next day. But, when we reached there, puneet declared that it was too early to call it a day and we should try for Keylong. With 70 Kms left, we also agreed on the suggestion and continued. The roads from Khoksar to Keylong is in good condition with a very few rough patches. We reached Keylong at 7:45 at night and searched for a hotel.. after getting a good deal of Rs 200/Room, we unloaded our steeds had bath and went to sleep but only after a round of drink each.
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    Unfinished business approved.

    Beautiful pictures there Prashant.
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    I too envy you buggers... :d

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    Some more pics enroute Rohtang:







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    Day 2 Route: Keylong – Darcha – Zing Zing Bar – B’ La - Zing Zing Bar – Darcha - Keylong


    We slept off all our sores and aches and woke up fresh the next morning. The morning seemed to reciprocate itself on all our tours. Yes they do, with me and Archit ducked in the bed under our warm quilts and Vaibhav shouting at us on his top pitch and asking us to get up. This morning was the same too… I got up listening to his cacophony… what a voice to start the day with ..Dayum..


    Well, but I was sure the worst was over and I was re-affirmed about this, coz I saw this from my balcony:











    We started lazily at around 9 after having some Mutton Momos, soup and some worst Noodles of my life…





    But wait, Vaibhav does not look in good mood. We go back to him, and he says some nut has fallen and his silencer has come out loose. So we searched for a mechanic or rather, a mechanic whose shop is open.
    Interesting fact about Mechanics: They open there shops on their own convenience and have no fixed timings.
    Hence, we waited and we waited some more. It was around 12:00 till we waited and lost our patience and started searching for some Jugaads. There were a few carcasses of Motorcycles lying around and we searched them for some nuts and bolts… finally, Pulsar came handy and we borrowed them, Oh I love Pulsars. Fixed them onto Vaibhav’s bike and set off for B’La at 12:30. We rode through a few rough patches, expecting the roads to be the same till B’La but, we were surprised to see the black top road after a few KMs from Keylong and so we ripped and we ripped hard. In between, we also clicked… for I know a Photo Hungry community and that they won’t feel satiated if we don’t click some pics.
    So here they are:


























    We started again, only to reach Darcha at 1:30. We again took some leisure time here and did whatever we wanted to do at that time.
    I and Vaibhav tried our new possessions whereas Archit indulged himself in what he loves doing… riding on a River Bed











    What was I clicking?





    We stayed there for a while and started towards B’La again. After Darcha, roads are ok for a few KMs and are at their best hence after. There are a few water-crossings and some Tals but the road was good and hence, we reached B’La at around 2:30. We were all alone there, just the three of us. Not even a single soul in sight, something which reminded me of our Leh-Ride. It was a norm then… but did not expect it over here…














    Around B’La:











    So, there we stood, atop Baralacha - la and I say to myself: Why are you here? What bought you here?
    I could not get the answer for these questions, as the thoughts were interrupted but I was sure, I’ll get them on my way back. We stayed there for a while, the three of us, chatting and having fun, adoring the Nature and feeling great about everything around.
    After we appreciated everything, it was time to go back and for me to search for the answers of those thoughts…
    The thoughts came back to me as soon as we started and I engulfed myself in searching for the answer. It was only sometime before Darcha, that I found what I was looking for. The reason for this ride.. and it was the basic instinct we all tourers share: Curiosity..

    I still remember the first day I met some seasoned tourers at one of the meet… all they talked about was places like: Sisu, Keylong, Darcha, the one that rose my Curiosity: Zing-Zing Bar, and others among the same…
    Many were covered in our Leh ride, but the left behind one lingered in my mind every now n then… I always wondered what it will be like and how will be the roads and the weather… This was the reason behind my ride and maybe this was The Unfinished Business.
    I was kind of giving the finishing touch to my thoughts, when I saw Kurt standing at one side, and waiving. We reached Darcha and were very hungry. Time for Lunch break…
    Had a wonderful lunch with some amazing Lemon Tea and started back for Keylong.
    There is a Waterfall after Keylong and since, light was dim, I and Vaibhav tried getting some Silky Waterfall Pics… and we spent another hour at that waterfall itself…








    We reached Keylong at 6:45p.m only, to find the mechanic didn’t came the whole day… Since the Jugaad was still intact, we moved on to our hotels.
    During the whole day, the fourth rider: Puneet visited all the adjacent Monasteries and learned the way of life of Lahauli people, as he didn’t wanted to visit B’La.
    We went back to our rooms while the others went out to have a merry time, I laid in my bed, thinking about the day passed. It was a day full of events, from the dawn to dusk, I felt as if I have learned something, not sure of what it was I tried giving some thoughts to it but was soon in the deep slumbers of sleep. The last thing I remember was: I saying: Good Night Keylong.


    Day 2 Ends…
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    But wait, Vaibhav does not look in good mood. We go back to him, and he says some nut has fallen and his silencer has come out loose. So we searched for a mechanic or rather, a mechanic whose shop is open.



    To add on to that, what actually happened was that somewhere while ascending Rohtang, due to the very rough terrain, the T-rod which holds the two panels of the foot-rests together fell off. Now, as the swing-arm axle was holding the foot-rest/gear lever as well as the silencer, I failed to notice that the T-rod had come off. Trouble began near Sissu, when the swing-arm axle nut became loose, owing to the extra burden suddenly imparted to it and that is when the situation came to my notice.

    This picture should clarify:



    However, there was no option but to continue till Keylong.

    The next day, we waited for like 2.5 hours outside a roadside (pretty much the only mech who works on moto-bikes in Keylong) mechanic's shut door. But as there was no sign of him. We had to go to B-top the same day and I couldn't risk taking it there in such a condition. Because in some time, even the swing-arm axle would give way and then the whole panel, on both the sides would come crashing down. And then I would be in deep sh**!

    Hence we thought of an alternative ourselves. First of all, I looked around and I saw chassis of different vehicle lying around unused. I unscrewed on T-rod and tried to fit it in my bike, but that didn't work.

    Thats when we took two bolts and clutch cable (that were scattered around the mech's shop). We slid in the clutch cable from one end and tied both it's ends on the foot rest. Next, we hammered in the two nuts from both sides till they were firm, and then sped off to Baralacha!

    I had to stop twice enroute to hammer one of the bolt in, as due to bad terrain, it was sliding off.




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    What a narration and wonderful pics !! Silky water fall pic is best in lot!!
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    One word....awesome pics and log!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Day 3 Route: Keylong – Kokhsar – Rohtang – Manali – Pundoh – Chail Chowk – Rohanda – Chindi

    This was the day, were we start our journey back to our “Normal” lives, where we are Software Developers and Quality Testers… the lives where day starts with rushing to office and ends with a phone call to near and dear ones… where, all we do is to live a better life… a life, I was in rite now…
    Vaibhav got a call from Ranjeet and he confirmed that he will meet us at Chindi. So the destination for the day was decided to be Chindi and we started off from Keylong at 9:00 in the morning. It was a clear sky and the cool breeze coupled with shining sun made it a pleasant ride, where one could enjoy the beauty around, contemplate and feel free…



    Soon, we crossed Sisu and started towards Khoksar, as we planned to have breakfast over there. Before I go further, lemme introduce you to this couple, who came from Germany, and were going to Spiti valley after covering Leh. They also had plans to cover Uttarakhand, and that too on their low-floor cycles…
    Near Keylong:

    Near Sisu:



    Archit had a brief Chit-chat with the couple and then, we started for Kokhsar. Reached there and had our much awaited B’fast at around 10:30. We again spent some lavish time there, doing Bakar and clicking photographs of ourselves and our steeds.



    The journey hence after was something I will remember in my entire life, as there are a very few moments in your life which you enjoy and somehow you wish that they don’t ever comeback in your life. Yes, there was some moments like these on the roads to come.
    So, we started from Kokhsar at around 11:30 for Rohtang and to Manali hence after. It had rained on the previous day so there was some slush on the road. We didn’t mind it, as we had ridden on such before. We reached Rohtang top in some time, only to find a buleteer coming from the other direction of Rohtang. Archit pulled over immediately and so did the other bulleteer. They met each other in a jolly manner, which made me think he was a long lost friend of Archit’s. Now, it was time for my Introduction. Archit introduced the guy to me as Gaurav Jani. There will be very few bikers who have not heard his name, and I was not in that category… the lad was going to Leh on his yearlong Ladakh expedition. After spending some time with him, we wish him good luck and carry on ahead with the expedition of our own.
    Never had I imagined the roads to be like the one we found after Rohtang – top, towards Manali. Well, actually, there was no road at all as all I could find was slush, slush and some more slush… The road conditions were already in mess and while I was cursing BRO for the same, I saw a few taxis coming towards us from the opposite direction. Tourists have started pouring in and in no time, Rohtang is going to be a picnic spot… The road was giving us a hard time, and to negotiate traffic on those roads was a task in itself… at this point, I remembered a few lines from a travelogue which said: “the rear tyre having a gala time” we kept going on like this for the next 5 – 6 KMs, till all of us felt exhausted. I stopped, only to realize that I was actually gasping for breath as if I had just did a 200 Mts Sprint or lifted a heavy object high in the air… however, this was not the case, and all I did was to ride a bike… Now, who is left short of air, riding a bike? I cursed BRO for this, and actually felt good to experience something like this. But then, there are a very few moments in your life which you enjoy and somehow you wish that they don’t ever comeback in your life. This was one of them…
    The Road conditions were hell till Marhi and we somehow reached Marhi. After that, we started with Manali as our next stop.
    Thanks to good roads, we reached Manali at 2:00 in afternoon, got our tanks filled and left for Naggar as our next stop for Lunch. The road from Manali to Naggar is a pleasant experience, with apple orchards on the side of the roads and some beautiful vistas of the valley.
    We didn’t clicked much on our route back, as we had to cover a long distance and reach Chindi the same day.
    Had our Lunch at Naggar and enquired about the route and road conditions to Chindi. We got a call from Ranjeet over here, and he told us that he had already reached there and was in a process to book rooms for all of us. After a bit of discussion, we left Naggar, only to stop at Pundoh Bazaar, as this is the place where a road goes towards Chail Chowk, Ruhanda and then to Chindi.
    En route Pandoh:




    We enquired about the road conditions and were told that they are fine, single laned and offer splendid view… Now, we had one more issue at hand.. our very own CBZ X had developed some other problem and needed immediate attention.
    We were lucky to find a mechanic, or a Doctor who used a screwdriver as a stethoscope. He checked the engine with a way which I guess was unique to him and kept doing so for next 15 mins or so. At this, Vaibhav asked me and Puneet to keep going, and he and Archit will catch us on the way. So, at 7:00 in the evening, we start from Pundoh towards chail - chowk, which was 25 Kms from there. We reached Chail – chowk, only to know, that Chindi is still a good 85 KMs from there. All tired from the ride, we decided to wait for the rest two guys and carry on only after they arrive. The duo arrived after half an hour and after another half an hour of enquiring, we finally set off to Chindi. Ranjeet, on the other hand was constantly trying to reach us and know our status.
    We reached Ruhanda, which is 30 KMs from chail chowk at 10:00 at night and Chindi which is around 45 KMs in next 1.5 Hrs.
    It had been a long day for us and a tough day for our Steeds and backs. We covered a huge distance, scaled the Sh#$%iest pass and rode for 5 hrs in dark. This did called in for some celebrations, so we unpacked our bottle of good times had a few shots and slept off in Hotel Mamleshwar, Chindi .

    Day 4 Route: Chindi – Naldhera – Simla - Chandigarh
    Today, we woke up lazily and wandered around the Hotel… had our own bakar sessions and took our time at having a Brunch and late bath. Ranjeet faced some issues on his ride the other day, and had to go via the same route i.e Ruhanda and chail – chowk to sort it out, hence he left early. Next installment was Puneet and Vaibhav, as Puneet had to reach Dehradun the same day and Vaibhav’s bike was giving issues, so he decided to leave early and catch up with us at Tattapani or beyond… Me and Archit took some more leisure time at chindi and started a bit late.
    Some pics from The Mamleshwar, Chindi..







    The return journey is always painful and disheartening and so was this one too. We rode our steeds with no interest of going back to our normal lives. Deviating to some other destination was a good option and this thought lingered in my mind for some more time. Finally, I shook it off as I had an office to attend. The office which pays me to full fill my passion for riding…
    Some Pics en route:







    We finally caught up with Vaibhav at Naldhera and started our return together hence forward. Took a snack break at Kandaghat and were finally at Chandigarh at 6:30 in the evening.
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