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  • #16
    Awesum sir !!! Wishing to get Lehd someday. I already got lost in the valleys while reading the log. Bring on the rest log asap...
    Those who like me, raise your hands. Those who don't, plz raise your standards :)

    बुरी नजर वाले तेरा मुह काला !!!

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    • #17
      Day 3 (13th Sept.2011) Sonmarg to Lamayuru

      Target : Sonmarg to Lamayuru

      Being solo rider, I was permitted by the Check-post incharge at Sonmarg to move towards Zozila Pass (at 8.00 a.m.). I will not go into details of road conditions as you are not expected to get a red carpet welcome when you are on Ladakh trip. As I was nearing the famous Zozila pass where a fierce battle was fought with the Pakistani Army in 1948 under the command of General K.S.Thimayya and the enemy was forced to retreat. {Read the full story on internet under the title “ The General and His Tanks ! “ ( http://defenceforumindia.com/militar...his-tanks.html )}. I had to use only first and second gear and the speed was as low as 5 to 10 km/ph. I crossed a group of cyclists on the way and slowly and steadily reached Zozila Pass without any great strain on my bike. (This was the first test for my bike)

      NOW ONWARDS TILL I DECEND TO MANALI, I WAS ALWAYS DRIVING ABOVE 10,000 FT.

      Entered Drass region before Noon and got the first sight of the battlefield of 1999 war with Pak. Tiger Hill was right in front of me and so were the other ranges where our army had fought with the enemy. I kept on moving and reached War Memorial and then visited the Museum and the Souvenier Shop. The soldiers there were very cordial. After paying my homage at the War Memorial, it was time to move on. Gradually I reached Kargil and as I had read, it was quite different from Drass sector (almost a replica of Srinagar), the people looked self centred. One thing I must say that the landscape were magnificant and really awesome. Crossed Malbek by 5.00 p.m. and since there was still time I kept on moving further. Although, I knew I will have to cross Namik la and Fatula (the highest pass on Srinagar Leh route) before I reach Lamayuru. By 6.00 p.m I crossed Namik la and it was quite sunny.


      I noticed that my front shocker seal needed replacement but it was not a great worry (I had spare rubber seal for the shocker) and my first job at Leh would be to get the shocker seal replaced and get the bike serviced properly. When I reached Fatu La, it was quite Dark. I was gradually moving towards Lamayuru and just before Lamayuru the first small tragedy struck. At one sharp turn my bike tumbled and my left feet struck under it. Somehow I pulled my feet from under the bike and thereafter picked up the bike. The Yoke of my clutch was damaged (almost broken) but still working. I managed to start my bike without any problem and reached Lamayuru.

      Here are some photographs of Day 3 :





























































      More to follow soon.

      Ladakh 2014
      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
      Sikkim-Bhutan
      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
      Great Rann of Kutch
      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
      Ladakh 2011
      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

      WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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      • #18
        More photographs (Sonmarg to Lamayuru)

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        Ladakh 2014
        http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
        Sikkim-Bhutan
        http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
        Great Rann of Kutch
        http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
        Ladakh 2011
        http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

        WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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        • #19
          Wow !! Truly amazing Sir ! Hats off for such a wonderful ride, and the pictures are really out of this world.

          Regards & Ride Safe

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          • #20
            Day 4 : 14.09.2011 ( Lamayuru to Leh)

            Early morning I visited the Yungdrung Gompa, the Lamayuru Monastery. It is a worth visiting monastery and by 10 O'clock I was ready for my onward journey. The landscape were amazing. The road from hereonwards are smooth and freshly laid. Although the distance was not much, I had to stop inbetween for 30 minutes as road clearance was going on. By 1.45 p.m. I reached Nimmu (the final stop over before Leh). Had Tea and Parantha and moved on for the final destination. But, just after few minutes had to stop for about one hour as work was going on and a huge pipe was being laid across the road and there was no chance of proceeding further. After getting clearance, I moved on, and reached the famous Magnetic Hills. As I had read in several blogs that the bikers could not find any apparent sign of magnetic effect, I just took few photographs and moved on. Stopped at Guradwara Pather Saheb. For details may like to go to the link : ( http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Gurdwara_Pathar_Sahib ) which is just 25 kms from Leh and thereafter reached Leh by 4.00 p.m. and as I was asking the worker at Petrol pump about the hotels, one NRI biker (from London) helped me to the hotel he was staying near the SBI Bank and ATM in the Market and I booked the room without TV and just basic/clean facilities (Rent Rs. 400/- per day).

            My first job after settling down at Leh was to get my Bike serviced and I immediately reached the mechanic shop near the Petrol Pump and got the engine oil changed, air filter cleaned and shocker seal replaced. Now the bike was ready for any great adventure higher and higher. (BTW after leaving Udhampur it was only in Leh that I could contact anyone over STD).

            First target to Reach Leh accomplished comfortably.




































            Ladakh 2014
            http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
            Sikkim-Bhutan
            http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
            Great Rann of Kutch
            http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
            Ladakh 2011
            http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

            WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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            • #21
              Originally posted by AbraKaDabra View Post
              Day 4 : 14.09.2011 ( Lamayuru to Leh)

              Early morning I visited the Yungdrung Gompa, the Lamayuru Monastery. It is a worth visiting monastery and by 10 O'clock I was ready for my onward journey. The landscape were amazing. The road from hereonwards are smooth and freshly laid. Although the distance was not much, I had to stop inbetween for 30 minutes as road clearance was going on. By 1.45 p.m. I reached Nimmu (the final stop over before Leh). Had Tea and Parantha and moved on for the final destination. But, just after few minutes had to stop for about one hour as work was going on and a huge pipe was being laid across the road and there was no chance of proceeding further. After getting clearance, I moved on, and reached the famous Magnetic Hills. As I had read in several blogs that the bikers could not find any apparent sign of magnetic effect, I just took few photographs and moved on. Stopped at Guradwara Pather Saheb. For details may like to go to the link : ( http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Gurdwara_Pathar_Sahib ) which is just 25 kms from Leh and thereafter reached Leh by 4.00 p.m. and as I was asking the worker at Petrol pump about the hotels, one NRI biker (from London) helped me to the hotel he was staying near the SBI Bank and ATM in the Market and I booked the room without TV and just basic/clean facilities (Rent Rs. 400/- per day).

              My first job after settling down at Leh was to get my Bike serviced and I immediately reached the mechanic shop near the Petrol Pump and got the engine oil changed, air filter cleaned and shocker seal replaced. Now the bike was ready for any great adventure higher and higher. (BTW after leaving Udhampur it was only in Leh that I could contact anyone over STD).

              First target to Reach Leh accomplished comfortably.

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              Juley Sir Ji!!

              Let me first say that i am speechless on this of your accomplshment..and i am sure there would be many more such accomplishments and achievements in your kitty.

              Hats off to you sir!!
              Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe...

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              • #22
                Thanks Sambak.


                BTW I am closely following your Shoja Thread for sometime now.

                Ladakh 2014
                http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
                Sikkim-Bhutan
                http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
                Great Rann of Kutch
                http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
                Ladakh 2011
                http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

                WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by AbraKaDabra View Post
                  Thanks Sambak.


                  BTW I am closely following your Shoja Thread for sometime now.
                  Thanks a lot sir!!


                  we'll possibly be leaving on the 25th night.

                  need your wishes!!
                  Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe...

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                  • #24
                    More photographs (Lamayuru to Leh)









                    Day 5 (15.09.2011) : DC Office for Permit, Ladakh Festival (last day), Saboo Village

                    As told earlier, since I had reached Leh after 4.00 p.m. yesterday, the DC office had closed (The working hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). I reached DC Office by 9.30 a.m. and searched for the stationery shops around DC office for the Blank Form and could get it at one Photocopy shop for Rs. 9 (@ Rs. 3 per page) and filled it. There was hardly any person in DC office I got the permit immediately and paid Rs. 120/- + Rs. 20 (wild life conservation fee). Got around 8 copies photocopied. This job over, I went to Polo Ground where the concluding day function of Ladakh Festival was being organized. Soon the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah arrived and the festival began. It lasted for two hours. One thing I would like to mention here is that CM informed the gathering that an 18-Hole Golf Course is proposed to be built in Leh and work will commence soon. Also Leh tourism development authority maylevy some tax for maintenance of Leh in near future so that they could provide better facilities to the tourists.

                    In the afternoon I went to Saboo village to see for myself the devastation that had taken place last year due to the cloud burst. Although I had gone with the idea to provide some kind of help but I could not spot any authority or NGO working there and hence came back with heavy heart.














                    More photographs will follow.

                    Ladakh 2014
                    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
                    Sikkim-Bhutan
                    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
                    Great Rann of Kutch
                    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
                    Ladakh 2011
                    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

                    WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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                    • #25
                      Some more photographs of Leh and Saboo Village















                      Day 6 : 16.09.2011 : Leh to Hunder













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                      Ladakh 2014
                      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
                      Sikkim-Bhutan
                      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
                      Great Rann of Kutch
                      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
                      Ladakh 2011
                      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

                      WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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                      • #26
                        Super Inspirational
                        All the wise men of the world are called wise only after they spoke their mind, so dont keep the ideas to yourselves!

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                        • #27
                          All my best wishes and regards to you Sir!! what a way to start the year


                          Abhishek
                          Ride safe..wear helmet.
                          Love trance..? you gotta listen to this

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                          • #28
                            A few more photographs of Khardungla and Hunder











                            View of Courtyard at Diskit Guest House

                            Ladakh 2014
                            http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
                            Sikkim-Bhutan
                            http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
                            Great Rann of Kutch
                            http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
                            Ladakh 2011
                            http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

                            WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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                            • #29
                              Day 7 : 17.09.2011 (Return from DISKIT TO LEH (via Khardungla)

                              There is not much to write except that at the North Pullu checkpost I was not being allowed by the santry to move towards Khardungla as according to him the situation was very very bad and no vehicle had arrived from Khardungla Pass till noon. (I believe private vehicles are allowed to ascend/cross from Leh side till forenoon and thereafter the vehicles from the other side are allowed)

                              After some time I saw the military truck convoy starting to move towards Khardungla and I, despite being warned by the sentry, also started moving towards Khardungla on my Bike. The driver of the last military truck asked me to move ahead of him as the military truck provided me good company throughout and the heat of their Engines also kept the weather warm. Another major advantage was that they crushed/melted the snow on the way and my ascend became a lot more easy although, we had to move at a very very slow speed (5-10 kms/ph). As near the top it was really steep ascend and with snow all over the place, the trucks were keeping a safe distance inbetween and in their company my "Hoodibaba" reached Khardungla (second time in two days from either side). (I am not undermining the efforts made by other bikers so far but I reached KHARDUNGLA without much hardships with only the Foot-brakes working).

                              Photographs to follow soon.



                              Ladakh 2014
                              http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
                              Sikkim-Bhutan
                              http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
                              Great Rann of Kutch
                              http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
                              Ladakh 2011
                              http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

                              WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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                              • #30
                                Diskit to Leh Return

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                                Ladakh 2014
                                http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-till-end.html
                                Sikkim-Bhutan
                                http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...-soloride.html
                                Great Rann of Kutch
                                http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ann-kutch.html
                                Ladakh 2011
                                http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ngonglake.html

                                WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING

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