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Getting Leh'ed. Since 2007...

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  • [Photo Feature]: Getting Leh'ed. Since 2007...

    As they say, better late than never.

    So, I have decided to clear the backlog of my pictures and trip logs of my various rides to Ladakh. (I know a few guys might have fainted/would be jumping in joy after they would have read my decision to clear the backlogs.) (No the earthquake that just hit the Capital has anything to do with this.)

    After I missed riding to Ladakh in 2006, finally visited the land of highest mountain passes in 2007. Since then, every year, every ride has been a exciting experience for me.

    Let me start by sharing some of the pics from 2007 trip, that are already uploaded (and hence might not be new for some).

    Year: 2007
    Route: Delhi - Jalandhar - Chamba - Failed attempt to cross Sach Pass - Nurpur - Pathankot - Srinagar - Kargil - Suru - Pensi La - Drang Drung Glacier - Parkachik - Lamayuru - Leh - Khardung La - Hundar - Panamik - Khardung La - Leh - Pangong Tso - Leh - Pang - Keylong - Manali - Delhi.

    Landscape after Zoji La


    Landscape near PangongTso Lake


    Pangong Tso


    Gata Loops


    Suraj Tal
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  • #2
    Exactly!

    Better late than never.

    The first pic looks heavenly
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    • #3
      Vow.. Awesome..!!!!! The leh logs are very hard to complete.. I agree on it..
      .... I will rather ride my Bike thinking about God, then sitting in a Temple thinking about my Bike.. ..

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      • #4
        awesome pics ,

        can you plz let us know exactly which month and dates u went there , as in photo's its look real good, i am planning this year.

        and also is it advisable to visit during May starting ??
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        • #5
          Originally posted by sunilg View Post
          Exactly!

          Better late than never.

          The first pic looks heavenly
          Thanks.


          Originally posted by rachitkohli View Post
          Vow.. Awesome..!!!!! The leh logs are very hard to complete.. I agree on it..
          You bet & when you are sitting on 5 such pending logs, things get even harder.


          Originally posted by nagoo View Post
          awesome pics ,

          can you plz let us know exactly which month and dates u went there , as in photo's its look real good, i am planning this year.

          and also is it advisable to visit during May starting ??
          Thanks.

          In 2007 & 2008, I had gone in Aug.
          2009 & 2010, I went in May end-June start.
          2011, I went in Oct.

          I'm not sure if roads are officially open by May start (you might want to keep an eye on the road status at OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF DISTRICT LEH (LADAKH)
          Also, when the roads are just opened, the condition is not the best and also the roads might get closed again. That's what spoiled my 2010 trip, as I went there when the Leh - Manali road wasn't even open, as a result a lot of plan was cancelled.
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          • #6
            Preparations:Motorcycle:Rider:Gadgets:Luggage:
            - Clothes & other stuff that I carry on any ride, stuffed in Camster saddle bag.
            - Sleeping bag tied on the pillion seat.
            - Back pack with gadgets, maps books (Lonely Planet & Eicher Road Atlas) and other stuff that require quick access.
            - As my toolkit, I was carrying all the spanners and screw drivers using which I could remove/fix anything on the bike.
            - List of spares, I have already documented

            Transport:Day 1 (31-July-2007):
            NH1
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            • #7
              And you start unraveling!

              Go on, waiting for further updates...
              " I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not" - Kurt Cobain

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              • #8
                Go on, I am loving it....,
                main aur meri motorcycle, aksar yeh batein kartey hain....

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                • #9
                  Awesomeness !!

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                  • #10
                    Bhai miyaan,Derr Aaye Durust aaye.

                    Super Duper Pics.Waiting for more.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kurtrules View Post
                      And you start unraveling!

                      Go on, waiting for further updates...
                      Yes, finally.

                      Originally posted by oldman View Post
                      Go on, I am loving it....,
                      Originally posted by Shreeni0403 View Post
                      Awesomeness !!
                      Thanks guys.

                      Originally posted by beruoist View Post
                      Bhai miyaan,Derr Aaye Durust aaye.

                      Super Duper Pics.Waiting for more.

                      CHeers
                      Biru
                      Here is the Day 2 of Trip 1.





                      Day 2 (1-Aug-2007):
                      Finally, the extra hot day followed by a not so pleasant night had one advantage; I didn’t need to waste the battery of my alarm to get up.
                      Yes, you guessed it right. The shelter I found for the night was a non-a/c room.

                      After taking care of the morning duties & settling the hotel bill, it was time to again hit the road.

                      The morning time wasn’t as pleasant as I was expecting it to be. Worried about the prospect of getting caught by noon Sun, while still in plains, I zoomed off the start line like a racer aiming to take the hole-shot. Leaving behind the sparse traffic of city, I was soon zipping towards the mountains (don’t get your pulse racing, it wasn’t that hot pace as it might sound), wanting to catch the cooler weather of mountains as soon as possible.

                      Hardly an hour into the ride, it seems the cooler weather wanted to catch me before I could catch him, in mountains. In horizon I see dark rain clouds filling the sky. Not able to decide if I should feel happy (getting rid of the heat) or should feel sad (might get wet – just the riding jacket was water proof), I was caught by the thundering rain. Before I could stop and put on the rain pant, I was drenched. So, I decided to save the effort and let my body soak in some fresh water. I opened the waterproof jacket a bit, to make sure the upper body doesn’t complain of being deprived of getting wet in rain water, while the lower body does. Keeping my safety in mind (and also didn’t want to have rain drops hitting my face), I ignored complains of my head that he also wanted to experience the feeling of getting wet in rain.

                      While the rain lasted for just a few km’s but it made the rising mercury crash on the floor. In a space of few minutes the weather has changed drastically and I am yet to see “m” of mountain.


                      Clouds waiting for me

                      The road from Jalandhar (once you turn towards Pathankot) after being 4 lane initially had turned into a two lane road with road work going on in patches and then some patches of pot holed & bumpy surface.
                      Having being spoiled by the boring NH1 till now, the narrow road along with some traffic was making me feel good.

                      Enjoying a ride on a decent stretch of road coupled with some good weather, what else can one ask for? Well, food to being with. So, when the breakfast deprived stomach decided that it had enough; I had to pull over at the next decent looking “dhaba” for lunch.

                      After making stomach happy, it was time to get back on the road. As Pathankot got closer, the traffic started to pick up, so I dropped the pace and now I had to pass through the city towards Chamba.

                      Asking for directions a couple of times, I crossed the city. Soon I was greeted with greenery and twisties. While the fun quotient goes up by a few notches, the pace drops down a bit, as I wanted to enjoy every moment of riding.

                      From hazy views, to cloudy & green peaks to strange sand formations, it was a very productive day for the eyes, after the hot ‘n’ humid disaster on previous day.


                      Interesting Sand formation


                      Cloudy mountains


                      Perfect(?) riding destination


                      When one is riding for the first time, through a location as scenic as this one, and then see turn off point for places like Dalhousie & Khajjar. The choice of where to go becomes harder. It wasn’t an easy choice for me to skip those destinations and stick onto the road towards Chamba. One thing that helped the decision was the fact that, soon it would become dark. So, I left my lust (with a promise that I’ll come back soon and pick it up) for more exploration at those turn off points and carried on towards Chamba.

                      Some dam enroute to Chamba


                      Knee scraping?


                      Before it could get dark, I was in Chamba. After a short search for night halt, it was time to take a walk. The little town was buzzing with activity, all thanks to some “mela” happening in the nearby ground.

                      Went to the bus stand to enquire about the road status of Sach Pass, while the Pass was open the bad news was that due to landslides the road is blocked after Killar. Having come so far, I was in no mood to turn back without trying. So I decided to enter the Pangi Valley, first thing in the morning.

                      To have a backup plan, in case I’m unable to cross over, I called up Roy in the plains, as he would be better informed about the latest news. With some news of unrest a few days before I started the ride, I was not feeling comfortable in riding alone into the Kashmir valley, for the first time. The information I got was positive, so Kashmir valley was one of the backup plans for now.

                      With the plan frozen for next day’s ride, had a quick dinner and went to sleep.
                      2000 Suzuki Fiero | 2004 Bullet Electra | 2004 RX135 | 2005 CBZ | 2009 Karizma | 2009 Punto 1.4 Petrol | 2011 Yamaha YZF-R15

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                      • #12
                        Pics look great..

                        waiting to experience your write up..
                        Please use all possible safety measures while riding and remember others also riding on the same road...

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                        • #13
                          Wonderful & crisp pics. Thanks for sharing.
                          Infact these pics will convey the 'Incredible India' mantra better than words...



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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ksatish View Post
                            Pics look great..

                            waiting to experience your write up..
                            Thanks.
                            Will try to keep updating regularly.

                            Originally posted by Haroon View Post
                            Wonderful & crisp pics. Thanks for sharing.
                            Infact these pics will convey the 'Incredible India' mantra better than words...
                            Thanks. These and a few upcoming ones, I was not so happy with them that I never got satisfied with them & hence got delayed in sharing.
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                            • #15
                              Very Neat pics Nav.Abhi ye haal he toh aage ke days mien kya hoga

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