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    Cool SPITI Valley - 3 years dream finally comes TRUE : Rivers - Valleys & The GREEN

    Its been 3 years I have been planning a trip to Spiti Valley. Always coming back from Leh - Ladakh people around, the locals, hotel managers and fellow riders had referred about Spiti and its beauty so many times.

    Last year 2010 I almost came close while returning on Manali - Leh highway but due to short of time had to skip it then.

    This year I had decided that Spiti Valley will be done delicately. 10 whole days just for the valley and nothing else.

    This time I had no big number so it was just 2 riders and 1 pillion. Everything looked perfect and perfect it turned out to be.

    Himalayas always teach me something whenever I'm there. Its like they are my second parents. Each moment I cherish whenever I find myself between them.

    Here are some teaser photos and 1 video I will start with. And the log as each day goes by.

    29th July, 2011 -Day 1: Good start - Worst end.
    30th July, 2011 -Day 2: The Long Run.
    31st July, 2011 -Day 3: Just few hours away from the mountains.
    01st August, 2011 - Day 4: Entering Himalayas.
    02nd August,2011 - Day 5: Yeah baby, now it feels like Spiti Valley Trip.
    03rd August, 2011 - Day 6: Apples to your left, apples to your right.
    04th August, 2011 - Day 7: To the last village.
    05th August, 2011 - Day 8: From Green to the Dry lands.
    06th August, 2011 - Day 9: Kaza - I call it Mini - Leh.
    07th August, 2011 - Day 10: To one of the highest villages in the world.
    08th August, 2011 - (Coming Soon)








    Oh I forgot to mention ourselves. A small info on the riders and pillion.

    Angelo Corriea:
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    Works at TCS. Had not been on a long ride ever. First time to Himalayas. A photo enthusiast and rides a Pulsar 220.

    Pillion, Anahita Pagdiwalla :
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    An HR manager in a software company. My boss. Passion for motorcycle touring and speed. Eagerly wanted to go to Spiti Valley.

    And myself Om Madhav Vaikul,
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    Riding a Ninja 250R. Touring as if meditating. Passion for adventure. And love for photography. Working in the same company. Desperately wanted to see Spiti Valley.

    Also here is a video I mentioned somewhere above.

    Last edited by omvaikul; 10-23-2011 at 12:01 AM.

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    Some more videos of crossing Nallahs...




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    My favourite photos from the ride, with some music in the background..


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    Day 1: Good start Worst end.


    Finally the day had come. Morning getting up today felt good. I had packed just a day before and everything looked good to go.
    We had decided to leave from Mumbai in evening of 29th July Friday so our leaves in office begin from 1st of August.
    By 5.30pm we all gather at Fountain hotel north of Mumbai where NH-8 begins. Couple of friends had come by to see us off.



    By 6pm we began our ride. And to our luck there was no rain to interrupt or slow us down.


    Vapi McD was our dinner halt and its exact 172kms from here. With just one break in between we did these kms in 2 and a half hours.





    As there was no traffic and road looked smooth we were able to hold a speed of 80kmph.




    Im not a great fan of McD as dinner but at this hour better this than anything else.



    After dinner our next halt was for tea just at the beginning of Surat Vadodara expressway.
    It was close to 10pm now so we decided we will have night stay on Vadodara bypass road. By exact midnight we had reached at the bypass and I rode straight to the hotel I know there at the bypass.


    To my surprise it was so close that I couldnt even find the reception when I went through the back door.


    There was a beat guy just outside the hotel Anahita asked them in Gujarathi whether there are any other hotels near by for night stay.
    He recommended to head to the station. We had no choice but to ride till there.


    Two big jokes were established here. The first one was when we were heading towards the station it was a straight road and so eager to reach there Angelo wanted to use his GPS to know whether we are on right track. It may not sound funny but in that situation I was laughing in my helmet.

    And the second when we asked a guy on a cycle about the right directions I dont know what he saw us riding he spontaneously replied come I will lead you there.
    What was he thinking, that his Hero cycle is faster than a P220 and Ninja 250R. It was too much.


    Finally we reached the station by 2am and found a decent place to stay.
    Everything looked fine and just when I was to crash disaster took place. The reception guy asked for our license which I and Angelo gave but Anahita was not carrying hers. And he straight pointed us to the door. Was not ready to budge a bit. I even showed him she is carrying a photo ID (her credit card) but he was not accepting that too.
    We mounted all luggage back on to the bike and started towards Anand as no one near station would give us accommodation.


    The only thing running in my mind was that only place we can stay now is the truck dabhas or guest house on the highway.
    Straight we rode there and got us 2 rooms just for 600 bucks. Crashed straight with the clothes we were wearing. It was 4am and Day 2 begins at 7am. So a couple of hours of sleep would do something better than nothing.


    I will tell you some interesting facts I came to know in the morning. When Day 2 begins.


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    Quote Originally Posted by omvaikul View Post
    My favourite photos from the ride, with some music in the background..

    superb compilation of some stunning pictures. just loved it.
    you people seems to have covered almost all the places along the spiti circuit.. hatu, chitkul, kalpa, chandrataal... great photographs and narration. please continue

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    Great pics & start log Om...waiting for more....
    Ride Hard !!! Ride Safe!!! Enjoy every moment on your machine !!! Cheers....

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    Day 2: The Long Run


    Day 2: 30th July, 2011


    Just look at the place. 5 star suite.
    We were desperate now to leave this place and hit the road as soon as possible. The only thing we had here was tea and biscuits. And while sipping them Anahita told me something which tinkled our funny bone for the rest of the day.
    She had just scanned the room last night to be cautious and there was a vase or something like that hanging on the wall. She stood on her bed to see if any camera or something is hidden there. All she found was a big bunch of used condoms and nothing else.



    Now only thing running in her mind was what all must have happened on the bed we all are sleeping on.
    I tho didnt felt anything. I slept 2 hours peaceful, was anything wanting that sleep.



    Just after you cross the toll after Anand we took one more halt for tea and biscuits as I was still feeling a little sleepy.



    Sky looked clear and after putting some water on my face, we rode straight to Ahmadabad for breakfast.


    I always forget the turns of the ring road. So after taking the first right from NH-8 and covering some more circles we landed somewhere just before Gandhi nagar.


    It was almost 10am now so before backtracking on the right route we decided to have breakfast here. And in the Gujju state we found a nice South Indian fast food place.
    It was a good breakfast. As I ate my dose and half of Angelos and Anahitas Uttapa.



    After coming on right route we rode non-stop till we cross the Gandhi nagar circle. And now the sun was so hitting hard on our eyes that we started to feel sleepy again.



    Some more water and soda on the face and now the next halt was straight before Rajasthan border.



    We had not taken any breaks for photos so somewhere closing to Rajasthan we took a halt at a site where a long stretch of road and this big tree was standing tall. Guys uploaded some photos on facebook and I too mounted my helmet cam on just in case a good stretch comes ahead.



    Some 25kms before Rajasthan border I again started feeling sleepy and Angelo was not behind so I took a halt for him to catch up and wake myself up also.


    Ones we were together we decided as lunch time was closing in we will eat on Udaipur bypass road.


    The only halt we took before reaching Udaipur was at Rajasthan border to take few snaps.



    Ones we reached Udaipur from South side of the bypass, the entire place had a deserted look. No idea why. Every time I come here its always quite lit up.



    Even the usual food place was dull so had to go inside the one next door. Not much great in look either but food was good. Very less oil. A must for us in long trips.


    Ones we were done we it on the GQ stretch which goes to Jaipur via Chittargarh. Just for tea we took a halt after Udaipur airport and then ripped our bikes till we cover some good distance. After 3 hours we covered around 250kms.


    It was close to 6pm now and I was thinking where will todays night halt be. We were supposed to reach Jaipur but for my miscalculations we were still 200kms behind.


    We would have made it by midnight but we were taking into consideration that again if the license or photo identity issue comes up then we will be screwed up mentally by the time Day 3 begins.



    So while this thought was running in my head, Anahita brought it to my notice that there is a nice AC restaurant on this patch somewhere close. She had noticed it last time on the Leh trip.


    In just 10 mins we were there. Clean loo and some water down to cool us. Oh and this is where I took this photo. Anahita will kill me for uploading this but I couldnt just resist. It took all my pain away. Seeing my pal in XL rain pants and sitting like an international beggar. LOL



    By the time both were getting ready I just took a chance to ask the in-charge person here whether there are any motels on the road ahead. To our luck he said yes he himself owns it and its just 55kms from here. Exact 55kms.


    It was Sun down by now and we rode this 55kms in just 40mins.
    We found the place easily. Bargained on a fair deal. But made a mistake of not seeing the room. If we would have seen it then I bet I would have myself jumped my gun. The rooms were just simple infested. All kind of ants and weird creatures roaming in the bathroom and the floor.
    Cleaning only took us an hour.


    Thankfully the food was very tasty. Though veg but it was very good.
    I didnt even feel of unpacking anything after this and went straight to my bed and off snoring.

    I dont know about rest but I needed a good night sleep. At least of 10 hours before I start the next big stretch tomorrow.


    Though for fact we are on Spiti Valley ride but till now it was not feeling that way. Lets see what happens tomorrow. There was anticipation. And believe me the thing that came in our way was no way close in our anticipation.


    Hear me tomorrow
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    So far, So Good, Let hear it more.

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    Anahita will kill me for uploading this but I couldnt just resist. It took all my pain away. Seeing my pal in XL rain pants and sitting like an international beggar. LOL
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