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  • Redemption of A Restless Rider-Solo Scooter ride to Zanskar-Ladakh 2012

    Reminiscence of a Restless Rider

    Forests,Exploration,Frank Smith,Valley of
    Flowers,Skiing,Mountaineering,Mountains,Valleys,Ri
    vers,Glaciers,Passes,peaks,Caves,Shepeard huts,
    Safari,Machan,Snow,Hill Stations,Dak Bunglaw,Forest,Hemlets,Silk route,Carvan,Inns,Sarai Sprituality.
    Terms generally associated with Himalayas.
    Himalayas, synonymus with High snowy peaks,abode of gods, where hermits still meditate and penance for peace and liberation form this mortal world.
    Himalayas,source of myriad mythological folklores,source of holy rivers still worshipped.Thats why I always find myself being pulled towards
    mountains.Himalayas where I found myself at peace,where my wandering soul find solace,where I am miles away from my daily grind,where my
    introspection takes place.Himalayas,a tavern for me.



    Why Ladakh-Zanskar on Scooter?????

    "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place It will beat you to your knees and keep you
    there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit,
    it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how
    winning is done!"-Rocky Balboa

    1.To judge and enhance my inner mental and physical strength.
    2.Last two successful scooter rides made me confidant towards scooter's ability to face tough terrain.

    Objectives of This Ride

    1.To quench my photographic thirst.



    2.To see my scooter parked near Drang Drung Glacier


    3.To see my Scooter parked On Penji La
    A dream to ride to this heavenly place become true when I landed my Scooter there.
    I could not resist myself and following photos were my natural reaction.










    (Author's Note-Above photos were taken being in optimum mental and physical strength and by no means a work of stunt.Readers' discern is advised)
    Solo Scooter ride to Winter Spiti 2011|| Ladakh-Zanskar-2012||Scooter ride to Ladakh 2013||Ladakh Scooter Ride 2014||Ladakh Scooer Ride 2015||Scooter ride to Sach Pass

  • #2
    'Master' stroke again.

    @Narender Ji: All your threads are inspiration for the budding tourers here

    Keep'em coming!
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    • #3
      As said by sir above MasterStrock

      Fantastic job done ...Share your experience in detail ... please waiting.

      WOW WOW WOW.... keep it Coming...
      Pride & Prejudice: Ladakh Ride,

      Ride To Raajmachi - Highway, Off Roading, Tent fire & Dhamaal

      Madness in Rajasthan - Travelogue


      "ATGATT, because sweat dries faster than skin heals"
      Riding faster then every one else will only guarantees you will ride alone.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sunilg View Post
        'Master' stroke again.

        @Narender Ji: All your threads are inspiration for the budding tourers here

        Keep'em coming!
        Thanks Sunil for praise.....It means a lot to hear from you...
        Originally posted by shahbaz63 View Post
        As said by sir above MasterStrock

        Fantastic job done ...Share your experience in detail ... please waiting.

        WOW WOW WOW.... keep it Coming...
        Thanks Shabaz.....
        Solo Scooter ride to Winter Spiti 2011|| Ladakh-Zanskar-2012||Scooter ride to Ladakh 2013||Ladakh Scooter Ride 2014||Ladakh Scooer Ride 2015||Scooter ride to Sach Pass

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        • #5
          Ohh Wow!!! What an amazing feat...Bring on your journey quickly...To say that it is inspirational - it would be an understatement...Hats off!!
          Solo ride to Ladakh - http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...ia-ladakh.html

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          • #6
            Wow ! What can I say ?? Breathtaking pictures and taking your trusty scooter there speaks volumes for your passion and courage ! Kudos !!

            Cheers & Ride Safe

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            • #7
              This is awesome, Inspirational work. Salutes to you Narendra ji, few would even dare to ride on those roads in a four wheeler you did it on a Scooter - Bravo

              Waiting for more pics

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              • #8
                My humble respects

                Pics are already mind blowing & hence rating this thread 5* in the anticipation of steady flow of them instead of EMI buckets
                Skill is what keeps you on a Motorcycle
                Awareness + Skill is what keeps you out of harm's way
                ATGATT + Awareness + Skill means you might Live To Ride another day

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by maverick.najju View Post
                  Ohh Wow!!! What an amazing feat...Bring on your journey quickly...To say that it is inspirational - it would be an understatement...Hats off!!
                  Thanks buddy.....
                  Originally posted by ridermax View Post
                  Wow ! What can I say ?? Breathtaking pictures and taking your trusty scooter there speaks volumes for your passion and courage ! Kudos !!

                  Cheers & Ride Safe
                  Thanks mate....
                  Originally posted by mansuryayas View Post
                  This is awesome, Inspirational work. Salutes to you Narendra ji, few would even dare to ride on those roads in a four wheeler you did it on a Scooter - Bravo

                  Waiting for more pics
                  Thanks you....
                  Originally posted by aargee View Post
                  My humble respects

                  Pics are already mind blowing & hence rating this thread 5* in the anticipation of steady flow of them instead of EMI buckets
                  Thanks fro the 5 star and praise...
                  Solo Scooter ride to Winter Spiti 2011|| Ladakh-Zanskar-2012||Scooter ride to Ladakh 2013||Ladakh Scooter Ride 2014||Ladakh Scooer Ride 2015||Scooter ride to Sach Pass

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                  • #10
                    Ammazzing quotes on breathtaking photos...wow!!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by atank View Post
                      Ammazzing quotes on breathtaking photos...wow!!!
                      Thanks a lot.....
                      Solo Scooter ride to Winter Spiti 2011|| Ladakh-Zanskar-2012||Scooter ride to Ladakh 2013||Ladakh Scooter Ride 2014||Ladakh Scooer Ride 2015||Scooter ride to Sach Pass

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                      • #12
                        narender - Would really like to see your next post with more pics than ThankQ Pls don't make us loose the steam waiting on pics
                        Skill is what keeps you on a Motorcycle
                        Awareness + Skill is what keeps you out of harm's way
                        ATGATT + Awareness + Skill means you might Live To Ride another day

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                        • #13
                          Day 1 Delhi-Pathankot 490 Kms 27 May 2012

                          Before starting my travelogue I must thank some very helpful people who helped me to prepare for this ride.
                          This thanks giving ceremony has following persons
                          Vikas Shokeen-for lending me his Saddle Bag,riding Jacket,riding gloves,Rain Coat.
                          Aman Pruthi-Since he was out of the ride,with a heavy heart he lended me his D5000 with a brand new 18-105 lens.Thanks a lot buddy.
                          RK Bharat-Thank a lot for small sony tripod and Car inverter.
                          Vaibhav(Kurt)-Thanks a lot for foot pump.
                          Amit Magoo-I poked him many times for his 100 mm macro lens he agreed to lend me his lens but I could no go to collect the lens due to my laziness.Thanks Amit.
                          Amit Dhull-Thanks Amit for waiting me at Leh.
                          Apart from these wonderful friends, I specially dedicate my this ride to some of the most wonderful,helpful,benevolent human being i ever met.They helped me in the crisis without any gains.Deep respect for them.I will be writing few lines about them later in the log as the story unfolds.

                          Ok,here begins the tale.
                          On one fine day,I was browsing the itinerary section on BCMT and saw a query in which a member asked about the feasibility of going to Ladakh on a scooter.
                          Within 5 seconds of reading this Ladakh on Scooter query, I had decided to give it a try myself and presented my Scooter ride agenda in the Durbar of Home Ministry for approval.As always,my ever supporting Home Ministry put the approval seal on my agenda and pushed me into the preparation mode.
                          Aman Pruthi had been insisting on a Ladakh ride since I returned from our 2011 family trip to Ladakh-Zanskar.It was not possible for me to visit Ladakh twice a year.So I politely declined.Since Aman was still Ladakh virgin,I asked him to join me on my scooter ride this year which he instantly agreed.But fate had another plan and Aman backed out just just two days prior to Ride and left me no chance but to go solo.This proved a blessing in disguise ,and being a solo, I interacted with lots of people of Ladakh and Zanskar and increased my insight about these lovely people.Which I guess would not have been possible had i been in a group.Although I missed my riding partner Aman big time.
                          Time 4 AM,Date 27 May.Kids were blissfully sleeping when I kicked start my scooter and embarked upon a new journey to the most beautiful landscapes Called Ladakh and Zanskar.
                          I wanted to reach Pathankot on the first day and crossing Ambala-Khrar-Ropar-Nava Shahar-Hoshiyarpur-Pathankot.Scooter being a slow vehicle,took endless time and I was able to reach Pathankot only after 14 hrs continuous ride,around 8 PM.One more thing,my scooter's engine oil was leaking due to loose gasket.Reason for this loose gasket as cited by mechenic at Ropar,was that My Delhi Mechanic had not remove the old gasket and placed new one over it rendering it prone to leakage.He diligently removed all the residual sticky gasket and put a brand new gasket and also applied a special M Seal solution to plug the leak.Got my scooter repaired at Ropar.That repair job was almost one hour long affair.So effectively,Delhi-Pathankot ride was 13 hours long.Night had fallen when I reached Pathankot and search for a Hotel was on in the busy and congested Pahankot market.Spotted the hotel "Terrace" and asked for room tariff.1000 per night.It exploded like a bomb.Paying for a few hours sleep for a single person was very painful.I told them that I am touring on a limited budget and cant afford 1000 rs night stay.Staff at Terrace was very helpful and courteous and manager of the hotel arranged a bed for me in the common hall of the hotel for just 200 rs.He and other staff of hotel even shared meal with me and we kept talking late in
                          night.Upon hearing that I am a govt teacher,he also told me how once he used to be an FCI Employee and how his former colleague conspired against him and tempered with the Wheat Bags of store and got him suspended.He is fighting reinstatement battle in the court.Such a nice fellow.He also asked me for some guidance about some professional courses for his younger brother.Thus came to an end of first day of my touring.




                          Camera Memory,I was carrying




                          4 AM Shot at Starting from Home




                          Getting new tires installed




                          Pollution Check was also mendatory




                          Some hardware I was carrying




                          Leaky Gasket being replaced at Ropar



                          Leaking Gasket being repaired




                          Day2&3 Pathankot-Srinagar-Drass 28-29 May 2012

                          Pathankot stay was a good experience.I was ready to enter Kashmir valley.Obviously,I would go via Udhampur bypass which is Just after after Samba cantonment.Right turn and you would be in hills with in minutes.Road was of mixed type.Broken and smooth surface coexists here on this route.Arrived at Udhampur and found a bustling busy market with lots of buses and cars parked on the road.But my eyes were looking for an ATM.Do I need to tell why I was looking for an ATM??Withdraw money sufficient for 15 days.After Udhampur,all the popular places on NH1 came and go.Here comes Banihal where a serpentine traffic of 2-3 Kms awaits me.But no worries.I was riding a two wheeler and we Delhites aptly know how to make our way in maze pf vehicles.Within few minutes I was out of that vehicular Maze and was cruising towards Srinagar,my destination for the day.I was smiling in my helmets on the fate of stuck vehicles.After crossing Titanic Point,market of Kesar(saffron),paddy fields,Avenues,Cricket bats market and factories, I was only able to reach swanky Srinagr only after dark and settled in hotel named Green Mountain in Badami Bagh area.Tariff 600 rs for a kitchen turned hotel room.Entire hotel was booked to full capacity.After all it is Kashmir,heaven on earth.Entire Bengal and Gujrat was there to have a piece of heaven.Idea was to spend the night and leave early next morning to see Sonmarg in early morning and cross Zozila as early as possible.Here in Srinagar, I met an elderly man who after hearing that I am am heading towards Zanskar told me he himself drove a truck to Zanskar hired by a foreigner couple 30 years ago.People of Zanskar were bewildered to see a truck and jumping with joy.It is only after Srinagar that Landscapes changes and journey becomes exciting.




















                          First Post Link

                          http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/2...kh-2012-a.html
                          Solo Scooter ride to Winter Spiti 2011|| Ladakh-Zanskar-2012||Scooter ride to Ladakh 2013||Ladakh Scooter Ride 2014||Ladakh Scooer Ride 2015||Scooter ride to Sach Pass

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                          • #14
                            Freaging crazy.. and thats the best part..
                            bring on the rest pleaseee
                            .... I will rather ride my Bike thinking about God, then sitting in a Temple thinking about my Bike.. ..

                            Blog : Mumbai - Leh - Mumbai : 21 Days, 6500kms. Journey to Heaven..June'09
                            GreatIndianRide - West India on a 110cc for over a month
                            Mumbai-Leh-Mumbai - A Sequel : July'11 (Blog coming soon)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by rachitkohli View Post
                              Freaging crazy.. and thats the best part..
                              bring on the rest pleaseee
                              Thanks a lot Rachit for praise.....
                              Solo Scooter ride to Winter Spiti 2011|| Ladakh-Zanskar-2012||Scooter ride to Ladakh 2013||Ladakh Scooter Ride 2014||Ladakh Scooer Ride 2015||Scooter ride to Sach Pass

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