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    Quote Originally Posted by atank View Post
    Ammazzing quotes on breathtaking photos...wow!!!
    Thanks a lot.....

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    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
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    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.




















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    Freaging crazy.. and thats the best part..
    bring on the rest pleaseee
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    Quote Originally Posted by rachitkohli View Post
    Freaging crazy.. and thats the best part..
    bring on the rest pleaseee
    Thanks a lot Rachit for praise.....

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    must be awesome experience ... insane tour man ...
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    Awesome Pics bro, bring on the rest

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    crazy man on the scooter does it again --

    Bows down -- deep respect sirji !!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shahbaz63 View Post
    must be awesome experience ... insane tour man ...
    Quote Originally Posted by mansuryayas View Post
    Awesome Pics bro, bring on the rest
    Quote Originally Posted by darkknight View Post
    crazy man on the scooter does it again --

    Bows down -- deep respect sirji !!!!!
    Shahbaz,Manu and Dark,thanks a lot buddies....

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    Day 2-3 Pathankot-Srinagar-Drass 28-29 May 2012

    Halt at Sonmarg was very brief,only for photo shoot.Plenty of tourists vehicles were parked and lots of tourists were riding Ponies towards Thajiwas Glacier point.After spending some time at the filmy location of Sonmarg,I moved ahead only to be flagged down by an BRO worker.Reason,JCB was clearing the road and big rocks were falling down.Wait was hour long.A man from Kargil was also waiting just behind me and seeing my scooter,he approached me and started a conversation and expressed amazement to see a scooter on Zozila.I also made a call from his cell phone and talked to Pragya from Zozila pass.
    Today's desination was Drass,a comfortable journey,not much long.Umba La pass was the reason behind breaking journey at Drass because I wanted to enter Suru valley thru this pass not thru Kargil.I did attempted Umba la pass road and went up to few kms crossing Umba village only to find road blocked and fully deserted.
    People warned me not to go far as Bears roams up there and there is no village through out the whole route.
    Road to Umba La pass starts 300 meters ahead of busy Drass market.After attempting Umba la pass road for few kms,returned to Drass and
    straighway went to JK Tourist Bungalow and met Salim who had helped us secure a room in Kargil in our 2011 trip.After exchanging pleasentries,
    he once again open a room for me and treated me with hot cup of tea which I enjoyed with Salim and two Enginners from Jammu, Pradeep and Deepak.They were constructing all weatherproof,insulated rooms for Army on trial basis .These room were heavily insulated, with floor heating system,hot running water and Sewage treatment Plant.Currently they were overseeing the work at Army post near Tiger Hill and Batalik.They shared many stories about Dah and Hanu Villages and promised me to arrange visit me a visit to one of Army posts up in the mountains very near to International border and show me the constructed rooms and explain the techonology.I was super excited to hear.Around 8 PM,both the engineers invited me to thier room for Rum and dinner.What a night to remember.



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