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    Quote Originally Posted by Shivanshu View Post
    masterji everytime I go through this log dil garden garden ho jata hein...... hats off to you
    Thanks a lot Shivanshu....

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    awesome ride and amazing pics, to even thing ofdoing a LEH trip on a scooter itself is unimaginable
    bring on the rest
    Thanks a lot buddy...
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    Just one word I can say after to saw the effort and pictures "Incredible".........hatts off to you....
    Thanks a ton for kind words...

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    Day6 Rangdum to Kargil 1st June 130 Kms part 2

    A pictorial Update between Rangdum Village and Parkachik village.This road section is the worst I faced.


























    Day6 Rangdum to Kargil contd.....

    Last images from Suru valley.Next part Kargil-Leh highway.

















    Day7 Kargil-Lamayuru-Leh 2-3nd June 2012 230 kms

    This is the day of riding on Kargil-Leh Highway.Today,I was a bit relieved as I had completed Zanskar ride successfully.
    With wilderness of zanskar valley left behind,i was back in the mad mean world of civilization.Leh was just 235 kms away.No worry of snowfalls,
    wolves,water streams on this road.After leaving my Paradise goest house,it was time to have a round of tea at UP Hotel.Tea rechargs my battery.
    Left Kargil and drove towards Mulbek and with in no time I was in Mulbek,thanks to good road.Meanwhile spotted a dhaba which was serving thankfully
    serving Parantha.This dhaba was ,I guess,near Hinsikot.A JK Tourism Bungalow was also in this place bang on the road.You cant miss this.Next time i will try to book this Hinsikot bungalow.

    Ride on this Leh-Kargil was uneventful,road had a very thin traffic due to early June.Very few tourist vehicles and once in a while bikers.
    Nakeela came and go,then came the highest point on Srinagar-Leh highway,Fotula.AfTER Photu LA,It is all downhill till Khaltse.When I was near Lamayuru,suddenly scooter stopped and refused to start.I kept rolling down till Lamayuru and stopped near a shop cum dhaba.Open the scooter cover and cleaned the spark plug brought back my scooter to life again.

    I found this place a perfect place for having a light lunch and tea to refresh and to relax.Entered in the shop and ordered a bowl of noodles.A french couple was also sitting there.Had a very long chat with them.During conversation,rain started.

    Dhaba owner,a lady,advised me to stay in her homestay.I agreed.She whispered me in my ear that please dont disclose the room rent with those french couple as she had charged them more than double.I assured her not to worry.I requested her for a bucket of hot water and after one week,I had a bath.My soul was contended after this hot shower and made me cheerful.Roam around in Lamayuru to kill the time and around 7.30 pm,homestay lady invited us to her kitchen for dinner.Meanwhile a young foreign couple had also checked in the homestay and we had a good round of conversation during dinner and it was nice experience having food in typical Ladakhi Kitchen.After dinner I had a very good sound sleep thanks to hot bath,good food and cozy room just for a 350 rs,all included.





























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    Hi Narender, Nice one yaar ur superup u hve the guts to go to Ladakh on a Scooter hat's of to you. Nice pic's as well. One of my friends and me are planning to go to ladakh on our bikes on 11-May, Please can you advise if that would be a good time to go ? and what are the preparations needs to be done before leaving.
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    Narender ji,
    Great Redemption
    No One Can Match You
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    As usual I was running through the Tourer section & I tumbled upon this gem of a tLog & I must say, I am left dumbstruck.
    Mind blowing/boggling pictures, spectacular, amazing...... Sorry to have run out of words. Immense respect to your praiseworthy accomplishment, Sir!
    A trusty scoot., a cam., a place like ladakh & lotsa fun-time - owww!! you made my day, Sir!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ashish33us View Post
    Hi Narender, Nice one yaar ur superup u hve the guts to go to Ladakh on a Scooter hat's of to you. Nice pic's as well. One of my friends and me are planning to go to ladakh on our bikes on 11-May, Please can you advise if that would be a good time to go ? and what are the preparations needs to be done before leaving.
    Thanks Ashish.
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    Narender ji,
    Great Redemption
    No One Can Match You
    Satinder,thanks a lot buddy..
    Quote Originally Posted by chaosaddict View Post
    As usual I was running through the Tourer section & I tumbled upon this gem of a tLog & I must say, I am left dumbstruck.
    Mind blowing/boggling pictures, spectacular, amazing...... Sorry to have run out of words. Immense respect to your praiseworthy accomplishment, Sir!
    A trusty scoot., a cam., a place like ladakh & lotsa fun-time - owww!! you made my day, Sir!!
    Thanks buddy.
    Glad that you like it.

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    Day7/8 Kargil-Lamayuru-Leh 2-3nd June 2012 230 kms Part 2


    Today is 3rd June,Sunday and it has been 8 days since I left my home for Ladakh.Currently at Lamayuru.Leh is just stone's throw distance,100 kms approx.

    I have already visited Penji La in Zansakr and on my to Leh,the capital of Ladakh.Road is super smooth with occasional bad patche here and there.
    I decided to ride at leisurely pace and soak in the sight of wonderful scenes around me.Kept riding on a very slow pace and reached Nimmu around noon.
    It is a very busy place with lots of tourist vehicles parked and hundred of Ladakhi people busy having lunch and purchasing grocery items for daily use.
    I spend few hours there sipping tea and waithing for fellow bcmt member DSD.He along with a friend was also touring Ladakh.I waited for him till evening
    but he delayed at Kargil and I had to leave Nimmu around 5 pm so that I could reach Leh before dark.Within 2 hrs I reached Leh.It was a sunday and market at Leh was closed.I was in desparate need of a scooter mechanic but could not find one.Booked a room in Peace Guest House and dumped my luggage in the room and went to market for making calls and some net surfing.Came back to GH around 9.30 pm and after taliking to GH owner hit the bed so that I could start my Journey early next day....towrads T-lA...over 17000 feet altitude.....
    A scooter....and a mighty mountain pass of 17000 feet cutting through Zanskar Range..........
    Would my scooter make it to the tyranical Tanglang La?
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    Narender ji,
    Great Views and Great Shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by satinder View Post
    Narender ji,
    Great Views and Great Shots.
    Thanks Satinder....

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    Day 9-10 Leh-Tanglang La-Pang 4th July(Concluding Part)

    As a self imposed rule and habit,I was out of bed and Guest House at 5 AM to kick my scooter.
    With in few minutes,I was riding my scooter on deserted lanes of Sleepy town of Leh and Manali-Leh highway all mine.
    Cold was unbearable and and piercing my finger tips and making them numb.I was near Karu when I had to replace my woolen gloves with
    proper riding gloves to curb the intensity of the cold.As expected,petrol pump at Karu was closed in early morning.So what!!!!!I had already procured my quota of petrol last evening itself while in Leh..I knew,I would not find pump open that early morning......
    You all know that I was looking for a mechanic at Leh to service my scooter and didnt find one being it si a Sunday.Few kilometers post Upshai check post I felt the begining ascent to Tanglang La.This slight steepness gave me an Idea of longer length of ascent and that my scooter is going to suffer a long suffocating,agonizing slow ride for few hours...

    Few kilometers after Upshi,civilization get left behind and remoteness sets in and one feels entering into a new unknown territory.Then appears Lato and Rumtse villages.After Rumtse,sighting of human species becomes extinct.Scooter felt being strangulated.All this signs were clear giveaways for me that Tanglang La is near by.....Over 17000 feet.....

    Windy.....Cold.....Deserted...Slushy.....Steep...T errific Tanglang La,a gap in the Zanskar mountain range.....Get way to Leh from Himachal side........
    Would my scooter will prevail???Would my scooter summit Tanglang La???Would it surrender before mighty pass????Chances of surrender were high making me restless and nervous.

    A huge amount of despair and fear had set in my psyche....It was high time to analyze the situation and act logically....
    Suddenly appears a milestone which read--Tanglang La 25 kms..
    At this point,I decided to drive only in first gear,very slowly at snail pace.This was the only option to rule out any breakdown.
    Even I ride at 5 kmph speed,it would take 5 hours to reach at summit and after that downhill starts.Thing will be relatively easier at other side of Tanglang LA....
    So,after Rumtse,a patient and slow ascent assault towards Tanglang La started and after 3 hours I somehow reached at the summit
    Scooter prevailed here and defeated the slushy,rocky, water filled road of Tanglang La...
    .First thing I did was to offer a silent prayer at temple atop pass.
    All alone on a high Ladakh pass,windy,very windy.It was 11 am.I took 5.30 hrs to reach Tanglang La from Leh,a distance of 100 km.
    Those few moments at T La were very special.I was standing all alone on 17000 feet and could see far away in the horizon over.Really on top of the world..
    Descent towards Moorey planes can easily be seen for miles from top of the pass.
    After those awesome moments at top,It was time to move ahead, towards wonderful world of Moorey Planes...
    Scooter started to roll down on its own,scooter felt rejuvnanted on this downhill incline.
    Since snow at the top was melting at high rate,road was very muddy and slippery.A very slow and patient pace was the only way out of this section...
    Within one hour,I was at Debring,a small place consists of 2-3 Changpa Tents and GREF Labors....
    Even though It was flat but still it was 16000 feet altitude...
    Drive through Moorey Planes was awesome and one could see many miles in front of him.Vehicles at miles away resemebled like a Matchbox,very tiny.
    And very soon,Pang arrived,my night halt....

    As soon as I reached Pang,I saw three bikers fixing punctures of of one of their bikes.They were having a very difficult time due to high velocity cold winds and breathlessness.They were using hand air pump to fill the air but in vain.That air filling circus was making them gasping for breath.One members of this group was also badly hit with AMS and lying beneath layers of quilts with a high fever.Pang is very nasty place ,i must say.Upon seeing them in trouble,I lent them my Foot pump in exchange they lent me tools to open my scooter.I wanted to fine tune my scooter.I cleaned the spark plug and carburator and closed the cover of Scooter.

    It was getting dark,cold was also picking up,so everyone settle inside around fire stove inside for gup-shup and Old Monk......
    After this minor repair work I to went inside the dhaba and waited for my dinner.

    Next Morning after all the bikers had left for Leh I started my scooter and resumed journey towards Sarchu.
    But just after one kms,scooter showed a utter lack of power and stopped.I tried multiple times but scooter refused to move forward.
    I waited for ten minutes and again tried,this time it came to life.After 100 meters it again stopped.Sensing some fatal error , I was little nervous,so instead of going towards Sarchu,I rode back to Pang....At least help was there and I was safe at Pang...I tried to rectify the problem but scooter was behaving strangely and was stopping after every 100 meters...

    Around 10 am,I decided to seek help from army TCP men.Once again they proved helpful and deploy a soldier on road barrier and flagged down many
    trucks and asked them to carry my Scooter towards Keylong..After many attempts,one young trucker agreed to load my scooter till Mandi on his truck
    for 300 bucks.He was coming back from Leh after delivering 180 bags of Cement..
    We loaded scooter and securely tied it with ropes.Rest of my Luggage was put in driver's cabin.After a big thanks to Army men,around 11 am,I was again on a very long and bumpy ride towards civilization,towards Manali,towards Home...Exactly after 24 hours Long,Bumpy,Sleepless drive on Manali-Leh Highway,we reached Mandiand unloaded my scooter near a mechanic shop.I paid 500 bucks to trucker,he was very happy,so was I.I was finally out of that wilderness called Pang.Mechanic rectified the problem,refilled the engine oil and my scooter
    was roaring again.

    Final assault towards Home had just begun........After 14 hours long ride,I regained my Paradise.....Home sweet Home.













































    A Big thanks for all reading my blog,commenting in kind words and boosting my morale...It was indeed an overwhelming experience riding solo on an old scooter and exploring Ladakh-Zanskar...I finally fulfilled my desire to put my scooter on Penji La....
    With God's grace and blessings,my Nomadic journey will Never Ends...

    For Now.....THE ENDS.......But a Grand Journey called LIFE Continues.......Life will surely give me another chance to earn many more Miles......

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    Amazing photography & words as usual,,, you're a true inspiration... *standing ovation*
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