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    During my school days; a friend’s father had a 1980 Royal Enfield Bullet—a 350 CC, mean muscular machine . I always wanted to ride it. As I grew older the keenness to ride it increased and finally got a chance during my Junior college days. The bike was too heavy, but the ride was fun
    Fondness for cars and bikes kept on increasing as I grew older. Reading auto magazines was the natural step, that’s where I read about a true biker’s challenge – Ladakh . It became a dream destination for me

    After a decade I decided to buy a Royal Enfeild classic 350, but had to wait for 9 months to own it . In July 2011 finally I took the delivery of the bike and in some time joined Xbhp Pune group. Genuine bikers became friends and few of them had been to Ladakh. I got a chance to read their blogs which turned my dream into a desire

    We (Myself & my wife -Anuradha) took a trip to Aurangabad to visit the Ajanta and Ellora on the beast in December 2011. A 2-day affair was challenging yet fun. In January I along with 9 other riders went to Rann of Kutch, and made me fall in love with the ride, bike and whole the feeling of travelling to a place worth visiting. My heart kept saying some day Ladakh for sure

    In May 2012 a group of bikers decided to visit Ladakh in June, I wanted to join them but could not due a major project delivery at work . I kept thinking whether I could ride solo, but was not sure .

    One fine morning during a regular ride to Lavasa with fellow bikers, one of them (Sumit Burman) spelt out his desire to ride to Ladakh . It was obvious for me to tag along. We prepared the plan, finalized the leaves, and started preparing for the trip

    At home Anu was more than supportive, however I wanted her to join me too. Secretly she too wanted to join but kept saying no, finally she agreed. I spoke to Sumit about she accompanying us; he was fine with the idea. Weekends were spent in shopping and preparing mentally. We planned to take a train till Jammu and ride from there to Ladakh and on the way back we would take a train from Delhi

    We spoke to few fellow riders from Xbhp—Vishwas Mokashi & Navendu—and took inputs from them. Aniruddha and Ananth wanted to join us but they decided to ride all the way and meet us in Jammu . Aniruddha’s plan changed, he too would be travelling with us in train till Jammu and Ananth will be riding solo. However, Ananth’s plan of joining us didn’t work out, and he didn’t accompany us for our journey
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    Good... now it's time for the real show

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    This blog is been written by wife - Anuradha and Me.

    Preparation:

    Gear – Helmets, protective jackets, woolen gloves, riding gloves, knee guards, raincoats, gumboots, thermal wear, woolen socks, sunglasses, saddle bag, tank bag

    Bike Spares – Clutch cable, clutch liver, tyre tubes, headlight bulb, bike servicing

    Foodstuff – Dry fruits, energy drink, oral rehydration solution

    Medicines – AMS tablet (Diamox), Moov spray, general medicines for cold, cough, pain etc.

    Bike insurance and other important documents

    Digital Camera, DSLR Camera, lens and an extra SD card

    Bikes: Royal Enfield Classic 350: Sanjay and Anuradha Wadhwani
    Bajaj Pulsar 220: Aniruddha Kulkarni
    Yamaha Fazer 150: Sumit Burman

    Plan (expect changes as you read ):
    Fri/ Sat-July 20, 21 Mumbai – Jammu
    Sat – July 21 Jammu (Afternoon) – Patni top
    Sun-July 22 Patni top – Srinagar
    Mon-July 23 Srinagar – Kargil
    Tue-July 24 Kargil - Leh
    Wed 25 Leh -Diskit Gompa - Nubra Valley
    Thu-July 26 Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso
    Fri-July 27 Pangong Tso – Pang
    Sat- July 28 Pang to Keylong
    Sun-July 29 Keylong - Kaza- Puh
    Mon- July 30 Puh – Shimla
    Tues –July 31 Shimla – Ambala
    Aug 1 to Aug 3 Buffer
    4 & 5th August Ambala – Mumbai - Pune

    Day 1 coming soon
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    Day 1: Pune – Mumbai – en route Jammu

    2.30 am on Friday, June 20, 2012…

    We’re half awake waiting for the alarm to go off at 2.00am, which it eventually does. A mere formality , it is turned off at the first beep. After all, when the morning of your most exciting journey dawns, you need no alarm clock to wake you up…you already are in a dream! In our case, this journey was to the surrealistic Ladakh region.
    A quick shower, a cup of coffee and checking the locks of doors and windows is what keeps us busy over the next half an hour.
    At 2:30 am we get a call from our fellow traveler Aniruddha saying he’s in the cab and is reaching our home in the next few minutes. We assemble our bags and wait in anticipation…luckily the wait isn’t too long. The cab arrives and Sanjay and I (Anuradha) hop on, all set to pick up Sumit—the fourth member of our group. Another half an hour passes and our cab is cruising down the Pune-Mumbai expressway, all set to drive us at the Bandra Terminus. That’s where we are to board the Swaraj Express that will take us to Jammu.

    About three hours later we’re seated in the train, accompanied by a middle-aged group of Amarnath yatris who are about to make a journey that’s just as exciting and brave. As the day chugs along much slower than our train, we begin to get a little impatient about the 1.5 day journey to Jammu. We cross Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, a little bit of Rajasthan, Delhi and even Punjab…but there’s no sign of rain anywhere. The weather is hot and we’re cursing ourselves for choosing to travel Second Class. But as is the case with time, it just passes by and we soon find ourselves welcoming day 2 of our journey.


    Day 2: Reaching Jammu

    8am, Saturday, July 21 2012…

    We all wake up and realize that it’s just a question of biding time till 3pm. The unbroken wheat and grain fields pass us by in Punjab, slowly waning as we near Jammu. Here, the fields are replaced by dried up rivers with their beds lying bare for the passerby to gape at and say a thing or two about the grave lack of rain this season. Soon, our first destination approaches and we alight the train at Jammu.

    While Sanjay and I wait at the platform with our luggage, Aniruddha and Sumit move ahead to find the Railway Parcel Office so that we can collect our motorbikes that we had dispatched earlier.



    The plan is to collect the three beasts (or beauties if you so prefer!), strap on our bags and set off for Patnitop, 3 hours ahead of Jammu. This will help us save precious time when we set out for Srinagar the next morning.

    Sumit and Aniruddha locate the Parcel Office and the three boys go to collect their respective bikes while I wait outside with our luggage. The wait is getting a little longer than I expected and just then I see Sanjay emerging from the Office with a rather grim look. “Our bike has reached safe, but they’re not handing it over to me because I’ve misplaced the Lorry Receipt (LR) ,” he says. “Oh, but can’t we prove that the bike is indeed ours by showing them the original documents and your ID proof?” I ask.
    “No. They’re particularly strict in these parts and the only thing we can do is wait and ask someone to go to the parcel office, get a duplicate receipt made and courier it to us. But tomorrow being a Sunday, expect the courier to reach us only by Tuesday or Wednesday,” says Sanjay. That’s three days wasted, I thought to myself but put up a it’s-ok-it-happens-all-the-time face. We call up my brother who goes to the Parcel Office, but finds it closed post 5pm. In vain.
    An hour later we’re all sitting in Shivam Lodge, which is a 5-minute walk from the Jammu railway station and brainstorming about what can be done next. At the end of it, for the lack of a better option, Aniruddha and Sumit concretize a plan of making a round trip to Amritsar and Wagah while we wait in Jammu and get matters sorted out. That’s better than all of us sitting and wasting three days in the hot and stuffy Jammu weather. The mutual consensus is also to ask Sanjay to give us all a treat as a compensation for the goof-up ! The restaurant at Shivam Lodge serves some great Mah ki Daal, Vegetables and home-style fulkas with desi ghee. We then call it a night.




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    Day 3: does the wait continue ????

    6am Sunday, July 22, 2012…

    Aniruddha and Sumit rise early and set out for Amritsar while Sanjay and I decide to make a trip to the Parcel Office again and talk to the officials there to re-consider our case. In the meanwhile my father gets us in touch with a gentleman from the Ministry of Railways and our friends back in Pune are trying to figure out different ways to help.

    We try calling a friend who was supposed to reach the Pune Railway Station…no answer. We’re getting desperate because it’s a Sunday and we fear that the Pune Parcel Office might also have limited business hours (if at all they open). We wait for an hour hoping to talk to the Station Master who doesn’t turn up till nearly 10am. Finally, we go back to the Parcel Office. This is what follows:

    Parcel Officer: Baat hui Station Master se? (Did you manage to speak with the Station Master?)

    We: Nahi, abhi aaye nahi. (He’s not in office yet.)

    PO: Acchaa… (starts walking towards the bikes that are parked in the Parcel Office.)

    PO: Isme se aapki bike kaunsi hai (which one of these is your bikes?)

    We: Woh, Royal Enfield…

    He goes closer and inspects the bike. Then, he removes a green coloured receipt that had been stuffed near the handle bar by the railway staff when the bike was packed in Pune before transportation. He takes the receipt and walks back to his counter.

    PO: Accha yeh duplicate receipt toh hai bike ki…ek kaam karna padega…notary se ek affidavit banvao aur uske saath ye receipt attach karlo. Kaam ho jana chahiye . Main ek aadmi ko bhejta hoon jo aapko notary ke ghar leke jayega. Aapke friend ko bolo Pune station na jaaye.

    We interpret that he is hinting that we’ll most likely get our bike, but we were too wary to believe it. So we decide to just go with the flow and see what happens. The Parcel Officer directs us to the desk of his crony who takes us to the home of a notary.

    In the next few minutes we have the affidavit and photocopies of some documents he had asked for. We submit these and rather unexpectedly, he hands over the bike to us. Having anticipated at least 2-3 days before we would have the bike back, we’re a little numbed by the sudden change in the man’s stance and our streak of luck!

    Thank yous said, we take the bike and start to decide what to do next. Aniruddha and Sumit have most probably reached Amritsar, so we send them a text informing them about the pleasant yet unexpected development. In the meanwhile Sanjay and I decide to set out for Patnitop and spend one night there so that the two of them can join us there the next day.

    We go back to the hotel and order for a hearty Punjabi breakfast of Chana Bhatura. In the meanwhile Sanjay goes to the petrol station to fuel up the bike. We check out by 12:30 pm and with a wide smile set out on the actual adventure!!

    Pitstop for some water in the humid afternoon...


    Patnitop is the destination for today, but we reach it by 3 pm.


    Some where near Patni top

    We decide that if we ride on further, we could be closer to Srinagar. So ride we do! We cross Ramban and reach Banihal. The clock tells us it’s 6ish. So we decide to call it a night at the little town of Banihal at the Hotel Alpine (Rs700 per room).


    Hotel Alpine (star in Banihal)

    We freshen up and walk down the main street of the town and find a small eatery where we order Dahi Kadhi, Roti and Aloo sabzi. The bill for a three course meal for two people is Rs75 !

    Marveling at the idyllic life in a small town, we stop by at a fruit seller’s cart to sample some yellow colored fruits that resemble oversized berries. It’s a yellow version of aloo bukhaara (plums) the fruit vendor tells us. We ask him to pack us some…which he promptly does. But as Sanjay pays him, he refuses to accept money. “Tum hamare gaon aaye ho. Thank you.” Since we insist he accepts a nominal amount with a smile. Back at the Hotel, we munch on some of those yellow aloo bukharas and then call it a night.
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    @Sanjay & @Anuradha.. Excellent Start! I am still disappointed that I couldn't join you guys.

    Just a small request, Please add Engish Translation for Hindi you put in there. Some readers here might not be well versed with Hindi.
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