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    Default Ladhak obsession

    PS: This Travelogue is packed with DESIRE, disappointment, EMOTIONS & ACHIEVEMENT.
    It all started in 2008, after watching a Hindi flick “Heroes” starring Sohail Khan & Vatsal Seth. After watching them riding an avenger all the way to Punjab, Kashmir & Leh, I instantly made my decision to do this trip someday but due to lack of knowledge at that time I could not concentrate on this trip and got busy with initial struggle with my professional life till 2010.

    In late 2010 I introduced to XBHP and I thank God for that day :-), I was more inclined towards cars till then. Meanwhile I did Nanital, Shimla Jaipur on cars & trains. I wrote my first travelogue on BCMT in December 2010.

    Celebrated New Year 2011 in Shimla with friends and after few months one of my friends asked me to do Leh in June 2011 as his 2 office colleagues for this trip approached him.

    I said Yes without any calculations and the preparations begin, mean while lots of reading on BCMT happened. We all 4 guys decided to leave Delhi at 4th June 2011 after postponing it for 5 days due to Delhi – Manali roads blocked.

    But due to some official obligations I could not leave at 4th June, So I left alone and again postponed it to 14th June 2011. So now I am alone to do this trip, I coordinated with 2 college students coming from Mumbai in same dates but that also didn’t happened. We supposed to meet at Jammu on 15th and then proceed further.

    So I left on 15th June 2011 at 2 a.m from Delhi, it was my first ever Bike trip and that too a longest one.
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    It was dark that time till I reached Ambala in Morning and encountered with heavy rain.
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    Took a stop for 2 hours at a Dhaba and then proceeded as rain took a breath.
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    I am in middle of Jallandhar - Jammu highway. I took a nap at roadside, woken up and got freshen up.
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    Started again but unfortunately due to lack of sleep in last 24 hours, I slept for friction of seconds and when I opened my eyes I was in a govt. hospital in Pathankot. I got to know that I rammed into a truck from front and its evening of 16th June, that means I was faint for 24 hours. Impact on truck was too hard, i was riding 50-60 kmph.
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    A local shopkeeper (Vijay Sayal Sahab) dropped me at hospital and been there whole night till my family came.

    I got back home, I was faint for almost 3 days and on bed rest for 2 months.

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    I was unable to recognize if this is my bike
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    Everything I dreamed of has gone in veins. Luckily I survived and this chapter remained unfinished, mean while I got married and became a proud dad of a daughter, lots of life changing events happened but that feeling of not completing this trip is cursing me everyday. After my accident I Did Chandigarh, Nanital & Auli but the ultimate goal for me was Ladhak, so after coming from Auli in January 2013 there was enough momentum build for doing Ladhak this year.

    Yes, after 2 years I decided to do this trip on the same day, time & on Same Bike (this is 5years old Yamaha FZ)

    I asked 2 friends and they are ready, this time I included Spiti Valley as well, so I left Delhi at 15th June 2013 around 4 a.m. J

    Oh yes, this is going to be awesome. Teaser pictures.

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    All Day I dream About Touring on two wheels.

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    So.. Shall I vote for you in the "Comeback of the year" !
    Man, someone up there really loves you. Head on against a truck and living to tell the tale.. nee.. ride the trail !

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    Your family have a big heart.. Giving the go ahead for the second time is quite difficult.

    Congratulations for the comeback!!
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    Awesome story there "come back kid"! Real glad that you came through the tragic crash hurt but safe and are here to tell the story! Admire your courage and grit!

    Ride On, Ride Safe & God Bless

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    yes man, its all destiny. After accident I decided that this will not go waisted and prepared me for 2 years to do this.

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    So.. Shall I vote for you in the "Comeback of the year" !
    Man, someone up there really loves you. Head on against a truck and living to tell the tale.. nee.. ride the trail !
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    Thanks buddy. I survived that was planned by God and I did it, that's my determination towards this trip. This time we were 3 riders and seriously it was amazing to ride Leh. Stay tuned for more updates.

    Thanks for reading.

    Quote Originally Posted by ridermax View Post
    Awesome story there "come back kid"! Real glad that you came through the tragic crash hurt but safe and are here to tell the story! Admire your courage and grit!

    Ride On, Ride Safe & God Bless
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    It was tough to connivence my Mom but my wife and father said it right away that If you want to do that "Do it" but be careful and keep in mind that you have a wife and a daughter at home.
    So I follow the same :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by muztariq View Post
    Your family have a big heart.. Giving the go ahead for the second time is quite difficult.

    Congratulations for the comeback!!
    All Day I dream About Touring on two wheels.

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    Default Re: Ladhak obsession

    You are the MAN. hats off to you.

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    DAY – 1
    Delhi – Theog (402 kms)

    Now we are 3 riders “Shahnawaz Karim @shane#1 (my colleague transformed into a good friend)” , “Rahil Akhtar @Rahil_thor (My childhood friend, like a brother)” & “me (Javed Anwar)” . Everyone was full of spirit with the same dream.

    As per plan we left early morning to avoid traffic and for today we planned to reach Narkanda. In no time we reached Ambala (McD).

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    Now we are all set to hit Shimla, one funny incident happened when Rahil & Navaz left and I was packing my stuff at this same place. A lady came to me with her 4-5 year old kid and she started asking me random questions like “where are you coming from” “Where are you heading towards” after that I started answering her questions but best part was she wants her kid to listen me and she was least interested, she kept telling him “listen to him” “he is coming from Delhi and going all the to snowy mountains”. After this small chit chat she asked me to get clicked few pictures with her family.

    So We left from here at 10 a.m and proceeded towards Shimla. As soon as we approached kalka it started raining and that too heavy rain. We stopped for sometime than decided to ride in rain.
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    But it constantly rained till Shimla and that made us tired, so we decided to stay at Shimla for today but due to long weekend, roads were jammed by tourist’s vehicles.We couldn’t find any good room. So proceeded in rain towards Narkanda.

    Nothing goes as we planned to reach Narkanda today and tomorrow leave for Chitkul. As we reached Theog its becoming dark so we didn’t opted for riding anymore in rain as we all were wet.

    We found a good room in a guesthouse and took off our saddles.
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    One of us went market for something to buy and he came back with a bad news. Wait what I was hearing is that roads are blocked to kaza due to massive landslide. My heart almost sunk, I was very excited for next day ride as I’ve already been to Shimla and this was an uneventful ride.


    Now we have 2 options, first is proceed to what was planned and try our luck that somehow we could reach kaza and other is more safer to reach Manali from here.

    Well as I believe never ever give up and there is always an alternative. Did some google and found a alternative way to Manali, because we don’t want to go back to Shimla. So we decided to leave for Manali next day.

    We all Slept unsatisfied, curious & unhappy. If we would know this earlier today we must be Manali, we wasted a day and that too a very first day of our ride.
    All Day I dream About Touring on two wheels.

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    Default Re: Ladhak obsession

    and aagey keya hua?

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    Woohooo.. you started the travelogue.. awesome!!! Pulsar looks so beautiful

    It was tragic back then but since you have conquered Leh now.. i believe the inner demon is satisfied and wait did i just hear lets do south india circuit next year!

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