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  • [Photo Feature]: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

    Zahan mei Ladakh ke zid thi itni kee
    Manzil kee aur akela hee chal para,
    Log sath aate gaye or karwan banta gaya

    Folks, my heart is filled with gratitude. From the moment I started planning for a Ladakh trip on bike, this place has been my GoTo point for every queries. Everyone has been extremely helpful from answering basic questions to writing detailed travelogue which helped me plan my trip.
    So a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the forums here adding to the collective knowledge which is helpful to one and all.


    This will be mostly a photoblog with minimal commentary in between.
    Starting off with a few pictures. Rest over a period of next few weeks as I identify the good ones and upload them.


    Rains lashed Uttarakhand when I started.


    Sunrise over Dal Lake


    Glacial lake in Zanskar


    Bridge over melting waters


    Durung Drung Glacier
    Last edited by dichkaun; 08-03-2015, 04:06 PM. Reason: Removed duplicate photos.

    Now Showing: Kumaon Wanderings - Darma Valley
    Rolling Thread: Bangalore Backroads

    My Last few rides:
    2400Km of Solo Spiti Sauntering
    From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

    Solo Autumn Ride through the Kumaon Hills - Triplog

    Other Rides: Riding Blog

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    Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

    Topic Approved.

    That Long Exposure "Bridge" photo is just beautiful! You certainly know photography, I can say.
    All pics are great! Seems you had a great trip...

    Thanks buddy, for sharing your memories with us.
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    • #3
      Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

      Great start Lokesh! Waiting for the full log!
      A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

      Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
      My Ride To Sunderbans -
      Hemnagar & Samsernagar
      Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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      • #4
        Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

        Ok !! Wow !


        Originally posted by Samarth 619 View Post

        That Long Exposure "Bridge" photo is just beautiful! You certainly know photography, I can say.
        +1
        It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the ride - bolts!

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        • #5
          Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

          Beautiful pictures there Lokesh, especially loved the waterfall and the shikara shot!

          text needs a few corrections.

          The glacier is Drang-Drung Glacier or Durung Drung Glacier.

          In the hindi couplet that you wrote, the "aur" (and) in the second line would be "or" (towards).
          (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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          • #6
            Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

            Wow, superb pictures. Waiting for more
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            • #7
              Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

              Originally posted by sunilg View Post
              Beautiful pictures there Lokesh, especially loved the waterfall and the shikara shot!

              text needs a few corrections.

              The glacier is Drang-Drung Glacier or Durung Drung Glacier.

              In the hindi couplet that you wrote, the "aur" (and) in the second line would be "or" (towards).
              Thanks. Made the corrections.

              Originally posted by itsmevini123 View Post
              Wow, superb pictures. Waiting for more
              Thanks. Glad you like these.


              Originally posted by Sal View Post
              Ok !! Wow !

              +1
              Thx.

              Originally posted by krishna77 View Post
              Great start Lokesh! Waiting for the full log!
              Thx. Hopefully the log will do justice to the trip.


              Originally posted by Samarth 619 View Post
              Topic Approved.

              That Long Exposure "Bridge" photo is just beautiful! You certainly know photography, I can say.
              All pics are great! Seems you had a great trip...

              Thanks buddy, for sharing your memories with us.
              Thanks for quick approval. The long exposure picture (stream at the bottom with snow capped mountains at top) I had been dying to take. Tried a few times in Uttarakhand, but was not successful. Managed to nail it in Leh.

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              Day 1 (July 6th 2015) - Nainital to Ambala (455Km)

              Uttarakhand was in deluge the day before I started. There was flood and heavy rainfall warning everywhere. It seemed that my trip was doomed before I started. In Nainital several trees fell down and rain water flooded several building on the mall road. Yet I waited, fingers crossed. All I needed was an hour long window of little or no rain. That would take me down to the plains. No landslide worries then.
              I was up at 0330, ready at 0400; waiting for the rains to stop. The window of opportunity came at 0600. Without wasting a minute I packed the gear on the bike and left home, hoping to get out of the hills before rains started again.


              Khurpatal - A picturesque lake on the way


              Water Crossing. So unusual in the Nainital area. Would get used to this as the trip proceeded.


              Yours truely on first day morning. All clean attire and clean bike. Won't stay like this by end of day.



              Rain would start within 30 minutes of my leaving home. It would stay with me, sometimes light and sometimes as a downpour, all the way till Shamli.



              First morsel of the day just before at Bijnor. Tandoori parantha and curd would become my staple for next several meals.



              Inundated fields after Muzaffarnagar


              The town of Shamli. I always wanted to visit this place ever since I read "Time stops at Shamli". I would spend a little more time here on my way back due to being lost within the traffic. Rain left my companionship for the day here.



              Yamuna River, just before Karnal. The road from Shamli till here was a mess. Good roads started after this.


              After Karnal, I turned towards Ambala Cantt. There I went in the wrong direction towards Chandigarh, rather than towards Kharar. It was almost 7PM. I was hungry and wanting a bath. So decided to call it a day. Found a roadside hotel and settled down. After a bath, went down to the nearby village for dinner. Also picked up some rope and other stuff.

              Now Showing: Kumaon Wanderings - Darma Valley
              Rolling Thread: Bangalore Backroads

              My Last few rides:
              2400Km of Solo Spiti Sauntering
              From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

              Solo Autumn Ride through the Kumaon Hills - Triplog

              Other Rides: Riding Blog

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              • #8
                Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                Day 2 (July 7th 2015) - Ambala to Udhampur (435Km)
                Today was going to be a sedate day. But first there was a surprise. In the morning found out that someone had tried to steal my bike by trying to cut through the chain I used to secure the vehicle. Fortunately the person was unsuccessful. However in the process he had dropped the bike. Some fuel had leaked and the font brake lever was bent. Nothing serious. So by 0630, I was on my way.

                First thing for the day was to get back on the route to Udhampur. Took a rural road to get on the Kharar highway. It was nice that I took the route flanked with fields and trees. The sun warned of a hot day ahead.


                Green fields of Punjab



                Gurudwara Tibbi Sahib, just after Ropar (or Roopnagar as it is called these days). Incidentally at Ropar I got stuck in a jam for 30min.



                First meal of the day just before Hoshiarpur. Again tandoori paranthas and curd. A big glass of lassi accompanied the meal.



                The heat was overwhelming. So decided to take a nap on a bench by the road.


                Entering J&K


                After Jammu. The road here was excellent. Also met up with other riders and we would ride together till Kargil.


                Heavy rain followed after entering J&K. Many seasonal nallas were full.


                It was evening by the time we reached Udhampur. Decided to call it a day and again found a roadside hotel.

                Now Showing: Kumaon Wanderings - Darma Valley
                Rolling Thread: Bangalore Backroads

                My Last few rides:
                2400Km of Solo Spiti Sauntering
                From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                Solo Autumn Ride through the Kumaon Hills - Triplog

                Other Rides: Riding Blog

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                • #9
                  Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                  Great going!
                  A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                  Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                  My Ride To Sunderbans -
                  Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                  Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                  • #10
                    Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                    Wow.. Absolutely stunning pics in the first post!!
                    Keep them coming..
                    Ladakh 2013

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                    • #11
                      Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                      Day 3 (July 8th 2015) - Udhampur to Srinagar (234Km)
                      We hoped to get to Sonamarg, but ended up in Srinagar. In hindsight, that was a good thing as I got some good pictures of Dal Lake in the morning. But that's for later.


                      View from our hotel windows in Udhampur. Notice the presence of armed forces security. This was prevalent everywhere.


                      The road wasn't great as there were repairs going on almost everywhere and traffic was heavy. View of the river valley after Ramban.


                      We stopped at Banihal for lunch and then climbed to Jawahar Tunnel. Fortunately there was no traffic restrictions, probably because we were ahead of the Amarnath Yatra convey.


                      On the climb to Jawahar Tunnel


                      First view of the Kashmir Valley.


                      The traffic suddenly increased after we descended into the valley. Fortunately the road was flanked with greenery.


                      Finally Dal Lake. Reached Srinagar in late afternoon. Took a while to find a room and called it a day.

                      The fun was going to start from the next day.

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                      Originally posted by pranav.k View Post
                      Wow.. Absolutely stunning pics in the first post!!
                      Keep them coming..
                      Thanks. Just posted the next day

                      Originally posted by krishna77 View Post
                      Great going!
                      Thx

                      Now Showing: Kumaon Wanderings - Darma Valley
                      Rolling Thread: Bangalore Backroads

                      My Last few rides:
                      2400Km of Solo Spiti Sauntering
                      From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                      Solo Autumn Ride through the Kumaon Hills - Triplog

                      Other Rides: Riding Blog

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                      • #12
                        Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh
                        Day 4 (July 9th 2015) - Srinagar to Kargil (237Km)

                        Woke up early and decided to drive down to Dal Lake. While driving realized that the lake is quite big. Some pictures:


                        Houseboats


                        Commerce on the Lake



                        Boat Parking panorama (stitch of 7 pics)



                        Marooned



                        After leaving Srinagar, took some internal traffic infested roads till we hit the Sind River. Stopped for breakfast just next to the river. Wild flowers and the river near the dabha



                        A groups of Amarnath Yatris from Varanasi. Had a good conversation with them at breakfast. Their dedication to cover several places of worship was commendable.



                        After crossing the Sind river, the route turns right and follows the river for quite some time. It is here that things turn for the better. The scenery became excellent and traffic reduced.



                        A mountain stream coming down to join Sind River



                        Glacial Melt



                        Entering Sonamarg



                        A little hamlet in the shadow of the mountains



                        After Sonamarg, the road ascends steeply towards Zozila. Down below in the valley, shelters for Amarnath yatris paint a rainbow



                        Course of the Sind River



                        Fortunately, the climb to Zozila was trouble free. Encountered only one patch of slush. It did rain on the way up and the rain was cold.



                        At Zozila



                        Customary picture showing altitude.


                        White and Green everywhere


                        At the Zozila War Memorial



                        Tea and Momos to keep warm



                        Flora and Fauna together


                        A group of bikers were having trouble with puncture. We stopped to help out. While it did take a lot of time, it gave an opportunity to spend time in the next village (Matayen) and talk to locals. I would do this a few more time on this trip. Just stop at a random place and spend some time.


                        Filmy style photo.


                        Long road ahead












                        People of Matayen


                        So while waiting I took over a vegetable shop in the village next to the puncture shop. And I did brisk business. I also got to photograph the customers.
                        Unfortunately, somewhere around this time I dropped my wallet. Which means I was going to do my Leh ride without any $$ or at the mercy of unknowns.


                        The small village of Matayen


                        Drass. The road from Matayen to Drass was a mess. Fortunately as soon as Drass appeared on horizon, the roads improved.


                        Kargil Memorial. My school senior, friend and Table Tennis mentor, Maj. Rajesh Singh Adhikary (Maha Vir Chakra receipient) , laid down his life in these hills. Brought back memories of those days.



                        Kargil Memorial cont..


                        It was dark by the time we left Drass. The ride to Kargil was in pitch dark. Fortunately the road was good. By this time we were 9 rides on 8 bikes.
                        Finding a hotel and crashing for the night at Kargil was routine.

                        Now Showing: Kumaon Wanderings - Darma Valley
                        Rolling Thread: Bangalore Backroads

                        My Last few rides:
                        2400Km of Solo Spiti Sauntering
                        From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                        Solo Autumn Ride through the Kumaon Hills - Triplog

                        Other Rides: Riding Blog

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                        • #13
                          Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                          No matter where you go, you always end up with good food.
                          A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

                          Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
                          My Ride To Sunderbans -
                          Hemnagar & Samsernagar
                          Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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                          • #14
                            Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                            Originally posted by krishna77 View Post
                            No matter where you go, you always end up with good food.

                            Bike needs good fuel and stomach needs good food. Need to make sure both are satisfied.

                            Now Showing: Kumaon Wanderings - Darma Valley
                            Rolling Thread: Bangalore Backroads

                            My Last few rides:
                            2400Km of Solo Spiti Sauntering
                            From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                            Solo Autumn Ride through the Kumaon Hills - Triplog

                            Other Rides: Riding Blog

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                            • #15
                              Re: From the rains of Uttarakhand to the deserts of Ladakh

                              I don't know how I missed this beautiful log, but here I am commenting - mesmerizing photos to say the least. Breathtaking, especially the Srinagar leg captures!
                              BENEATH THE REMAINS.........
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