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    Default 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

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    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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    Great start Lokesh! Waiting for the full log!

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

    Ok !! Wow !


    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post

    That Long Exposure "Bridge" photo is just beautiful! You certainly know photography, I can say.
    +1
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    Default 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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    Wow, superb pictures. Waiting for more
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    Quote 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.

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


    Quote Originally Posted by Sal View Post
    Ok !! Wow !

    +1
    Thx.

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


    Quote 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.

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    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.

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

    Great going!

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

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

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