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    Default Re: Solo Two Wheeled Rolling on the Cliff Hanger Road

    Beautifully captured!

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    Apart from the travelouge, the only thing pulled me is the PB10 bikes. Nice to see ppl from around my hometown travelling to explore beauty around them. How did you guys took care of the chain during the trip?

    Waiting for more!!

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    Thank you @saikarthik @maninderz @krishna77 @drive_angry for the words of appreciation.
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    @zestbiker ji (or GC ji)

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    @zestbiker ji (or GC ji)
    Thank you Sajal bhai

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    The alarm rang at 5.30am and i woke up fresh with the first bell.I put on my fleece pullover on my night dress and ventured out of the homestay into one of the cleanest and most fragrant air i have ever felt-there had been some overnight showers and it was full light outside thou the sun was yet to come up from behind the mountains.I took a long stroll on the road and exchanged greetings with the few other early risers-one elderly gentleman in classy traditional attire stopped to have a chat and wished me well on my further trip to Kishtwar and back home.
    In the mean time the shop in front of my homestay which had to serve me breakfast had opened up and the workers were doing the cleaning and preparing tea -so ordered a cuppa and it was good so had another one all the while answering questions from the workers who spoke himachali accented punjabi and came every year to work 10 months in Killad from Chamba.As the workers started kneading dough,went back to my room and freshened up,packed everything,loaded the bike,cleared the dues at the homestay and moved to the breakfast shop-it was 7.15am and asked for the breakfast-was told that the cook was on the way -and i will have to wait.My grumbling stomach told me to wait.
    Eventually finished the breakfast of omelette and plain parathas and moved out -it was 8.14am by the time i started the ride into the glistening sunny road towards Kishtwar

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    The view from outside the place i stayed in


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    The zero point-the turn to Kishtwar


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    After around 10kms of riding on rubble due to the road widening work going on,reached a small broad patch from where a road goes to the now hot destination of Sural Bhattori-the distance was 19kms uphill but i resisted the temptation to go there and kept it pending as an excuse to come into the Pangi valley again and continued riding further.A solitary packed Sumo crossed me at the village named LUJ and the road started descending shortly afterwards towards the Himachal Pradesh-J &K border outpost of Sansari.Noticed that cannabis weed grew on both side of the road in gay abandon and whatever cattle were grazing were munching coolly on it.
    The police outpost at Sansari was manned by very well educated and mannered new police recruits who entered my I.D details had a long conversation with me about my KTM,my jouney and what not-their accommodations were very clean and up to date washrooms up the roadside and they offered me tea which i politely refused citing my tummy is full.
    Just across the police outpost is the Sansari nallah which was in full force and carried an awesome amount of water.The river Chandrabhaga is refered to Chenab from here on.
    The Sansari nallah

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    The river widens at this point to accept the large amount of water from the nallah.


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    The moment i crossed the Sansari bridge,i was in JK territory and the region is known as Padder valley.Now the road turned up into a steep incline in a series of hairpins and gains altitude fast-the road here is nothing but a rock strewn muddy path and i had to half clutch the KTM with care to avoid wheelspin on the road rendered slippery due to the overnight rain.Took a short stop here to rest the bike and take in the fragrant air and enjoy the solitude.While resting,the thought of the predicament of anybody trying to go down this slippery road did come up and just hoped he cross it safely.Here i came across some families walking along the road and waved to them but they didn't respond


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    Shortly after this stop,came up to the beautiful village of Ishtyari which is a big village with a high school.


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    Crossing this village and one can see the full section of the so called Cliff Hanger road in front of oneself-i sure was excited.










































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    Around 100meter long section of the road has been cut into the side of the mountain


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    This foliage in the middle of the road shows both the resilience of nature and the low traffic on this road.


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    I rode this beautiful section of the road with frequent stops to fully take in the atmosphere and paid my gratitude to mother nature for her beautiful architecture of the landscape.The good thing for me here was that most of the road was soft mud and my ride got that much more comfortable.Also from Ishtyari,vehicles started to show up off and on


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    Proceeded to the next village named Tyari and found a small shop and had tea break and had talk with the young lad running the show who told me that the whole of Padder valley is inhabited by Rajputs-whether Hindus or Muslims and is peaceful co-existance with pea,potato,barley,majra and rajma being the main crops across the valley with pea cultivation predominant in the higher reaches.He told me about a valley higher up-Gandhari Valley-and said it was very very beautiful and a must visit.Thanked him and moved on.It was 11am by now and i had covered only 40kms in 3hours.Kishtwar was still 80kms away-so decided to rein in my breaks.Crossed 3-4 more beautiful villages,water crossings and nallahs of which Sol village is the transit point for 25tons of peas everyday brought down from the villages high up.The place was teaming with mules.And the Sol nallah was also a strong strong flow of water.


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    The farmlands at village Sol


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    At around 1.30pm,reached Gulabgarh-which is the starting point of the Mata Machail Yatra of 32kms along the Machail Nallah to the Machail Mata Shrine and the town was teaming with people.
    Crosssed the town towards Hatoli where i met with fresh landslide and was delayed by an hour as the road was cleared


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    At around 1.30pm,reached Gulabgarh-which is the starting point of the Mata Machail Yatra of 32kms along the Machail Nallah to the Machail Mata Shrine and the town was teaming with people.
    Crosssed the town towards Hatoli where i met with fresh landslide and was delayed by an hour as the road was cleared


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    Gulabgarh-named after one of the kings of Jammu-who facilitated the development of this town for the convenience of Mata Machail devotees.


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    The roads were broken in places right up till Kishtwar -which is a very picturesque town but did'nt click pictures much except at the Kishtwar Char Chinar chowgan park as i was now running short of time.The park had more animals loitering around than people.Strong army presence is evident from Kishtwar onwards. It was almost 6pm by the time i crossed Doda by-pass and noted the route cut for Bhaderwah and Bhasoli for some other trip.

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    And from there straight to Batote -where i took a short break for a cup of tea and a plate of noodles,then the Chenani tunnel and onwards to Udhampur.I did stop at the new shops of the famous KUD mithaiwallahs and collected sweets for home.The road before Udhampur is undergoing widening and it was very dusty.Rode nonstop till Jammu and was in Jammu at 8.45pm safe and sound though tired with a fatigued backside and the start of bum burn.Took a hotel,had a relaxed emptying of the bowels,had a bath,tasty dinner and was off to sleep.Next morning,a 5 hour high speed ride with a breakfast break had me back at home at 1.15pm.
    Total -1119kms in 79 hours and memories of a lifetime.
    With Grace from the Gods of Mountains,Passes,forests,bikes and tyres and the Blessings of parents my trip was safely complete.
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    Default Re: Solo Two Wheeled Rolling on the Cliff Hanger Road

    Good going

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    Great!
    Carry on!

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    Default Re: Solo Two Wheeled Rolling on the Cliff Hanger Road

    Thank you @sajalsheth ji.
    Thank you @krishna77 -T-log complete
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