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    Default Solo Riding R15 || Sach || Cliffhanger || Sinthan ||

    21st - 24th September

    I did a solo ride on the route -
    Jammu - Pathankot - Dalhousie - Chamba - Bairagarh - Sach Pass - Killar - Cliffhanger Route - Gulabgarh - Kishtwar - Sinthan Pass - Daksum - Anantnag - Jammu covering a total distance of 872 km.

    This is my first such long ride and it was an awesome experience. Solo riding/travelling is to be experienced to understand how liberating it is.
    Fun.. excitement.. fear.. pain.. all made this a ride to remember.

    A few teaser shots while I sort through the pics.

    Enroute Sach Pass


    Enroute Sach Pass
    Look how peaceful the bike feels..


    Enroute Sach Pass
    R15 watching the treacherous road ahead..


    Enroute Killar after crossing Sach Pass
    R15 watching the mighty mountains after riding through some of the most dangerous downward roads it has ever been to..


    The famous Cliffhanger route in all its glory..On the beautiful Sinthan Pass with the road web going towards civilization..

    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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    Lovely pictures Nadeem

    First long rides are always memorable. More so when it's solo!
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    Default Re: Solo Riding R15 || Sach || Cliffhanger || Sinthan ||

    Inviting and intimidating at the same time - mountains have such attraction. Cool pictures, there !

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    Default Re: Solo Riding R15 || Sach || Cliffhanger || Sinthan ||

    Nice start Nadeem!
    Bring on the rest!

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    Default Re: Solo Riding R15 || Sach || Cliffhanger || Sinthan ||

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
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    Lovely pictures Nadeem

    First long rides are always memorable. More so when it's solo!
    Thanks a lot

    Absolutely true. I have had so many memorable moments that only I can appreciate.

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    Inviting and intimidating at the same time - mountains have such attraction. Cool pictures, there !
    So true. Mountains can be quite intimidating yet so comforting.

    Thanks for liking the images.

    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Nice start Nadeem!
    Bring on the rest!
    Thank you Krishna ji
    Posting the first part soon.

    Ride safe and have fun.
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    DAY 1
    Route: Jammu - Pathankot - Dalhousie - Chamba - Biragarh

    Distance Ridden - 303 km

    I left from Jammu early morning at 6:15 am and took first tea stop after crossing Pathankot.


    The road till now was straight and without much traffic and soon after crossing Pathankot, it turned into complete ghat-section. Good road condition and low traffic helped me maintain good speed and I covered good distance.


    View of Ranjit Sagar Dam amidst the haze




    Riding further, saw these weird designs carved by rain.


    ek selfie to banta hai


    Riding further, saw many small villages on the hills. But this made me stop.
    A lone house surrounded by greenery all around. The owner sure hates having people around


    A couple of turns later stopped to click my beloved with this beautiful view.


    It was around 9:30 am and I stopped at this point for some homemade snacks. This view coupled with tasty snacks and beautiful weather, what else can one ask for.

    I loved to colours in this village. Golden paddy fields with red rooftops and green surrounding..


    and she's looking as gorgeous as ever


    Riding further, saw Chamera dam from above. For those who want to see the dam from up close, there is a diversion road for that.
    The blue water looks really beautiful


    There was even lesser traffic after crossing Dalhousie, but one needs to be very alert as pickup trucks will come up every now and then and they aren't slow. I had a couple of water breaks, but choose to not have a long till the road condition deteriorates. After Dalhousie, road becomes more or less single lane road. Road condition is good till Chamba with a few landslide spots.

    Beautiful roads in epic surroundings




    Another selfie at this point


    The long road ahead.


    On reaching Chamba, I took a wrong turn and I went towards some town. I asked a traffic police officer for directions and he was very helpful in explaining the directions to me. When we reach Chamba, there is a Maruti showroom and for Biragarh, we have to take the left just before the showroom and cross a bridge. Road condition after this was a mix of good and bad roads. There are some really bad patches too. Small villages come and go and altitude goes on increasing. Views also start to change with lesser trees and more shrubs. Temperature also takes a dip.

    See how humans have captured even the mighty mountains. Building houses and cultivating on the slopes.


    There is a petrol pump before Biragarh. One can't miss it unless he's riding/driving with closed eyes. Hahaha.. thanks @skysat
    Few km before Biragarh, there was this small waterfall and vehicles have to pass below it. Saw an opportunity to click my ride with the rainbow. Happy me.


    Clicked few kilometres before Bairagarh


    I reached Bairagarh at 3 pm and wanted to rest very badly.

    For stay, Biragarh has two options. There is a hotel named Chamunda Hotel. I checked the room and it was good. But he was asking for 1500 and then came down to 1200. But being on a budget, I wasn't going to pay 1200 for a night's stay. I decided to check Mannat Homestay which is less of a homestay and more of a budget hotel. I got a room for 400 and for the price, it is good. Had clean toilet, minus the geyser. They also have their own kitchen/food shop and one can have tea/maggie/lunch/dinner.

    I was extremely tired after riding for 303kms on R15 with the last 100kms approx. of bumpy roads. Checked into my room, had tea and slept for a couple of hours. Woke up in the evening by noises coming from outside. There were some 6-7 Tata sumo with workers of a political party. They were boozing around the hotel.
    I got up and asked for a maggie and a cup of tea and then roamed around the village. Took some photographs and then returned to my room. Dinner was a simple rajma chawal. For those who want chicken etc, there is a stall nearby.

    View from the roof of Mannat Homestay


    Beautifully stacked rocks on the roof


    This is Mannat Homestay

    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
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    Awesome pictures man i bought dominar recently to do these kind of adventures but i think 2018 will be for them but with this t-log i am doing it virtually. Thanks
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    Bhai! Finally, you are out munching miles.. Great to see your travelogue here! The pics are really mesmerizing.. I am hitting the Highways today evening and yes, with a recently upgraded bike ..

    Just to know! any idea if there is snow near Rohtang La or a little further up?

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    Nature at its best. Those amazing views are truly refreshing and rejenuvating. I am even more happy to see a travelogue featuring an R15.
    Happy riding brother
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruisemonk View Post
    Awesome pictures man i bought dominar recently to do these kind of adventures but i think 2018 will be for them but with this t-log i am doing it virtually. Thanks
    Thank you
    Ya man, Domi is a very capable machine. You should definitely hit the highways and mountains soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by rreneav1987 View Post
    Bhai! Finally, you are out munching miles.. Great to see your travelogue here! The pics are really mesmerizing.. I am hitting the Highways today evening and yes, with a recently upgraded bike ..
    Just to know! any idea if there is snow near Rohtang La or a little further up?
    I am sticking to this Thread!! Pics made me glue to it
    Thanks a lot bro
    So you upgraded again
    Enjoy the ride and share it with us.
    I haven't been to Rohtang side, but have heard it is clear these days.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anjeeth View Post
    Nature at its best. Those amazing views are truly refreshing and rejenuvating. I am even more happy to see a travelogue featuring an R15.
    Happy riding brother
    Thanks bro
    Apart from its riding stance, the bike performed like a gem.
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    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
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