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    Quote Originally Posted by DocOnTwoWheels View Post
    Brilliant! These photos, you really have brought them to life. Solo ride to Ladakh, without making a fuss about it. You are one humble person, dude! Keep riding!
    Thank you for the appreciation

    It isn't as big of a deal as people tend to make of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum View Post
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    Finally a fellow Jammu da rider.
    Honestly on my every VIsit to J&K I rarely see Duke.

    Your photos are worthy of a calendar. Beautiful!
    You too from Jammu?
    Ya, Dukes aren't very common here yet. But people are buying them nowadays.

    and thank you very much.

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    Day 4..
    15th May, 2018
    Kargil to Leh 252kms

    Left Kargil at 7:15am. I had tanked up the evening before.

    Kargil town








    View of whole Kargil town


    The weather was cold and the sun was playing hide-n-seek with the clouds.
    I stopped at Mulbekh, where I had the tastiest cup of tea of the whole trip.





    These black dots on the slope are sheeps
















    The whole route of Kargil to Leh is full tarmac, even at the La's (Fotu La & Namik La).

    Namik La






    Fatu La






    About 10kms before Lamayuru, I saw a track going up the mountain and there was a board mentioning Atise Monastery. I thought of taking the dirt route and then I saw a tarred road just beside it. It seems to have been freshly laid. Went up till the parking lot of the monastery, clicked pictures and returned back. Got some pretty nice images.

    That's the straight shortcut on the left side..






    Atise Monastery






    View from the parking lot of the monastery




    Took the shortcut while coming down. This would have been fun with offroad tyres..




    I had lunch at a hotel in Lamayuru (bloody costly for a simple meal of chapati & mix-veg). I skipped visiting the monastery. The landscape around Lamayuru is amazing. Wind and rain have truly carved masterpieces there. Lamayuru seems to have an abundance of hotels & guesthouses.

    Lamayuru Monastery




    MoonLand at Lamayuru
    Pics don't do justice to the patterns of this area.









    Stopped at a tea shop and this beautiful was hanging there.




    Such straight road






    In came Magnetic hill, a few families were enjoying ATV rides there. Didn't stop here.
    I somehow missed Sangam (confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers).
    Paid my respects at Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and Hall of Fame. No pictures at both these places.

    Reached Leh at around 4:30 pm. I had booked a room at a govt. guest house here.
    Rested for an hour or so and went to Shanti Stupa. Beautiful place and offers an equally beautiful view of the town.














    Went to the Main market and stopped at IL-Forno rooftop restaurant. Ordered chicken fried rice. Pathetic to say the least. 190 for this and 60 for a cold drink (even though the print rate was only 35). 250 wasted here. Never visit this place.

    Came back to my room, took a hot bath and retired for the day.

    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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    Day 5..
    16th May, 2018
    Leh - Diskit - Changmar - Hunder - Diskit 228kms

    I started from Leh at 7:50 am. It was very cold outside even though the sun was up. Took the road for Khardung La and started climbing. Took a few clicks in between and reached North Pullu.

    View of Leh


    I being a resident of JK state don't require any permit/permission and I was allowed to go after checking my ID. Had tea there and started riding. Wind chill was really bad. The road was good for now and it deteriorates a few kilometres before the pass.











    And then came the famous Pass.


    There were a couple of taxis there and people were taking turns clicking as many pics they wanted. Nobody was in any rush. I took a few pics and started riding down. The bad patch on this side is quite long and takes time to get down. At South Pullu, I had an omelette and tea. There weren't many vehicles on the route or maybe I was early. Till I reached Diskit, I only stopped for pics and nothing much to share.





































    Nubra River












    I skipped going towards Panamik for today and went straight to Diskit. Reached Diskit at 2 pm. Here I had booked a government guest house and I was the only person in the whole building. It was here I got a call from home that I have to return back at the earliest. Now one of my main reasons to visit Ladakh was to see the lakes of Pangong and Tso Moriri and I couldn't leave without seeing at least one of them. So I decided to visit Pangong the next day and return back to Leh by evening and then make a run for Srinagar. Rest of Ladakh will have to wait for the next visit. For today, I decided to ride on the Diskit-Turtuk road.

    View from my room..


    Freshened up and left the guesthouse at 2:30 pm and started riding towards Thouis air base. It is an amazing place, but photography prohibited. Thought of going a bit further and rode like this for over 50kms till Changmar village. The route is really awesome. Different landscape in this part.





















    A few kilometres before Changmar, there is a diversion for Warish (is same Warshi which we have to go via Panamik). This bridge was on the same route.






    Changmar Village..




    Took a u-turn here and rode back..



    This is how BRO works for us. Carving out roads throughout the year.





    Visited Hunder sand dunes. A dust storm was on and I didn't stay for long.
    Went to Distik gompa. The statue is really big and overlooks the whole of Diskit and Hunder.
    Returned to my room at 6:30 pm. Ordered aalo paratha and tea and called it a day.














    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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    Default Re: Tales of a Solo Traveller [Ladakh '18]

    Beautiful!

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    mesmerizing brother.. awesome pics.. and the Duke sure looks beautiful on the Mountains. I hope to do Leh some time in future. When I plan to do a K2K, I will ride to Leh and this post is giving me the goosebumps to make it happen. I wish i could do it when I still here in Delhi NCR before I move back to Chennai.
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    Wow, amazing pictures
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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Beautiful!
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by rreneav1987 View Post
    mesmerizing brother.. awesome pics.. and the Duke sure looks beautiful on the Mountains. I hope to do Leh some time in future. When I plan to do a K2K, I will ride to Leh and this post is giving me the goosebumps to make it happen. I wish i could do it when I still here in Delhi NCR before I move back to Chennai.
    Thanks
    It will be much better to do this while you are in Delhi. A 2-week trip is enough to do the regular circuit from Delhi.

    Quote Originally Posted by itsmevini123 View Post
    Wow, amazing pictures
    Thanks

    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by nadz11.ns View Post
    Thanks


    Thanks
    It will be much better to do this while you are in Delhi. A 2-week trip is enough to do the regular circuit from Delhi.


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    Unfortunately, i dont have the time! Will plan for next year May!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rreneav1987 View Post
    Unfortunately, i dont have the time! Will plan for next year May!
    Time

    Try next year. May is a good time to visit Leh. Relatively less traffic, no watercrossings etc..

    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
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    Amazing pics...such clear views in every shot...wow...

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    Amazing beauty ...

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