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    Default Tales of a Solo Traveller [Ladakh '18]

    A long cherished dream of riding to Ladakh got fulfilled recently ️

    Dates - 11th May to 20th May, 2018
    Total distance - 2015.3 km
    Bike - KTM Duke 390 2017
    Route - Jammu - Srinagar -Kargil - Leh - Nubra Valley - Pangong Tso - Leh - Srinagar - Jammu

    Customary teaser shots










    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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    Tour logue approved.

    Excellent pics! Keep them coming. Can't wait to see the full set!

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

    Wow , pics looks like a match made in heaven <3

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    Nice Teaser... SOLO ride are always special

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

    Eagerly awaited sir!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    Tour logue approved.

    Excellent pics! Keep them coming. Can't wait to see the full set!
    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kapil Kumar View Post
    Wow , pics looks like a match made in heaven <3
    Thanks you.

    Quote Originally Posted by sajalsheth View Post
    @nadz11.ns ji

    Nice Teaser... SOLO ride are always special
    Thanks you.
    Yes, solo rides are different in a good way.

    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Eagerly awaited sir!
    Posting now..

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    11th May, 2018
    A day before leaving.
    Brought medicines, toiletries etc and loaded up the bike for a trial run. Tanked up in the evening.

    Day 1..
    12th May, 2018
    Jammu to Anantnag 226kms

    I have travelled on this route over a dozen times in the last 6 months and after a first few rides, I skipped taking pics. I left home at 6:20am and reached Mattan, Anantnag at 12:55pm. I took a couple of chai breaks in between. Since there is a lot of construction going on in many sections, the route is extremely dusty. Couple this with heavy truck traffic, it becomes difficult to ride/drive on it.

    It started raining heavily around 2 pm and would continue throughout the night.
    I decided to stay in Mattan for a day or two and let the wet spell pass.

    Day 2..
    13th May, 2018

    The day spent lazily in Mattan, doing nothing. Though the weather remained calm throughout the day.

    Day 3..
    14th May, 2018
    Anantnag to Kargil 278kms

    Woke up early and the first thing I did was look out the window for signs of rain. It was cloudy, but luckily not raining. Freshened up, loaded the bike and left at 7:30 am. It was a quick run till Srinagar on the new road. Army presence was quite visible, the most I have seen in many months. Maybe since the PM was to visit a few days later, security forces were on their heels.

    I took the Dal lake road which was fun to ride early morning.

    Boulevard road..


    Char Chinar..


    Few kms before Sonmarg, it started drizzling which will continue on/off till the climb of ZojiLa.

    Enroute Sonmarg..






    The number of tourists and ponys increased exponentially around Sonmarg. The main Sonmarg area smelled like horse shit and I didn't even slowed down there. Now I know why hotels in Sonmarg cost so high, the number of tourists is amazing.





    See how beautifully water is flowing through the natural snow tunnel


    Goats doing what they do best..


    Duke was fun to ride on the smooth tarmac..


    What was earlier a drizzle, was now full on downpour. The climb to ZojiLa has started. It wasn't easy riding here in these conditions. Slush was everywhere, but the foggy views compensated for everything.
    All pics here are from my mobile.



    Snow walls




    At ZojiLa in rain

















    The rain continued till well below the pass. I stopped at a small tea stall at Maitan village and had tea and omlet.

    Maitan Village














    Continuing further, I crossed Drass without stopping.
    The scenery changes a few kms before kargil. Green colour becomes prominent and the tall trees look amazing.









    Beautiful mosque on the other side of the river


    As I was riding, I saw an old bridge off the main road and decided to check it out.
    There were a few abandoned bunkers on both sides of the bridge.

    Harka Bahadur Bridge
    Built-in Record Time by 12 Engineer Regiment.
    May-Sep 1969



    This bridge was named after Sub Harka Bahadur Rana MC of the 1st Battalion The 5th Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force) who captured the bridge on 23 Nov 1948.
    The bridge is dedicated to the memory of those gallant sons of the battalion who made the capture of the bridge possible by laying down their lives during operations in ZojiLa and Kargil in 1948.









    I had contacted a distant relative in Kargil for my night stay. But the whole BSNL network was down and I couldn't contact him and also, there aren't public booths. I asked about 6 people for directions, but it looks like people in Kargil really don't want to help.

    I checked a few places with parking and all were over Rs. 1000 a night, which was much more than I would have liked. I finally found a place for Rs. 800, Afzal Guest house. It had a parking space and the room was clean with hot water.

    View from the hotel room

    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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

    Beautiful.
    Which mobile did you use to take the captures?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Beautiful.
    Which mobile did you use to take the captures?
    Thanks
    Most of the pics were taken with Nikon D5200 and a few with Samsung S5
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    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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

    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!

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

    @nadz11.ns
    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!
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