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    Icon7 Duking all the way to Zanskar-solo

    I got to know about the Zanskar region only after my May2012 drive to Leh -when on the way back met and got talking to some Zanskari people while stopped in Kargil-read all about Zanskar with beautiful logs from many seasoned travelers on various websites inspiring me to visit.

    This remote region is 1100kms away from home and the problem is that all the friends i made through motorcycling had already visited the region sometime or the other-some even twice and hence I had no experienced company to join me - my regular friends are into the luxury stuff-if you know what i mean-roaming on broken roads in far off lands doesn't catch their fancy one bit-so no go from that side-wife and sons wanted to join in but with school,tutions,music classes and home responsibilities,that couldn't transpire either.

    That left Blor Betty-my trusty Duke390 daily ride(now sold)-and me alone to make the trip.

    So after much cajoling,convincing and finally getting the blessings of my parents ,approval of the high stepper wifey,Blessings from the Lord's above,finally on a cool Sep29 2018,Blor Betty and me rolled towards Zanskar.

























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    Default Re: Duking all the way to Zanskar-solo

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    Nice ride @zestbiker ji

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    Amazing! Those pics are so soothing to eyes.
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    Superb clicks bro..
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    Preprations for the trip began immediately after approval from parents-saddle bags brought out from storage and packed by wifey,bike was serviced getting a new clutch,chain sprockets and chain ,aluminium 22mm self made handlebar risers and a new rear tyre .Packed in a puncture repair kit and a USB driven air compressor keeping in mind the bad roads from Paniker onwards.
    Left home at 6.15am after a light breakfast and cruised at 110-120kmph to cross Udhampur at 11am.I finished my lunch at Peerah at 12pm and straight away ran into a traffic jam due to the ongoing four laning of the highway.Crossed Banihal only at 6.30pm and onwards to my home stay at Srinagar .Srinagar is a big big city and with a massive traffic jam on Baramulla road it took me almost 50minutes to reach my destination .



    Road jam



    Took a break at a tea stall opposite this temple



    The first look of the Kashmir valley is always enticing


    "The Homestay"-a place owned and run by S. Jagjit Singh (9419015555,7006535443) is a beautiful clean cozy place to stay for the night After a bath to wash of all the road grime, a sumptuous dinner and a long conversation with Jagjit ji,slept well and was up at 6.30am next morning fully fresh and ready to roll on the road to Kargil.Delicious Parathas were served and savored as breakfast from Jagjit ji's kitchen.Jagjit ji's hospitality was exemplary-no wonder he is the official publicity secretary for the Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Federation.
    Was on the road towards Zozi La at 8.15am.
    With my gracious host S. Jagjit Singh



    The city of Srinagar was not fully active when i left at 8.15am and i made good progress to quickly cross the main areas,skirt the Dal lake and onwards to Ganderbal and towards Sonmarg.Zozila was totally dry and was quickly covered and i was in the Ladakh valley.While at the top it is always a pleasure to see the birth streams of the river Sindh flow towards Kashmir and another river (Sindhu AFAIK) birth and flow towards Ladakh-the charms of nature.
    The weather was overcast with spells of sunshine in between.The roads were relatively empty i was enjoying having them to myself.I spent a lot of time stopped ,soaking up the nature and beautiful surrounding-but i guess that was the purpose of the trip .



















    Caught this chopper high above when it emerged from the clouds i was shooting-it was so high that there was no noise of it over and above that of the cascading river besides me.






















    At the Gumri Shiv mandir,paid my respect to the deity while on the move and stopped at the Pandrass checkpost to enter my details.From there to Drass was a speeding whir .Drass was fully filled with festivities with lots of people leaving for their pilgrimage-UMRA-lots of hustle and bustle on the road here,so stopped for lunch here.





























    Spent full 2 hours and multiple cups of coffee talking to the local people and taxi drivers at the Drass dhaba -was fascinating to hear their tales of going on the Umra.Then at about 1.30pm noticed the sky was even more overcast and so resumed my journey onwards to Kargil.








    It is always such a pleasure to view this half of Kargil city across the river Sindhu-here while parking my bike on the road shoulder,the side stand sank into the sand and the bike fell on me -had a difficult time extracting myself from under it all by myself.








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    Default Re: Duking all the way to Zanskar-solo

    Thank you mods @xBhp for thread approval.
    Thank you @sagarzzz @itsmevini123 @sajalsheth bhai for the kind words of appreciation.

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    Default Re: Duking all the way to Zanskar-solo

    wow, love the clicks <3 #LoveAtFirstSight

    Keep it up bro

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    Nice frames ... bring the rest of it, mate !
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    Default Re: Duking all the way to Zanskar-solo

    Great pictures!
    Nicely put as well!

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