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The Great Escape - Ladakh: A Journey beyond Reasons!

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  • #31
    WHoa..

    Thats a great mileage you have got.

    Think, I too will be facing the same problem as yours when ever I plan for a trip (even a small trip) in the future.

    @Ananth & Steve.. Request to you both. Please share some photo's before your done with the log. (some un-processed images are also welcome).
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    • #32
      finally the thread is up.

      Ladakh has been a place which has been a part o my dreams for years. some of the first threads I saw in xbhp were on this beautiful place and it fascinated me instantly. I have been planning this trip for close to 4 years now and it finally materialized. all in all an amazing trip with lots of memories and tones of pictures.

      P.S - I would like to thank Madhu for helping us with the rooms in gurgaun on the way back and for his help on our return journey and especially Mother nature for being a little bit kind on us and not unleashing her full fury.


      Teaser pics from my end....

      the riders....





      the stallions -





      Roads -

      Last edited by steveburnside2001; 07-01-2010, 09:28 PM.
      Leh
      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...d-reasons.html

      The Southern Sojourn
      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/best-tra...-remember.html

      Munnar - Kodai
      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/5...-page-6-a.html

      Goa
      http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/6...ers-8days.html

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      • #33
        Great clicks..

        Why is Ananth's ZMR sleeping in the second pic..?

        @Steve: If possible, do pour in some pics of the various passes you went through.
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        • #34
          @cbz xtreme everyone needs rest.

          @ all - guess where the 3rd teaser pic was shot(3rd pic posted by ananth).
          Leh
          http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...d-reasons.html

          The Southern Sojourn
          http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/best-tra...-remember.html

          Munnar - Kodai
          http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/5...-page-6-a.html

          Goa
          http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/6...ers-8days.html

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          • #35
            Originally posted by steveburnside2001 View Post
            @ all - guess where the 3rd teaser pic was shot(3rd pic posted by ananth).
            In fact only after you posted this, came to notice that the ZMR doesnt have saddlbe bags, tank bag etc in that pic..and me having no knowledge about the Himalayan region, cant even make a decent guess lol..
            My lame guess(after reading various Leh threads over the week) would be Khardung la - North Pallu road..
            Anyways, where was it shot Steve and whats the story behind it..

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            • #36
              Unfortunate to meet you guys.

              Just a couple of questions...

              1.Those dunes are from the Nubra Valley if I am not mistaken?

              2.Did you guys go to Pangong for a short while. I saw a yellow Zma and another black bike arrive at Pangong on the 19th at around 1845hours and I waved frantically at the bikes!

              @Ananth: Thanks for your timely reply. My plans went on unperturbed.

              Originally posted by spiderweb View Post
              Amazing pics Ananth. I guess this will be the only THREAD with Baralachla La pics apart from mine
              Really?
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              • #37
                Originally posted by steveburnside2001 View Post


                Roads -

                These two are great shots. What location?

                The third picture in your post seems to be road to Pangong.
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by ken cool View Post
                  Unfortunate to meet you guys.

                  Just a couple of questions...

                  1.Those dunes are from the Nubra Valley if I am not mistaken?

                  2.Did you guys go to Pangong for a short while. I saw a yellow Zma and another black bike arrive at Pangong on the 19th at around 1845hours and I waved frantically at the bikes!

                  @Ananth: Thanks for your timely reply. My plans went on unperturbed.



                  Really?
                  I guess it was us.we came to pangong on the 19th evening and we stayed there on the 20th as well. and those are dunes from nubra. were you riding your 220?
                  Leh
                  http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/1...d-reasons.html

                  The Southern Sojourn
                  http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/best-tra...-remember.html

                  Munnar - Kodai
                  http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/5...-page-6-a.html

                  Goa
                  http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/6...ers-8days.html

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Ananth View Post

                    Originally posted by Ananth View Post
                    Oops! Sorry Paaaji! Stuck with work, Heck - I'm working like 9 AM to 9 PM everyday - Will surely update the logs ASAP
                    I was initially confused to hear 9 AM to 9 PM as an excuse to update the logs!!!

                    Anyway, are these pics processed or straight out of memory? They're looking flawless & simply awesome & I'm sure your pics will provoke the Leh aspirers.
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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by satyenpoojary View Post
                      Wow! Thanks for the info, its wonderfull what a tiny little FI unit can do to a bike

                      Awesom pics man!
                      Thanks. The Tiny FI Unit made wonders in Ladakh!

                      Originally posted by alankarmisra View Post
                      Excuse me???!! I was there too and I have photos too! I'm just not posting them cause I haven't blogged up to that point yet!
                      Chill. There are MANY who have done the route before / after US. We were just part of natures lap for a short period of time

                      Originally posted by satyenpoojary View Post
                      *makes notes to NOT add boss and peers in Facebook*

                      ROFLMAO! Your story is quite similar to mine, this is the third year and 4th plan thats gone bust! But I guess the wait will be worth it, it better be!
                      Just keep trying, You will eventually make it up

                      Originally posted by rossiter View Post
                      Teasers and prologue and office be damned. Let's have the log Ananth
                      Sure Akhil. I took SICK LEAVE today, Let me transfer all the pictures first to my laptop and start writing logs day by day. Excuse me for the delay!

                      Originally posted by Aparajith View Post
                      Ananth, this is why I have two social networking sites. Orkut for Office and FB for Personal!! Dont mix them.... ha ha ha ha!!
                      Lesson Learnt - The harder way. I followed your same reason for applying for leaves and even got it approved, Just that I should have seggregated - Office & Personal gang in FB.

                      Originally posted by cbz xtreme View Post
                      WHoa..

                      Thats a great mileage you have got.

                      Think, I too will be facing the same problem as yours when ever I plan for a trip (even a small trip) in the future.

                      @Ananth & Steve.. Request to you both. Please share some photo's before your done with the log. (some un-processed images are also welcome).
                      Will do it today!

                      Originally posted by cbz xtreme View Post
                      Great clicks..

                      Why is Ananth's ZMR sleeping in the second pic..?

                      @Steve: If possible, do pour in some pics of the various passes you went through.
                      It lost traction at 3 kmph

                      Originally posted by Tarc View Post
                      In fact only after you posted this, came to notice that the ZMR doesnt have saddlbe bags, tank bag etc in that pic..and me having no knowledge about the Himalayan region, cant even make a decent guess lol..
                      My lame guess(after reading various Leh threads over the week) would be Khardung la - North Pallu road..
                      Anyways, where was it shot Steve and whats the story behind it..
                      ZMR / ZMA did not have saddles, But had a tank bag - ONLY from Nubra to Pangang Tso. We dumped the bags in a Fortuner, Who were also kind enough to accompany us and try the Nubra - Shyok - Pangong Road

                      Originally posted by ken cool View Post
                      Unfortunate to meet you guys.

                      Just a couple of questions...

                      1.Those dunes are from the Nubra Valley if I am not mistaken?

                      2.Did you guys go to Pangong for a short while. I saw a yellow Zma and another black bike arrive at Pangong on the 19th at around 1845hours and I waved frantically at the bikes!

                      @Ananth: Thanks for your timely reply. My plans went on unperturbed.



                      Really?
                      My pleasure Ken. And i could not see any P220, But i saw a Jeeper waving at us after crossing Pangong - Thought it could have been you! Anyway, Missed meeting you in heaven

                      Originally posted by trustvishwas View Post
                      These two are great shots. What location?

                      The third picture in your post seems to be road to Pangong.
                      EDIT: The Third Teaser i posted in the first post is: MARSIMIK LA!!

                      Originally posted by aargee View Post
                      I was initially confused to hear 9 AM to 9 PM as an excuse to update the logs!!!

                      Anyway, are these pics processed or straight out of memory? They're looking flawless & simply awesome & I'm sure your pics will provoke the Leh aspirers.
                      First two pictures were post processed a LITTLE. All others are straight out of the camera. Reason: No time to install PhotoShop!
                      Last edited by Ananth; 07-02-2010, 05:03 PM.
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                      • #41
                        Thanks in advance Ananth. Will be looking at this thread for any updates in the pics.

                        Loosing traction at 3kmph. Ooff..

                        Hope nothing bad happened to the front faring.

                        Thats the best part I love to see in the ZMR.
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by steveburnside2001 View Post
                          I guess it was us.we came to pangong on the 19th evening and we stayed there on the 20th as well. and those are dunes from nubra. were you riding your 220?
                          Originally posted by Ananth View Post


                          My pleasure Ken. And i could not see any P220, But i saw a Jeeper waving at us after crossing Pangong - Thought it could have been you! Anyway, Missed meeting you in heaven

                          Damn! Missed meeting you guys. After the call since I knew you guys would be coming, I was eagerly waiting. My bike was parked on the hillock to the right just as you get in to Pangong, right next to the white tents! I looked for your bikes in the morning, could not find them. Since I did not see any luggage with you guys, I figured that you must have left the evening after touchdown! What a pity!
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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by aargee View Post
                            They're looking flawless & simply awesome & I'm sure your pics will provoke the Leh aspirers.
                            Indeed Argee...actually it turned a few into Leh aspirers

                            @ Ananth & Steve :
                            You guyz must have enjoyed like hell...I dont have anything in my mind right now after going through the whole blog ,
                            From today, I vil get a full year of sleepless nights I think
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by cbz xtreme View Post
                              Thanks in advance Ananth. Will be looking at this thread for any updates in the pics.

                              Loosing traction at 3kmph. Ooff..

                              Hope nothing bad happened to the front faring.

                              Thats the best part I love to see in the ZMR.
                              No Issues to the fairing / the Bike. The fairing is sturdy enough to withstand falls like these.


                              Originally posted by ken cool View Post
                              Damn! Missed meeting you guys. After the call since I knew you guys would be coming, I was eagerly waiting. My bike was parked on the hillock to the right just as you get in to Pangong, right next to the white tents! I looked for your bikes in the morning, could not find them. Since I did not see any luggage with you guys, I figured that you must have left the evening after touchdown! What a pity!
                              We stayed in Spangmik, 19th - We spent some 15 minutes in Lukung.

                              20th Morning, again we passed lukung - I tried Marsimik La and passed Lukung again by 3 PM.

                              But all this while, I never spotted a Off - Road P220! My bad!

                              Originally posted by Only Amit... View Post
                              Indeed Argee...actually it turned a few into Leh aspirers

                              @ Ananth & Steve :
                              You guyz must have enjoyed like hell...I dont have anything in my mind right now after going through the whole blog ,
                              From today, I vil get a full year of sleepless nights I think
                              Just Chill. Plan for next riding season and ride ON. There is nothing that could stop you if you want to trip. Good Luck for your trip next year !

                              EDIT:



                              This picture is taken near Marsimik La - May be a couple of kms before the top. After this, the tracks were covered with ice, atleast 4 - 5 feet of ice burried under.

                              Sorry for wrongly quoting it to be on the Shyok route!
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                              • #45
                                I forgot to mention in the first post, I also wanted to thank this family we met in Shyok. They offered us Butter Tea, Maggi, Biscuits, Sweets, and what not! We rested there for about 2 hours, ate for atleast 300 Rs. and they didnt even accept a penny from us, Not to mention they were a not so well off family - living with the gains from a small shop in Shyok. Hats off to their love, affection and care for a by-passer like us. May god give them a wonderful future.

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