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Indo-French Joint Venture 2010: Ride in North India, Leh and Beyond!

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  • MG
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    Slowly slowly going through all the threads.

    Finished all seven days of reading and I must confess that even though there are a flurry of Leh threads this season in xBhp, every thread has a different experience to share and ours will also be very different from the rest of the thread.

    Liked the gull pictures(Pity that I didn't have a lens to capture them) and the Thiksey Monastery shot.

    Originally posted by aargee View Post
    Whenever I see the pics of pure water in Himalayas, I always used to think, why no one tastes the water. So you've tasted the pure, unadulterated, unpolluted, crystal clear, sparkling water.
    My ride partner darkknight also tasted it and he found it to be salty and we both were shocked. This is one thing which I never knew before this trip.
    Last edited by MG; 07-12-2010, 05:26 PM.

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  • ken cool
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    Originally posted by Shivanshu View Post
    Lovely capture Ken Da the scenic beauty is out of this world, and I am sure riding to places out like these would have actually washed away all the slushy rides you all did day before..... if there is Heaven on earth it is here, keep them coming Dada, your pics are marvellous
    It does make you forget a LOT of things in life. And makes you believe that life is actually worth living!

    Originally posted by Ananth View Post
    I thought you would have been riding to Ktop, the day we rode into Pangong. I see that plans were changed due to bad weather! We were there, at Lukung around 1900 hours. Where were you in Lukung when you spotted us? I did not even bother looking at the Huts to the right, For I was enjoying the lake towards my left and carried on riding towards Spangmik. Also, We were very very tired upon reaching Lukung (Read : Off roading madness from Nubra to Shyok to Tangtse to Pangong) and we just wanted to get to Spangmik and crash for the night.
    I first heard bikes. Then I turned to the approaching road from my tent perched on top to the right. I knew that you guys were coming and I was keeping a lookout for you. Then I saw you guys ride in and ride past. And I think it was around that time when the sun was going down... around 1900 hours and there was still daylight. And you guys were not carrying luggage. I guessed that you would not be staying the night. I was too tired to run down at that altitude.

    Originally posted by aargee View Post
    Whenever I see the pics of pure water in Himalayas, I always used to think, why no one tastes the water. So you've tasted the pure, unadulterated, unpolluted, crystal clear, sparkling water.
    Yes, I keep tasting high altitude spring water, lake water etc... And guess what it tastes like... it did NOT taste like mineral water. It was Salty!

    Unpolluted, unadulterated indeed, with Coca Cola bottles floating in it and other garbage thrown in by tourists visiting the pristine spot! But I did not want to photograph those.

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  • aargee
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    Whenever I see the pics of pure water in Himalayas, I always used to think, why no one tastes the water. So you've tasted the pure, unadulterated, unpolluted, crystal clear, sparkling water.

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  • Ananth
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    Originally posted by ken cool View Post
    Thanks. I am using a four year old 5D!

    This was the day when I saw you guys riding into Pangong on "black and yellow" bikes and I waved frantically at you but nobody notice me!!!
    I thought you would have been riding to Ktop, the day we rode into Pangong. I see that plans were changed due to bad weather! We were there, at Lukung around 1900 hours. Where were you in Lukung when you spotted us? I did not even bother looking at the Huts to the right, For I was enjoying the lake towards my left and carried on riding towards Spangmik. Also, We were very very tired upon reaching Lukung (Read : Off roading madness from Nubra to Shyok to Tangtse to Pangong) and we just wanted to get to Spangmik and crash for the night.

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  • Shivanshu
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    Lovely capture Ken Da the scenic beauty is out of this world, and I am sure riding to places out like these would have actually washed away all the slushy rides you all did day before..... if there is Heaven on earth it is here, keep them coming Dada, your pics are marvellous

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  • ken cool
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    Originally posted by steveburnside2001 View Post
    lovely shots of pangong, which cam were you using to capture it ?
    Thanks. I am using a four year old 5D!

    This was the day when I saw you guys riding into Pangong on "black and yellow" bikes and I waved frantically at you but nobody notice me!!!

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  • steveburnside2001
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    lovely shots of pangong, which cam were you using to capture it ?

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  • ken cool
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    Originally posted by aman_pulsating View Post
    Loved the Gulls flying and the last shot...!
    Thanks!

    I never thought that the Gulls would be such a hit!!! I am usually very poor with birds unless they are in my hands!

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  • aman_pulsating
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    Loved the Gulls flying and the last shot...!

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  • Aryan
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    Nice bit of text, loved reading through it. And beautiful photos too.

    @Jonak: At places like those (Leh/ Spiti), one doesn't need a CPL or an GND; it's all so naturally blue and vibrant!

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  • ken cool
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    Originally posted by Jonak View Post
    WOW!!!
    Some brilliant shots!! Did you use CPL or ND filters?



    What a shot!! Hats off.
    Thanks Jonak! Good coming from you.

    No CPL as yet. And I do not know much about ND filters! Have to learn!

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  • Jonak
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    WOW!!!
    Some brilliant shots!! Did you use CPL or ND filters?

    Originally posted by ken cool View Post

    What a shot!! Hats off.

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  • ken cool
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    Day 7Chang La:

    Congratulations to Brigitte for doing this


    My Ever faithful pillion!


    Chang La Baba Blessed us!


    A short video:
    YouTube - Chang La in June 2010Our Tents


    Inside the Tent, a short break before going off


    And finally...
    Pangong Tso:



    YouTube - Pangong Tso

    YouTube - Pangong Tso Mediterranean

    Emerald green








    I went down to the waterfront!


    And tasted the water...


    The Vastness of such a place makes you feel infinitesimally small!


    Another example:


    Land's End




    Gulls




    Papa, lets go there to the water!


    And we went there...Brigitte's Impressions

    "Today's ride was beautiful. Most of the road was good surprisingly for a change. It de-stresses the mind as I did not have to constantly think about the rocks on the road, the potholes, the mud and water. I could really soak up the beauty of nature and enjoy the ride.

    I had only heard about the Blue Pangong Lake and seen some pictures. But for blue, this is the bluest it can get. Nothing gets bluer than this. And when you get here, it is difficult to imagine which planet you are on. This place does not look like from this planet. Totally barren with desert like conditions, not a blade of grass, and this huge beautiful blue lake that completely takes you by surprise. It is total bliss to be here."

    She even demonstrated to us the difference in the cries of the Gulls at Pangong and those in the Mediterranean! And at her demo, the Gulls there took immediate flight!

    ... to be continued
    Last edited by ken cool; 07-12-2010, 11:55 AM.

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  • Rockkyyy
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    Some Fresh Photographs of Leh

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  • archistar
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    Wow Ken Da... It is truly Amazing. Beautiful photographs and you reminded me my last year ride...

    Waiting for more...

    And I can see a happy 'Mael'

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