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Ladakh Ride – The Celebrated Moments

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A follow up on the last post of my, now, not-so-recent Ladakh Bike Trip.

The 15 day road trip which I undertook along with Chamoli Dada and Surbhit in June this year hardly had any unsung day. And hence a detailed post (in all probability) will document all as it happened. But for now …

Presenting a photo-stream of the high points, of each day, of those 15 days.

Fastening the Rain Gear

Day I (June 8, 2008) : With clouds looming large, we made our first pit stop for tea around 4AM somewhere on NH1. I took the opportunity to fasten my rain gear one more time!

Day II : Had to reach Srinagar by sun down but … instead we camped on the banks of Chenab at Ramban

Day III : Cooling our heels in a houseboat on Dal Lake, Srinagar.

Day IV : Riding atop Zoji La. It was one treacherous climb amidst strong cross winds and loose gravel!

Day V : It took this women to stage a mini drama before the route (Kargil to Leh and vice-versa) was unblocked. The protest (road block) was against the fuel price hike.

Day VI : And we were in Leh, finally!

Day VII : Local sight seeing in and around Leh. This is the Shanti Stupa, one of the few places which was brimming with tourists.

Day VIII : The crowning moment! We crossed Khardung La – the highest motorable road in the world!

Day VIII : Descending into the Nubra valley. Words fail me here! The stark differences surprised me no ends. Vast desert (sand dunes too) with Bactrian camels and vegetation/lake exist in complete harmony here.

Day VIII : This was the end of the road for us. Panamik Lake and the Wish Pond were to remain unseen, probably for another time 🙂

Day IX : A half constructed house came to our rescue. Phew!

Day X : The Chang La had to be conquered before witnessing the magnificent Pangong Tso

Day X : Fresh and Scrumptious grub! Steaming hot rotis and mutter paneer on the way to Pangong Tso.

Day X : Eyes wide Open, Mouth Shut. The highest salt water lake in the world – Pangong Tso

Day XI : Tarmac a la Serpent. Rode back to Leh from Pangong Tso

Day XII : Time to bid adieu to the Air Force Station and Leh.

Day XII: A personal milestone for Madonna! Somewhere on More Plains.

Day XIII : Read it for yourself. A day in the life of a Biker.

Day XIV : This town in Himachal Pradesh (near SunderNagar) was our pit stop for more than 5 hours. Why? Well, I’ll keep that for later

Day XV : Last stop before New Delhi – Karnal. Let me tell you – Lassi is a godsend in the summers of the North.

This was more than just a glimpse of the road trip, which I would love to do again. But there is still much more than meets the eye. You have to be there to feel it for yourselves. Posts in the ‘Ladakh Ride’ series will continue for some more time! Hope you like ’em 🙂

Written by Sangfroid

September 11, 2008 at 1:21 am

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  1. Though I have been to Leh once, a bike trip will remain a dream till it is fulfilled !!!

    nice snapshot !!!

    Prashant

    September 11, 2008 at 2:13 am

  2. dun! perfect! beautiful! brilliant!…. and looking very green! 😉

    Ani

    September 11, 2008 at 3:52 am

  3. Prashant, Thanks!
    I’d rather say – “Though I have been to Leh once on a bike trip , another bike trip will remain a dream till it is fulfilled !!!” 😛

    Ani, Thanks 😀 … Green … Jealous ? 🙂

    Sangfroid

    September 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm

  4. nice picture blog…I keep hoping that the rest will come 😉

    notmanish

    September 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm

  5. I won’t stay much accept the fact that I regret with all my heart about not taking up your offer about being your pillion.. that and for once and only once, not being born a male, to do it all alone!! 😦

    sam

    September 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm

  6. dude finally you post something about the bike trip 🙂 but come on a detailed travelogue is must! still waiting for it, it has been months!

    Kunal

    September 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm

  7. Mani, Thanks! It will come.

    Sam, Don’t know what to say except that I might make an offer again 🙂 So, cheer up!
    We hear talks of female emancipation and the likes every now n then but I know, what you mean.

    Kunal, Coming up bro .. Coming Up!

    Sangfroid

    September 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm

  8. What an amazing landscape to ride in. Looks like a complete adventure and lots of fun.

    Bikerchickz

    Becky

    September 21, 2008 at 11:13 pm

  9. Those are some great photos. I like the picture with the lake. That must have been awesome. It reminds me of a trip near Crater Lake in the US for me.

    JimAtJaxtr

    September 23, 2008 at 3:29 am

  10. Becky, Thanks for dropping by. It was an adventure of a lifetime. Will share a detailed trip log soon.

    Jim, The lake was magical.
    You mean the one in Oregon. I recently happened to see some snaps of it and twas quite a masterpiece.

    Sangfroid

    September 23, 2008 at 1:11 pm

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