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Old 15th October 2011, 09:10   #451
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Day 06
17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

Even though there was no hurry nor the need to get up early this day, I woke up like a routine early. The training on the earlier days of the trip has sunk in me well. Early starts were the norm.

But since there was no driving schedule so early, I walked around the hotel in search of some interesting sights.

At 06:15AM, sun has already risen and moon still saying goodbye

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Tried to catch the moon before she gets shadowed by the sun

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Rangrik Village
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Sun by now fully up and the shadows are longer on the mountains, moon is still visible
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A chorten on the mountains
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I wonder how the mountains get all these colours

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My own shadow! Went philosophical at that time - Blame it on the solitude.
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Waiting for the sun's rays
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Kee Monastery Mountain still in shadows

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By 07:30AM came back to the hotel to see the team having breakfast. Joined for a great slow breakfast

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Day 06
17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

By 09:15AM team had finished breakfast and got ready to take a team picture

The Team Picture
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akaush and VB
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By 09:30AM we checked out of Spiti Sarai and went to another hotel in Kaaza.

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Old 15th October 2011, 09:22   #453
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Day 06
17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

How are these mountains so colorful?
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Kaaza town
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Another question - What does Navodaya mean in this context?
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A walk way up the mountain
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Metal Rabbit Year - Can anyone elaborate this for me?
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Snow Clad Mountains far away

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AP Swift
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Day 06
17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

By 10:15 we shifted hotels and got on with the days drive to Pin valley and Dhankar Gompa. HVK's Scorpio, Discovery Bolero, Baby Alto and AP Swift went for the drive while the others chose to stay back. Went to the petrol pump to tank up. I saw Mumbai Roadsters for the first time here. A short meeting - looked hifi with their swifts

This girl says she wants Rs 20. I asked her will she take 10?, She says No!!
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Kaaza Gompa

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Views en route Kaaza Pin Valley
- Colourful Mountains
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A house near Sichling
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Harvesting
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Baby Alto
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The only way to Pin Valley - The Pin valley Bridge
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It was opened on 18.08.1989

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AP Swift ready to go to Pin Valley
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Day 06
17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

Pin Valley. There is a trek through the Himalayan national park from Mudh, which takes you through the Parvati Pass, and can exit at Manikaran near Manali. The trek is of 7to 8 days. That is the place of the elusive snow leopards, one day .... For now the drive is only up to Mudh.

Some pictures from Pin Valley.
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Discovery Bolero's radiator cap fell of somewhere and the vehicle got over heated. We stopped near a water pump to fill the radiator.

NJ filling water
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We stopped there
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The road ahead
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Day 06
17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

Pin valley
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Harvesting
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Small Stream
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Beautiful Sheep
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Day 06
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Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza


Some more pictures of Pin Valley
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Somebody's got a Farm Land There!
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Close up
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Day 06
17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

By 12:00PM all hell broke loose. Roads became bad and rescue missions were in place for the small cars. It was also decided that there is no point in going further. Mudh was around 9Km from here. HVK who had gone forward returned by now and advised the team to turn back.

The Bad roads, the rescue mission pictures.

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In hindsight it was only a small trailer of the obstacles that we were to face.

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Day 06
17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

It was already 13:00hrs, we turned back and drove towards Kaaza.

Mudh Was 9KM ahead!
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We reached Kungri Gompa by 13:45hrs
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17th August 2011
Kaaza - Pin Valley - Dhankar - Kaaza

Kungri Gompa
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We left by 14:15 hrs towards Kaaza. I saw a lot of tourist taxis bringing in people to Pin Valley. Probably they were stuck too like us in Kaaza and was looking around.
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By 15:30hrs we could see Dhankar Gompa perched up on the mountains (toward right) and the Pin Spiti Confluence
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Dhankar Gompa
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Inside the Gompa
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I wanted to click the confluence of Spiti and Pin rivers.

I was on the edge
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To click this confluence
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Little did I know I'll get a better view from the terrace. CV was almost worried that something would happen! The platform did not look too strong and was slippery

Views from the terrace
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We left the Gompa by 16:15 hrs

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Sheep
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Sheep marching
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By 17:30hrs we reached Spiti Motors and did some preventive care like cleaning the air filter, tightening some nuts etc.. By 18:45 we fill up the tanks again.
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By 19:30hrs we meet up for dinner together with Mumbai Roadsters. The discusssion was about their drive to Kaaza and what is the plan forward. The news about Kunzum La, Chota Dhara, Bada Dhara was not favorable. So it was decided that we spent the next day too in Kaaza.

By 22:00hrs I hit the sack again with the happiness of not to wake up early the next day.
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slightly off topic but not full though. Yesterday, I was watching the Ice Road Truckers in History channel and then saw the same sadhu, who was stopping cars on the road/blessing them, in this program. Yesterday's program featured the drive through some place called Ledge (I think I got it right).
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slightly off topic but not full though. Yesterday, I was watching the Ice Road Truckers in History channel and then saw the same sadhu, who was stopping cars on the road/blessing them, in this program. Yesterday's program featured the drive through some place called Ledge (I think I got it right).
From what I heard from no_enthu_da who watched the program, the drive was on the Karchcham road and maybe the trucker went on the Karchcham-Sangla road too which is where the sadhu holds the fort.
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Day 07
18th August 2011
Kaaza - Kee - Kibber - TashiGanga - Langza - Kaaza

Woke up very late and lazily walked down to get some tea. The tea table was buzzing with talks of going back, Jeep Captain rushing to Cochin etc... HVK was on phone busily trying to get all route information. By 11:00AM Jeep Captain took a taxi to Rekong Peo, from where he could catch a bus to Delhi.

While I were still trying to come to terms with what was happening, JP and TS shouts my name, and asks "SHALL WE ?" I screamed "YES" and jumped into Discovery Bolero. Today me, TS and JP alone in Discovery Bolero.


The Bridge towards Rangrik, Kunzum La. For today we go straight to Kee and Kibber
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Spiti River

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Rangrik Town
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Baby Yak?

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Save Tibet - OK, Save Palestine - OK, Save Usha - Who ? Anyone?

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