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Old 2nd November 2011, 23:00   #811
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As we wait for the others to catch up, a few things:

1. The road from Leh to Kargil via Batalik was very good, but lonely, without any traffic, no facilities, and apparently stciking to the actual LOC/ border.
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Actually,this route is reasonably popular among Europeans, because on this route like the Villages of Dha and Hanu. The inhabitants of those villages are supposed to be direct descendents of the Aryans.
When we were there in Sept 2009, the village of Dha was almost deserted(some festival was going elsewhere), but few people we saw looked very "central European".
So definitely, there is some connection, but how direct is the lineage.. well that is anybodies guess.
If you want to do this route without trouble, just mention Dha, Hanu on your permit form, and this ensures you are not troubled at all.
However, going to Batailik war memorial is just pure luck. We were refused permission to go to Batailik, so we had to carry on straight to Kargil. The road is good, but you were lucky not to get caught in a convoy. Due to narrow road, often you have to wait for 30-40 minutes if you are travelling in the opposite direction, and if convoy is going in your direction, then you are stuck travelling at 20kmph till they decide to take a break.
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Actually,this route is reasonably popular among Europeans, because on this route like the Villages of Dha and Hanu. The inhabitants of those villages are supposed to be direct descendents of the Aryans.
When we were there in Sept 2009, the village of Dha was almost deserted(some festival was going elsewhere), but few people we saw looked very "central European".
We were too late at the spot, it was already dark. How far away from the road is the Dha Village?

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The road is good, but you were lucky not to get caught in a convoy. Due to narrow road, often you have to wait for 30-40 minutes if you are travelling in the opposite direction, and if convoy is going in your direction, then you are stuck travelling at 20kmph till they decide to take a break.
Since we were late, we did not encounter a single vehicle all the way from Batalik to Kargil. It was probably the most boring part of the journey, it was pitch dark, we were dead tired (and everyone in the car was sleeping!) and we were worried about late arrival at Kargil. Road was not as good as the previous sections.
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Since we were late, we did not encounter a single vehicle all the way from Batalik to Kargil. It was probably the most boring part of the journey, it was pitch dark, we were dead tired (and everyone in the car was sleeping!)

and we were worried about late arrival at Kargil. Road was not as good as the previous sections.
HVK Sir, We were also equally worried since there was no contacts from you guys since afternoon. And No contacts from my My Bolero team aswell, NJ, TS & JP who took the direct route from Leh to Kargil.

After every 15-20 mins myself & BolBolero were frantically trying you reach you all but I guess there was not network atall on the entire route.

It was a great relief to see the Discovery Bolero in Kargil town at 8:30 PM while we were still lazing around in the market. The moment I saw the Bolero I screamed with joy. That moment TS jumped out of the Bolero even before stopping , came running to me and hugged saying "Shibu we missed you so much and I am so happy that you made it and Glad to see you back" Soon after parking Bolero my bro NJ and JP also came and there was a team cuddle. Soon after that I Introduced them to BolBolero and team.

It was really very emotional and touching reunion esp for us from the Discovery Bolero team after my absence of 4 days and my Himalayas to Cochin and back self expedition.

It was also a first introduction & meeting for BolBoleros team with the first batch of IPHE team.

While this was happening whole Kargil market was stunned and was staring at us wondering what is happening?
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We were too late at the spot, it was already dark. How far away from the road is the Dha Village?



Since we were late, we did not encounter a single vehicle all the way from Batalik to Kargil. It was probably the most boring part of the journey, it was pitch dark, we were dead tired (and everyone in the car was sleeping!) and we were worried about late arrival at Kargil. Road was not as good as the previous sections.
Its about a 10-15 minutes walk from the main road as Dha village is not accessible by a motorable track.
The narrow pathway goes through fields
Here is the post link. We had quite an "experience" thanks to wrong directions.
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HVK Scorpio
Aug 12, Bombay-Behror, 1402 kms
Aug 13, Behror-Rampur, 692 kms
Aug 14, Rampur-Chitkul, 144 kms
Aug 15, Chitkul-Pooh, 207 kms
Aug 16, Pooh-Kaza, 178 kms
Aug 17-19, Kaza, 291 kms
Aug 20, Kaza-Jispa, 236 kms
Aug 21, Jispa-Leh, 374 kms
Aug 22, Leh-Kargil, 343 kms


Aug 23, Kargil-Padum, 248 kms

The Zanskar Valley is the least known and popular of drives in the Ladakh region. Just 250 kms from Kargil, and (when KSM-vTec enquired) a taxi operator wanted Rs 11,000 for a one-way drop - so you can imagine how wretched the road must be!! Very few dare to venture into this Valley - initially through the Suru Valley watered by the River Suru and populated by Kashmiri Muslims, then into the Buddhist Zanskar Valley watered by the River Zanskar.

Usually, those going to the Padum, the main Zanskar Valley, do it either when they are coming to Leh via Srinagar or exiting from Leh towards Srinagar. In our case, we decided to do it differently.

We are now just 3 SUVs - HVK Scorpio, JC's Bolero and BolBolero's Bolero (just arrived from Bombay via Srinagar). The "Baby" Alto was left behind at Kargil, safely parked at the Maruti service station opposite the Hotel D'Zojila. That meant all our cars were fully packed, my Scorpio carrying 5 persons. We intended to drive direct to Padum 250 kms away in what is a 12-15 hour journey. No petrol pumps in the route to and fro, so each of the cars was carrying 20-40 litres of spare diesel. Facilities were non-existent although there did exist JKTDC "hotels" at Sankoo, Putikchey, Parkachik and Rangdum.

BolBolero who had joined us with SS and AR was to be with us for the rest of the trip. RB and SC in their Safari from Pune suddenly changed their plans (they had also arrived in Kargil the previous day), decided to drop Zanskar Valley from their itinerary and drive on to Leh on their own, so they decided to have their own drive plan.

The Suru & Zanskar Valleys are not near any border, they are west of Kargil & Leh towards the Kashmir Valley and there is no army presence - the roads are also maintained by the State PWD, which explains why they are in such a terrible state always. The road is also closed during winter beyond Parkachik and the snows are cleared the last (with the road reopening also sometime in end-June only every year). No permits are required to travel to this region, but foreigners are advised to carry their Passports to be shown at the Panikkar check post.

We left at 650 am from Kargil. The taxi cartels in Ladakh are very powerful, and we were stopped at an "unofficial" check post manned by the taxi union which was suspicious that we were a taxi disguised in private number plates. Obviously, they are not going to let a taxi from outside their union (and region) to ply on this road, which is one reason why you must always avoid bringing a taxi from outside Kashmir to Ladakh, it is pointless. The first 30 kms or so via Trespone & Kumbathang Army Camp were on ribbon-smooth road. The road curves along the banks of the River Suru and after the village of Kachan you sight the Nun & Kun peaks, the highest in this region. This Valley is greener than the rest of Ladakh and the countryside sees lots of crops and fruits being grown, especially around Panikkar.

As we near the first big town of Sankoo, the real "roads" of Suru Valley start as the speeds drop down to 15-20 kmph as we carefully negotiate our way through rubble and pools of water. Sankoo town itself is a non-decrepit affair, but has a tea shop and a JKTDC hotel, apart from the usual PWD Rest House. The only vehicles we encounter are the Sumo taxis which are the only means of transport, especially for children going to school (many of them thumbed us for lifts). There was also one solitary JKTDC bus in this route. We also overtook a few Xylos and Scorpios which were taking foreign tourists to Padum for trekking tours.

The rapids in the River Suru are probably the highest category, and in many places absolutely impossible for anyone except a suicide missioner to go through (I am surprised that there are no white water rafting tours going on!).

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Our lensmen were pretty happy with the drive, possibly because the bad "roads" were making it easier for them to click away at the glorious landscape vistas without having to stop too often. Boulders on the road were very nasty in some places, needed very careful negotiation to avoid hitting the underbody. The Mumbai Roadsters were happy they had not brought their Swifts along, even had they managed to clamber over the rocks, they would have been very slow. There are some wonderful bailey bridges across the rivers.

Progress was slow as you can see - except for the first 30 kms of good roads, we covered something like 50 kms in 2 hours. Needless to say, there no signages anywhere on these roads and you simply take what looks like the most-travelled road as yours, the lesser ones may be disappearing into some hamlets off the road or down to the water's edge (since we were always at a higher level than the River Suru).

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There is a check post just before Panikkar where you have to register your vehicle and passenger details. People are all very friendly. After the check post, turn left onto a small dirty path of a road to bypass Panikkar town. The bypass is recommended not only to avoid the town, but also because it crosses across to the other bank and ascends up to provide you a panoramic view of the valley around Panikkar.

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All of us loved the place and that meant a longish halt here with JC even taking portrait photos/ videos of each one in his car! In fact, this was the first time the entire team (with BolBolero & Co now in it) seeing each other properly in broad daylight.The weather was nice and cool in the morning but the heat was building up slowly as was also the dust that we were leaving in our wake, as the road was crumbling with the loose soil. We had already climbed up to 11000 feet as we left Panikkar, some 3000 feet higher than Kargil, but the climbs were gentle and not very curvy. We were also now "firm" dirt roads, evidence that even the PWD is doing some work to widen and build motorable roads in this well-populated region of Ladakh.

Parkachik - the last inhabited Muslim town in this side of the Suru Valley. Also the mouth of the Parkachik Glacier which tumbles down to the road's edge. The first of the drive-through glaciers that make this Kargil-Padum road unique anywhere in the Indian Himalayas. The road ahead is closed during winter and it shows in the way it is carved out of the mountain side from where loose pebbles and stones keep cascading down along with the multiple streams of water. As we start climbing, we are surrounded by snow-clad peaks and many glaciers trickling down to make rivers like the Suru.

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Now that all the snow has melted, there are lakes of water with lots of Mormots running around, which kept us very happy on the way to Rangdum, the next big "town".

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It was becoming unbearably hot and despite peeling off all woollens - and stripping down to T-shirts - we were feeling terrible (well, Rangdum will also sees some (-) 20 C temperatures in a month or so, as autumn sets in). We decided to stop over at a roadside stream to cool it, wash our faces and dip (that by JC).

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Rangdum - the big "town" of 2 tea shops and a JKTDC which does not appear to be open. We drove in at 100 pm, having covered 130 kms in 6 hours! It is an open plateau surrounded by mountains, a very inhospitable place by end-September, not accessible by road once snowfall starts. It also marks the beginning of the Buddhist part of Suru Valley and beyond. We had lunch here of Maggi noodles and omlettes, washed down by tea. Since one tea shop was too small to make food for so many of us, we took over the second tea shop too and that helped us complete our luch in 1 hour.

Checking for any breakages or damages - Jeep Captain & HVK, Photo: TS
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The Rangdum Village is not too far away, but we are surprised to see that the tea shops guys are not locals, they are all from places far away, looks like the locals don't want to encourage tourists. A little away from the Rangdum "camp", you have a "deluxe" tent camp (which will be there for just a couple of months or so, during the "season", which looked empty), and then you cross the Rangdum Gompa and the Rangdum Village (off the road). It is easier and shorter to drive on the dry river bed instead of taking the "road" which curves around the mountains. JC enjoyed himself a lot here with many photos of his Bolero splashing through the water and the tyres crunching the gravel.

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BTW, if you are running slower than we are, Rangdum is the last and only place before Padum (still another 6 hours away) where you can stay for the night, whether it is at JKTDC (I am not sure!), the tea shops or at the luxury tent camp. The Raid de Himalaya Rally also visited Rangdum one of the years.

More and more mormots - and also wild horses and yaks - as we climb up from the 13000 feet high Rangdum to Pensi La at 14600 feet, the highest pass on the route, also separates the Suru from the Zanskar Valley. The Suru River even at this point of origin has so much of water raging through it. Pensi la is a pretty wind-swept place which has the usual prayer flags and heaped-stone monuments, but what we were all looking forward to is the spectacular Darang Durung Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the entire Himalayan region. What a sight it is, the BIG reason to come to Zanskar Valley. Probably the only place in the Indian Himalayas where you can drive past a glacier of this size and magnitude.

Darang During Glacier is 3 kms beyond Pensi la as you descend towards Zanskar Valley, and if it is an overcast day, you can miss it completely too! In case you think you can go down there, forget it, all you can do is to stand out here in the biting chill wind and gaze at it from afar (in fact, someone I know talked about doing a OTR in the Galcier, I was too aghast to reply to his queries!!). The 170-km milesone from Padum, 40 kms from Rangdum - we spent 1 hour there doing nothing but gawking at the magnificent panorama before us. I surmised that we had made good speeds to reach this point (170 kms, 8.5 hours), so we decided why not take some time off, you do not know whether we will see clear weather on the rturn journey. During our 2009 drive, while we were here, it started snowing and we could not see anything around us. I think this break really made our day! All the rigours of breaking your car's back were forgotten, why would anyone not drive with such hardship to see such a glorious sight, everyone agreed.

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Leaving Darang Durung Glacier view point at 430 pm, we hasten down to the Zanskar Valley. Some sigh in relief when they sight a "good" "highway" in the plains below, but that turns out to be one more rocky, rough miserable rubble-strewn path of a road. Drive is becoming unbearable as we roll along in this wretched fashion, but slowly the villages start appearng - Abran, Hamling, Skyagam, Remala, Phey, Soo & Sani! Each of the 3 cars was setting its own pace and there is a long wait at the Abran Check Post - with its friendly sleeping guard and a friendlier Lama who was standing around - where I remember joining KSM-vTec for some snacks which he was carrying with him. The dusty trails were getting our goat as were a couple of nasty water crossings with rocks jutting out and hitting my wheel rims in a scary manner. I guess by the time we got to the River Zanskar bridge (at the junction of the Karsha & Padumr oads), we were all pretty sullen and tired of the drive (and I was particularly bugged with the slow progress the other 2 cars were making, irritated that we were running late, and worried whether we could get hotel acco for all). We turned off at the bridge towards Padum via Sani and were greeted with good roads for some distance.

Padum - is that Padum? You mean that place afar with a few lights twinkling, it hardly looks big enough. Are you sure, these were some of the doubts that crept up in teh team's minds as we approached the "largest" town in the Zanskar valley. Before that, we had some fun with a convoy of 3 vehicles (2 Xylos & Tempo Traveller, with UK registration) that were obviously going empty to freight some hikers from Padum. We had overtaken them a few times - since we used to keep stopping to take photographs - and there was one section where we got chirpy enough to drive offroad just to overtake them! (we must have overtaken them at least 5-6 times!!) Such was the boredom that had afflicted us towards the end of the day.

Padum - 248 kms from Kargil, 740 pm, 13 hours from Kargil, average speed (including halts of 2 hours at Rangdum & Darang Durung Glacier) pathetic, but what a day it was through the beautiful Suru & Zanskar valleys. Needless to say, it is a very small place and from past experience, I knew the Marq Guest House to be a lovely place to stay in. KSM-vTec, our ace negotiator, and I haggled with the lady owner but she refused to budge much from her pre-ordained price, but nevertheless we settled for something quite satisfactory. However, since there were not enough rooms for all of us, 4 of the team members had to stay at the "not-so-good" Hotel Ibex next door.

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HVK Sir, We were also equally worried since there was no contacts from you guys since afternoon. And No contacts from my My Bolero team aswell, NJ, TS & JP who took the direct route from Leh to Kargil.

After every 15-20 mins myself & BolBolero were frantically trying you reach you all but I guess there was not network atall on the entire route.

While this was happening whole Kargil market was stunned and was staring at us wondering what is happening?
Here we were the four of us JeepCaptain, SSj, AR & Me in Kargil town, trying to contact HVK and the Discovery Bolero team, unsucessfully!

We had already made confirmed bookings at D'Zozila Hotel for everyone!

Besides them RB was also supposed to be joining up with us by this evening. Couldn't get through to him either!

BTW while we were parked in the market the Discovery Bolero almost passed us by and only stopped, cos we hollered!

T'was a truly emotional reunion for JeepCaptain with his team NJ, TS & JP and ofcourse with his Bolero!

As far as the second batch of IPHE team, we weren't able to get in touch with them till very late in the night. Finally on getting through to them at around 10:45 pm, we were told that they were almost at Kargil and would arrive soon after tanking up at the Petrol Pump!
Then began the effort of convincing and cajoling the hotel staff to keep the dining room functional till the team arrived.

It was really great to finally get to meet HVK, laluks and no_enthu_da, and meet and get introduced to KSM-Vtec, Anku, Yogen & doctorque! (though from the looks on everyone's face it felt as if they just wanted to have their grub and crash! & who can blame them for that!)

So here we were the Indo Polish Himalayan Expedition 2011 team at Hotel D'Zozila, Kargil on the night of August 22nd. 2011.

A part of the team has been travelling for more than 11 days coming to Kargil via the Lahaul and Spiti valley. Have had to face some horrible weather and closure of roads and enforced delays in their drive plan. There have been some dropouts due to ill health and some due to time constraints! One member has travelled by public transport all the way back to the South of India and returned back to the North to join the team again. One car has come via a more easy route, after visiting the Golden temple and passing through Srinagar.
And every one has met at the planned date at Kargil!

Planning in the face of unpredictable weather, road conditions, car problems, health problems, etc. and then sticking to the plan. HVK Sir, you are the best! Hats off to you!

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Day 7: Kargil to Padum 23rd. August 2011

As mentioned by HVK, just three cars and 14 guys. no_enthu_da decided not to risk his vehicle on the road to Padum.
We depart from Hotel D'Zozila at around 6:45 am (very late according to HVK!) after a sumptuous and filling breakfast, organised by KSM-Vtec (We would get to see more and more of his organisational skills as the days progressed!)

Will let the pictures talk from hereon...

Some photographs by SSj

Hotel D'Zozila, Kargil No those aren't our vehicles. We were parked in the Maruti Service Centre!
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Views near the first check post near Panikkar
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Panikkar
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BolBolero's Bolero
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River Suru @ Panikkar
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The three SUV's opposite Panikkar
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Parkachik Glacier
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Discovery Bolero @ Parkachik
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Vistas @ Rangdum
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AR, no_enthu_da, BolBolero @ Rangdum
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Vista just before Darang Drung Glacier
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Darang Drung Glacier
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River Zanskar near Padum
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to be continued...
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Can somebody identify this bird? It is quite common in the region.
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The Hotel D'Zojila...if he runs out of space in his own compound, you can park it inside the Maruti Service Centre opposite the hotel. Incidentally, also a good place to take your car up the ramp, conduct an underbody inspection and also do some repairs, if needed.
The owner of the hotel also owns the Maruti dealership & service centre, and ensures the place is locked up at night. In case of an early morning start, the hotel reception has the keys, so they can let your car out easily.

A pic of the ramp during our trip in June...
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Day 7: Kargil to Padum 23rd. August 2011

A pictorial of our drive to Padum!

Interesting shapes & colours on the mountain face
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Road to Padum, Nice ain't it!
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School children @ checkpost near Panikkar
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Panikkar
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River Suru @ Panikkar
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Photo Stop
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The SUV's or should I say 1 SUV & 2 MUV's
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Parkachik Glacier
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Offroading Anyone?
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Farmland @ Panikkar
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Parkachik Glacier
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to be continued...
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Day 7: Kargil to Padum 23rd. August 2011

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Parkachik
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TS & JP
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JeepCaptain & Discovery Bolero
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JP, yes he is quite pleased!
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no_enthu_da checking his composition!
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The smart doctorque!
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Nun & Kun Peaks or Parkachik??
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HVK amused!
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HVK & BolBolero
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yogen, Anku & doctorque
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SSj in deep thought or has he spotted a fish?
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Views on the way to Rangdum
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no_enthu_da and Anku looking for Marmots!
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The organiser - KSM-Vtec
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More views
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The fantastic Roads
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The vistas @ Rangdum
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The cars
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Darang Drung Glacier
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Bolero @ Darang Drung glacier
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SSj contented!!
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Darang Drung Glacier
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HVK cold!!
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BolBolero & SSj @ Darang Drung Glacier
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doctorque, anku, yogen, KSM-Vtec a.k.a Mumbai Roadsters with HVK
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The Master at work - laluks
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Discovery Bolero arriving full speed at Darang Drung.
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AR @ Darang Drung
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Peak at Darang Drung
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Local Kids
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View just before Padum
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Reached Padum a little after 7:45 pm. The slider in the drivers side window of the Bolero had malfunctioned, and the window could not be put up fully and the glass was fixed at a weird angle. The door lock was jammed and so the drivers side door couldn't be opened. So many problems, but was too tired to think about a solution. Luckily HVK and KSM-VTec had managed to get accommodation at Marq Guest House and they had their own compound. So the car was safe for the night!

I had a slight migraine, AR was suffering quite a bit due to AMS. He promptly slept off, while SSj & me freshened up and joined the rest of the gang for dinner. Congratulations all around on the wonderful drive!
During dinner, KSM-Vtec managed to convince the restaurant staff to rustle up an early breakfast for us, for the next morning!
On that happy note we all headed back to our rooms for a well deserved sleep!

Total distance covered: 248 kms.

Now over to the masters of photography @ laluks, no_enthu _da, KSM-Vtec, JeepCaptain for their take/ version of the days drive!
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Day 7: Kargil to Padum


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@HVK - enjoyed your detailed log narration of Kargil-Padum day! Wonderful!! Also loved @BolBoleros's awesome pictures from this day's ride. Brought back old memories. Good to see the whole team contributing to this travelogue, providing many different perspectives to the story.

PS: Also esp thanks to BolBolero's wonderful GPS tracks! ... enjoying some nice simulated fly-pasts over the routes!
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The big difference between going in August and September is that waters in all rivers are full and muddy, in September they are less rapid, beautiful Menthol Fresh blue and far more prettier. I am sure we will be able to bring you a pictorial perspective on that soon to see how different places compare between different trips.
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[COLOR=black]Awesome pictures guys.. GB, SS, Lalu, KM and Jeep Cap... Brings back the memories..[/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]As written earlier the Mumbai Roadsters decided to rest both the Swifts in Leh (they had no SACH clue what was awaiting them on the way back home)... [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]HVK Sir was kind enough to empty some place for 3 in the 2nd row of his fast paced Scorpio and we were 4…. GB had only SS and AR with him in his Bolero and was happy to accommodate one.. The uncompromising friends made me sit in the Bolero.. it was going to be a 4 day trip from there on and I was already starting to feel a burden for GB as my friends were in another car all together leaving me alone.. I did not know GB, SS and AR before that at all.. Just to sum it up, it was easily the best company I had during the travel days I spent in GB’s Bolero.. And i made some friends for life.. Special thanks to GB and SS… keep it coming...[/COLOR]
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