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Old 25th January 2012, 11:37   #16
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Every time I read one of these I am overwhelmed. I wish to do this once in my life. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 25th January 2012, 21:02   #17
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Old 27th January 2012, 11:32   #18
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Originally Posted by Hammer & Anvil View Post

Day DATE Route Halt at
Thursday 25-Aug Mumbai- Udaipur Jaipur
Friday 26-Aug Udaipur- Jaipur Jaipur
Saturday 27-Aug Jaipur-New Delhi Jaipur
Sunday 28-Aug New Delhi New Delhi
Monday 29-Aug New Delhi New Delhi
Tuesday 30-Aug New Delhi-Chandigarh Chandigarh
Wednesday 31-Aug Chandigarh - Jammu Udhampur
Thursday 1-Sep Udhampur-Srinagar Srinagar
Friday 2-Sep Srinagar-Kargil Kargil
Saturday 3-Sep Kargil-Leh Leh
Sunday 4-Sep Leh city- Rest. Leh
Monday 5-Sep Leh-Chang La- Pangong Tso- Tangtse- Leh Leh
Tuesday 6-Sep Leh Thiksey-Shey Leh
Wednesday 7-Sep Leh- Khardung La- Deskit- Hunder Hunder
Thursday 8-Sep Hunder- Khardung La- Leh Leh
Friday 9-Sep Leh city- Rest. Leh
Saturday 10-Sep Leh- Alchi, Nimoo, Patthar Sahib Gurudwara Leh
Sunday 11-Sep Families fly to BOM.*Kamlesh to*drive*to Jispa Jispa
Monday 12-Sep Jispa-Manali Manali
Tuesday 13-Sep Manali-Chandigarh Chandigarh
Wednesday 14-Sep Chandigarh-Bikaner Bikaner
Thursday 15-Sep Bikaner-Jaisalmer Jaisalmer
Friday 16-Sep Jaisalmer-Ahmedabad Ahmedabad
Saturday 17-Sep Ahmedabad-Mumbai Mumbai
Sunday 18-Sep Rest.
Thanks for the details, they do give an apt reference, also would you please be kind enough to share in the kms/time as one can use it for reference point.
Wonderful to see such expeditions being done along with family. For sure you have a great supporting family.
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Old 27th January 2012, 11:39   #19
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Wonderful pictures and an amazing adventure. Thanks for sharing.

OT question - What were the Netherlands couple in the Landrover upto? I mean have they been on the road forever and on some around the world trip?
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Old 1st February 2012, 15:25   #20
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Amazing pictures of Leh and beyond. Must have been a experience especially driving it alone most of the way. Lot of time to introspect . Thanks for sharing.
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Old 3rd February 2012, 18:23   #21
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I just love reading the Leh'logues. Its inspiring and makes you want to do this again & again. Fantastic pictures, Hammer. Btw, not many white Scorps have done this and probably your's is the first. Congrats on completing this dream stretch, successfully.
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Old 3rd February 2012, 19:06   #22
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Thanks for sharing your experience. I am sure you must have enjoyed a lot
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Old 4th February 2012, 12:31   #23
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Thank You Sir,

Very nicely written and equally superb pictures. It was a treat to the eyes.

Can you please share the total expenses you incurred for fuel.
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Old 4th February 2012, 13:13   #24
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Default My partner, Manish's pictures

Aamir, Amit, MK, Supertinu, RulerofSun, Gr8guy, and Aviorp- Many thanks.
Ku69rd- sorry, I did not maintain a strict Km log, and that remains my 'fail' point thru all my journeys.

Manish who was my partner in planning and surety for bail at Chang La, sent in his collection of pictures- for those who wanted a few more.

Dal Lake, Srinagar
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Looking west towards an Army establishment outside Sonamarg
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Looking east, at this point we seriously wondered what all the fuss about these passes was.
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Chai halt at a BRO/GREF halt neat Fotu La
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Lamayuru thru telephoto
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Drained lake at Lamayuru, in close up
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The 'Jalebee Loops' going down to Lamayuru and the fantastic chocolate mountains
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Coming down towards Khaltse after Lamayuru, a small oasis...
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Vistas before Leh
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Vistas before Leh
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From a high point in Leh, looking south at Stok Kangri
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Marmots and 5* Bars
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Pangong Tso and the road south to Spangmik and Man
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Monastery feature
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Believe in the 'sunstroke and frostbite' story when you step out of teh shadows you will realize the power of the sun. Another interesting point- 300+ days of sunshine a year.
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Vegetation undergoes a complete generation in under 4 months- before it freezes over again. Most fascinating- the colors of life.
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As you come off the Khardung La, you come into the Nubra Valley a desert left behind by receding waters of the Shyok and Nubra rivers.
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The family, finally accustomed to the altitude after 4 days in the region, find energy to play.
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The double-humped bactrian camel from Mongolia, about whom tomes are written on the net.
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The village of Khalsar north of Khardung La- now imagine by the time you read this post, it will be under 6-10' of snow.
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When they day the 'Army Life is an Adventure,' you can imagine driving an ammunition truck on this road built over crumbly terrain.
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I wait under the bright blue sky for the convoy to pass.
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Zai waits the Indian Army team rafting down the Zanskar. The bridge to the top of the image, is what crosses the Indus and the road then heads south to Chiiling. one of the longest treks is form here and further south to the north of Pang, and to the south end of Tso Moriri. A most fascinating arc thru the mountains- of what our ancestors did for trade and discovery.
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The roaring Indus- headed westwards
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Alchi Market
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Streets of Rural Ladakh
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Prayer Wheels...
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The entry to the Palace
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A view of the city
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As I prepare to ride my bike to the Northern Frontier again- here is a small word for the books that shape my travels.
Every once in a while you come across a book, or two that really make an impact on the way you look at things. A book by Parth Banerjee (Milestone) and a book on Indian Birds by Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp (Oxford).
Grimmett, Inskipp and Inskipp- years, ago- on Rajesh Patel's farm, walking thru orchards of the famous 'kutch mango,' a bird jumped on us and we managed a rapid photo of it- and the book- gave this novice the pleasure of looking at the bird in full colour rather than the grungy black and white grainy pictures one is so used to seeing for reference in either books or in goverment offices.
Banerjee was such a refreshing write that you read the last thing at night, to review the geography, geology, the rivers, the amazing pace makes you feel he was narrating to you, rather than just you browsing thru some travel literature. I thank him for much of the joy i got out of writing my travelogue on Leh.
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