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Old 4th July 2012, 17:03   #106
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We left the Hotel in the morning leisurely at about 9 am and hit this hurdle, the road was being widened. We could cross over only by 10.30 am. Ther was absolutely no traffic from either side. Looked like Rohtang Pass was closed this morning.
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A water fall to cheer us up, we were missing our travel partners in the Bolero.
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A row of typical Dhabas in the valley below.
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River bed.
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More Road trouble.
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Passing through Jispa. Its an absolutely stunning place, the river flows just next to the river with a backdrop of massive green rock mountains on one side and small fields on the other. The road side had numerous Chortens and Temples.
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A Hotel along the wayside, Its a place that's been well documented on this forum.
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A picture taken by my brother. That's me and my son in the back seat.
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We stopped and offered to help, showing him all the latest gizmos we had picked up after reading about them in this Forum and not used, to fix any type of Wheel related troubles in a vehicle, he just waved us away thanklessly. Lesson: Never offer unsolicited Help!!
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Another water body next to the road, had a Dhaba near it and we stopped for a cup of Tea. I think its called Chander Tal.
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The Greens were disappearing and we were back to dark mountains, brilliant blue skies and skittish cotton white clouds.
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This was a little pond of stagnant water just before Suraj Tal, the green algae growing on the stones beneath the water was brilliant and luminescent.
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The colors in real were spectacular, these photographs simply do no justice.
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Suraj Tal Finally.
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Was that Blue or was it Green in colour ???
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The pictures jumps out at you-the clarity, the different hues and the titles to each one of them tells a story of its own. To add to it your narration has compelled me to read through in two days starting yesterday. Not been to regular on BHP for the past month or so-missed this Log.

Just penned to say thank you for a very beautiful, picturesque and well narrated Log. Will be reading it as and when you post. Jude
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The pictures jumps out at you-the clarity, the different hues and the titles to each one of them tells a story of its own. To add to it your narration has compelled me to read through in two days starting yesterday. Not been to regular on BHP for the past month or so-missed this Log.

Just penned to say thank you for a very beautiful, picturesque and well narrated Log. Will be reading it as and when you post. Jude
Thank you Jude, its the readership of this Log and all your Comments that keep me going every-time the Net Packs up and I have to upload all the lost data again and again. Regards.
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The Road away towards Baralacha - La
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Looking back. 'The beauty and the beast'.
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ZingZing Bar. Please Gentlemen there is no Bar here though people get fooled bar - bar. My brother told me that when they had traveled here a few years back they had been really looking forward to a Bar here.

The work sheds of the Road Detachment at zingzing bar.
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Sorry, this looked like real waste of money.
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Stone Pyramids arranged as offerings / prayers at Baralacha La.
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Prayer Flags. The blessings and prayers of people streaming away on the winds in all directions.
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Roads leading down towards Killing Sarai and Sarchu Plains.
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The Roads. The Mountains. The Blue Skies. The Skittish Clouds.
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Some of the young girls I mentioned earlier, cycling towards Sarchu.
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Though we had started late from Keylong and had driven in quiet a relaxed fashion with numerous stops along the way we made good time and were in Sarchu early in the evening. We surveyed the whole plethora of Tented Accommodation along the road through Sarchu and came back to the favourite Gold Drop Adventure Camp.
Additionally he also had the most colourful Tents.

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A small obstacle being cleared along the Road
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The Colourful Camp
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The sleepy traveller after being ruthlessly evicted from the Car and forced to enjoy the vistas.
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The Backdrop is killing..
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Dust Devils in the plains across the Road
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After a Cup of Tea we walked across the road to the plains opposite, they ended in a deep valley. The plains further than this valley were dotted with ancient crumbling Chortens that seemed to have been abandoned.

There were a lot of Birds in the tall grass in these plains, though they were quiet difficult to photographs. Very shy and jumpy at any approach towards them.
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The Crumbling Chortens.
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A shepherds shelter ?
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Tiny Camp Site with Tiny People inside !
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This Camp came a close second in comfort and service to the one in Nako. The winds were not as I had been warned they would be. But the chill was real and the little wind that there was increased the cold.
The Camp Staff thoughtfully gave us all a Hot Water Bottle to warm our feet in our beds and we slept peacefully planning to get up early to do the long haul to Leh.
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We started early, it gets bright and nice inside these Tents once the Sun is up. We freshened up and packed for the final push to Leh. Getting out of our tents we saw our Co - Lodgers were also up and the Breakfast Tent was looking warm and inviting. After a quick bite and a warm send off from the Staff, we were off.
The morning like the night was really chill and windy. This is what the Temperature gauge in the vehicle showed the temperature to be.
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Looping along with the River Bed.
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A Temple for the workers at the Sarchu Camp.
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Yep ! the good spirits from ZingZing Bar continue, its Twing Twing Bridge now.
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The views of the River Bed from the other side of the Valley, the landscapes were mesmerizing. We wondered if it would be safe to Tent here for the night ? There was a Village across the valley and we could see boxy houses and fields green with crops.
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Enticing Black - top roads.
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Since ZingZing and TwingTwing had passed by some time back, here was the 'abridged' Whiskey Nallah to keep things in perspective.
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Work was still on, pipes were being laid to manage the water flow during Snow Melt.
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Para-jumpers beware !!
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The Gata Loops are much photographed and well documented in this forum. These are photographs through my eyes. We did not take any shortcuts as we were alone and did not want to risk any mishap ( what can I say both brother and sister are conservative risk takers, though my son was game for all sorts of adventures). The black top was newly laid and the climb was smooth. Its once again a fantastic location.
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The sun appeared as though rising from behind these mountains as we climbed up.
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Some are lucky to drive through snow walls we just had these barren rock walls. They were more colourful though !!
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A view point. What was the point though? It was worth viewing every where you looked.
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These pathways were intriguing. Were they animal paths or was it used by humans and there was a village somewhere behind the mountain ?
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We followed the path in the mountains through the camera lens, it definitely seemed to lead some place beyond the mountains. It was well defined to be an occasional path however it did disappear altogether at certain points as can be seen. May be it was made by the mountain spirits they walked and flew alternately....
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No ! No ! that's just the regular Manali - Leh Road with signages, milestones and all...
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As you can see we stopped almost at each curve in the road and took snaps.
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Mud Roads leading to Nakeela.
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Stones stacked in Prayer near Nakeela.
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It was a desolate Pass, no one to be seen anywhere.
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We snapped the surrounding vistas.
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And we rolled on towards Leh. This Valley was equally desolate as the pass before. In fact on our way to Leh we barely saw anyone except in Tanglangla.
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The Mountain, the River Bed and the Roads
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Gravel that shone like like an old snow patch in the sunlight.
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The Clouds added their own magic to everything.
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Sentinel of the Valley
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Prayer flags across the road.
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The Sentinel again.
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Beautiful Roads and a lovely bridge.
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Gateway
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Into the distance
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Shiny Pinnacle.
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Finally the bridge we saw from the distance and the mysterious arch on the Right. This too is a well documented formation in the Forum. Seeing these with ones own eyes was a very satisfactory feeling, like a dream come true !
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More examples of erosion and its effects on rocks of varying densities.
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Lachung La. Another lonely pass.
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Vistas beyond.
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Prayer stones and prayer flags decorated every pass and marked them. This sign of faith and belief in the powers beyond was very calming in this environment.
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HEY !! What are you up to ? Get Back in the Car !!
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A Distant Mountain from the Pass. The light play on the grey surface and patches of white snow from the past season
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Departing from Lachung La.
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The following pictures show the predominant visuals one sees on the drive here. The colour combination of the Mountains, the Valley with water flowing in a scattered pattern across beds of sand and stone, the blue skies and the wind scattered clouds above. All lit by a almost harsh sun, its Light reflecting off all surfaces lending then unrealistic hues of all shades and colours. The places where this Light does not touch appear dark and mysterious. Its a photographers Paradise and a place that induces Nostalgia even as you are passing through it. A spiritual place.
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A lonely Monument to the ones who sacrificed their lives to build and maintain these roads. They are still remembered here !
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We drove on towards the famous Moreh Plains that had been tamed this last season by black top Roads and the work was still on there.
We continued on.
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The last of the descent towards Moreh.
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Another Totem from various T-logs. Kangla Jal.
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Painted Clouds
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Life forms from another Planet.
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Mysterious Caves.
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The Clouds continued to pose and the Sun indulgently lit them up highlighting them, against the Blue backdrop as we moved in starts and stops across the Moreh Plains. We even stopped and had a cup of Coffee there spending some time away from the Cameras and taking it all in for indulgent recall later in the trenches when we returned back to our real lives. We were living the dream.
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Prayer Flags strung across the River.
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Dust Devils.
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Hole in the wall.
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Synchronised Dancing.
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Pretty Valley
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We started seeing snow atop mountains as we started to climb up towards Tanglang La,
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The Road started to climb up.
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We hoped against hope to see snow near Tanglang La as we drove on.
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We see the snow get closer as we climb up to Tanglang la.
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And what is this ? used to totally desolate passes since the start of the journey we are startled to find a huge group of cyclists at the Tanglang La. They have come from Leh and were resting. We got down and started taking pictures of the surroundings.
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The Ride showing the miles ...and someone had liked the stickers of the Forum that We had put up above the rear bumper. (The Police refused to accept a formal complaint) But truthfully we did not notice them missing till the service in Leh.
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A Road to the Clouds.
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Mountains painted Red, this was the first sighting of this amazing colouring.
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The Bus appears to be traversing a heap of small rocks.
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The Nitty - Gritty of the La. I personally found it to be totally believable.
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Coooolcat21,

Magnificent!


Your images continue to captivate.

The mountain scapes, clear blue skies, clouds, composition and the very crisp images.

Have you painted the clouds? They are so stark white and beautiful against the rich blue skies and compliment the different hues of browns, so perfectly.

Keep coming back for more, thanks.
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An amazingly well prepared and documented journey, thanks a ton for sharing with us. This travelouge will remain amongst my all time favourites. Fully charged up to follow your trail, circa Sep 2013.
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