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Old 24th August 2012, 22:39   #226
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Day 3
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The localities were offering prayers before the climb
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Bad roads

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Madam Safari taking on bad roads with ease

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We drove on

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You are not allowed to carry weapons
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You are not allowed to go any further
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STOP
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Bhandal is in Churah Valley

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Madam Safari Stops at the signboard

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STOP? Who says? Why should HVK stop?
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There were nobody at the Police aid post. So we drove on further.

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Old 24th August 2012, 22:45   #227
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We drove on
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Beautiful
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We stopped to smell some flowers too
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Amazing
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Old 24th August 2012, 22:47   #228
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Let me add one word:

These photos are NOT Photo-shopped.
The greens are for real, we were amazed when we saw the brightness of the greens & the vividness of the colours, this place was truly Paradise!
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PHOTO SHOOT amidst the rains

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We drove on
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Some glacier here too

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We were near Khundimaral

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We rejoiced when we saw this board, Bhaderwah is so near
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A happy HVK notes it down on his log book

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And I take the time to click a herd below

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Suddenly a barricade!

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HVK asks why this barricade! Hatao, Open, I have to go through! Who asked you to place one here?

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That was the ITBP check post. Nobody is allowed to go beyond that barricade without permission. We tried our level best to convince the ITBP soldiers, they were not at all budging. We even tried giving them cream biscuits, good days etc..

No. You cannot go through this check post.

The ITBP soldiers tried to convince us that there are no roads ahead, it's getting built or rebuilt. You just cannot even walk, then how can you drive!

We were all very silent. What does this mean? Should we return to Chamba and go to Pathankot and then back to Jammu and Kishtwar?

Seeing our predicament the ITBP soldiers offered us some tea. It was 12:00PM. They even asked us to stay back for lunch. But we were perplexed.

How do we reach Kishtwar for the night??



The Sad team walking back to the cars
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The Check Post remained closed

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How did we reach Kishtwar?


How did we go?


Did we go all the way back to Chamba and drove to Kishtwar via Jammu?


What exactly happened after this?





READ ON

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Amazing Travelogue !!!!

hvkumar and laluks, many thanks for sharing those excellent pictures and a fantastic writeup.
Though i missed this travelogue for quiet a while (considering i spend most of my time in Teambhp), i read until the above post in one go. It took few hours to read but it's worth the time.
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Dear HVK & Lalu, I can only imagine the awesomeness of the whole experience, the pics are unreal. Do you think this route is doable on a bike? Did you see any bikers on the way?
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Wow, what a thread. Its got all the ingredients, More over its amazingly written. laluks thanks for your refined captures, HVkumar (The highway legend) thanks for your tips, to do's & not to do's.

You guys had a blast, Now this is called a real expedition.

This thread rocks. Added 5* reps.

Cheers

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Day 3 25 - July - 2012
We drove on
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Beautiful
Amazing
Really amazing greenery. Climax filled narration style.as is your wont , is thrilling
Remembering Baby alto seeing the silver alto on bad tracks.
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How did we reach Kishtwar?

How did we go?

Did we go all the way back to Chamba and drove to Kishtwar via Jammu?

What exactly happened after this?

READ ON
Well, we are ready to read! But only if you both spill the beans!

This is not justice, Laluks!! You can't just leave us hanging like this just like that. Its been 7 hours since you left us at this state.
Have to reiterate what everyone has been saying, amazing narration and beautiful pictures. Give us more!!

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Dear HVK & Lalu, I can only imagine the awesomeness of the whole experience, the pics are unreal. Do you think this route is doable on a bike? Did you see any bikers on the way?
For quite sometime I too was thinking the same, having not seen any reports of spotting bikers en-route. IMO it should be very much doable on a high GC bike, bullets etc. What may go against is:
1. lack of spare in case stranded due to puncture or having to carry one if required
2. carrying water in reasonable size tanks
3. range of bike and carrying reasonable size fuel tank
4. no solo ride, at least one more companion on another bike

there may be other points too to consider.
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There are so many comments on this post that I feel embarrassed adding to the chorus. This beats my collection of thrillers. I wish there was a way to read the whole story as a single file. Please consider making such a post available.

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Dear HVK & Lalu, I can only imagine the awesomeness of the whole experience, the pics are unreal. Do you think this route is doable on a bike? Did you see any bikers on the way?
The route will be a biker's delight. Yes, I know of mobikers who have gone this way. You can do more places in a mobike than in a car or SUV, so don;t worry about that!

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For quite sometime I too was thinking the same, having not seen any reports of spotting bikers en-route. IMO it should be very much doable on a high GC bike, bullets etc. What may go against is:
1. lack of spare in case stranded due to puncture or having to carry one if required
2. carrying water in reasonable size tanks
3. range of bike and carrying reasonable size fuel tank
4. no solo ride, at least one more companion on another bike

there may be other points too to consider.
Punctures are a risk on any route. Worst case scenario, you may lose a couple of days getting punctures repaired (like in the Ladakh circuit).

Water is the least of your problems, there is so much of spring water everywhere.

Normal fuel tank range will do, since you have a petrol pump at least once in 250 kms.

Solo Solo Solo!
Company welcome, of course!

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There are so many comments on this post that I feel embarrassed adding to the chorus. This beats my collection of thrillers. I wish there was a way to read the whole story as a single file. Please consider making such a post available.

Deepak
It is words like yours which inspire us to write better & better TLs. Keep commenting, querying.....
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Very nicely written & well supported with those eye catching surrounding/photographs.

The top travelogue of TEAM-BHP facing a threat

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...l-pradesh.html (HumbLeh'd II (Indo Polish Himalayan Expedition to Ladakh & Himachal Pradesh))

Waiting for the updates
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