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Old 21st September 2012, 16:26   #76
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Hello Anshuman,

Yes. We are waiting for you to post next set of pictures. The pictures are absolutely brilliant & the narration is well to the point & crisp, without missing any vital information.

Seems it is raining Leh / Ladakh Travelogues here on T-BHP. After HVK, Laluks & other's travelogue it was Coolcat's Travelogue that kept us glued to Leh / Ladakh pictures. Now Rohitguna in his Linea & you in your Laura are inspiring most of us on T-BHP to drive to Ladakh. You guys will definitely be responsible for increase in Traffic in these areas for next couple of years.

Anyways thank you for such a beautiful set of pictures & we are eagerly waiting to see pictures of your Laura beside Pangong Tso lake.

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Old 21st September 2012, 18:03   #77
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Hi Anshuman. The clicks are terrific and seems you had one awesome road-trip. The best thing about your trip - doing it in a sedan. I myself have been planning a roadtrip to Leh Ladakh for a while but I own a TDCi Figo - Wonder if it is good enough to take it up the mountains.

Do share your thoughts on undertaking it in a hatch - I say so as you yourself were planning on trying it out on the Punto !

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Old 21st September 2012, 18:38   #78
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Day 6

Our plan to leave at 0600hrs was delayed by 2 hours, meaning we could only leave by 0800hrs. Plan was to reach Pangong Tso and stay there for the night and come back next day after lunch.

Since we were already late, we picked some fruits, juice and breads for breakfast to be had in car.

Roads were great all the way till the climb for Chang la pass started. The climb for all passes had bad roads, only good part was this time of the year most of the streams had dried and the ones left had very low amount of water volume. This also meant no Snow.

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^Leh Manali highway

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^Left goes to Chang la- Pangong, right goes Manali

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^ Roads before climb were narrow but excellent

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^ Typical climb for a pass

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Old 21st September 2012, 18:46   #79
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More Pictures from Chang la pass-

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Old 21st September 2012, 19:00   #80
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Roads while coming down from Chang la were equally worse but were decent after the descend. We continued, taking breaks at places and finally stopped for snacking at this makeshift retaurant with a view and a stream flowing nearby. Vegetable Maggi was delicious and reasonably priced.

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Old 21st September 2012, 19:10   #81
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Some more pictures from drive to Pangong Tso-

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Great TL there .anshuman, and awesome pics.
But your thread totally depresses me about the daily sights in the rest of our dreary lives!

I am amazed at how the Laura GC did not deter you. Especially the first pic of bad slippery roads looks quite challenging.
Just curious to know if you carried a jerry can at all?
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Just curious to know if you carried a jerry can at all?
No i was not carrying Jerrycan. Never needed one, even in the longest stretch between no fuel bunks- Leh-Tandi i did not get a refill at Tandi, got my car filled at Kullu and still had fuel left.
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....got my car filled at Kullu and still had fuel left.
Beautiful thread and very lovely images all over the place as an icing on the cake !! I had already convinced myself beginning of this year that if I buy another sedan again, it would be a Laura, no doubt. And you have just reaffirmed my confidence level on that thought. Thanks for the time and pain taken to come up with this thread. Will go in detail when time permits. Regards
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It's a cropped picture.

Nikon D5100, 55-300mm Lens, Handheld, -1.3EV, Spot Metering, 1/500sec, F5, ISO 100, 195mm
RAW file processed into JPEG through Adobe Camera Raw
Thanks for the reply and sharing the exif Anshuman.

Waiting for the next part especially the pics of the 1925 RR climbing to K-Top. did you have a talk with the owner about the way his vehicle behaved while climbing this peak, and what way did he come from and where did he come from. Simply awesome.
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I myself have been planning a roadtrip to Leh Ladakh for a while but I own a TDCi Figo - Wonder if it is good enough to take it up the mountains.
Figo can do the Srinagar route easily, and even Manali route with careful driving. I am not sure if Figo has a sump guard, it helps a lot, more than even Ground Clearance at places like Rohtang la.

I have not read about any Punto being taken to Ladakh but we have a few Lineas on the forum that did the trip comfortably, both Petrol and Diesel variants, so Punto can do it comfortably too.

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Thanks for the reply and sharing the exif Anshuman.

Waiting for the next part especially the pics of the 1925 RR climbing to K-Top. did you have a talk with the owner about the way his vehicle behaved while climbing this peak, and what way did he come from and where did he come from. Simply awesome.
Please continue
I have a Video of the RR engine idling at K La top, i will post it with the pics when the travelogue reaches Khardungla. I talked to the owner of the car, he drove it from US, i will post a list of countries he crossed in his car, and also a link to his Website.

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Hello Anshuman,

Took about 30 minutes to read your travelogue so far and i am overwhelmed with the amount of details that you have managed to squeeze in.

Pics are so beautiful that i might use few as wallpaper if you don't mind.
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I am in Love with my Laura 1.9 Ambient due to your thread! Never expected that a SKODA LAURA can do so much. Excellent thread buddy and I am still shocked that Laura can do so much with ease.
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giving a five star rating, pics are amazing and the write up is to enjoy, saw this in FB, posted there also, there are many ladakh logs and this one surely will tempt all
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First glimpse of the beautiful Pangong Tso, a 134km long lake, majority of which lies in China, situated at a height of 4350m. The first picture is a very popular photography spot. Pangong from a distance looks very beautiful. We were at the Pangong lake by 1400hrs.

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