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Old 7th October 2012, 04:39   #46
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Default Day 5

Perfect place to stay!

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Getting foggy again,

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Quite dense

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This house makes the place look like a painting from far,

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View from the house,

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Lots of portraits

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Gorgeous!

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He is gonna make this place barren pretty soon,

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This is as far as I could go,

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The fog was back,

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This time, it just stayed.

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These two were heading to school,

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Few more things that added beauty to this place,

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Its still beautiful, without colours.

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Thats the place we stayed for the night

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And that's how it looked from the entrance of the hotel

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Distance to Switzerland

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One group pic for the album

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Breathtaking, mesmerizing, fantabulous......... my vocabulary defies me on adjectives that i can use for not only the pictures but the entire narration... Superb bro !!! Simply love it... Its dream for me to go to Ladakh/Leh and i am sure it will happen some day...

Let those pics and your crisp narration coming... Dil maange more !!!
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Day 3 : Aug 20th

Route : Chittorgarh - Kishangarh - Rawatsar - Hanumangarh - Abohar - Fazilka - Ferozpur - Zira - Amritsar - Atari (Wagah) -> 960 Kms


Again from Abohar to Amritsar we did a continuous drive. No stops for pics. Finally we reached Wagah around 5PM and I see this board..
Did you not take the direct road (and short cut) from Taran Taran to Atari/Wagah without touching Amritsar?
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OMG Avi - those pics are just breathtaking.
Thanks for sharing - especially the fresh dew drops on that leaf. Amazing.

The Cherry on the gray mountain roads seems to be a well-behaved beauty compared to that black monster . --- I've never liked D'zire before this in flesh or photos. Thanks.

Keep more coming sir. I dont want to exhaust my limited quota of adjectives.

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Breathtaking, mesmerizing, fantabulous......... my vocabulary defies me on adjectives that i can use for not only the pictures but the entire narration... Superb bro !!! Simply love it... Its dream for me to go to Ladakh/Leh and i am sure it will happen some day...

Let those pics and your crisp narration coming... Dil maange more !!!
Thanks a lot pdiwedy. I'm glad you're enjoying this and yeah, welcome to T-BHP. Hope you realize your dream soon. Yup, lot of stuff to come.

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Did you not take the direct road (and short cut) from Taran Taran to Atari/Wagah without touching Amritsar?
Honestly, no idea sirji. I was desperate to get to Wagah before sunset and after crossing Abohar, my GPS conked (which I'm pretty sure is due to the heat). So, I was just following the sign boards and the only thing I remember is entering this huge sign board that said, 'Welcome to Amritsar'. We went about half a KM and took left from there. So, if the welcome board is in Taran Taran, then Yes, we must have taken that road

OT : I remember getting a message from you, but I totally forgot to check on that route and update you.

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OMG Avi - those pics are just breathtaking.
Thanks for sharing - especially the fresh dew drops on that leaf. Amazing.

The Cherry on the gray mountain roads seems to be a well-behaved beauty compared to that black monster . --- I've never liked D'zire before this in flesh or photos. Thanks.

Keep more coming sir. I dont want to exhaust my limited quota of adjectives.
Thanks a lot advaitele. Appreciate you following this thread. Yeah, big boyz do show off, don't they . Stay tuned bud, lot to come.

Totally OT :

How do I make sure that certain day's pics end up in just one page than 2? For example, some of Khajjiar pics ended up on page 3 and some here. Any tips please?
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Default Day 5 - Part II

Day 5, Aug 22nd - Part II

Route : Khajjiar - Chamba - Tisa - Bairagad

The original plan was to leave as early as possible and reach Gulabgarh, however, since we reached Khajjiar by 7PM the previous evening and due to the fog early morning, we managed to leave only by 12PM, as we spent a good 3 hours clicking pics and enjoying the beauty of Khajjiar. If it wasn't for the fog, I'm sure we would have spent the whole day in this mystic place.

It was 12PM and there was no sign of the sun,

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Fog everywhere,

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A perfect background,

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The fog seemed to be clearing,

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Soon enough, it was back..

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Fog revealing something,

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As we descended, the fog was a lot less and the view was spectacular,

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That's Chamba.

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View on the way,

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Not sure where he is heading,

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That's the bridge we crossed, towards Tisa

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View from the other side of the bridge, River Ravi I guess..

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View from the inside,

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Aint she gorgeous?

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That's how the road looked,

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And that's how he looked,

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What a road to drive!

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My favourite!

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Fog hiding a lot of stuff from us

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Then started hiding my favourite too

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Greenery at its best

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The weather, the road, the views - well, it just blew us away!

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He is a taking a breather too,

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I spotted something,

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but went too far and had to walk back to..

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Shoot this,

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Then we see this..

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We couldn't believe what we were seeing,

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Man made colours vs Nature's colours

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Incredible!

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Too many curves is attractive, will surely check her out sometime

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What a place to have a house, lucky bum!

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We were doing pretty good, though we stopped plenty of times. It was around 4 when we reached Tisa,

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Damn, that's scary!

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Left, right and center - It was Beautiful!

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I got reminded of the dialogue 'You complete me' when I saw this coz, this answered our question, can it get any better?

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Size does matter!

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Just Green!

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Wonderful travelogue Avinash, eagerly waiting for the Sach pass and Leh drive for the Dzire I guess the red cherry is the center of attraction in this Leh adventure.
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Wonderful travelogue Avinash, eagerly waiting for the Sach pass and Leh drive for the Dzire I guess the red cherry is the center of attraction in this Leh adventure.
Thank you. Sach pass drive coming up tonight.
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Default Day 5 - Continued

I just realized, I missed to mention this.

Not to break your hearts, The Dzire did not do Sach pass. Badari had decided not to do this stretch in Bangalore itself. However, I tried convincing him in Khajjiar but after a lot of discussions we decided not to take a chance. I'm glad we did.

From Khajjiar, I headed towards Chamba -> Sach Pass -> Kishtwar -> Srinagar and the Dzire via Pathankot -> Jammu -> Srinagar. Apologies for missing this earlier

So, the spectacular views just continued all the way till Bairagad, but with a small hindrance.

Gateway to Paradise!

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Marvelous views at dusk!

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This was probably the biggest waterfall, so far

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We knew we were heading towards that,

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However, this is what happened,



It looked as though it was falling on the road and we would drive through it. Hence, I asked him to take a video but unfortunately that was not the case.

How it looked from inside,

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Spend sometime admiring the beauty and surroundings,

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That's where it was heading,

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Cool road ahn!

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After a short drive, another huge waterfalls, but this one was quite far

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Another 5 odd kms to reach Bairagad, we stopped again to enjoy this..

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..Not knowing, what was awaiting ahead of us

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About 2 Kms away from Bairagad, there was slush all over the road and right in the middle there was a huge stone. I went to remove the stone, when my feet just went inside the slush. I just realized, it was a landslide, not a big one but there was no way we could cross it as it was very muddy and loose. My worry was, if the car skids, it would take us too close to the cliff. So, dint take a chance.

We removed all the bags and I removed the shovel, as it was right at the bottom. I wore my gum boots, cleared some of the slush and levelled the road, as though I knew how to do it. I tried to level some more but the shovel just dint go in. Another stone beneath the slush. So, removed it using my hands. I had asked Pandu to keep an eye of the surroundings and he in the mean time thought, he would click some pics, however, he noticed a rock fall behind me and wanted to warn me. He only managed to click this and came towards me. During this drama, we both failed to realize that we did not click any pics.

If you observie in this pic, the grey stone on the right top was just hanging there and the slush was flowing down slowly on to the road, from right next to it.

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The guy who is standing there, just went past us and I'm sure he must have been wondering if we had come all the way from Bangalore, just to clear the slush

What could have easily been a perfect day, ended up in this fashion. After I reached the town, I enquired in a tea shop if there were any rooms. Initially he said no but after seeing our plight, he was kind enough to rent one. I cleaned my shoes, the gum boots, shovel, re-arranged all my luggage and more importantly, cleaned up myself.

We came down to have dinner and the owner, who is preparing tea, told us that the road opened at 5PM that evening and we reached at 7. We both just exchanged looks thinking how lucky we were.

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Fantastic segment! Completely off the beaten track. You were right, the pictures are great.

Looking forward to the next sector coming up tonight.

Cheers!
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Thats an amazing road trip, and the pictures are just fantastic. This kind of road trip is just nirvana for any petrolhead!
Enjoyed reading your travelogue so far, looking forward to more of the good stuff. Cheers!
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Fantastic segment! Completely off the beaten track. You were right, the pictures are great.

Looking forward to the next sector coming up tonight.

Cheers!
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Thats an amazing road trip, and the pictures are just fantastic. This kind of road trip is just nirvana for any petrolhead!
Enjoyed reading your travelogue so far, looking forward to more of the good stuff. Cheers!
Thank you Sridhar. Absolutely, it was Nirvana. Loads and loads to come. Cheers.
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Day 6 : Aug, 23rd

Route : Bairagad - Sach Pass - Khillar - Tiyari

The sheer excitement to drive on one of the narrowest roads in the country, woke me up by 5 and we were all set to leave by 5:30. However, the fog mellowed down my anxiety. The owner woke up early too and prepared tea for us. We finally left around 7.

This is the place we stayed,

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View from the house,

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I promised him to get this pic framed, when I come back (I have a reason to go back )

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Within a few kms we see this,

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Poor chap,

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Had to wait quite sometime for them to give way,

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The only time we saw the sun peeping out,

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He vanished in no time,

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Another flock,

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Some pics of the road..

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..and a video



First waterfall for the day,

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I'm sure we missed a lot of views due to the fog, but it sure made the drive feel special

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Second one,

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We spent quite some time here..

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..and I was enjoying doing this,

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This is how thick the fog was,

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And that's how slushy the road was,

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Suicide point!

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I was trying to capture this.

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