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Old 10th October 2012, 08:39   #61
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Default Day 6 - Videos

For some reason the videos did not get uploaded. Hence, posting them again.

The first one will give an idea of the number of water falls close to the road,



In this stretch, the road began to get steeper,

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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
Ah! too bad the Dzire didn't attempt this but it was a good decision after all as the slush photo looks scary. The accent to Sach Pass does not look too bad but I am guessing the pictures are not doing justice towards the condition of the road.

By the way the Dzire didn't meet you in Kishtwar instead of Srinagar?

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Old 10th October 2012, 09:19   #63
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Ah! too bad the Dzire didn't attempt this but it was a good decision after all as the slush photo looks scary. The accent to Sach Pass does not look too bad but I am guessing the pictures are not doing justice towards the condition of the road.
The pics and video is from the initial stretch. The following post will give you an idea how it went from bad to worst. The Dzire could have done it, but I'm pretty sure it would have had a lot of hits. Its not just Sach pass, its the road that led to Gulabgarh from Tiyari. There was no way a sedan could have done that.

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The pics and video is from the initial stretch. The following post will give you an idea how it went from bad to worst. The Dzire could have done it, but I'm pretty sure it would have had a lot of hits. Its not just Sach pass, its the road that led to Gulabgarh from Tiyari. There was no way a sedan could have done that.
Did the Dzire do Padum? How was the performance?
I believe you drove all the way to Padum via Rangdum, Pensi La, and Drangdrang, correct?
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Old 10th October 2012, 13:26   #65
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Default Day 6 - Continued

Another small waterfall,

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Pretty much they were our only company,

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Aha, sach pass done.. well, almost

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Some pics of the road,

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It was steep and..

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..It was slushy.

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Then we spot two of the most uncommon things,

One was this,

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The other is this,

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Curtains raised this time, for the most beautiful show,

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And almost immediately, it was shutting down..

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but we were extremely lucky to witness this

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Roads? Yeah, something like that,

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View from the top,

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Up-Close,

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Side View!

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A video of this stretch,



He is the reason behind why this road is open!

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and he was now clicking lots of pics of these roads and began to enjoy photography with my P80

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Just couldn't resist clicking this beauty!

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First view of a glacier,

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Another video,


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Old 10th October 2012, 14:05   #66
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Super travelogue ! The fog pictures itself are enough to make you want for more!! Nice narration as well. Where did you fill in fuel in the final stages of the journey? or did you carry it with yourself in the car? The road condition in the end was pretty bad though.

Paradise indeed it is, the entire state.
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Wonderful Pics Avinash, indeed a well written travelogue also. Waiting to read the complete story of the trip. Keep it coming .

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Did the Dzire do Padum? How was the performance?
I believe you drove all the way to Padum via Rangdum, Pensi La, and Drangdrang, correct?
We started together till Parkachik, however, it could not cross a stream and had to turn back. Will share those details with pics, soon.

Yes, I went to Padum and yes, that's the route. (Its Darang Durang )

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Super travelogue ! The fog pictures itself are enough to make you want for more!! Nice narration as well. Where did you fill in fuel in the final stages of the journey? or did you carry it with yourself in the car? The road condition in the end was pretty bad though.

Paradise indeed it is, the entire state.
Thanks a lot. I had carried 2*30 Ltr plastic cans. So, depending on the stretch I did, used to either fill one or both. In this stretch, I filled one can.

More and more of Paradise to come.

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Wonderful Pics Avinash, indeed a well written travelogue also. Waiting to read the complete story of the trip. Keep it coming .
Thanks Sridhar. Hope to meet you this saturday. Cheers.
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Lovely travelogue and great pics. Finish the log sooner cant wait
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Wonderful travelogue there. Is it the same route that HVK and Laluks did but in opposite direction? Those cliff-hanger sections are pretty scary stuff.
Loved those Khajjiar photographs. That place is so beautiful, hope someday I'll be able to be there.
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Default Day 6 - Continued

Waterfall again. By now, I lost track on the number of falls we crossed, but they were all beautiful.

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Final video of the road and one more waterfall,



These pics are to depict the kind of roads we traversed. By far, the worst and toughest pass of them all. Weather played a major role too. More of a post, that is dedicated to the roads that lead to Sach Pass

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Default Day 6 - Continued

The fog began to clear and we thought, we were close to the summit.

This made the drive extra special,

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Valley of flowers..

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Scintillating colours

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Then this was the Icing on the cake and quite literally

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Humongous!

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He stood admiring the beauty too!

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We drove further,

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and stopped for this,

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Quite dirty!

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Drove for another couple of kms,

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and he couldn't resist

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I was lost!

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Not tough to guess, It was very cold!

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Then we saw this,

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Ice-Walls! WoW!

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The highway pictures in Gujarat are from my village. The photo which says 'Kamrej' in the signboard shows the way to my village 'Kamrej'.
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The summit was quite far, from the place where we found the flowers and ice-walls. It just felt, we were going forever..

Final league to Sach Pass

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The Summit!

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No welcome or any fancy sign boards. Just a temple!

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We spent some time here and it was just a relief for me, as going down would be a lot easier. Well, it just turned out..
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Wow Avinash thats a lot of pictures for the Sach pass climb nicely captured the entire route till the summit. I am just wondering how the IPHE Swift team managed in the dark and fog on these roads, kudos to them!

So you were only two adventurous folks in the scorpio?
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