Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12th June 2013, 06:57   #1
BHPian
 
debuda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 409
Thanked: 1,308 Times
Default Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Amongst Indian driving enthusiasts (both car and bike) Ladakh has a sort of cult status. Many Indian motorists consider a drive to Ladakh as the holy grail of driving adventure.

So how come I waited till the ripe old age of 61 to make my maiden car trip to Ladakh? There are several reasons, but the most significant one is that I did not possess a suitable vehicle earlier. Soon after acquiring a XUV, I started thinking about a drive to Ladakh. Doing several long drives over 6 months, especially a drive to Nathu La and North Sikkim, gave me the confidence to take my XUV to Ladakh.

When I discussed the plan with my childhood friend Major Amitava Ghosh, he was excited. We drew up a tentative itinerary together. Both of us being ex-servicemen, we arranged most of our en route accommodation in Army units. The date of our departure was frozen when Maj. Ghosh received an invitation from his old Artillery Regiment, presently based near Uri in Kashmir, to attend their Raising Day on 14.05.13.

Dhiman Shah, a friend of mine from Jamshedpur, was keen to join our trip and we gladly took him on board. Barely a week before commencement of our trip, my elder daughter Debashree Mukherjee and her friend Iram Ghufram decided to jump on the bandwagon from Delhi and they were more than welcome. My wife needed to travel to London where her brother was to undergo surgery and so she was not a part of this team right from the conceptual stage.

Being the only hard core driving enthusiast in the team, I drove the entire distance of 6,576 km myself.

A brief travelogue of our 25-day, 6,576 km expedition follows. Like my earlier travelogues on Team-BHP, I shall try to use less words and more pictures.

Three cameras were used for the pictures I’ll be posting here. A Canon EOS 5D Mk III with a 16-35 mm lens was brought to the table by Iram. The other two were my old faithful Canon SX100IS and my newly acquired smartphone Micromax Canvas HD A-116. Almost all the pictures posted here were clicked by me. But a few were clicked by Iram and my daughter Debashree.

Day-1 (07 May 13) : Dhiman and I drove 130 km to Ranchi and spent the night at the home of Major Amitava Ghosh.

Day-2 and Day-3 (08-09 May 13) : Dhiman, Amitava and I drove from Ranchi to Delhi (1357 km), spending a night in a hotel near Kanpur.



The 180 km long Yamuna Expressway from Agra to Greater Noida is a big boon. I drove the entire distance on cruise control. Here, Amitava and Dhiman are posing near the Agra end.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-1.jpg



Day-4 (10 May 13) : At Delhi.

Day-5 (11 May 13) : Dhiman, Amitava, Debashree, Iram and I drove 634 km from Delhi to Jammu and put up in an Army unit. Roads from Delhi to Jammu are excellent.

Day-6 (12 May 13) : The 5 of us drove 301 km to Srinagar. The 3 men put up in an Army Unit at Badami Bagh and the 2 girls went to a houseboat on Dal lake.



The girls taking out their woolens after crossing Jawahar Tunnel.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-2.jpg



XUV looks happy to reach Kashmir.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-3.jpg



Our first glimpse of the Kashmir Valley.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-4.jpg



Poplar lined avenues – so ubiquitous all over the Kashmir Valley.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-5.jpg



At Dal Lake.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-6.jpg



At Dal Lake.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-7.jpg



At Dal Lake.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-8.jpg



Day-7 (13 May 13) : The 3 men drove 90 km from Srinagar to Boniyar (near Uri) and put up in an Army Unit. The 2 girls stayed back in Srinagar.



View from our officers’ mess at Boniyar. The lovely river is Jhelum, flowing down from Srinagar, towards the Pakistan border at Kaman.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-10.jpg



Day-8 (14 May 13) : The 3 men drove from Boniyar to visit an Artillery field gun battery and then to the Indo-Pak trade gate (border post) at Kaman near Uri, and back. Special permits were required for these visits and the same were issued to us by the Army.



On the way to Kaman trade gate.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-11.jpg



Bottoms of trucks about to cross into Pakistan being inspected.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-12.jpg



At Kaman border post. The hill in the background happens to be in Pakistan.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-13.jpg



The 3 men posing in front of the short bridge joining India and Pakistan.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-14.jpg



This poster on the Pakistani side reads : “From home to home; We extend a very warm welcome to our Kashmiri brethren”. Needless to say, the key word here is “home”.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-15.jpg



The two fauji friends posing in front of the Kaman gate.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-16.jpg



The Jhelum river flowing into Pakistan at Kaman. The hill on the RHS of the river is in Pakistan.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-17.jpg



The Army mess at Boniyar.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-18.jpg



Day-9 (15 May 13) : The 3 men drove from Boniyar to Srinagar (90 km) early in the morning (started at 4 AM) and picked up the 2 girls at Dal Lake at 7 AM. Thereafter, all 5 us drove to Kargil (208 km from Srinagar).



Debashree and Iram returning by a shikara to a Dal Lake ghat from their houseboat.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-19.jpg



The altitude of Srinagar is just about 5,300 ft. From Srinagar, the road to Sonamarg and then onwards to Baltal (one of the starting / finishing points of the Amarnath Yatra) is quite good. Thereafter road is quite steep (climbs to 11,700 feet at Zozi La) and road condition at places is bad – full of craters and large puddles due to melting snow. A considerable part of this stretch was unpaved and was very muddy and slushy due to recent heavy rains. The condition of the roads near Zozi La was not good.

This route is very scenic, especially near Sonamarg, Baltal and Zozi La. The Kargil war memorial at Drass is worth visiting. After Drass the highway is excellent but one cannot drive very fast as there are stretches which have got damaged due to landslides or streams.

The altitude of Kargil is 8,900 feet. We found the temperature there to be 25-30 deg C during the day time and about 15 deg C at night.



On the way to Sonamarg.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-20.jpg



On the way to Sonamarg.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-21.jpg



On the way to Sonamarg.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-22.jpg



Glacier near Sonamarg.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-23.jpg



Glacier near Sonamarg.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-24.jpg



At Sonamarg.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-25.jpg



At Sonamarg.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-26.jpg



At Sonamarg.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-27.jpg



Near Baltal.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-28.jpg



Ice walls appear on both sides of the road as one climbs towards Zozi La.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-29.jpg



Boulders being cleared from the road.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-30.jpg



Nearing Zozi La.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-31.jpg
debuda is offline   (29) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 07:27   #2
BHPian
 
debuda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 409
Thanked: 1,308 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Some stretches near Zozi La are quite bad and treacherous. The engine bottom guard in my XUV got damaged here and started rubbing against the ground.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-32.jpg



Getting ready to jack up the XUV to attend to the bottom guard.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-33.jpg



I had to saw off a broken part (plastic) of the bottom guard which was rubbing against the ground.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-34.jpg



All smiles after rectifying the problem.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-35.jpg



Near Zozi La.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-36.jpg



At Zozi La
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-37.jpg



At Zozi La
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-38.jpg



At Zozi La
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-39.jpg



L to R : Cdr Debashis Mukherjee, Mr. Dhiman Shah, Ms. Iram Ghufram, Ms. Debashree Mukherjee, Maj Amitava Ghosh.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-40.jpg



Beyond Zozi La.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-41.jpg



Beyond Zozi La.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-42.jpg



Huge puddles due to melting snow.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-43.jpg



After crossing Zozi La, one enters Ladakh. Surroundings become even more scenic.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-44.jpg



We stopped at a Dhaba to have Maggi Noodles.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-45.jpg



The Kargil War (OP Vijay) Memorial at Drass.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-46.jpg



The Kargil War (OP Vijay) Memorial at Drass.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-47.jpg



Wonderful roads.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-48.jpg



Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-49.jpg



Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-50.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-51.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-52.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-53.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-54.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-55.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-56.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-57.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-58.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-59.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-60.jpg



At Kargil.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-63.jpg
debuda is offline   (38) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 08:47   #3
BHPian
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 108
Thanked: 42 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Quote:
Originally Posted by debuda View Post

Being the only hard core driving enthusiast in the team, I drove the entire distance of 6,576 km myself.
That is quite a feat driving so much yourselves. Didnt you get fatigued? Beautiful photos - particularly the one of the old man in Kargil.

Deepak
deepak_misra is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 09:18   #4
BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 174
Thanked: 93 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Beautiful pictures of Kashmir Debuda. Waiting for your Ladakh pictures.
daisyb is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 10:28   #5
BHPian
 
Dodge_Viper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Vashi
Posts: 480
Thanked: 458 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Quote:
Originally Posted by deepak_misra View Post
That is quite a feat driving so much yourselves. Didnt you get fatigued? Beautiful photos - particularly the one of the old man in Kargil.

Deepak
Faujis and fatigue never go hand in hand .
Wonderful photos debuda. Was amazed to see the Indo-Pak border post. Thanks for sharing.
Dodge_Viper is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 10:38   #6
BHPian
 
mobix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 36
Thanked: 15 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Great TL Debuda. Absolutely love the first photo "After crossing Zozi La, one enters Ladakh. Surroundings become even more scenic".
Looking forward to rest of the TL & photos.
mobix is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 11:04   #7
rkg
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: bangalore
Posts: 1,041
Thanked: 543 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Debuda Ji

excellent photographs.

Iam posting some photos of Sonamarg in March last week( 28th march,2013). Hope you wont mind it.
Attached Thumbnails
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-dscf4964_1.jpg  

Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-dscf4976_1.jpg  

Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-dscf4979_1.jpg  

Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-dscf4986_1.jpg  

rkg is offline   (6) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 11:33   #8
BHPian
 
narsi_6989's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: TN 13/KA 03
Posts: 274
Thanked: 211 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Quote:
Originally Posted by debuda View Post
Amongst Indian driving enthusiasts (both car and bike) Ladakh has a sort of cult status. Many Indian motorists consider a drive to Ladakh as the holy grail of driving adventure.

So how come I waited till the ripe old age of 61 to make my maiden car trip to Ladakh?
Ahh.. Here comes one of the most awaited T-Logs of Team BHP.
Was a silently following the developments in XUV Niggles Thread and was expecting this log for sometime now. Nice start Debuda Ji and the pics complement it. Keep it coming sir.

Subscribed and waiting for more
narsi_6989 is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 11:42   #9
BHPian
 
debuda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 409
Thanked: 1,308 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Day-10 (16 May 13) : It was a day of rest, relaxation and acclimatization at Kargil. Debashree, Iram and I enjoyed some wonderful Wazwan cuisine (mutton rogan josh, gushtaba and methi maas) at a restaurant in Kargil town. I also took a number of pictures which you can see in my previous post.

Day-11 (17 May 13) : We started from Kargil after breakfast but the car broke down almost immediately. The details of the breakdown and its rectification can be seen here (Debuda’s Silver Mahindra XUV500 W6 @ Jamshedpur). Subsequently, we drove 140 km to an Army Unit in Nurla (about 100 km before Leh) and spent the evening / night there.

Road from Kargil to Mulbekh was quite good but deteriorated thereafter. Some stretches near Fotu La were bad. But crossing the Fotu La (13,500 feet) was no problem as there was no ice / water / slush / mud / craters unlike near Zozi La.



My own efforts to get the car going failed.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-1.jpg



Thereafter my XUV was towed 2 km to a M&M workshop where it was set right.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-2.jpg



Monasteries atop hills is a very common sight all over Ladakh.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-3.jpg



After Kargil the landscape started changing dramatically as you’ll see in this and the next few pictures.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-4.jpg



Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-5.jpg



Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-6.jpg



Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-7.jpg



Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-8.jpg



Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-9.jpg



At Fotu La I came out of the car to take some pictures and almost got blown away – it was so windy!
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-10.jpg



The altitude of Fotu La shown by my Garmin GPS matched the official altitude perfectly.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-11.jpg



At Lamayuru.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-12.jpg



Near Lamayuru there are some mind-blowing landscapes – no wonder they are called ‘moonscapes’.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-13.jpg



Moonscape.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-14.jpg



Moonscape.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-15.jpg



I noticed that the ‘moonscapes’ were not made of solid rock but an agglomerate of soil and boulders.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-16.jpg



Day-12 (18 May 13) : Before we left the Army Unit near Nurla, its Commanding Officer gave us a guided tour of the surrounding areas. Thereafter, we drove to Leh, about 110 km away. The road from Nurla to Leh was quite good.



The C.O. took us to the top of a plateau near Nurla which had some awesome views. We used Maruti Gypsies (using 4x4) to drive up the plateau.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-17.jpg



On the plateau.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-18.jpg



View of the Indus river from the plateau.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-19.jpg



A pebble beach by the Indus.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-20.jpg



The Indus flows along the road for some distance.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-21.jpg



Another ‘moonscape’.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-22.jpg



37 km from Leh.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-23.jpg



A tributary joins Indus.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-24.jpg



A pleasure to see freshly black-topped roads.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-25.jpg



Shanti Stupa at Leh.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-26.jpg



The Leh Palace.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-27.jpg



A woman at Leh.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-28.jpg



Mosque at Leh market.
Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-29.jpg
debuda is offline   (17) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 11:47   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
srishiva's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 3,573
Thanked: 814 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Beautiful pictures with high contrast. Really gives a different view of the valley with greenery and snow in the mix.

Cant see the pictures inline in the above post

Last edited by srishiva : 12th June 2013 at 11:48.
srishiva is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 12:48   #11
adc
Senior - BHPian
 
adc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 1,346
Thanked: 2,100 Times
Default re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Welcome back debuda and with the first of the 2013 travelogues from Ladakh.

Among the others, particularly liked some of the portrait pics from Kargil.
adc is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 13:04   #12
Team-BHP Support
 
Rudra Sen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,404
Thanked: 4,092 Times
Default Re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Lovely pictures Sir! Extremely well covered all the way.
Attaching a pic from your lot. Which lens was used here? 10-22mm?
Wide angle distortion is pronounced here as camera was aimed more toward the sky. It's surely not a problem but I'm getting a little confused here. That's why the question.

EDIT: Sorry Sir. I missed this one totally. Yes, with full frame 16-35 will look like 10-22 on small sensor camera.
Quote:
Originally Posted by debuda View Post
A Canon EOS 5D Mk III with a 16-35 mm lens was brought to the table by Iram.

Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500-xuv-24.jpg
Quote:
Originally Posted by debuda View Post
A tributary joins Indus.
That's Zanskar river Sir. Chaddar trek route during winter. ADC can throw more light here.

Last edited by Rudra Sen : 12th June 2013 at 13:12.
Rudra Sen is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 13:05   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
Jignesh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Eindhoven, NL
Posts: 1,603
Thanked: 933 Times
Default Re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Quote:
Originally Posted by debuda View Post
Micromax Canvas HD A-116. Almost all the pictures posted here were clicked by me.
Hello sir,

Thank you for these wonderful pictures. Even I have recently bought Micromax Canvas HD A-116 & the 8 MP pictures taken by camera of phone are decent enough.

I read your update on your car's breakdown due to in moisture in Fusebox in your ownership thread. It would have been quite a scare but hats off to Mahindra for the back-up offers & attending to your issue almost immediately.

By the way, can you give us some tips on how do your keep yourself fit physically & mentally at this age?

Thanks,
Jignesh is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 13:36   #14
BHPian
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 155
Thanked: 214 Times
Default Re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Debuda,

Thanks for such a crisp and well-written T-LOG on Ladakh. The views are breath-taking and you have also given us a glimpse of the border between India and Pakistan. I have never "seen" India and Pakistan in the same picture before!



Your T-LOG, Sir, coming on the back of so many other equally sensational ones at T-BHP, inspires me to just go ahead and do this trip this year. I have a Skoda Yeti and that should do just fine on this route, provided I take care of underbody scrapes.

Thanks again for a great writeup and pictures, and this wake-up call.
rajeevn is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 12th June 2013, 16:50   #15
BHPian
 
sameervg's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Thane
Posts: 88
Thanked: 59 Times
Default Re: Drive to Kashmir Valley & Ladakh in my XUV500

Hello Debuda,

Great travelogue and amazing pictures. This thread will be motivation for others who are thinking of driving to Kashmir valley and Ladakh.
I am sure you would have experienced real driving pleasure of 6576 KMs total drive.

This thread will help me to get home ministry approval for looong drives. Hahaha...

Cheers !
sameervg is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Drive to Chilka, Vizag, Araku Valley & Gopalpur-on-Sea in my XUV500 debuda Travelogues 31 1st July 2015 00:53
The Valley Run 2015 - 10th & 11th Jan @ Aamby Valley kryptonite Indian Motorsport 13 9th January 2015 20:08
The Valley Run @ Aamby Valley Air Strip. 25th & 26th Jan, 2014 insaneroller Indian Motorsport 84 28th July 2014 01:30
The Kashmir Valley - A Monsoon Photologue raghunandanj Travelogues 4 31st August 2013 16:25


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 07:17.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks