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Old 20th March 2014, 18:37   #61
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Default Day 3: #1 When the snow gods say "We are not done yet"

Its 7:30am on a cold March morning. And we are standing at the balcony,looking out.
And this is what greets us
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Today is a long drive back. So we woke up early. But our plans are foiled. When this is happening, how can you drive downhill?
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Almost 8:30, and the snow is not going to give up yet
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Its time to give a wipe to our WE
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Finish up with the delicious Aloo Paronthas... and pay our bills.. and guess what. Head uphill again.

The mountains await
With their clouds, and the snowfall, and the promise of unlimited white..
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We will go up again
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Old 20th March 2014, 19:37   #62
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Default Re: (Un)Chained Melody - 36 Hours of Snow, and the Manali Leh Highway

Thank you Tanveer. This is really really beautiful.

I am in a big dilemma though. Which of these awesome pictures should grace my phone screen as its wallpaper? Oh wait. Found it.

Keep making your own road.

Cheers!!
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Old 20th March 2014, 20:42   #63
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Default Re: (Un)Chained Melody - 36 Hours of Snow, and the Manali Leh Highway

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Thank you Tanveer. This is really really beautiful.

I am in a big dilemma though. Which of these awesome pictures should grace my phone screen as its wallpaper? Oh wait. Found it.

Keep making your own road.

Cheers!!
Don't do this. Re-encoding jpg kills quality. If you want high quality for your smartphone, take them directly from source
http://tanveer.smugmug.com/Travel/Hi...-Mar/i-36JmKwr

Enjoy the wallpapers!
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Old 25th March 2014, 14:36   #64
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Default Day 3 #2: Over the mountain

The snow cutter has not come yet. This means, we have good amount of snow. With chains and cables, its easy going
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We quickly reach our U turn point. Getting expert at U turns now I think
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Its white paradise out here
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Should we go ahead? Well the snow is very deep now. Its been snowing the whole night.
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So we will stay here for now
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And do what?
Well... make a snowman. What else. I think this is the first snowman on the Manali Leh highway
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Another shot
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Its more like a scarecrow. Snowscareman I think
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We spend some time here, throwing snowballs, and now its time to move on. In a flash of foolhardiness, I have decided we will go to Solang valley too
So we strip the snowscareman naked
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And its time to move down....
But... wait!!!!! What is this!....
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Default Re: (Un)Chained Melody - 36 Hours of Snow, and the Manali Leh Highway

TSK,

Superb travelogue. Thank you for taking us all through this drive. Truly mesmerizing!

Nothing more to add. And yes, took one of your pics for my screen wall paper.
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Default Day 3 #3: Kaboooooooom!

Last year, we decided to go to Spiti. But nature had other plans. With landslides etc., we just went till chitkul. On the way back, we saw a roadblock with road workers planting dynamite in a big rock.

As we watched from a km away, we saw the explosion moments before we heard it. It literally shook the mountains, echoing all over.

So why am I telling you this?

Well similar thing happened. As we walk to get in the WE, we hear a loud noise, like an explosion.

We look back, and on the opposite face of the mountain(across the power point where waterfalls come down), a huge avalanche has started!

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Have seen avalanche videos on TV, but trust me seeing in person is altogether different.

We linger some more, and move on.
some clicks
Frozen waterfall
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Its quarter past 11, and we make our way downwards, to the foolish decision of solang valley
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A chained BRO truck passes us, with all occupants quite amused. It also clears the snow a bit
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and it looks it will snow again.. so we head down to "Solang!"
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Default Day 3 #4 : Goodbye Snowland

so we head down, in sleet and snow.
The snowfall will get heavier. We have the opportunity of going upwards to white paradise, but in foolhardiness, I decided to go down. Towards Solang valley.
I think I underestimated the potential of Taxi drivers of creating a traffic jam with no traffic.

Anyways, by to Kothi
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And the clouds
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The famous checkpoint bridge
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And finally, Solang valley. We take off the chains, but keep the cables on. They can be used on tarmac below 40, and in this slushy terrain, will give good braking control
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This is the solang valley, and thankfully, there is little traffic
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But still, all it takes is one car
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Seriously... this is nothing compared to our white paradise
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We escape past noon, and in slush lots of people are sliding here and there
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Even Manali has got some snowfall
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And our WE, its like vanilla with whipped cream on top

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What else to write. Well, we headed on the hellish highway from Mandi - Kiratpur Sahib with potholes so big that even trucks swerve to avoid them, and took one sunset shot
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A short and sweet three day trip .

Time to say "The End"

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Default Re: (Un)Chained Melody - 36 Hours of Snow, and the Manali Leh Highway

Wonderful Article. Great Pictures too. Makes me wanna take this trip even more.
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Default Re: (Un)Chained Melody - 36 Hours of Snow, and the Manali Leh Highway

Tsk

Wonderful pics & travelogue. Really enjoyed each of the phots and all the fun you driving the white elephant in the white roads.

I have read that you have snow chains. What are the various precautions you took for the SUV so that there are no damages due to snow and that nothing wrong happens during the snowfall.

Please can you share the best practices.
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I made a snow drive video on the morning run
One of the most serene and beautfiul dash cam videos ever seen.
The music mix is just so perfect. Thank you so much for sharing.
cheers,

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Tsk

Wonderful pics & travelogue. Really enjoyed each of the phots and all the fun you driving the white elephant in the white roads.

I have read that you have snow chains. What are the various precautions you took for the SUV so that there are no damages due to snow and that nothing wrong happens during the snowfall.

Please can you share the best practices.
Hi Vittal I bought cables for front, designed for low clearance SUVs. In the rear I put on chains since rear always has more clearance.
Other than that its always important to drive a few meters and then check the chains for tension again.
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Hi Vittal I bought cables for front, designed for low clearance SUVs. In the rear I put on chains since rear always has more clearance.
Other than that its always important to drive a few meters and then check the chains for tension again.
Thanks Tanveer,

I will try if I can buy one in London (presently on tour to London & Paris).
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