Originally Posted by gurthvader
A very well photographed travelogue indeed, its quite a distance from Bangalore to Ladakh & back, well done. Any issues with the Cheetah after coming back, i have one but i must admit i don't have the heart to put her through such a task just yet maybe sometime later.
Did you face any hostility from the locals owing to a private car, although these locals create trouble for self drive & outside taxis but someone here posted an incident that happened to them although they were in their personal Fortuner & Thar?
Thank you! I did not face any issues after coming back. The only issue over there was the broken sump guard which was due to Agham-Shyok route. Yes, I was very well aware of the incident involving Fortuner & Thar and it made me really skeptical about heading for the expedition. Somehow, normalcy returned soon enough and overall, the trip was a breeze.
Originally Posted by SRN
A long pending dream of mine – drive to Leh and Ladakh!
Brilliant post Zahoor23
. Reading through it made me feel I was there. And certainly agree, our jawans, the BRO and our heros.. hats off to them.
Hello SRN, Thank you. Glad that you enjoyed reading it. I suggest you to go ahead with your plan next year somewhere between June and September. IMO September is the best time to travel to Ladakh as the accommodation is easily available at half the price provided you are willing the bear the cold.
Originally Posted by agt7
What a narration, I must say, of an epic journey that is otherwise difficult to describe in words; it has to be done to be felt. But you have done a commendable job of putting this experience into black and white. This also reflects your good language skills. The experience is further enhanced by high quality pictures that are truly mesmerizing. Several of these pics are already part of my desktop background pool
. With the Great Himalayas in background, your ‘Cheetah’ looks stunning. Your ability to spend long hours behind wheels needs special mention. On a related note, I would like to know how many of you actually drove during this marathon trip.
Many congratulations on successful completion of a dream that I believe, is nurtured by so many of us (myself included
) not only in the capacity of a nature lover/tourist but also as a driver. Thanks for sharing.
Wish you many more happy miles.
Dear agt7, Thank you so much for penning down some amazing words of encouragement. I was "Nuts" about driving since my early school days. I was behind the wheel almost all the time except certain instances where I had to click pictures and record videos from the sunroof. Live to Drive
. Trust me, when you head to Ladakh you are definitely coming back with desktop backgrounds for the rest of your life
Originally Posted by ajayclicks
Thank you for your post Zahoor. I purchased a W8 AWD recently, and a self-drive road trip to Leh is on my bucket list for a long time. Your pictures have also convinced my wife that it is time we did it
A quick question- why did you get your car serviced at Leh. Did you check with Mahindra if it was ok to get it serviced upon return. The reason I ask is that I am in a similar kind of situation. My car has done 6K (1st service in August), and I have a planned drive to Rajasthan next month. I reckon I would have 11.5K or 12K on the odo upon my return. I could get it serviced in Rajashtan (Jaipur or Udaipur) or even Baroda (planned night halt) but it will only cut into my itinerary.
First of all, Congratulations on your purchase. That's a great decision to go for the AWD. It will take you to places where a FWD can only dream of. That's a really interesting question about getting it serviced in Leh: I had planned the Itinerary in such a way that the servicing exactly falls on the "rest" day of my trip. You can get your car serviced after coming back since it is the 10k service which is a minor one, but I strongly suggest you to talk to the service manager beforehand so that your car can be serviced in an hour or two upon your arrival at Jaipur/Udaipur. With this, Your service record wouldn't be affected and you would get rid of the service reminder every time you start your car
Originally Posted by Aslamjaffer
Wonderfully scribed travelogue and the pictures do justice to the write-up. Your XUV looks amazing in all the pictures it has modeled.
This TL is a true motivation for anyone to do a trip like this.
Highly appreciating the light thrown on the soldiers at the end of the TL.
Wishing you more happy miles and smiles!
Hi Aslam, Thank you so much. That is the bare minimum I could do for our soldiers facing extreme hardship everyday. Their efforts are truly respectable.