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Old 28th October 2008, 15:46   #1
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These are some more snaps of our journey that I thought I could share with you all.

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inside our tent at Jispa. Palatial. we were really very well protected from the elements.

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perhaps the most famous signboard. I had seen it in so many magazines and travelogues. We felt so happy when we actually saw this :-) However I Still havent figured out this one. what does being a gama mean.

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he he the only thing we could see in the town of zingzingbar was this signboard

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I triple checked

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inshallah

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indeed a paradise
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Old 28th October 2008, 15:54   #2
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Hats off to the men and women who built these roads

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My favourite. Manna for the one track mind

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heading towards Khardungla

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Old 28th October 2008, 16:01   #3
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refuelling at sarchu. This ridiculously large funnel came well in handy. we had stuck a severed washing machine drain pipe to it to make it usable. notice how the petrol can is bloated up due to the pressure difference. It was filled at Manali.
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Old 28th October 2008, 16:04   #4
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Nice fotos Locomotive.. there are quite a lot of signs over there, much more than Pune atleast :-)
Post some pics of your car too..
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Old 28th October 2008, 16:09   #5
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got the sequence of these road signs wrong. should have been poster a bit before.

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end of the journey. All good things unfortunately have to come to an end.
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Gama was a famous wrestler who conquered it all with brute power and Lamas are the gentle buddhist priests. So BRO is telling you to be like monks and not like wrestler on the highway.
I hope it clarifies.

Nice pictorial of all the signs. I think only one you missed was "They gave their tomorrow for your today" - in fond memories of BRO people who lost their lives building roads in this dangerous territory.

You did not see the BRO shed at ZingZingbar? Thats all there is to this place. Although I keep wondering how it got that exotic and lovely sounding name.
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Thank you for that. I really had no clue about Gama. Now I know.

I really dont remember seeing anything at ZingZingbar. but I agree with you. Its a nice and unique name
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Old 28th October 2008, 16:25   #8
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After this Journey I have the deepest regards for BRO. Such commitment in such an unforgiving environment to work in. Hats off to them.

In contrast we have the BMC in Mumbai!! I vote for BRO to take up road construction in Mumbai
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I loved the name ZingZingBar, it's very catchy. Actually names of the places there are very catchy, like Debring, Killing charai, Hunder, Tso Moriri etc etc.
Another road sign that I've seen in Nubra was
" If it's difficult it'll be done,
If it's impossible then it'll just take some more time"
And after seeing those roads there, oh man, this sign was apt for the ability of BRO. They probably have no such thing called impossible. Hats off.
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thats a brilliant one

Not for nothing are they called the "Mountain Tamers"
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I have posted this on my main travelogue. The yellow signboard read "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". what exquisite timing.

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The moment I saw this new thread from Locomotive I jumped on it. Great road signs and equally great background scenary.
Locomotive: I absolutely second the thought that someone else (apart from BMC) should maintain our roads
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Old 30th October 2008, 11:50   #13
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The pictures are just superb. some really witty road signs there
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Sudev has given a literal translation of the phrase. The moot point or the thought is not to be a BOND. That is not to overestimate yourself in these far off unforgiving terrain. This is the message BRO wants to send out.
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Well BRO has got a good sense of humor along with their good work compared to BMC's bad joke like this "please bear with us for a better tommorow" but "Tommorow never dies"

Locomotive those funnels are common in places where fuel is sold off the counter. Some have a bent pipe so that you dont need to use a washing machine's pipecheers:
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