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Old 27th January 2009, 21:58   #31
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We didn't get within like 135km of Kufri
That sounds like it was totally snowed up! Read it again pragmatically.
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Old 28th January 2009, 10:12   #32
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That's being selectively hopeful towards Kufri

Jalori was snowed out - went upto 2km of it, then trekked the 6-7km to Serolsar.

Roads were open on Khanag side (ZERO SNOW) but Kufri was still 135km away to visit, and the car was on the wrong side!
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Old 28th January 2009, 11:40   #33
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The VDi view from enroute Solang.
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend019.jpg

Fooling around in snow:
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-3229656551_46cb323d5d_o.jpg

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Ah ok
now I understand the story of DJ and snow storm
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Nice stuff Hitanshu. So given up on Leh-ing on the bike ?
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Given up? Got Leh'd in '07 on P180. Maybe spiti this year.

But importantly, skid plates this month!

Too busy, pics later tonight.
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Excellent Gandhi bhaiyya, very good.....some more pics please and less of narcissism
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Old 30th January 2009, 20:15   #38
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Given up? Got Leh'd in '07 on P180. Maybe spiti this year.

But importantly, skid plates this month!

Too busy, pics later tonight.
So did the swift bottom out anywhere?
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Old 30th January 2009, 23:08   #39
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@Akshay - Yes it did. Not bottomed out. But when there's no road, and you're driving a baby elephant, some stones would scrape the underbody here and there, despite best attempts (more of roll off tyre and bounce).

@Suman - How can I disobey. Here we go.
Enroute:
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend4481.jpg

An abandoned village enroute that indicated that the lake was near:
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend4511.jpg

Another view:
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend4521.jpg

More of the peculiar way of construction.
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend4591.jpg

Outside the dhaba just before the lake:
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend463.jpg

The temple at the lake:
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend478.jpg

More of the route on the way back:
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend4921.jpg

That's the only board for the pass:
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend4941.jpg

Trying to click long-exposure pics of waterbodies. But tsk can't be replicated!!
Icy trip to Solang valley, Parashar lake and frozen Serolsar Lake-longweekend4951.jpg
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tau nice set of pics
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Phamilyman, where did you stay? Did you have heat in your room? The lack of heat and heaters is a factor in the low divorce rate up here. It has been a mild winter so far so there has been some bickering. The winter sky up here is subtle and wondrous and the mountain air.....I think it should be bottled here and sold in Delhi.
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Phamilyman, where did you stay? Did you have heat in your room? The lack of heat and heaters is a factor in the low divorce rate up here.
After coming over the US and getting used to the heaters, I cannot imagine how these people survive without heaters in such climate. And going by your logic, there should be lotsa gays around too.
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@Rupinder: Thanks boss.

@DirtyDan: No no. Our "resort" was a proper nice place with all creature comforts. But yes, good business model. If I also lose my job in this recession, I just might take you up on it

@kuttapan: That is okay. Most have heaters - electricity is almost free in such tribal areas. What is more incredible is that people walk on some of that snow - and the speed they manage in regular chappals/cheap shoes is more than what we managed with hiking/military boots with lots of slipping
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phamilyman : PS: The car made such a bloooooody racket on the way home its not funny. Any guaranteed but affordable rattle-kill solutions?
iraghava : Yup. Permanently remove all the interior pieces that rattle. Naa rahega Baans, naa bajegi Bansuri.
benbsb29 : Phamilyman, are you sure you heard rattles from the car, or your own chattering self?

This would improve the pickup and FE also.
.. Or may be chattering companions ! @Phamilyman, that was the best solution you could have got ! Hope it worked ..
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And going by your logic, there should be lotsa gays around too.
From mid morning if there is sun, it is still strong up here and it heats things up. But when it's overcast or just past sundown...kiss and make up, he, she or favorite species.

Actually winter up here is my favorite time. Electricity from hydro-electric projects is relatively cheap and I have sizeable heaters and a LPG backup. I am about to build quarters with a fireplace as well.

The weather here can be freaky but there are forecasts on the web. You may get lucky and see something like this little valley outside Palampur.
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