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Old 24th October 2009, 22:45   #511
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Sudhir sir ordered for breakfast and I and Lalu took a quick walk around for few snaps. HVKand Ganesh went down to the Baspa river to collect water samples for HVK. We were mesmerized with the beauty of this place, and this is when Lalu and I started discussing, we should ask HVK to extend our trip to spend one day at Chitkul.
We came back and the first thing Chief said was, what a beautiful place. Hearing this, we were pretty sure we can convince chief to extend our stay, but wasn't so lucky.
Since chief had already made up his mind to come back to Chitkul it April, we could not sell our idea so easily. However he was generous enough to extend the trip to few ours and we got to go for a walk through the banks of Baspa river for almost 3km

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After the refuell, Glenn took the drivers seat and we were heading towards Ahmedabad. A swift was giving a hell of a time to HVK, by his irritating driving skills and ever overtaking philosophy. It also created a blind spot, and a two wheeler jumped right in front dangerously, and HVK quickly avoided any mishaps. Well, it was time to cut the swift off for a safe drive and Glenn tactfully overtook the swift, cut him off and stayed behind HVK and everything was safe once again.
Yes, we confronted some crazy driving on the road from Himmatnagar to Ahmedabad. Vehicles overtake from any side, they try to nudge you out of the way - dodgem car style - ensuring that they are no more than a few inches behind when both cars are speeding at 80-100 kmph on a high-density traffic corridor. The old man simply walked across the road - without looking anywhere but ahead of him - disregarding the incessant honking and I had to careen away madly to the left onto the road shoulders to avoid knocking him down - and you bet, the oldie had noticed my car, he was laughing away at my discomfiture and antics.

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Went for a walk towards the the China border through the unexplored trails led by our Panditji.
GK is an amazingly fit and ready to go, always leading us up mountain trails and having loads of energy. He was also the guy in the dhaaba kitchen, supervising the cooking and serving, and getting things moving. On the occasion when the road was blockaded by the road blasting crew (near Recong Peo), along with an army guy, GK got the road cleared and the kilometres-long traffic that had piled up in the 2 hours of blockades started moving again.
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we should ask HVK to extend our trip to spend one day at Chitkul.
We came back and the first thing Chief said was, what a beautiful place. Hearing this, we were pretty sure we can convince chief to extend our stay, but wasn't so lucky.
Since chief had already made up his mind to come back to Chitkul it April, we could not sell our idea so easily. However he was generous enough to extend the trip to
Chitkul was indeed lovely, but staying on there would have wrecked our schedule. Moreover, GK, Saji and Lalu were already booked into a flight leaving Bombay on Monday morning (and we were in Chitkul on Friday) and I was worried that if we delayed by a day, we would struggle to reach back Bombay in time.

And Chitkul should be enjoyed leisurely with a 2-day trek to the environs. And hopefully, we will all be back there soon, maybe in Apr 10!
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Old 24th October 2009, 23:01   #514
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We are done with the breakfast, and all set for the walk.
Ganesh jumps out first to lead the way, Lalu and I follow him through fields and bushes. First thing we wanted to do was, reach the banks of Baspa and then decide where to go.
HVK did this already for his water sample, so he takes a different route all alone, while Sudhir sir takes rest at the restaurant.
We set out a target of 1 hour for onward and 1 hour for return.
The rest of the journey was so exciting and adventures

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Ganesh and Lalu walks through the broken bridge to reach other bank of Baspa river. Ganesh goes first,
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And then Lalu. I did not wanted to try at all!
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Old 24th October 2009, 23:18   #515
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GK is an amazingly fit and ready to go, always leading us up mountain trails and having loads of energy. He was also the guy in the dhaaba kitchen, supervising the cooking and serving, and getting things moving. On the occasion when the road was blockaded by the road blasting crew (near Recong Peo), along with an army guy, GK got the road cleared and the kilometres-long traffic that had piled up in the 2 hours of blockades started moving again.
I know him for few years now, but this trip really changed lot of perceptions. He is indeed a great guy. I would never stand there in that dust to clear up the rocks on road.
And yes, our food was always taken care of through him.

Back to my part of story and pics.
We were done with Baspa river, and decided to walk towards the China border hoping that we can catch up with HVK.

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Beyond that white mountain should be China?
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And that is Chitkul

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Old 24th October 2009, 23:39   #516
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And last few pics from me.
By now we reached our target of almost 3km and decided to return back to base camp. Unfortunately we did not meet HVK yet.

Ganesh suggests, we should climb a bit on to our left and we have a better walking trail to reach the base camp.

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We agreed and took a U-turn with slight ascent at each step.
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And that was really really a bad decision. I and Lalu struggled to keep up the pace. My camera fell down once, while trying to balance on a rock
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However the view was amazing. So we decided to push as much as we can.
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And there he is, Ganesh cheated us and climbed half way to the hill top. And then we realized that the actual walkway is somewhere down. The descent was so risky and adventurous. But I must say, we thoroughly enjoyed it. However, this really spoiled our plan of returning in one hour. HVK reached almost an hour earlier than us and was waiting for us at base camp.
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We are done with Chitkul and stared our return journey.
This is the view towards Sangla
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Old 25th October 2009, 09:27   #517
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Day 16, September 27th, 2009
Surat - Mumbai.


I woke up at 01:30AM, and saw that Glenn was driving slowly. He had his majic potion, two coffees, and drove on. By 03:00AM we again stopped at another dhabha and dozed off till 04:00AM.

From then it was a nice drive on to Mumbai, and we reached our service apartment by 06:30AM and into the room by 07:00AM. We did the sharing of pictures and videos and synchronised the accounts and freshened up.


And, we were out on the streets in ceremonial style after our breakfast by 10:00Am.


Mumbai - here we come.

The Three Musketeers in Mumbai


We took some time to get oriented to Mumbai roads and directions. And soon we took the train to VT from Andheri. Around an hour later we reached VT, and did the ceremonial photo shoot outs. Today it was just my camera.
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We walked around the streets for a while and had vada pav, sugarcane juice and some other stuff.
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We saw the BSE, where our fortunes are made too!!
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Day 16, September 27th, 2009 Continued

The Three Musketeers in Mumbai.

Then we went in the directions of India gate and took a bus. We reached India gate by 12:45PM.

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Tha Taj
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After some photshoots we went to Cafe Mondegar at the Metro House. We watched some cricket on the screen while we relaxed and got out by 13:45PM.

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GK having found some good short eateries we went with him to the market side. We had some veg stuff, dont remember what was that.
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Again got back to the India Gate area and stayed till 15:00PM there.

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Boats
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India Gate again!!
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Old 25th October 2009, 10:18   #519
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Day 16, September 27th, 2009 Continued

The Three Musketeers in Mumbai.

GK found a hop in out kind of a tourist shuttle bus and befriended the driver. He took us for free till the Marine drive. Pleasant surprise. Mumbai rocks!! We reached Marine drive by 15:20PM.

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Some kids enjoying the free space. Can you spot Saji and GK under one of those trees?
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Well here they are.
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The entire area was calm and it was only us. We rested soaking into the beauty for a while till 15:45PM.

Me relaxing and enjoying the beauty of marine drive while basking in the sun.
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Saji is bored.
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Saji makes a plan, business discussions on!
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Suddenly we got the idea, let us see the new Bandra Worli sealink that Mumbai boasts. Flagged down a old fiat taxi, and asked him to take us around there. He asked - why you want to spend Rs 50/- for the toll, he can take us in much lesser time and much lesser costs to the other side. We told him that we are some silly tourists and want to see around. He took us through the sealink. We were like what!!, May be it is just another night photographic object!!

Bandra Worli Sealink.
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We returned via some other road, and the driver showing us the various places of interest till he dropped us back to Marine drive.

A civic Am I too happy to see one after such long!! Tomorrow I'll get to drive mine.
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Some kids chilling out, putting their heads out from the sunroof
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Day 16, September 27th, 2009 Continued

The Three Musketeers in Mumbai.

We reached Marine Drive back by 17:30PM.
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We had some good icecreams from a Baskin Robbins nearby and came back to the Marine drive for the sunset.

While we sat and watched the sun setting on Mumbai I was thinking back about the trip, climbing all the way up to Khardung La at 18380ft and grounded at 0m at Mumbai, and the realities of life for every up there is a down and the likes... I sound strange. Time to stop.

Let me click some colours , and be back in the real real world.
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GK viewing the sunset
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Marine drive is crowded for viewing sunset.
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Saji informs that we have a team dinner planned at a dhabha near Boriville, and we have to leave. Glenn will pick us from Boriville station to the Dhabha. We left marine drive by 18:30PM and got a fast train to Boriville from Church Gate station. We were at Boriville station by 19:45PM, and the train stopped at the 8th platform instead of the first. On getting out both Saji and GK was confused as it was not the gate they had been to before. After some frantic walk through the crowds, phone calls, co-ordination we found the other gate and found Glenn's Scorpio.

We reached the Dhabha by 08:30PM. It was a nice dinner meet of the team who had completed the full circuit. SM had already left to Pune and we were joined by Guderian (Harish). The conventional non stop chat about the adventure started and lasted nearly till 23:30PM, when we decide to move out.

We took an auto from there to our service apartment and we reached by midnight. Set the alarms for the early morning wake up next day, we crashed.




Overall a very pleasant Mumbai experience.



Tomorrow the three musketeers will be back to Bengalooru.
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Lalu, I never knew you have such a wide coverage for Mumbai.

Do you plan to post some of those 45/60 degree shots as well?
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Lalu, I never knew you have such a wide coverage for Mumbai.
Well thanks. GK was in stealth mode Most of the pictures are taken by him.

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For security reasons no

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Amazing the Mumbai Darshan you guys had - one would have thought that you were there on school vacations (where do you get your enthu and energy from??!), not recovering after an arduous high-altitude drive!

Any group photographs of the dinner at Dara's Dhaba in Bhayender?
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Amazing the Mumbai Darshan you guys had - one would have thought that you were there on school vacations (where do you get your enthu and energy from??!), not recovering after an arduous high-altitude drive!
We are a bunch of young guys

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Any group photographs of the dinner at Dara's Dhaba in Bhayender?
Unfortunately no. Since we were in that Boriville confusion, we wanted to directly splurge into the nice dinner awaiting us. Further we were chatting and chatting so much about our adventure that we forgot to click. That was one amazing dinner and get together.
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Day 17, September 28th, 2009

Mumbai - Bengalooru.


Our flight was at 06:15AM, and inorder to get to the airport earlier, we got ready and left the apartment by 04:30AM. Gk handed over Glenn's Swiss knife to me so that I can hand it over to Glenn at Bangalore. Out of curiosity I took the knife part out and it was hilarious. No one knew how to put that back. With a open knife I entered the airport , and before any security guys jumping around I covered it up in some clothes and frisked it into my checkin baggage. We were all laughing at the scenario.

The Three Musketeers back in Bengalooru.

Our flight was on time and we reached Bengalooru by 08:30AM. We took the Vayu Vajra Volvo bus to our destinations.
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GK had to get a different bus, and he parted us at the airport. Me and Saji took the same bus,and an hour later at 09:30AM I got down at my stop to see the familiar faces of my wife and kids waiting in our Red Riding hood - our red swift. Got into the swift, started the conventional non stop adventure talks. My house is a kilometre from the stop and I reached home by 09:40AM, back from a long trip of the Himalayas. Only to start this travelogue the next day 29th September 2009, 08:30AM on till today, and you already know the next one is getting planned.

My family has only one complaint - from the day of this trip till now I am not available for them, I am hooked on to some silly computer and some crazy gang of guys!!

Thus I was away from my home on 10/09/2009 evening and back by 28/09/2009 Morning. I had done two trips in the meantime (my seventh and eighth this year) - one to Vrindavan, Mathura and Agra on 11/09/09 and 12/09/09 and the Leh Ladakh Spiti trip from 13/09/09 - 26/09/09 and a short day visit to Mumbai on 27/09/09. Over all a very pleasant experience.

Last but not the least I put in my deepest gratittude to our brothers in the BRO for creating this trip a possibility by the connectivity they had provided on one of the toughest regions in the world, and to the soldiers who keeps us safe from all the intrusions from up there.

Jai Ho!!




Now I will get some time to update the long pending travelogues of Agra
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ties-love.html (Vrindavan, Mathura and Agra - A quick visit to the cities of love)

and my current travel I did last week
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...mmangundi.html (Swifted : Bisle, Belur, Halebid, Chikmagalur, Kemmangundi)

Thank you guys for the encouragement and support without which this travelogue would not have been possible. Hope we gave you all the information to undergo one such travel in the near future. Doing the trip was easy, but writing the log was not. It was strenuos and time consuming to say the least, and not to miss out any vital info was another.

Thank you.

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